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Marangu Route is the most popular, least difficult and the shortest way to Uhuru Peak. This route is also called the Tourist Route or the Coca Cola Route. 70% of all climbers choose this route, because most of the route consists of easy hiking. This route is fairly easy but the final part to the summit is still difficult. Although this route is the easiest, it has the highest failure rate due to bad preparation. It is advised to take this route seriously enough, to be well organized and to take all possible safety measures.
All the camps on this route sale goods such as chocolates, beer, soft drinks and mineral water, and they all have a radio contact to the Park Office. This route can be done in 5 days but it is advised to take an extra day for acclimatization at the Horombo hut which is also the only campsite on Kilimanjaro with beds and mattresses.
Moshi/Kilimanjaro International Airport/Arusha
Immediately after pick-up from your Hotel/Airport.
The Marangu route offers a gentler and easier path than some of the other routes. It might be the less scenic than the other Kilimanjaro routes because you ascend and descend along the same path. That said, the scenery is still very beautiful; you pass through rainforest, moorland, high-altitude desert, and an arctic zone.
Note: Marangu Route, commonly known as the Coca Cola route is more popular because it can be done in fewer days and has permanent sleep huts at the campsites however summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak.
It is a shorter route with a steeper incline and less time for acclimatization it tends to have a lower summit success rate. This is the only route where the ascent and descent route is shared, thus creating more traffic.
You’ll be picked up from your Moshi accommodation/Kilimanjaro International Airport and make the drive to Kilimanjaro National Park, Marangu Gate(1870 M) arriving in time for lunch at the gate.
From here, you’ll liaise with your guides and begin your ascent through the verdant rainforest that clothes the lower reaches of Kilimanjaro.
Hiking through this ancient jungle, you’ll get to go on a miniature safari as you spot wildlife such as black and white colobus monkeys along the way.
You’ll spend your night at the modern Mandara Huts(2700 M), which boast luxuries such as solar lighting and flush toilets. You won’t be seeing those again anytime soon!
Destination: Kilimanjaro National Park
Hiking Time: 4 to 5 hrs. (8 Km)
Elevation: 830 M
Meals: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
After your breakfast you’ll set off bright and early today, as you’ve got a long day of hiking ahead of you!
Today’s hike takes you from the verdant rainforest into the stark alpine zone, as you’ll cover more kilometres than your 1st day.
If the weather is clear, you’ll find stunning views of Kibo Glacier on your way before settling down for the evening at Horombo Huts. (3720 M)
Destination: Horombo Huts
Hiking Time: 6 to 8 hrs. (12 Km)
Zone: Rainforest/Low Alpine Zone
Elevation: 1020 M
Meals: All Meals
It’s another big day of hiking today, as you’ll make your way to Kibo Hut to set up camp ahead of your summit attempt.
Climbing almost 1,000m, you’ll pass your last watering point at the 4,130m mark before arriving at Kibo Hut (4700 M) in the afternoon.
Remember to drink plenty of water during your early dinner, as you’ll be up bright and early tomorrow to begin your ascent to the summit!
Destination: Kibo Huts
Hiking Time: 5 to 7 hrs. (10 Km)
Zone: Low Alpine Zone/High Alpine Zone
Elevation: 980 M
Meals: All Meals
You’re going to start your day early today – just after midnight, in fact!
Your climbing team will wake you with a cup of hot tea and a light snack for energy as you get dressed and prepare your daypack for the adventure ahead.
You’ll be hiking in utter darkness for the next 5-7 hours, so take it slow and you’ll arrive at Stella Point a few hours before dawn. From here, there’s another two hours of intense hiking before you reach your ultimate goal: Uhuru Peak.
Standing at 5,985m, you’ll be able to experience a spectacular sunrise and take in the panoramic view. You’ve done it
You’ll then descend back to Horombo Hut via Kibo Hut. At anywhere between 12 and 16 hours of hiking, this is sure to be one of the longest, most grueling days of your life!
Destination: Uhuru Peak and back to Horombo Huts
Summit Ascent Time: 6 to 8 hrs. (5.5 Km)
Descent Time: 4 to 5 hrs to Kibo Huts & 4 to 5 hrs to Horombo Huts.
Zone: Glacial/Low Alpine Zone/High Alpine Zone
Elevation: 1195 M
Meals: All Meals
It’s a day of celebration today, as you’ll enjoy one last breakfast on the mountain before descending to the Marangu Gate.
It’s an almost 20km walk today, but the steady downhill makes it a lot easier than the ascent.
Upon arrival at the gate, you’ll get to celebrate with your porters and guides, provide them with their tips for their hard work, and collect your certificate of completion.
Your driver will then whisk you away to your Moshi or Arusha hotel to get some well-earned rest.
Destination: Back to Moshi/Arusha
Descent Time: 6 to 8 hrs.(20 Km)
Travel Time to Moshi: 2 to 3 hrs
Zone: Low Alpine Zone/Rainforest
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (No Dinner)
No. of Pax
Jan 02 – March 31 | June 01 – Oct 31
Dec 16 – Dec 31
November 01 – December 15
April 01 – May 31
|1||$ 2100||$ 2100||$ 2000|
|2 & 3||$ 1790||$ 1790||$ 1690|
|4 & 5||$ 1670||$ 1670||$ 1570|
|6||$ 1500||$ 1500||$ 1400|
All rates are in US Dollars per person
Children between 12 – 17 years will pay 75% of the adult rates (send the child Names & age for direct booking
Children between 8 – 11 years will pay 50% of the adult rate (send the child Names & age for direct booking)