Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

6 Days Trek Experience

Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

6 Days Trek Experience

The original route established to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is the Kilimanjaro Marangu route, also referred to as the “Coca-Cola” route because bottles of Coca-Cola are available at each hut. Although it is frequently touted as one of the simpler walking routes, KINAPA reports that it has the lowest success rate (42%) because too many climbers attempt it in just 5 days and fail due to inadequate acclimatization. The Kilimanjaro Marangu route, which approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast, follows the same ascent and descent path, making it less picturesque than the other routes.

The Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is the only route that provides dormitory-style hut lodging for climbers who don’t want to camp. The huts have a common dining area, basic restrooms, and toilets that are “long drop” loos higher up the mountain but flushable lower down. On the Marangu route, you will be sharing the hut with many other climbers in open dormitory housing, despite the fact that some climbers prefer the idea of staying in huts rather than camping. The Marangu route is one of the best ways to climb Mount Kilimanjaro during the rainy season due to the hut accommodations.

For those who haven’t hiked much at high altitudes, the Marangu route is a good six-day trip with an effective extra day of acclimatization, improving success rates. Mountaineers with experience and acclimatization may choose the more challenging 5-day ascent along the Marangu route.

Trip Accommodation

2 Nights in Moshi

Trip Itenerary

  • Day 1: Arrival

    To get to Kilimanjaro International Airport, every hiker must arrange their own flights (JRO). We will set up a private transfer for you from JRO to your hotel. You will meet your local Sereti representative that evening or early the following morning and receive a thorough pre-climb briefing.

  • Day 2: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

    After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Marangu Gate so you can register. Before we begin our ascent on a ridge trail through the rainforest, our porters prepare and pack our luggage and supplies. The majority of Kilimanjaro's animal life is concentrated in the mist- and moss-covered forest. Our first night will be spent at Mandara Hut, a collection of A-frame wooden huts situated in a clearing in the forest.

  • Day 3: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

    From Mandara Hut, the trail travels through a brief section of forest before skirting the Maundi Crater and entering the area where the rain forest meets the moorland. We travel for about 6 hours before reaching Horombo Hut.

  • Day 4: Acclimatization

    The additional day and night at Horombo are perfect for a successful acclimatization. It is highly advised to take a hike toward Mawenzi, passing the Zebra Rocks along the way (about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down), as this will help with acclimatization.

  • Day 5: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

    As we ascend further into the Alpine desert, at 4130 meters, we pass the final water source. The summit is now 1195 meters higher than Kibo Hut. We will go to bed early in order to get the most rest possible since we will be climbing the summit tonight.

  • Day 6: Summit Day

    Around 23:30 is when we usually wake up, and after some tea and biscuits, we shuffle off into the night. This is when things start to get really difficult. The Hans Meyer point (5250m), which also serves as a good resting location, is reached after a short, rocky section of the trail. At Gilman's Point (5681m), which is situated on the crater rim, the path then ascends in a zigzag pattern. This section requires a lot of physical and mental effort because it is very steep and covered in stone scree.<br> Snow usually covers the entire distance from Gilman's Point to Uhuru Peak (5895m), Africa's highest point. How long we can spend taking pictures before the three-hour descent back to Kibo Hut depends on the weather conditions at the summit. We take a brief break, gather the equipment we used for the ascent, and continue the 3 hours down to Horombo Hut. We will have our final meal on the mountain later in the evening before a well-deserved rest.

  • Day 7: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

    Your last day of the trek, after breakfast, we continue our descent of 1740 meters to Marangu Gate, where you can pick up your summit certificates from the Park Headquarters. After a well-earned shower, head to your hotel to celebrate.

  • Day 8: Departure

    We'll say goodbye after a much-needed night of rest. If you have scheduled an airport transfer with us, a safari, or a trip to Zanzibar, we will pick you up in the morning for your next destination.



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