5 Day Marangu Route Climb Kilimanjaro



Embark on an awe-inspiring adventure with our 5-Day Marangu Route Climb up Kilimanjaro, a journey that seamlessly blends exhilaration and natural splendor. As you ascend the iconic peak, you’ll experience the thrill of conquering one of Africa’s tallest mountains while immersing yourself in the breathtaking landscapes that surround you. Our carefully crafted itinerary ensures a perfect balance of challenge and enjoyment, allowing you to savor the beauty of Kilimanjaro’s diverse ecosystems. From the lush rainforests at the base to the surreal lunar-like landscapes at higher altitudes, each day brings new vistas and triumphs. Our expert guides, well-versed in the Marangu Route intricacies, accompany you every step of the way, providing insightful commentary and ensuring your safety. With comfortable accommodations and well-planned rest stops, this climb caters to both the adventure seeker and the nature enthusiast. Join us for an unforgettable 5-day journey on the Marangu Route, where every step brings you closer to the summit and an experience that will linger in your heart forever. Elevate your senses and conquer Kilimanjaro in style!

Overview of the 5 Day Marangu Route:

The Marangu Route, also known as the Coca-Cola Route, is the oldest and most established route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the only route that offers sleeping huts along the way, making it a popular choice for climbers who prefer more comfort. The Marangu Route is also known as the easiest and most direct route to the summit, with a success rate of around 80%.

What to Pack:

  • You’ll need to pack warm and waterproof clothing, sturdy hiking boots, and a backpack with enough space to carry your essentials. We recommend hiring a porter to carry your gear, so you can focus on the climb. Our team can provide you with a complete packing list and advice on what to bring.

  • What to Expect:

    • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route is physically demanding, and it requires a good level of fitness. You’ll be hiking for several hours each day, and the altitude can make it even more challenging. However, with proper training and preparation, you can reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route in 5 days.

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If you’ve chosen airport transfers, we’ll collect you from Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha Airport and transport you to your Moshi hotel or Arusha Hotel.

We recommend arriving at least one day before the trek. On this day, a pre-trek briefing will be held at your Moshi hotel or Arusha , where we’ll review equipment and arrange any necessary rentals.

After breakfast and the briefing, we’ll drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (approximately 1-2 hour). Following registration, we’ll begin the climb through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater offers panoramic views of Northern Tanzania and Kenya. Look out for Eucalyptus trees, birdlife, and Colobus monkeys in the rainforest.

Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
Distance: 8km/5mi
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Leave the rainforest behind and ascend through open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Marvel at the breathtaking views of Mawenzi and Kibo. Keep an eye out for giant lobelias and grounsels. Altitude effects may become noticeable.

Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
Distance: 12km/7.5mi
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Heathland
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Continue ascending, passing the last watering point and reaching the Kilimanjaro saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Vegetation transitions to upper heathland and then gives way to a barren “moonscape.” Prepare for the summit climb after dinner and rest.

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
Distance: 9km/5.5mi
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Begin the summit climb very early (midnight to 2 am), navigating steep scree or snow to Gilman’s point on the crater rim. Continue to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Descend to Kibo for lunch and rest before proceeding to the Horombo encampment.

Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Down to 3700m/12,200ft
Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 6-8 hours down
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After breakfast, descend steadily through moorland to the Mandara Hut, then through a lush forest path to the Marangu National Park gate. Lower elevations may be wet and muddy. A vehicle will be waiting at Marangu gate to drive you back to your Moshi hotel (approximately 1 hour).

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
Distance: 20km/12.5mi
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Forest
Meals: Breakfast



  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel

  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides

  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries, and park fees

  • Sleeping Mattress

  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder

  • All meals while on the Mountain

  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

  • Clean, purified drinking water

  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)

  • Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)

  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)

  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)

  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate

  • Tanzania Visa

  • International and domestic flights

  • Hotel (available as an optional addon)

  • Transfers (available as an optional addon)

  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary

  • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages

  • Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

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