Marangu route commonly known as the “coco cola” or “tourist” route. It is a lot easier than the other Mt Kilimanjaro routes with a gradual and gentle ascent with enough time to acclimatize on the go. Accommodation on this route is mainly in huts no camping is allowed. It is popular with climbers and tends to be crowded since it is a lot cheaper and has high rates of success. On Marangu you use the same route to ascend and descend
Mt Kilimanjaro Marangu route 6 days hike itinerary
Day 1: Nairobi- Moshi/ Marangu
Depending on the budget we use road or air travel from Nairobi to Moshi in Tanzania. After lunch walk around the town, visit the Kilasiya falls in Marangu village or relax at the hotel preparing equipment for the trek. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Moshi or Marangu helps with acclimatization since it is at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro
Day 2: Moshi/ Marangu – Mandara Hut
Early morning after breakfast we head to Mt Kilimanjaro National Park for clearance at the gate. We walk through beautiful rain forest shadowing the path with a glimpse of light as sun rays peak through the trees. The air is cool with a gentle breeze. The path leads to Mandara hut 5 hours later, dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut
After breakfast we leave for the Horombo hut which takes about 5 hours. The steep path in the forest opens to a vast meadow with the view of Mawenzi and Kibo summits ahead. There is lots of time left to explore the surrounding area before dusk. Dinner and overnight at the Horombo hut at12140ft.
Day 4: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut
An early morning start for the climb through the saddle of Kilimanjaro, a barren land on the alpine that comprises of rocks and dust. The walk takes 5-7 hours before getting to the Kibo (15,320ft) hut where you are likely to meet with climbers from the Rongai route. Dinner and the last night before the summit attempt.
Day 5: Kibo Hut – Uhuru summit – Horombo Hut
Shortly after midnight armed with head torch and all the warm gear a body can handle the trek to the summit begins. It is a continuous steep scree slopes all the way to the top. Sunrise at the Gilman’s point (1860ft) is the reward for the tiresome journey though there is also a certificate. You can choose to go back from here but it is better to continue to Uhuru peak (19340ft) on Mt Kilimanjaro. The sight of glaciers and the plains below while walking along the Crater’s rim is simply breathe taking. Descend to Horombo hut to rest after a long day.
Day 6: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate/Moshi/Nairobi
Descend the mountain to the Marangu Gate there is a choice of spending the night in Moshi and there are Tanzanian safaris that you can add to this adventure. The second option is to head back to Nairobi.
Note; spending the night at Moshi adds an extra day to the itinerary.
Mt Kilimanjaro Marangu route 6 days hike charges upon request
Included in the price:
Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
Full board accommodation and meals while on the trek
All park entrance fees to include government taxes
Services of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook
Start and finish Nairobi
Treated water on the trek.
On completion, successful climb Certificate