6 Days Marangu Route Trekking

The Marangu Route, often called the “Coca-Cola Route,” is the oldest and most popular trail to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Known for its gentle slopes and hut accommodations, it offers a unique trekking experience.


Duration : 6 Days

Pickup/ Drop Off : Kilimanjaro International Airport

Destination : Mount Kilimanjaro

Activity : Trekking



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Day 1: Arusha to Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

The journey begins with an early morning departure from Arusha, heading towards the Marangu Gate, the starting point of the Marangu Route. After completing the necessary park registration formalities, trekkers meet their guides and porters, ready to embark on their adventure. The trek commences through lush rainforest, where the air is thick with the sounds of wildlife and the scent of foliage. As the day progresses, the trail gradually ascends, leading trekkers towards their first overnight stop, Mandara Hut, nestled at an altitude of 2,700 meters. Here, adventurers can rest, refuel with a hearty dinner, and prepare for the days ahead.

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Following a nourishing breakfast, trekkers continue their ascent through the enchanting rainforest, gradually transitioning into the heath and moorland zone. Along the way, they pass by notable landmarks such as Maundi Crater, offering sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. As the trail winds its way upward, trekkers eventually arrive at Horombo Hut, situated at 3,720 meters above sea level. Here, they have the opportunity to rest, acclimatize to the altitude, and marvel at the stunning vistas that surround them.

Day 3: Acclimatization Day at Horombo Hut

With the importance of acclimatization in mind, trekkers spend a full day at Horombo Hut. This day provides an opportunity to allow their bodies to adjust to the increasing altitude gradually. While at Horombo Hut, trekkers may choose to take a short hike to nearby attractions such as Zebra Rocks or simply relax and enjoy the serene atmosphere. Proper hydration, rest, and gentle activity help prepare trekkers for the challenges ahead as they anticipate the summit push

Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

As trekkers bid farewell to Horombo Hut, they leave behind the moorland zone and ascend into the starkly beautiful alpine desert. Passing by the Last Water Point, they marvel at the rugged beauty of Mawenzi Peak in the distance. The trail leads them steadily upward until they reach Kibo Hut, positioned at 4,703 meters. Here, trekkers rest and refuel, knowing that the most challenging part of their journey lies ahead. With an early dinner and a focus on rest, they prepare themselves mentally and physically for the summit attempt.

Day 5: Summit Day - Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

In the predawn hours, trekkers begin the arduous ascent towards Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. With headlamps illuminating the way, they navigate the steep and rocky terrain known as Gilman’s Point. Despite the challenges, the breathtaking sunrise at Uhuru Peak makes every step worthwhile. Celebrating their accomplishment, trekkers pause to soak in the panoramic views before beginning the descent back to Kibo Hut. After a short rest and breakfast, they continue their descent to Horombo Hut, reflecting on the incredible journey they’ve undertaken.

Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate to Arusha

On the final day of the trek, trekkers descend through the rainforest, retracing their steps back to Marangu Gate. Here, they complete the necessary park formalities and receive their well-earned summit certificates. With a sense of accomplishment and gratitude, trekkers bid farewell to Mount Kilimanjaro and begin the journey back to Arusha. As they return to civilization, they carry with them memories of camaraderie, resilience, and the awe-inspiring beauty of Africa’s highest peak.

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