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Marangu Route on Kilimanjaro, the Marangu route, also known as the Coca-Cola route, is the oldest and most established route.
Marangu Route in place of camping, this route offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodations.
The Mandara and Kibo Huts each have 60 bunk beds, while the Horombo Hut has 120 bunk beds. Contact us
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Known as the Coca-Cola Route, the Marangu Route is more popular due to its shorter duration and permanent sleep huts at each campsite.
From Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak, the Marangu Route is steep and passes Gilman’s Point.
There is a steeper incline and less time for acclimatization on the Marangu Route.
Kilimanjaro’s Marangu Route is the only route where the ascent and descent routes are shared.
Duration: 5 or 6 days
You will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Qwine Hotel 4 stars B&B for overnight accommodation.
During your briefing and gear check, your head guide will arrange for you to hire any equipment you need.
On Kilimanjaro, the Marangu Route, also known as the Coca-Cola Route, is the oldest and most established route.
The only route offering dormitory-style accommodations instead of camping is this one.
There are 60 bunk beds in each of the Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds in the Horombo Hut.
DAY 1: MARANGU GATE – MANDARA HUTS: 7K /MI | 4-5 HRS | RAINFOREST
Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2740m/9000ft
The Kilimanjaro National Park Gate is 45 minute drive from Moshi through the village of Machame.
Waiting patiently for our permits, we will observe the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead.
With your guide telling you about the local flora and fauna, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails.
The trail can be quite slippery and muddy at these lower elevations.
Here, gaiters and trekking poles are highly recommended.
DAY 2: MANDARA HUTS – HOROMBO HUTS: 11KM/3MI | 6-8HRS | MOORELAND
Elevation: 2740m/9000ft to 3690m/12,100ft
We emerge from the rainforest and continue on an ascending path through the heathland, looking for giant lobelias and grounds after a good night’s sleep.
In the open moorlands, small shrubs dominate the 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.
DAY 3: HOROMBO HUTS- KIBO HUTS: 10KM/6MI | 6-8HRS | SEMI-DESERT
Elevation: 3690m/12,100ft to 4695m/15,400ft
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.
DAY 4: KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT: 4KM /2.5 MI UP | 5-7HRS | – HOROMBO HUTS: 14KM /9MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW-CAPPED SUMMIT
Elevation: 4695m/15,400ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Descent to 3690m/12,100ft
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 in a switchback formation by trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead.
With a switchback motion, we ascend through heavy scree and possibly snow toward Gillman’s 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.
DAY 5: HOROMBO HUTS – MARANGU GATE – MOSHI: 18KM/11MI |6-7HRS | RAINFOREST
Elevation: 3690m/12,100 to 1830m/6000ft
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!!
Overnight Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel. before being transferred to your journey home, safari, or a relaxing trip to Zanzibar.
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What’s included in this tour?
Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
Transfer to the trailhead – entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
Pick up at the exit from Kilimanjaro park and transfer to the hotel;
All park fees are collected by Kilimanjaro park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fees, and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).
By exposing climbers to higher elevations quicker (day three), the Qwine Hotel in Kilimanjaro) before the expedition and one night after; hotels have everything for your comfortable stay – caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, and a restaurant,);
Tented accommodation on Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Kilimanjaro Tents).
All accommodation is on a sharing basis (i.e. you’ll be sharing together with your travel companion a twin/double room within the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we’ll match you with a same-sex adventurer).
Breakfast within the hotel before and after the hike;
All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several sorts of fish and meat, fresh fruit, and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, cocoa, and water).
Hiking and safety equipment
2-inch (10-cm) thick and cozy sleeping mats;
All group equipment (spacious and cozy dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery, and cutlery);
Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
Complete medical kits.
Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro park. All our guides are holders of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness care certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
What’s not included in this tour?
Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
Personal gear rentals;
Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);