5 Days marangu Route

5 Days marangu Route

Routes Overview

Marangu, also known as the Coca-Cola Route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro with views of the Kibo and Mawenzi volcanoes!

It is the only route equipped with sleeping huts, which come in handy in the rainy season.

This route is recommended for beginners and those who appreciate comfortable conditions.

The distance of the Marangu Route is about 64 kilometres.

You have the option to spend an extra day at Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) for better acclimatization.

This trek is the fastest (five days) hike for skilled trekkers.

Extras surcharge

Pre climb or post-climb accommodation

Extra single tents for camping routes not already included

Pre climb briefing in Arusha / out of Moshi and Arusha / out of Moshi gate transfers

Additional emergency oxygen cylinders (or any emergency cylinders for Mt Meru STTK15,15+1)

Comfort upgrades such as a portable toilet (excluding STTK16, K16+1), bed, larger tent, upgraded menu, celebration items, etc.

Airport or private / non-group gate transfers and out of Moshi transfers

Domestic flights

Day trips

Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation membership

Extra guides or porters

Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, duffel bags, etc.

Additional day for acclimatization (for STTKX)

Tour Itineraries


Direct arrival to Moshi. Pre-climb briefing on trek (time to be confirmed).

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approx. trekking time: None
  • Approx. trekking distance: None
  • Start altitude: None
  • End altitude: None
  • Highest Altitude reached: None
  • Altitude gain: None Meals included: None

Day 1 - Maragu Gate to Mandara Hut

Depart from Moshi to Marangu gate, upon arrival at the gate complete park formalities ready for your trek. Your trek today will be through the rainforest. You may encounter some wild animals such as colobus monkey and some bird species and plant species on your way to Mandara hut. After a rest, you will then trek to the rim of Maundi Crater with a spectacular view of Mawenzi peak. Later descend back to Mandara hut.

  • Driving distance: 1 hour
  • Trekking time: 3-4hours
  • Trekking distance: 7km
  • Start altitude: 11260m
  • End altitude: 2720m
  • Highest Altitude: 2775m
  • Altitude gain: 915m
  • Meals included: Lunch, dinner

Day 2 - Mandara Hut to Kibo Huts

Proceed with your ascent through the rain forest to heather and moorland. If cloudless you may see the views of Kibo and Mawenzi. On this day you will encounter different plant and bird species.

  • Trekking time: 5-6 hours
  • Trekking distance: 11km
  • Start altitude: 2720m
  • End altitude: 3700m
  • Highest Altitude: 3700m
  • Altitude gain: 980m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3 - Kibo Huts to Stella Point

Continue ascending past ‘the last water point’ traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi through the alpine desert zone.

  • Trekking time: 5-7h
  • Trekking distance:12km
  • Start altitude: 3700m
  • End altitude: 4703m
  • Highest Altitude: 4703m
  • Altitude gain: 1003m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - Stella Point to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Around midnight start for the summit to Gilman’s Point (5681m) and then continue to Stella point (5685m) and later, proceed to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Spend few minutes on the top by and then descend to Horombo Hut via Kibo Hut.

  • Trekking time: 14-18hours
  • Trekking distance: 21km
  • Start altitude: 4700m
  • End altitude: 3700m
  • Highest Altitude: 5895m
  • Altitude gain: 1195m
  • Altitude loss: 2195m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5 - Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate to Moshi

Continue your descent through the heather and moorland to the forest zone to Marangu Gate (1860m) where your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to Moshi.

  • Trekking time: 5-7hours
  • Trekking distance: 17km
  • Start altitude: 3700m
  • End altitude: 1860m
  • Highest Altitude: 5895m
  • Altitude gain: 2195m
  • Altitude loss:1840m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
  • Driving time: 1 hour

Trip Included

  • All taxes and VAT applicable
  • All National Park conservation, park entry, camping or hut and rescue fees as applicable
  • Trained, certified, and experienced English-speaking mountain guide
  • 1 x luggage porter carrying luggage of 15kg per person for Kilimanjaro / 12kg per person for Meru
  • Specialist tent crew to service and set up campsites
  • Trained and experienced personal mountain cook and waiter
  • All meals on the mountain and eating utensils, cutlery, bowls, cups, etc.
  • Pre-climb briefing and equipment check with the guide/tour consultant in Moshi
  • 1 x transfer from a Moshi based lodge to park gates per group
  • 1 x transfer from park gates to a Moshi based lodge per group
  • Crew transportation for remote gates (Londrossi / Rongai)
  • Luggage storage while on trek
  • Boiled drinking water on trek (from 1st hut/camp onwards)
  • 1 Emergency oxygen cylinder per group (excluding STTK15 and K15+1, Mt. Meru) and first aid kit
  • Twice daily health checks with guides and a high-grade medical oximeter
  • Hand washing station, sanitizers, and small personal washbasin at campsites
  • Shared public toilet facilities at huts or public campsites
  • 1 x approx. 100Ltr rubberized hold all bag/packsack
  • Basic sleeping mattress per person (provided by the park for hut routes
  • Shared use of Mountain huts (sharing) or Four season tents (sharing for even-numbered groups + 1 single tent for odd numbers), chairs, tables, dining tent for camping routes
  • Private portable toilet (inc. toilet, toilet tent, porter to carry / clean, toilet rolls)

Trip Excluded

  • Tips / gratuities
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol, etc.
  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Water on the first day of the trek
  • Metal & hard plastic water bottles, water bladders, etc. (note: soft plastics are not permitted on the mountain)

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Mandara Hut

Mandara Hut

Horombo Huts

Horombo Huts

Kibo Huts

Kibo Huts

Stella Point

Stella Point

Uhuru Peak

Uhuru Peak

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