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The 5 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Marangu Route, also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most well-established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut.

Many favor Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. However, the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu route is, unfortunately, less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason.
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Day 1: Arusha to Mandara Hut.

Elevation (ft): 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Drive from Hotel to Marangu gate and spend around two hours for registration, payments of fees and final parking. Start climbing through dense semi-tropical to the first hut- Mandara hut (9,000ft). Dinner and an overnight at Mandara Hut

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut.

Elevation (ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heath

Early morning breakfast and later ascend through the alpine meadow and grassland and moorland to Horombo hut (12,000ft). Both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be viewed easily on the way. Dinner and an overnight at Horombo Hut.

Day 3: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut.

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Have breakfast and further ascend to Kibo hut (15,000ft). The landscape becomes very stony and eroded. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus, groundswell, and lobelia appear on the way. Dinner and an overnight at Kibo Hut.

Day 4: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut.

Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic
Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
Distance: 16 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath

Wake up at midnight, and after a snack, proceed to the summit through Gilman’s point (18,640ft). It is about 5-6 hours and 1-2 hours from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and from Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft) respectively. You will reach the Mountain peak on the morning of the 5th day and start descending after picture taking on the top to Horombo Hut for dinner and an overnight after a short break at Kibo Hut.

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate – Arusha.

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
Distance: 20 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. The waiting car will take you to Moshi / Arusha, for your ongoing travel arrangements.


  • 2 Nights accommodation bed and breakfast at the hotel in Moshi (before & after the climb)
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue Fees
  • First aid kit
  • Bottled oxygen, for emergency rescue only
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival Pick up from Kilimanjaro Airport and Departure transfers
  • All Ground Transfers
  • Porter service on the trek
  • Accommodation while trekking
  • Trip completion certificate
*Accommodation on the trek is in shared hut facilities
Added charges:

Extra night or acclimatization on the mountain $300 single person.


  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival and $100 for U.S. nationals.
  • Lunch or dinner at the hotel
  • Personal Expenses e.g.( laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours e.g. (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.
  • Mountain equipment (e.g sleeping bag)

Gear List

Note: When packing your gear, the best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. The optimum clothing for trekking is layering, as it allows for easy temperature regulation as you ascend or descend. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a sweater, followed by a fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof jacket. For your bottom half, thermal underwear, hiking pants then windproof and waterproof layers are recommended.

  • Trekking Poles: adjustable poles
  • Trekking Boots: comfortable trekking boots or mid-top hiking shoes
  • Socks: minimum 3 pair thick mountaineering socks and 3 pair liner socks
  • Short Underwear: 1-2 pair of synthetic short underwear
  • Long Underwear: 1-2 pair lightweight long underwear pants and shirts
  • Long Underwear: 1 pair of heavy expedition weight long underwear
  • Trekking Pants: nylon pants worn during warm days
  • Soft Shell Jacket: a hooded jacket
  • Soft Shell Pants: for trekking and climbing
  • Insulated Jacket: PrimaLoft or down
  • Expedition Down Parka: a hooded down jacket with 800 minimum down fill
  • Insulated Pants: PrimaLoft or down, these should have full side zippers
  • Hard Shell Jacket: to be worn in wet conditions
  • Hard Shell Pants: to be worn in wet conditions, these pants should have full side zippers
  • Headlamp: bring extra batteries
  • Warm Hat: a warm fleece or wool hat
  • Balaclava: to cover your face and neck on windy days
  • Sun Hat: a baseball style sun camp
  • Buff: 1-2 of these to wear around your neck & face to block the wind, UV rays, dust
  • Glacier Glasses: wrap around style sunglasses with dark lenses
  • Goggles: with dark lenses
  • Soft Shell Gloves: 1 pair
  • Shell Gloves with Insulated Liner: 1 pair
  • Shell Mittens with Insulated Liner: 1 pair
  • Trekking Backpack: a 20-40 liter backpack
  • Sleeping Bag: rated to at least -20 °F (down is preferable over synthetic)
  • Compression Stuff Sacks: for reducing volume for your sleeping bag and down jacket
  • Self-Inflating Pad: a full-length air mattress
  • Closed Cell Foam Pad: full length is best
  • Sunscreen: SPF 50 or stronger
  • Lips creen: SPF 30 or stronger
  • Water Bottles: 2 bottles with 1-liter capacity each
  • Water Bottle Parkas: to keep your water from freezing
  • Pee Bottle: 1+ liter capacity recommended
  • Pee Funnel: for women
  • Knife: optional
  • Toiletry Bag: toothpaste, toothbrush, baby wipes, etc.
  • Hand Sanitizer: 2 small bottles
  • Hand Warmers / Toe Warmers: 1-2 sets of each for summit day
  • Trash Compactor Bags (3): to line stuff sacks and separate gear
  • Camera: lightweight with extra batteries
  • Travel Clothes: for days in Arusha or on safari
  • Large Duffel Bag with Lock: for transporting all personal gear during the climb, waterproof is best
  • Small Duffel Bag: to store items in the hotel
  • Small Personal First Aid Kit: athletic tape, band-aids, Ibuprofen, Moleskin, blister care products, personal medications, cough drops, etc.


Acetazolamide (Diamox) for altitude illness, antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin or Azithromycin for gastrointestinal or respiratory illness, Ibuprofen for muscle soreness, Pepto Bismol for loose stool, Excedrin for headaches, anti-nausea medications, etc.

Climbing Snacks:

  • Electrolyte Replacement Drink Mix: bring a supply for 6 days
  • Energy Gel: single serving gel packs such as GU, Clif Shot, Powergel, etc.
  • Energy Bars: Power Bar, Cliff Bar, etc.
  • Candy Bars: Snickers, Mars, Twix, Milky Way, etc.

Note: A refillable water bottle/flask is required for the trek, no plastic or disposable bottles are allowed on the mountain and they may be confiscated prior to the hike.