Climbing Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

Marangu Route 6 Days Itinerary - The Marangu route is also Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, climbing Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route is a classic climb on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established Kilimanjaro route. Many favour the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest trail on the mountain, due to its more gradual slope. It is also the only route on kilimanjaro which offers sleeping huts with dormitory style accommodation. There are 60 bunk beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut.

If you have more time, considering pairing this climbing Kilimanjaro tours with a lifetime Tanzanian safari or a relaxing holiday to Zanzibar to add to your Kilimanjaro climb!

Day by Day Summary

  • Day 1 : Marangu Gate - Hike to Mandara Hut
  • Day 2 : Hike Mandara Hut - Horombo Hut
  • Day 3 : Rest Day - Horombo Hut
  • Day 4 : Hike Horombo Hut - Kibo Hut
  • Day 5 : Hike Kibo Hut - Summit, and down to Horombo Hut
  • Day 6 : Hike Horombo Hut - trail head, drive to Arusha | Departure

Trip Type

We only offer private Kilimanjaro climbs.

Best Time To Climb Kilimanjaro

Yearly around - but during March and April are the rainy months at Kilimanjaro so we recommend that you avoid this time period.

Day 1: Drive from Arusha - Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut
  • Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
  • Distance: 8km/5mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: LD
  • Budget Lodging: Mandara Hut

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 2:1/2 - 3 hours), register and commence the trek. hike through the rainforest to the Mandara Huts. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

Day 2: Hike Mandara Hut - Horombo Hut
  • Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 12km/7.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Heathland
  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut

You leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo Huts. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the affects of the altitude.

Day 3: Rest Day - Horombo Hut

Rest day at Horombo Hut with optional hike by Mawenzi Peak.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut
Day 4: Hike Horombo Hut - Kibo Hut
  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
  • Distance: 9km/5.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Kibo Hut

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heath-land but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

Day 5: Hike Kibo Hut - Summit, and down to Horombo Hut
  • 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 / 15km/9mi down
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo Huts.
The beginning of this trek is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Day 6: Hike Horombo Hut - trail head, drive to Arusha
  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
  • Distance: 20km/12.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: B

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
Ernest Magic Tours & Safari vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha (about 2:1/2 -3 hours).

End of your  Marangu route 6 days Climb

Prices for the Climbing Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route 6 days (per person)

1 PersonUSD 1,810
2 PersonUSD 1,650 Per Person
3-4 PersonUSD 1,530 Per Person
5-7 and aboveUSD 1,470 Per Person


• Camping equipment (sleeping tent, mattress, mess tent, table and chairs)
• Transport to and from mountain gates
• All park entry fees and camping fees
• Government taxes and levies
• Rescue fees
• Services of English-speaking guide/assistant guide(s)
• Professional cook and all kitchen/dining utensils
• Enough number of porters for your luggage, food, water and camping equipment
• Salaries, food and shelter for guide(s), cook and porters
• Three meals a day on the mountain
• Guaranteed departure from Arusha

• Accommodation before/after climb (can be booked upon request)
• Airport transfers (can be arranged upon request)
• Any domestic or international flights and departure taxes
• Tourist visas
• Medical and travel insurance
• Tips for guides, cook and porters
• Items of personal nature, e.g. telephone bills, laundry services, snacks
• Mountain trekking gears, e.g. sleeping bag, walking poles (available for hire upon request)
• Portable toilet
• Any other items not specified in the itinerary

This climbing Kilimanjaro tour starts and ends in Arusha or Moshi

Fly in to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) with KLM, Emirates, Qatar,Ethiopian and Kenya Airways.

A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

Booking Conditions

We really appreciate your decision of booking your lifetime Adventure with Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris.

Kilimanjaro Bookings

Bookings and contracts shall be estimated to have been concluded in Arusha, Tanzania and shall be interpreted according to the laws of the United Republic of Tanzania. The company exclusively reserves the right to deny any booking without reasonably outlining the reasons for it.

Deposit & Payment

Once you have agreed to the Adventure holiday arrangements with us a 40% of the total tour amount is required upfront to confirm a booking. This deposit forms part of the payment for the trip and shall be offset to the total amount charged to the client/agent.

However, clients or agents booking prior to four weeks of the departure of the tour are required to pay the amount in full to secure their reservation. If the full amount is Failure to pay full amount prior to four weeks of departure of the tour will result in cancellation of the booking and the deposits will also be forfeited.

All bank and other transactional charges have to be settled by the agent or client respectively. This also includes the transaction fees charged by our bank.


Cancellations have to be sent in writing. Cancellation shall be effective only from the date of receipt of cancellation by the booking office. In case of a booking cancellation, the company will be in the position of retaining the full deposit amount.

In case of a booking cancellation, the client will be subjected to a cancellation fee which is as follows:

  • 4 weeks prior to departure – 30% Cancellation Fee
  • 4-2 weeks prior to departure – 50% Cancellation Fee
  • 2-1 weeks prior to departure – 75% Cancellation Fee
  • Less than 1 week prior to departure – 100% Cancellation Fee

The company reserves the right to cancel any tour at its sole and absolute discretion with our without prior notification in any kind of unavoidable circumstances. In such cases, refund of full amount will be made by the company.

Authority On Tour

The decisions of the Company’s guide/driver on tour shall at all times be final and binding. The client must at all times comply and meet with the laws, customs, and foreign exchange regulations of all countries visited.

Passports, Visas and Other Travel Papers

It is the client’s responsibility to make sure all the essential documentations required for your travel in Tanzania are in order. Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris cannot be held liable for any consequences resulting a client’s not having all required documentation prior to the starts of the tour.


The client accepts the tours are in adventurous nature and will involve individual personal risk. Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris cannot be held responsible for any property damaged, injury, loss of life howsoever caused. The client accepts full responsibility for all risks involved.


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