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6 Day Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour
– Marangu Route

The Marangu Route, often dubbed the “Coca-Cola Route,” is one of the most popular paths for ascending Mount Kilimanjaro due to its relatively comfortable amenities and shorter duration compared to other routes. Taking about five to six days to complete, it is known for its simplicity and gradual ascent, making it suitable for less experienced climbers. Accommodation along the route consists of huts with basic facilities, offering a more sheltered experience compared to camping. While lacking the scenic diversity of other routes, the Marangu Route presents stunning views of Kilimanjaro’s glaciers and surrounding landscapes, providing a memorable and accessible journey to the summit for many adventurers.

Tour Plan

01

Day 1-6 | Tanzania

Transfer from the hotel to Marangu Gate (1860m) - Mandara Hut (2700m)

After breakfast and a briefing (including a check of your equipment), we drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate. Once the necessary formalities are completed, your hike through the dense rainforest can begin. Besides the impressive vegetation, you have the opportunity to observe black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, and various bird species. After about 3-4 hours, you will reach the day‘s destination - the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, you can take a short trip to the Maundi crater (15 minutes away) with your guide. The great view of Kilimanjaro, of north Tanzania and into Kenya is worth the extra effort in good weather. Dinner and overnight on the Mandara Hut. ( from Sal Salinero, or Weruweru River Lodge, HB). Lunch; Dinner

02

Mandara Hut (2700m) - Horombo Hut (3700m)

The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. After a 5-6 hour hike, you will reach the Horombo Hut, which is located at 3700 meters. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo, and the wide plain of the Maasai steppe. Dinner and overnight at the Horombo Hut.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
03

Horombo Hut (3700m) - Zebra Rocks (3980m) - Horombo Hut (3700m)

Today serves as an acclimatization day. This should not be underestimated and will greatly improve your chances of success in reaching the summit. After a relaxed breakfast, your route will lead you today to Zebra Rocks (3980m). The striking black-and-white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a warm lunch will be waiting for you. In the afternoon, you can rest and gather your strength for the next day’s hike. Dinner and overnight at the Horombo Hut.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
04

Horombo Hut (3700m) - Kibo Hut (4700m)

Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Waterpoint” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This near vegetation-less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut, which is usually reached in about 5 - 6 hours. Here you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night as the night will be short

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
05

Kibo Hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3700m)

Today is the great day - Summit Day! This begins at night because the lava ash is still frozen and so the ascent is easier. Your guide wakes you around 11 pm, and an hour later the long and strenuous way to the summit begins. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5151m, the climb slowly but surely ascends. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You quickly forget the coldness of the night and will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895 meters after another 1-2 hours. Congratulations! You‘ve made it to the "Roof of Africa". Enjoy this moment... The route back down follows the same path; the lava ash will now have thawed, which allows for a fast descent. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you and you can regain your strength. After a 1-2 hour rest, you will continue to Horombo Hut (3700m) where you will arrive in the afternoon. After an evening meal, most mountain conquerors understandably retire early to bed!

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
06

Horombo Hut (3700m) - Marangu Gate (1860m) – Transfer to the hotel

The final stage leads through heath and moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m), where a warm lunch will be waiting for you. Then you will once again pass through the tropical rainforest, and after a total time of 6 hours of trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After arriving in Moshi, you will celebrate your summit success with your mountain team at the office and then will be transferred to your hotel (Sal Salinero, or Weruweru River Lodge, HB). Here you can finally enjoy a hot and relaxing shower.

  • Breakfast; Lunch