Marangu Route is the oldest and most popular route. One time the route was dawning over 80% of trekkers on Kilimanjaro, as a result come to be known as coca cola route, this has led potential climber to think that it is an easy route to the summit but this it is not true. The fact is it requires a minimum of 5 or 6 days to complete. It is the only route up where you sleep in huts as opposed to tents. Due to this an advance booking of hut accommodation is required to avoid any inconveniences.

The trail goes through tropical rainforest, health and moorland zone to alpine desert then the arctic zone at the peak and same route down.


Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania (Kilimanjaro International Airport)

Meals: breakfast and dinner included

Pickup at Kilimanjaro international airport and transfer to your hotel in Moshi town, thereafter our experienced guide will come to brief you about the trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Then you will spend overnight in your hotel for dinner and breakfast.

Day 2: Marangu Gate (1860m) – Mandara Hut (2720m)

Distance covered: 8 km

Approximate time taken: 5 hours

Habitat: Rain forest

Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner included

After breakfast you will be picked up at hotel around 8:00 am then drive to Marangu Gate. After registration formalities this is the point for your 5 hour hike to Mandara Hut in which you cover 9 km. In the dense rainforest you will have the chance to see some primates such as blue monkeys and Colobus monkeys as you head to the Mandara Hut.

Day 3: Mandara Hut (2720 m) to Horombo Hut (3720 m)

Distance covered: 12 km

Approximate taken: 8 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner included

After breakfast, we will start our trek that will take us to Horombo Hut. Approximately 4-6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, standing at an attitude of 3700 m. From the Hut you will have fantastic views of Kibo and Mawenzi.

Day 4: Horombo Aclimatization

You will spend a second night at Horombo. This is an extra day which has been added to improve your chances of reaching the peak which is your ultimate goal. The entire day will be spent here acclimatizing, in the morning trek up for about 3 hours up to Zebra Rock, then start descending to arrive at your base in time for lunch, after lunch relax, spend rest of the day relaxing, in the evening have a small walk along the valley. Then dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut.

 Day 5: Horombo Hut (3720 m) to Kibo Hut (4720 m)

Distance covered: 9 km

Approximate time taken: 5 hours

Habitat: alpine desert

Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner included

As usual after breakfast we will start another beautiful day. The first part of the day hike through the dwindling health land that behind into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. After lunch and cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will start in just few hours.  Therefore you will have an early dinner then long rest before summit.

 Day 6: Kibo Hut (4720 m) to Uhuru Peak (5895 m) and down to Horombo Hut (3720 m)

Distance covered: 21 km

Approximate time taken: 13 hours

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included

This is the day you have been waiting for, you are nervous but excited. Wake up at 1:00 am to start the summit. It will take you about 4-5 hours to reach at Gilmans  Point at 5681 m above sea level the crater rim of Kilimanjaro where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. Then after a further hike of 1 hour and 30 minutes you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895 m, spend some time taking photos and watching the African sunrises form the horizon afterwards decent to Kibo Hut having a warm lunch and short rest for 1-2 hour. Then going back to Horombo Hut to spend your last overnight on Kilimanjaro.

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3720 m) to Marangu Gate (1860 m)

Distance covered: 21 km

Approximate time taken: 7 hours

Meals: breakfast and lunch Included

Wake up as usual, descent through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. You will have a hot lunch there and you will continue going down through the tropical rainforest to the park gate. A vehicle will take you to the hotel in Moshi where it’s definitely time to celebrate.

Day 8:Depart Tanzania/other destination in Tanzania

Later in the evening or the next day you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport to board your home bound flight. Also Habari Adventure can organize an affordable cultural tour or safaris trip to one of the best wildlife parks in Tanzania such as Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti National Park.



Prices (quoted in USD/per person)





1 person


$ 1,850/person


2-4 people


$ 1,800/person

5-9 people


$ 1,750/person

10 & above


$ 1,700/person

Included in the price:

  • Two nights’ hotel
  • Private transport to / from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your hotel in Moshi
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew
  • National park fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees and services
  • All huts accommodations
  • Huts fees.
  • Transport
  • Rescue fees
  • All needs on the mountain (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Guides and porters accommodations and their entry fees on the mountain
  • Pulse oximeter
  • First aid kit
  • Emergence oxygen
  • Sleeping bags
  • Katady filtered water through the trek
  • Fair wages to guides and porters as approved by Kilimanjaro National Park authority

Not included

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of personal nature