Standing majestically at 19,341 feet(5895m), Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. It is an unforgettable experience to undertake the Mt Kilimanjaro hike and even more extraordinary to reach its peak. The trek is a challenge for many outdoor lovers especially the Marangu route also known as the Coca-Cola route which is the oldest trail for scaling Mt Kilimanjaro. Most climbers try to complete it in five days, although spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended. The Marangu route is convenient for accommodations as it’s the only route that provides overnight stays in dormitory-style huts.
Accommodation (two nights)
6 days park Entrance fees
5 Nights hut fees
6 Days rescue fees
Food 3 meals every day on the mountain refers to the menu list below
Cooking and eating equipment
Recommend salaries to all porters, cook, Assistant Guide and Chief guide
Transfer to Marangu gate and return to Moshi after the climb
Transfer from JRO to Hotel and Return
Small company first aid kit
Oxygen tank supply
Tip for supporting crew
Food and drinks at your hotel
Day 1 Marangu route 6 days – Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Arusha (1400m) and driven to the Marangu Gate (1980m). At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest. During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. Also, be on the look out for wildlife, including Colobus monkeys! After 3-4 hours of ascending, you will reach the Mandara Hut (2700m). Each hut has 6-8 sleeping bunks (sleeps 60 hikers total) with solar generated lighting. Next to the central hut there are flush toilets. The porters, who arrive at the campsite before the clients, will boil water for drinking and washing. The chef will prepare a snack then dinner for the clients. At nighttime, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!
Day 2 Marangu route 6 days – Mandara Hut (2700m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)
After breakfast, hikers will start their ascent onto the heathen moorland from the jungle. Hikers can ascend to the rim of the Maundi Crater, which they will pass on their route, for a breathtaking perspective of the Kibo Crater. Exotic species like big lobelia and groundsel can be seen in the moorland. You should expect to spend 6 hours hiking to get to Horombo Hut (3720m). Horombo Hut, which lies on a tiny plateau, can accommodate 120 trekkers. The porters will set up drinking and washing water for you, just as the first night. Following evening snacks, our chef will prepare supper for you. As the temperature drops below freezing in this location, be prepared for a chilly night.
Day 3 Marangu route 6 days – Horombo Hut (3720m) – Acclimatization day
You will spend the day in Horombo Hut, letting your body adjust to the high altitude. With the help of your guide, you can choose to go on a day hike to Mawenzi Hut (4600m) for additional acclimatization. Depending on your desire for the day, lunch can be packed or eaten in the hut for breakfast and dinner.
Day 4 Marangu route 6 days – Horombo Hut (3720m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)
You'll continue your journey into the alpine desert ecosystem after eating breakfast early in the morning. Hikers can use two trails to reach Kibo Hut (4700m). The trail utilized the day before for the day hike to Mawenzi Hut can be found on the upper route, which is to the right of the junction. Because it requires less hiking time (1 hour less), the lower route (found to the left of the fork) is more popular.
Day 5 Marangu route 6 days – Summit AttemptPoint (5681m).
It takes a lot of effort to make it to this stretch of the trail because it is rocky, steep, and located at a high elevation. On the rim of the crater is where Gillman's. From here, the trail is typically covered with snow until you reach Uhuru Peak (5895m), the summit. An accomplishment of a lifetime is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! Before starting the descent to Barafu, you will have some time to take pictures and enjoy tea at the peak. It takes around three hours to go down to Kibo Hut.
At Kibo Hut, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending to Horombo Hut (3720m). You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at the hut after a strenuous day.
Day 6 Marangu route 6 days –
Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)
Your team will celebrate spectacularly with singing and dancing after a well-deserved breakfast. The guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters will receive your tips here on the mountain. You will return to Marangu Gate (1980m) after your celebration by descending for 6 hours. All hikers must sign their names on the National Park's certificate of completion to get it. Gold certificates are awarded to hikers who reach Uhuru Peak (5895m), while green awards are given to those who reach Gillman's Point (5681m). After obtaining your certificates, you'll take a long-overdue shower and participate in additional festivities in Arusha.