Tour Overview


The Marangu Route, also known as the “Coca-Cola Route,” is a popular and well-established path to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. It stands out for its accessibility, starting at the Marangu Gate, and for offering comfortable accommodation in mountain huts along the way. The standard itinerary spans 5 to 6 days, with a 6-day option recommended for better acclimatization. Trekkers pass through diverse landscapes, starting with lush rainforests, transitioning through heath and moorland zones, and finally reaching the rocky alpine desert near the summit. The summit attempt typically begins on the fifth day, involving a challenging nighttime ascent to Uhuru Peak for a sunrise view.

The Marangu Route is considered less physically demanding compared to some other routes, but climbing Kilimanjaro remains a significant challenge that requires proper preparation and determination. While the huts and more established infrastructure add comfort to the journey, climbers must not underestimate the altitude and demanding terrain. Experienced guides and support staff play a vital role in guiding trekkers safely to the summit. Overall, the Marangu Route offers a unique experience of conquering Africa’s highest summit while enjoying relative comfort, making it a memorable and rewarding adventure for those who undertake this remarkable journey.


Elevation at the start: Marangu Gate (1,860 meters/6,102 feet)

Elevation at the end: Mandara Hut (2,700 meters/8,858 feet)

Trekking time: Approximately 4-6 hours

The journey begins at the Marangu Gate, where you will register with the park authorities and commence the hike through the lush rainforest. The day's trek is moderate and ends at Mandara Hut, where you will spend the night.

Elevation at the end: Horombo Hut (3,720 meters/12,205 feet)

Trekking time: Approximately 6-8 hours

The path takes you through the moorland zone, and as you ascend, the landscape changes. You will spend the night at Horombo Hut.

It's essential to spend an extra day at Horombo Hut for acclimatization. You'll go on a short hike to a higher altitude and then descend back to Horombo Hut to sleep.

Elevation at the end: Kibo Hut (4,703 meters/15,430 feet)

Trekking time: Approximately 6-8 hours

You'll pass through the Alpine desert zone and hike up to Kibo Hut, situated close to the summit base. This is where you'll prepare for the summit attempt.

Elevation at the summit: Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters/19,341 feet)

Elevation at the end: Horombo Hut (3,720 meters/12,205 feet)

Trekking time: Approximately 10-14 hours

You'll begin the summit attempt at midnight, hiking through the night under the stars. After a challenging ascent, you'll reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, and witness the breathtaking sunrise. You'll then descend back to Horombo Hut to rest.

Elevation at the end: Marangu Gate (1,860 meters/6,102 feet)

Trekking time: Approximately 5-7 hours

On the final day, you'll trek back to Marangu Gate, where you'll receive your summit certificates and bid farewell to the mountain.


  1. Park fees: This includes the entrance fees to Kilimanjaro National Park, camping or hut fees, and conservation fees.
  2. Professional guides and porters: The package typically includes experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the mountain and its routes. Porters are also provided to carry the bulk of your gear and camping equipment.
  3. Meals: Most packages include all meals during the climb, from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to snacks. The food is often prepared by the trekking company and is designed to provide the necessary energy for the ascent.
  4. Camping equipment or huts: Depending on the route you choose, the package may include camping equipment like tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping mats. For the Marangu Route, accommodation is in huts with basic amenities.
  5. Safety equipment: Safety gear such as first aid kits, oxygen cylinders, and communication equipment may be included for emergencies.
  6. Transfers: Some packages include airport transfers and transportation to and from the Kilimanjaro starting point (e.g., Machame Gate or Marangu Gate).
  1. International flights: The package usually does not include international airfare to Tanzania.

  2. Visa fees: You’ll need to obtain a Tanzanian visa, and this cost is typically not included in the package.

  3. Personal gear: Climbers are responsible for bringing their personal gear, such as clothing, hiking boots, daypacks, and other essentials.

  4. Travel insurance: It’s highly recommended to have travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking, medical emergencies, and trip cancellations. This is usually not included in the package.

  5. Tips: While not mandatory, it’s customary to tip the guides, porters, and other staff for their hard work and support.

  6. Additional accommodation: Accommodation before and after the climb is often not included in the package. You’ll need to arrange and pay for these separately.

  7. Personal expenses: Any expenses for souvenirs, extra snacks or drinks, and other personal items are not included.


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