Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Phone: +61 2 8005 7390
Email SafariHQ SafariHQ On Skype SafariHQ On Facebook SafariHQ On Twitter SafariHQ On You Tube Instagram Linked In Blog

Hide Page

Mt Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

6 Days/5 Nights

The oldest and most popular route up Kilimanjaro, the Marangu Route draws close to 80% of the mountains trekkers. First time trekkers are attracted to this route as it can be done in 5 days, however it should be kept in mind that only 10% of trekkers attempting Kilimanjaro summit in the 5 days. It is recommended for acclimatisation purposes that the trek be done over 6 days. This increases your risk to summit at Uhuru Peak quite considerably. The Marangu Route goes up the south eastern side  of the mountain and approaches the summit of Kibo via the crater rim at Gilman’s Point.

Budget Standard Luxury Campsite Permanent Campsite Lodge Hotel

Safari Highlights

  • Hut Style accommodation entire route
  • Good success rate for 6 day trek
  • Nicknamed the 'Coca-Cola' route due to the tea huts where Coke can be bought along the way
  • Ascent and descent on same route
  • Does not allow climbers to “walk high, sleep low” enabling better acclimatisation.
  • Scenery and views excellent
  • Wildlife sightings common

Safari at a Glance

1Marangu Gate (1860m) to Mandara Hut (2700m)Mandara Hut
2Mandara Hut(2700m) to Horombo Hut (3720m)Horombo Hut
3Horombo Hut Acclimatisation DayHorombo Hut
4Horombo Hut (3720m) to Kibo Hut (4705m)Kibo Hut
5Kibo Hut (4705m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3720m)Horombo Hut
6Horombo Hut (3720m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)
The Itinerary

Start: Arrival in Moshi

Meals: None

Jambo, welcome to Tanzania. You will be transferred to your accommodation in Moshi where you will attend a pre-departure meeting with your Kilimanjaro guide to go over last minute details of your upcoming trek.

Day 1: Marangu Gate (1860m) to Mandara Hut (2700m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast you will be collected by your SafariHQ guide who will transfer you to Marangu gate which is situated on the eastern foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro.On arrival, you will meet your team of guides and porters and will pick up any last minute items that you may need over the next 6 days. You will then head to the entrance of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park where you will register for the climb. On this first day we will head towards Mandara Hut, you will enjoy walking through coffee plantations and rainforest. There are excellent opportunities to view monkeys that inhabit this zone.

Hike Distance 12kms

Hiking Time: 5-6 hrs

Day 2: Mandara Hut(2700m) to Horombo Hut (3720m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Todays climb will be slightly more strenuous than yesterdays. You start with a steep climb through rainforest that is quite stunning that connects to a gentle band of heather before becoming moorland. You will see Kilimanjaro’s twin peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi peering over you from above. Accommodation will be at Horombo Hut. Today you have gained about 1000metres in altitude and you will spend 2 nights at Horombo to better acclimatise.

Hike Distance 15kms

Hiking Time: 6hrs

Day 3: Horombo Hut Acclimatisation Day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today will be spent at Horombo Hut.  A day here provides an excellent opportunity to acclimatise and give you a much better chance to summit. The hut is a bustling hub of activity with porters, trekkers, and guides both descending and ascending and trading tales about their adventure. There are some short walks varying in duration that you can choose to do on this day. You may choose to visit Zebra Rocks or trek to the base of Mawenzi Peak(the eastern summit of Kili). Enjoy a nourishing meal and an early night before your next day of trekking.

Hike Distance 5kms(depending on what hike you choose)

Hiking Time: 3 – 5 hrs

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3720m) to Kibo Hut (4705m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we continue our 12km ascent into the alpine desert zone towards Kibo Huts (4700m). The landscape becomes progressively rocky and rugged. The first half of the hike traverses the upper heath land, whilse the second half of the hike crosses the vast “Saddle”which refers to the broad tundra desert that is  located between the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. Giant groundsels and lobelias appear in this sparse moorland. We will arrive at Kibo Hut, in time for you to prepare for tomorrows final assault. You will retire to bed early, as you will need to rise at midnight to climb to the summit before the morning cloud settles .

Hike Distance 15kms

Hiking Time: 6hrs

Day 5: Kibo Hut (4705m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3720m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is summit day. It is a long and very demanding day. You will start out in darkness and a head torch is a great item to use at this time. You will trek over frozen scree as we pass Williams Point and Hans Meyer Cave. After the  cave the gradient gets steeper and the walk becomes very difficult. After 5-6hours you will reach Gilman’s Point. From here you can see down into the snow filled crater, across to the spectacular stepped cliffs of the Eastern Icefields back down to The Saddle. From Gilman’s to Uhuru Peak takes a further 2 1/2 hours. Once you have reached the peak you will have an  opportunity to enjoy the views and take photos before starting your descent. The trek down is much easier than the trek up. You will make it down to Horombo Hut in 3-4 hours. You will enjoy a hot lunch and rest before you complete your descent tomorrow.

Hike Distance 27kms

Hiking Time: 14hrs

Day 6: Horombo Hut (3720m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)

Meals: None

Today we will retrace our ascent as we make our way down Mount Kilimanjaro. A hot lunch will be enjoyed at Mandara Hut. You will arrive at Marangu Gate to receive your certificate. If you made it to Uhuru Peak you will receive a gold certificate, those that make it as far as Gilman’s will receive a green certificate. You will then be transferred to your accommodation of choice or to your starting point for your onward journey. You may choose to add a safari on to this itinerary or one of our optional activities as your next destination.

Hike Distance 20kms

Hiking Time: 6-7hrs

What's Included?

  • 1 night before and after the climb in Moshi in hotel (BB)
  • Transport to and from Moshi
  • All National Park fees
  • Guide and porter fees
  • All food whilst on the trek

What's Not Included?

  • Airport Transfers $20 each way
  • Single supplements for private tent or room use ($120)
  • Private parties of two persons or less ($300 per trip)
  • Extra Porter $15
  • Bottled water for rescue/emergency use $120
  • Gamow bag, per trip $150
  • Private Toilet per trip $120
  • Sleeping bag rental per trip$40
  • Trekking poles rental per trip $12