6 Days Marangu Route - Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking
- Duration 6 days
- No Of People From 1 person
6 Days Marangu Route - Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking
The Marangu route is known as the “Coca Cola route” and is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Many hikers believe that Marangu route is the easiest route to Uhuru peak, since it is the route which can be hiked in 5 days (making it lower budget option).
It is unfortunately a well-known fact, that the 5 days Marangu route 4 Nights on the Mountain has one of the lowest summit success rates of all the routes on the mountain. If you choose Marangu route, we strongly recommend hiking for 6 days, to increase your chance to reach the summit successfully as more time on the mountain it allow a better chance for acclimatization. This is the only route, which provide comfortable sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses at every overnight station. Marangu route use the same route for ascend and descend.
This route is a great choice for those who prefer hut accommodations and a relatively shorter trek, but it's essential to be physically prepared and allow for acclimatization to maximize your chances of reaching the summit.
Duration: Typically, the Marangu Route is a 5-6 day trek, although some variations may extend to 7 days.
Difficulty: It's considered one of the less challenging routes up Kilimanjaro. It's often chosen by trekkers who prefer a more comfortable trek with hut accommodations.
Scenery: The route offers diverse landscapes, from lush rainforests and moorlands to alpine deserts. The final ascent to Uhuru Peak takes trekkers across the Kibo volcanic crater.
However, it's important to note that the ease of the route can lead to less acclimatization time, so it's still crucial to be prepared for the altitude.
Here are the highlights of Marangu Route
- Marangu Gate: The trek starts at the Marangu Gate, which is also where the park headquarters is located. Trekkers register here before beginning their journey.
- Hut Accommodations: The Marangu Route is unique in that it provides hut accommodations along the way, which means you don't need to camp. The huts offer basic amenities like bunk beds and dining areas.
- Mandara Hut: The first overnight stop is usually at Mandara Hut (2,700 meters), situated in a lush forest. It's a good introduction to the mountain's changing terrain.
- Horombo Hut: On the second day, trekkers ascend to Horombo Hut (3,720 meters), where you'll notice the landscape transforming into moorland. This is a good place for acclimatization.
- Kibo Hut: The route leads to Kibo Hut (4,700 meters) on day three. From here, trekkers typically make their final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Kilimanjaro.
- Uhuru Peak: The climb to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) is challenging due to altitude, but reaching the summit is an incredible achievement. Trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment.
- Gilmans Point: Located on the rim of the Kibo Crater, Gilman's Point is often the first stopping point on the summit attempt.
- Stella Point: Just a short distance from Uhuru Peak, Stella Point offers stunning sunrise views and a sense of accomplishment for trekkers.
- Mawenzi Peak: Along the way, trekkers get to admire Mawenzi Peak, the second-highest peak on Kilimanjaro.
This budget tour includes camping and hotels
This tour will be organized exclusively for you and won’t be shared with others.
Can start any day
If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.
Can be customized
You can request changes to this tour
Suitable for solo travelers
Solo travelers can book this private tour.
Minimum age of 7 years
The minimum age for this tour is 7 years.
Activities And Transportation
A transfer from and back to the airport is included
Getting around: hiking/walking
You will be greeted by a Regal Trails Adventures representative when you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and taken to the Luxury Lodge in Moshi B&B for the night. Your head guide will meet you for a briefing, to check your equipment, and to make arrangements for you to rent any additional equipment.
DAY 1: MARANGU GATE – MANDARA HUTS: 8.3KM /5MI | 4-5 HRS | RAINFOREST
Departing from Moshi a 1-hour drive will take you through the Village of Marangu to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate.
We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here..
Elevation: 1905m/6250ft to 2723m/8934ft
Altitude gained: 818m
DAY 2: MANDARA HUTS – HOROMBO HUTS: 12.5KM/7.8MI | 6-8HRS | MOORELAND
After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, through heathland, looking for giant lobelias and groundsels.
Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, to enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts late afternoon beneath the spectacular Kibo Summit viewpoint. Temperatures begin to drop.
Elevation: 2723m/8934ft to 3721m/12,208ft
Altitude gained: 998m
DAY 3: HOROMBO HUTS
You can spend a full day and a second night at Horombo. On this day, you can either rest at the huts or take a stroll up to the Mawenzi base camp then return to the Horombo Huts.
This extra day will help your acclimatization, and further your understanding of the mountains weather and altitude. After your pause, you will continue up to the Kibo Huts on your fourth day for your midnight start to the summit.
DAY 4: HOROMBO HUTS- KIBO HUTS: 10.5KM/6MI | 6-8HRS | SEMI-DESERT
After breakfast, we continue on through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo..
Here while we stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours.
Elevation: 3721m/12,208ft to 4714m/15,466ft
Altitude gained: 993m
DAY 5: KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT: 6.25KM /3.9 MI UP | 5-7HRS | – HOROMBO HUTS: 15.75KM /9MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW CAPPED SUMMIT
Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.
Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!
After photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.
Elevation: 4714m/15,466ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 1181m
Descent to 3721m/12,208ft
Altitude lost: 2174m
DAY 6: HOROMBO HUTS – MARANGU GATE – MOSHI: 20KM/12.5MI |6-7HRS | RAINFOREST
After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye.
We continue the descent down stopping at the Mandara Huts for lunch. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. You return back to the Marangu Park Gate and receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles. From the gate, a vehicle will meet you to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 45 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!
Elevation: 3721m/12,208 to 1905m/6250ft
Altitude lost: 1816m
|No of Clients
|Price Per Person
|2 - 3 Clients
|4 - 6 Clients