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.
START & ENDS
Easy Moderate Challenge Hard
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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking 5 - 7 hours
Moshi (890m) to Marangu Gate (1,860m) to Mandara Hut (2,700m)
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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking 5 - 6 hours
Mandara Hut (2,700m) to Horombo Hut (3,720m)
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!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking 3 - 4 hours
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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking 6 - 8 hours
Horombo Hut (3,720m) to Kibo Hut (4,700m)
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!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking 12 - 15 hours
Kibo Huts (4,700m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Horombo Hut (3,720m)
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.
Hiking 5 - 6 hours
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.
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.
When is the best time to complete this adventure?
The most popular climbing seasons on Mount Kilimanjaro are from August to September and January to March. The days are clear and the weather is warmer than other months.
Climbing Kilimanjaro during June is underrated. This is an excellent time to climb due to the great weather and quiet routes. From July the routes will be much busier.
April to May is the rainy season in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro tours are not offered during this time.
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be in good health and have a good fitness level for the Kilimanjaro Marangu trek. You should be able to walk 10-14km hours every day. Summit night is particularly challenging - you will spend about 10-12 hours on your feet.
Most problems associated with climbing Kilimanjaro come from not being acclimatized properly.
We suggest doing 6-8 weeks aerobic gym / hiking training before embarking on this adventure.
Do I need a visa for Tanzania?
Most country nationals need a visa to enter Tanzania. Visa are issued on entry. You will need to have two passport photos with you. Please see details here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tanzania
What immunizations should I get?
It is compulsory to have a vaccination against yellow fever to enter Tanzania in case you are travelling to Tanzania from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
There are no malaria-carrying mosquitoes on Kilimanjaro due to the high elevations. Anti-malaria pills are also reported to worsen symptoms of altitude sickness. However, there is always a risk of infection when you are at lower elevations around Tanzania. We recommend consulting a travel doctor before departure.
We also recommend reviewing the UK NHS fit-for-travel website for Tanzania for more information on immunisations and malaria: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/united-republic-of-tanzania
What currency is used in Tanzania?
Tanzania uses the Tanzanian shilling. US dollars are widely accepted. There are many options in Moshi to exchange currencies and ATMs in Moshi can also be used to withdraw local currency.
What are meals and accommodation like?
In Moshi, you will stay in a 3-star hotel (Aishi Machame Hotel or Altezza Lodge) with complimentary breakfast.
On the trek you will be staying in mountain hut accommodation (Day 2 to Day 6). The Kilimanjaro Marangu Trek is the only route that uses the huts for accommodation on the mountain.
All accommodation is on sharing basis. You will be sharing with your travel companion or we will match you with another same sex adventurer.
Food includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical menu features different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables. Vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost. All drinks on the hike are provided (coffee, tea, hot water and water).
How big are the groups?
Group size is limited to 12 people.
Can I do the trek privately?
Yes, if you would like a private trek just contact us and we can arrange this. There may be a single supplement charge.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
Yes, the minimum age to join this adventure is 18. Children over the age of 16 can join this adventure but will need to be accompanied by a parent / legal guardian.
How much should I tip the crew?
Tipping is discretionary. But as a rough guideline you should budget 10% of your trek cost. Tips should be given to the guide at the end of the trek and can be given in US$ or Tanzanian shillings. Your guide will distribute tips fairly to porters.
What are your cancellation terms?
Should you need to cancel the following terms apply.
- Less than 4 weeks from departure: No refund
- Between 4-8 weeks from departure: 100% refund less full deposit
- More than 8 weeks before departure: 100% refund less 3% refund transaction fee.
Cancellation fees are set our in our Terms and Conditions. You may be able to reclaim refund charges if your reason for cancellation is covered by your travel insurance policy.
- 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
- Sun hat + Sunglasses
- Neck warmer
- Hiking boots
- 4-5 hiking socks + 1 x thermal socks
- Trainers for camp
- 20-25L daypack
- 90-100L Duffel Bag (waterproof)
- Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain
- Four season sleeping bag
- Trekking Poles
- Headlamp and spare batteries
- Water bottle / hydration bladder
- Water treatment tablets
- Sun cream
There are a number of good rental gear shops in Moshi where one can rent / buy most items listed above.
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.
3-Star Hotel in Moshi
In Moshi, you will stay in 3-star hotel accommodation with complimentary breakfast.
Mountain Hut Accommodation
During the trek you will be staying in mountain hut accommodation.
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