Marangu Route 5Days

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Kilimanjaro Marangu

Is known as the “Coca Cola route” – the Marangu route is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Many hikers believe that Marangu route is the easiest route to Uhuru peak, since it is the route which can be hiked in 5 days (making it lower budget option). It is also the only route offering accommodation on the mountain, in the huts in each station.

It is unfortunately a well-known fact, that the 5 days Marangu route has the lowest summit success rates of all the routes on the mountain. If you choose Marangu route, we strongly recommend hiking for 6 days, to increase your chance to reach the summit successfully as more time on the mountain allows a greater chance for altitude acclimatization. This is the only route, which provide comfortable sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses at every overnight station.

Marangu route utilizes the same route for ascend and descend.

Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Depart from Moshi or Arusha for Marangu Gate.

  • Pick-up on the arrival date destination Kilimanjaro Airport to the hotel in Moshi Keys Lodge check in for BB only valid for the night before and after the climb
  • Park entrance fees, camping fees, rescue fees support crew fees
  • Salaries for support crew, cook and guides
  • Three meals a day while on the mountain
  • Transfer from the hotel to the starting gate before your climb and after the climb transfer back to Keys Lodge in Moshi.
  • Emergency oxygen cylinder

  • Tipping for support crew, cook and guides
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare for international and local destination if any
  • Climbing gear as mentioned on our list on the website

Things You Need to Know Before Climbing Kilimanjaro

Interested in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? Wondering what it is like to be on Africa’s highest peak? Here are important things you need to know before booking your Kilimanjaro Trekking.

  • Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb. It’s a hike.
  • Africa may be warm, but the mountain is cold.
  • A support team handles all the heavy lifting.
  • You will eat well on the mountain.
  • You don’t poop on the ground, but in a toilet.
  • There is no wifi and no electricity, and that’s a good thing.
  • Expect to be on the mountain for at least seven days.
  • Summit night is tough, but you can do it.
  • It’s going to cost some money.
  • Getting to Mount Kilimanjaro is fairly easy.
  • Acute Mountain Sickness is dangerous.
Day 1 -- Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Depart from Moshi or Arusha for Marangu Gate.
After breakfast your guide will meet you and drive to Marangu Gate (about 1 hour) once you arrive at the park gate they will be a register section before commence your climb. After registration walk through the rainforest to Mandara encampment. A short trip to Maundi Crater to see the surroundings in the clear day you have a great chance to view northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys
Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft; Distance: Hiking Time: 3-4 hours; • Habitat: Montane Forest; • dinner overnight.

Day 2 -- Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

After breakfast leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. On the clear day you have chance to views Mawenzi Peak and the summit of Kibo both brings you are amazing image of African Mountains. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.
Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft; • Distance: 11km/5.5mi; Hiking Time: 5-6 hours; Habitat: Heathland Meals: BLD.

Day 3 -- Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

After your second breakfast on the mountain you now ascend to the base camp walking via saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Cup of coffee on the arrival as your dinner, in this day dinner will be served early to allow enough time to rest, while preparing for summit climb which will start at midnight.
•Elevation: 3720m/12,200ft to 4732m/15,500ft; • Distance: 9km/5.5mi; • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours; • Habitat: Alpine Desert; • Dinner overnight.

Day 4 -- Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. After the session continuing, further ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa.
There are unbelievable views at every single view you open your eyes after reached the summit you will descend back to where you’re journey began in the night for lunch and short rest at Kibo before continuous to the Horombo Hut.
The beginning of this climb may be done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need your warm layers to remain on. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly” an optimistic attitude will get you there! Elevation: 4732m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft. Down to 3720m/12,200ft; • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down; Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 13km/9mi down. Habitat: Alpine Desert Dinner overnight.

Day 5 -- Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Horombo Hut descent to Marangu Gate, where you will drive to Moshi or Arusha
After breakfast, descent takes us downhill through moorland to the Mandara Hut where your lunch will be served. After lunch, we continue descending through lush forest path Marangu Gate. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy in the rain season. We recommend you trekking poles to help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be sufficient (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). •Elevation: 3720m/12,200ft to 1800m/5500ft; • Distance: 19km Hiking Time: 4-6 hours. Habitat: Forest.


  1. Charlotte
    Reino Unido - 23 Jul 2018 / Reply

    If anyone is thinking to go to Tanzania and climb Kilimanjaro they should not hesitate to book their Kilimanjaro climb with Amazing Usambara Trekking! Ronaldo, the owner, knows everything about the mountain. He gives a reasonable price and doesn't pressure you, he wants you to make the right choice for you. Very professional team that took fantastic care of us on the mountain and enabled us to reach our goal of getting to the very top! We had the best two guides, Lodrick and Danson The best chef, Jeff the chef! The best waiter/ photographer Issac! And last but not least a fantastic team of 7 porters without whom non of it would have been possible. It really did exceed all of our expectations! We now feel like we have a family here in Tanzania!

  2. Simon Wong
    Canada - 15 Mar 2019 / Reply

    Amazing Usambara Trekking went above and beyond on our trek. They were able to accommodate our every need and more! Our guides Ferdinand and Gideon along with the team of porters took care of us and helped push us to make it to the top. Ronaldo helped plan our trip and provided us with all the information we needed making preparations super easy! They exceeded our expectations and we are very happy to have booked with Amazing Usambara Trekking.


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