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The Marangu Route, popularly known as the “Coca-Cola Route,” holds the distinction of being the oldest and most established trekking path on Mount Kilimanjaro.

5 Days

4 Nights

Marangu Route

Experience Price

From $2,050 per person

Marangu Route

5 Days

4 Nights

Experience Price

From $2,050 per person


Its enduring popularity stems from the fact that it is the sole route on the mountain that provides hut accommodations for trekkers. This iconic route offers climbers the quintessential Kilimanjaro experience, featuring breathtaking vistas and an exhilarating hiking adventure that culminates at the summit of Uhuru Peak. However, what sets the Marangu Route apart are its unique characteristics, giving it a distinct character and ambience. One fascinating aspect of the Marangu Route is its prohibition on camping, making it the sole path up Mount Kilimanjaro where trekkers are not permitted to set up tents. Instead, they find respite in permanent huts dotting the route.

Undoubtedly, summit day on Kilimanjaro presents a challenge regardless of the route chosen, intensifying the sense of achievement upon reaching the pinnacle. Due to its shorter duration, requiring only five days to reach Uhuru Peak, the Marangu Route attracts trekkers who have limited time available for their climb. However, this brevity comes at the cost of reduced opportunities for acclimatization to the altitude. Consequently, the Marangu Route bears the highest failure rate among all the paths up Mount Kilimanjaro. Prospective climbers should consider this factor carefully before opting for this particular route.

Furthermore, the Marangu Route stands out as the sole path employing the same trail for both ascent and descent. As a result, while the journey is scenic, trekkers encounter the same landmarks on their return journey. Additionally, the bidirectional traffic can lead to overcrowding at certain times, posing a potential challenge. Nevertheless, for those seeking a classic Kilimanjaro experience, the tried and tested Marangu Route remains an excellent choice, leading adventurers to the Roof of Africa. Climbing Kilimanjaro offers private climbs of the Marangu Route spanning five or six days. The five-day option excludes the acclimatization day at Horombo Hut, providing a more condensed itinerary.

Experience Expectation

Embarking on a 5-day Marangu Route itinerary to conquer the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro is an adventure that is bound to exceed all expectations. This iconic route, also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, offers climbers a unique and diverse experience. As you ascend through lush rainforests, you’ll be captivated by the vibrant flora and fauna that surround you. The anticipation builds as you reach the halfway point at the Mandara Hut, where you can catch your breath and marvel at the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. As the altitude increases, the terrain transforms into a picturesque alpine desert, presenting a stark and awe-inspiring contrast. The final push to the summit, Uhuru Peak, is an exhilarating endeavour that tests your physical and mental strength. With experienced guides and a well-planned itinerary, this 5-day journey on the Marangu Route promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, leaving climbers in awe of the breathtaking beauty and the sheer magnitude of Kilimanjaro.

The 5-day Marangu Route itinerary on Mount Kilimanjaro surpasses all expectations with its well-structured plan and incredible scenery. Each day brings new challenges and rewards as you navigate through diverse landscapes. The trail takes you from the verdant rainforest to the arid alpine desert, creating a sense of adventure and wonder. The comfortable huts along the route provide a welcome retreat, allowing climbers to rest and rejuvenate amidst the rugged surroundings. As you ascend higher, the air thins and the temperatures drop, reminding you of the enormity of the task at hand. The summit day, a highlight of the journey, demands determination and resilience. As the sun rises, painting the sky with vibrant hues, you’ll find yourself standing on the rooftop of Africa, Uhuru Peak. The sense of accomplishment and awe that washes over you as you take in the panoramic views is truly indescribable. The 5-day Marangu Route itinerary offers a fulfilling and unforgettable experience, forging lasting memories and a deep appreciation for the natural wonders of Mount Kilimanjaro.


  • Scenic beauty: Beautiful landscapes, stunning views.
  • Straightforward path: Well-defined and easy to follow.
  • Hut accommodations: Comfortable sleeping arrangements.
  • Less gear required: No need for camping equipment.
  • High success rate: Popular route with a good summit success rate.
  • Cultural encounters: Interact with local Chagga people.
  • Gradual ascent: Helps with acclimatization.
  • Established trail: Well-maintained and established path.
  • Milder climate: Lower altitude and rainforest sections.
  • Personal achievement: Conquering Africa’s highest peak.

Experience Suitability

  • Beginners or those with limited climbing experience
  • Those who prefer a less strenuous climb.
  • Individuals who want to stay in huts along the route.
  • Hikers who enjoy a well-established and maintained trail.
  • People who prefer a shorter duration climb compared to other routes.

Day to Day Experience

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our representative will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi. Take this day to rest, acclimate to the altitude, and prepare for the exciting adventure ahead. Our team will provide a briefing and equipment check to ensure you are ready for the trek.

