Marangu Route Description
The Marangu route is the shortest route, and as such regarded as the easiest route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. You may have heard it referred to as the ‘Coca-Cola’ route (due to the fact that it is ‘softer’ than some of the other route choices!) although you will still face a challenging trek to the summit of Uhuru Peak. This route takes you at a gentle pace through forests, moorlands and across the ‘Saddle’ which is a high altitude desert separating the main summit of Kibo (5896m) from the craggy Mawenzi (5149m) to reach Kibo hut. From here you will make your early morning trek to the summit where you will see the dawn rising from Gillman’s Point on the crater rim.
The Marangu route is the only route on Kilimanjaro that provides you with accommodation in ‘huts’ rather than tents, so you will have the luxury of a mattress and a little extra warmth at night.
The minimum number of days recommended to complete the trek is 5, though if you are new to high altitude trekking we suggest that you include the extra day which will help with acclimatisation and give you a much better chance of success.
Itinerary of Marangu Route
- Day 1 – We begin by arriving at the Springlands hotel (B&B). A chance to rest up before the start of your Kilimanjaro adventure.
- Day 2 – Begins with a drive to the distinctive Marangu Gate where the anticipation really starts. Your first introduction to the mountain is through a stunning 4 hour walk through the rain forest to Mandara huts that nestled in the forest at 2743m.
- Day 3 – We continue our trek up the marangu route, leaving the lush Kilimanjaro rainforests and cross open moor land to Horombo hut (3760m) in the distance and still a few days away you will see the impressive snowcapped summit of Kilimanjaro. This day’s walk takes about 5 hours.
- Day 4 – Offers the chance to rest up and acclimatisation at Horombo Hut. Today you will have the chance to take a day walk to beautiful geological phenomena known as Zebra rocks or visit Mawenzi hut.
- Day 5 – Your day’s climb continues walking through the moorland then across The Saddle to Kibo hut, 4730m, where you’ll spend the night, before the final push to the summit early the next day. This day’s walk takes around 5 hours.
- Day 6 – The Big Day. Very early start for the summit we take the steep scree up to Gillman’s Point (5h, 5681m), and continue to Uhuru Peak (1h30min., 5895m). Congratulations you’ve made to the top. Enjoy your time on the summit, it’s been well deserved. Descend to Kibo Hut for a very welcome lunch and a rest before descending to Horombo hut (about 13h total walking time). A long day, but the success and experience of reaching the top will drive you.
- Day 7 – A beautiful and considerable easier descent down the Marangu route to the gate (5h). Followed by a drive back to the hotel (B&B).
- Day 8 – After the delicious breakfast, depart the hotel for your next locations…whether it be on a safari, to the legendary Zanzibar spice islands or back home.
Prices of Marangu Route
COST: 5-Day Marangu Route Trek From $1545 per person
An Additional day for acclimatisation (if required) $358 pp
Single surcharge $76 per person
Single surcharge (if required) $76
Airport transfers from Kilimanjaro airport can be arranged for $20 per person, each way
For Groups of 6 or more we offer a discount of $30 per person and during the Low season (April – 13 June & Nov) a Discount of $50 per person.
To see what is included/not included in the cost and for Tipping guidelines please see check our PDF
Why choose the Marangu Route?
While the real luxury on Kilimanjaro are the hearty and much anticipated days meals, the Marangu route offers the extra luxury of the communal beds and warm mattresses. It’s also the shortest route and great if you haven’t experienced high altitude before.
Besides the Marangu, there are four routes and the advantages of those you can read about here: Kilimanjaro: Which Route to Take?
General Information: Marangu Route
For more information about: what to take on your trip, health and safety information and our packing lists.
ZARA, one of the top three operators in Northern Tanzania. Was founded in 1986 by Zainab Ansell as an international travel agency and in 1987 was appointed as an IATA agency. In the same year Safari trips, and climbs of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru began.
EWP began working with Zara when we were initially based in Kenya 25 years ago.
Many years of experience in running these trips have now been accumulated and in some years Zara has been the top provider. We now have a large fleet of 4x4WD vehicles and over 80 guides working with us. 28 mountain guides are registered to Zara. All of our drivers and guides are experienced and speak English. In addition Zara now own and run two hotels – Springlands hotel in Moshi and the Highview hotel in Ngorongoro conservation area along with the safari Wildcamps in Ikoma, Serengeti and Ngorongoro. This allows Zara to be in complete control of your trek or safari from start to finish, ensuring that you receive the best possible service throughout. Check on Trip Advisor for reviews of Zara.