Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

The shortest and most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro

The Kilimanjaro Marangu Route or “Coca-Cola” route is the shortest and most popular route on Kilimanjaro and is the only route where overnight stays are in mountain huts.

The route starts at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro from Marangu Gate and follows a well-trodden trail that runs through all climate zones.

Summary

DURATION

8 days

LOCATION

Tanzania

START & ENDS

Moshi, Moshi

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • Experience the most popular trekking route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Trekking progress is tracked using GPS so your family and friends can monitor your progress in real-time
  • Trail runs through all the climate zones - from tropical rain forest to eternal ice
  • The only route where overnight stays are in mountain huts

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in MOSHI AND transfer to hotel

FOOD

No Meals

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer

ELEVATION

Moshi (890m)

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You will be collected by one of our staff at Kilimanjaro Airport and transferred to your hotel.


In the evening, you will have a briefing with your tour manager where your questions will be answered and we will make sure you are properly equipped. 


Rest up and enjoy the hotel amenities before your journey to the summit begins tomorrow.

Day 2: Trek From Marangu Gate To Mandara Hut

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Mountain huts

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 7 hours

ELEVATION GAIN

Moshi (890m) to Marangu Gate (1,860m) to Mandara Hut (2,700m)

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We start the day with a pre-climb briefing and introduction and then make our way to Marangu Gate.


Your head guide will arrange all necessary permits and the registration for search and rescue services.


Then we begin the journey to Mandara Huts.

DAY 3: Trek To Horombo Hut

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Mountain huts

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION

Mandara Hut (2,700m) to Horombo Hut (3,720m)

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We have an early start after breakfast as we make our way to our second high altitude camp. 


From Horombo you'll be treated to views of two volcanoes at once, Kibo and Mawenzi.

After lunch and some rest we complete an acclimatization hike towards Kibo Hut. When you return to Horombo, dinner will be served.


Acclimatization hikes are important for a successful Kilimanjaro summit!

DAY 4: Acclimatization Day at Horombo Hut 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Mountain huts

ACTIVITY

Hiking 3 - 4 hours

ELEVATION

Horombo Hut (3,720m)

We have some breakfast and complete another acclimatization hike towards Kibo Hut and back.


After lunch you have the opportunity to walk around the surrounding area, take pictures or just rest before we head off again tomorrow.

DAY 5: Trek to Kibo Hut

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Mountain huts

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 8 hours

ELEVATION

Horombo Hut (3,720m) to Kibo Hut (4,700m)

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Today, straight after breakfast, we will head off to Kibo Hut.


The trek is not difficult, but keep a good pace. You will need to have your strength for the summit trek tomorrow.


Lunch will be served upon arrival at Kibo after which we recommend you get as much sleep as possible. Drink lots of water and avoid any strenuous activities. Tomorrow is the big day!

Day 6: Uhuru Peak Summit and Descent to Horombo Hut

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Mountain huts

ACTIVITY

Hiking 12 - 15 hours

ELEVATION

Kibo Huts (4,700m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Horombo Hut (3,720m)

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We leave at midnight to head for Uhuru Peak. While the gradient is moderate, it takes strength and stamina to make it to the top.


One guides are assigned to two climbers each and will check your fitness over the duration of the climb to make sure you are coping.


Upon reaching the summit you'll have the opportunity to walk to the nearest glacier before the descent to Horombo Camp, with a 2 hour rest stop at Kibo Camp.

Day 7: Final Descent to Marangu Gate

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Mountain huts

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION

Horombo Hut (3,720m) to Marangu Gate (1,860m) to Moshi (890m)

Our final descent begins today to Marangu Gate. We start the trek after breakfast. Take a moment to appreciate what you have just achieved. You'll receive your summit certificates and be transferred to your hotel. 

Day 8: DEPARTURE 

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer

ELEVATION

Moshi (890m)

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Today we transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport and say farewell. Until we meet again!

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Kilimanjaro Marangu Trek. Single supplements apply.


Please note: April and May are the rainy months in Tanzania. We don't operate treks during this period.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 

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What's Included

Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Hotel transfers
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate of Kilimanjaro National Park
  • All park fees for Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Hotel accommodation at Aishi Machame Hotel or Altezza Lodge for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Mountain hut accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • Equipment: 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
    All group equipment (spacious dining tent, camping table, chairs etc.)
  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park with Wilderness First Responder or First Aid certifications
  • Dedicated support crew 
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide including oxygen cylinders, oximeters and GPS tracking service.

Not Included

  • International airfare, visa fees and mountaineering insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature (gear rentals, beverage bills, hot showers, telephone, laundry etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel
  • Support crew tips

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Packing List

Clothing

  • 2-3 x hiking shirt + 3-4 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • 1 x hiking shorts and 2 x trekking pants
  • 1 x warm trousers / storm pants
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Warm insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet 
  • 2 x thermal underwear
  • Light, but warm gloves

Headwear

  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie 
  • Neck warmer

Footwear

  • Hiking boots 
  • 4-5 hiking socks + 1 x thermal socks
  • Trainers for camp
  • Gaiters

Bags

  • 20-25L daypack
  • 90-100L Duffel Bag (waterproof)
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain

Other Essentials

  • Four season sleeping bag 
  • Trekking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
Rental Gear

There are a number of good rental gear shops in Moshi where one can rent / buy most items listed above.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.

Accommodation

3-Star Hotel in Moshi

In Moshi, you will stay in 3-star hotel accommodation with complimentary breakfast.

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Mountain Hut Accommodation

During the trek you will be staying in mountain hut accommodation.   

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Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

Rated 5 out of 5
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

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Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

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Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

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Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

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Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

Rated 5 out of 5
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

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Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

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Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

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James Roux

A great experience all round!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

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Sarah Roe

Amazing experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

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Kayla

Elbrus Normal Route

Rated 5 out of 5
February 15, 2020

Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.

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LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

ALTEZZA TRAVEL

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This tour is operated by Altezza Travel. The Altezza team are a specialist Mount Kilimanjaro tour operator with an impeccable track-record for safety and summit success. They aim to make your Tanzanian experience as comfortable and memorable as possible.

We work with local guides to offer great value adventures at unbeatable prices