The Marangu route, often referred to as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest and most established trekking path on Kilimanjaro. Known for its hut accommodations, it is considered a relatively easier climb compared to other routes. This route can be completed in 5 days, but a 6-day itinerary allows for better acclimatization and a higher summit success rate.

This 56 day Marangu route itinerary balances adventure and safety, offering a unique experience with comfortable hut accommodations. Enjoy the breathtaking journey to Uhuru Peak and the stunning landscapes of Kilimanjaro!

Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Elevation: 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft (1,843 m to 2,700 m)
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
After breakfast, drive from Moshi to Marangu Gate for registration. Begin your trek through the lush rainforest to Mandara Hut. If time allows, visit the Maundi Crater for panoramic views of the surroundings.

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Elevation: 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft (2,700 m to 3,720 m)
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Continue through the forest until the trail opens into moorland. You’ll cross several streams and catch your first views of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Overnight at Horombo Hut.

Day 3: Acclimatization Day at Horombo Hut (Optional for 6-day itinerary)

Elevation: 12,205 ft (3,720 m)
Distance: Short hikes (up to 5 km)
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Spend an extra day at Horombo Hut to acclimatize. You can take a short hike to Zebra Rocks (13,000 ft / 3,950 m) and back to Horombo. This day significantly increases your chances of reaching the summit.

Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Elevation: 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft (3,720 m to 4,703 m)
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Climb through the Alpine desert habitat, passing the last water point at 13,000 ft. You’ll encounter the “Saddle,” a lunar landscape between Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Overnight at Kibo Hut.

Day 5: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation: 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft (4,703 m to 5,895 m) to 12,205 ft (3,720 m)
Distance: 22 km (6 km ascent, 16 km descent)
Hiking Time: 10-14 hours (6-8 hours to Uhuru Peak, 4-6 hours descent to Horombo Hut)
Habitat: Arctic to Moorland
Begin the final ascent around midnight, trekking through the scree and snow to Gilman’s Point (18,640 ft / 5,681 m). Continue along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. After celebrating your achievement, descend to Horombo Hut for the night.

Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Elevation: 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft (3,720 m to 1,843 m)
Distance: 20 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland to Rain Forest
Complete your descent through the moorland and rainforest to Marangu Gate. Receive your summit certificates and transfer back to Moshi for a well-deserved rest.

Tips for Success

Acclimatization: If possible, choose the 6-day itinerary for an extra acclimatization day at Horombo Hut.
Hydration: Drink plenty of water daily (3-4 liters).
Pace: Walk slowly to conserve energy and allow your body to adjust to the altitude.
Gear: Invest in good-quality gear, especially for cold weather at higher altitudes.
Health: Listen to your body and inform your guide of any symptoms of altitude sickness.


Professional Guides: Certified mountain guides, assistant guides, and porters.
Accommodation: One night at a hotel in Moshi before the climb.
Hut Accommodation: Mandara, Horombo, and Kibo Huts.
Meals: All meals on the mountain, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Transportation: Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport and the trailhead.
Park Fees: Kilimanjaro National Park entrance fees, camping fees, and rescue fees.
Safety Equipment: Oxygen cylinder, pulse oximeter, first aid kit, and VHF handheld radios.
Water: Treated and filtered drinking water throughout the climb.
Porter Services: Porters to carry all group gear and personal baggage (up to 15 kg).
Permits and Logistics: All necessary climbing permits and logistics arrangements.


Flights: International and domestic flights to and from Tanzania.
Visas: Tanzanian visa fees.
Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel and health insurance.
Personal Gear: Personal hiking gear such as sleeping bags, clothing, boots, and trekking poles.
Tips: Tips for guides, porters, and cooks (recommended amount provided).
Optional Activities: Any additional activities or excursions not specified in the itinerary.
Meals in Moshi: Lunch and dinner while in Moshi (unless specified).
Vaccinations: Vaccination costs.
Miscellaneous: Personal expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, and communication charges.