  • Elevation: Moshi (2,953 ft) to Marangu Gate (6,046 ft) to Mandara Hut (8,858 ft)
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

After breakfast, we drive from Moshi to Marangu Gate, where we complete the necessary registration formalities. Our trek begins through the lush rainforest, filled with diverse flora and fauna. The trail is well-maintained and gradually ascends, providing a pleasant introduction to the mountain. We reach Mandara Hut, our overnight accommodation, surrounded by beautiful scenery.

  • Elevation: Mandara Hut (8,858 ft) to Horombo Hut (12,201 ft)
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Leaving Mandara Hut, we continue our ascent through the enchanting rainforest. As we gain altitude, the vegetation changes, and we enter the moorland zone. The trail offers captivating views of the surrounding landscapes, including the majestic Mawenzi Peak. We reach Horombo Hut, where we spend the night and enjoy breathtaking sunset views.

  • Elevation: Horombo Hut (12,201 ft) to Kibo Hut (15,430 ft)
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s trek takes us through the alpine desert as we make our way to Kibo Hut, situated at the base of the Kibo volcanic cone. The trail becomes steeper and more challenging as we approach our destination. We take frequent breaks to rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitude. Upon reaching Kibo Hut, we rest, have an early dinner, and prepare for the summit attempt.

  • Elevation: Kibo Hut (15,430 ft) to Uhuru Peak (19,341 ft) to Marangu Gate (6,046 ft)
  • Distance: 6 km ascent, 20 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 4-6 hours to descend to Marangu Gate
  • Habitat: Arctic, Rainforest

We start our ascent to the summit, Uhuru Peak, in the early hours of the morning. The climb is demanding but rewarding. As we approach the summit, we witness the sunrise over the expansive African landscape, creating a truly unforgettable experience. Upon reaching Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro, we celebrate our achievement before descending to Marangu Gate. The descent takes us through the lush rainforest, and at Marangu Gate, we receive our summit certificates. Our team will then transfer you back to your hotel in Moshi.

Today marks the end of your Kilimanjaro adventure via the Marangu Route. After breakfast, we bid you farewell and transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. Take with you cherished memories, a sense of accomplishment, and the knowledge that you have conquered the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.

Please note that the Marangu Route is a shorter option compared to other routes, and it is important to be well-prepared, physically fit, and properly acclimatized. The itinerary may be subject to change due to weather conditions, group pace, and the overall well-being of the trekkers. Our experienced guides will make any necessary adjustments to ensure your safety and enhance your trekking experience.

Experience Accommodation

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Upon your arrival in Arusha, you will be accommodated at either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha. Both hotels offer comfortable and convenient lodging options, providing you with a relaxing environment to rest and prepare for your Kilimanjaro trek.

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During the trek on the Marangu Route, you will experience a combination of camping and accommodation in mountain huts. The Marangu Route is often referred to as the “Coca-Cola” route due to its popularity and availability of amenities along the way. The accommodation on the Marangu Route consists of designated mountain huts at each overnight stop. These huts provide basic sleeping facilities with bunk beds and communal dining areas.

While the huts offer shelter and more convenience compared to camping, they have shared facilities such as toilets and washing areas. The huts also have solar-powered lighting, providing some comfort during the evenings. It’s important to note that the availability of huts is limited, and they are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. In case the huts are fully occupied, our team will provide comfortable camping equipment to ensure your comfort throughout the trek.

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Upon completing your Kilimanjaro trek, you will be transferred back to either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha, where you can relax and celebrate your accomplishment. Both hotels offer comfortable rooms, modern amenities, and excellent services. Enjoy a hot shower, unwind by the hotel’s facilities, and take the time to reflect on your incredible journey. Indulge in delicious meals and relish the memories of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Please note that the specific accommodation arrangements may vary depending on availability and other factors. Our team will make every effort to ensure your comfort and provide suitable accommodation options throughout your Kilimanjaro climbing tour.

Rates per Person

  • 1 Person

  • 2- 4 people

  • 5- 7 people

  • 8- 10 people

Experience Inclusion & Exclusion

  • All camping and hut fees
  • All Entry fees.
  • All camping gears.
  • High-Quality 4-inch Sleeping Mattress & Pillow
  • Duffle Bags or Sleeping Bags (- 10°C)
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Oximeter machine
  • Mobile Communications (for emergency only)
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • Experienced and friendly trek staff (cooks and porters) and their salaries.
  • Meals (3 times per day)
  • Boiled/Purified drinking water.
  • Cook and kitchen utensils.
  • 18% VAT
  • English-speaking guide (certified as a Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Medicine Adult and Child CPR)
  • Special Language Guide (for $20 per guide, per day)
  • First Aid & Injury prevention kits
  • Daily briefing
  • 25% discount on gear rental (the discount applies for online shopping only)
  • Personal Summit Certificate stamped and signed by the National Park and your Guide.
  • International and local flights from back home
  • Tips (Gratuity) to guide and porters.
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses (e.g., laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • RT PCR Test (can be arranged)
  • Hotels for before and after trek night (available as an add-on)
  • Airport Transfer (50$ one way per car)
  • Personal mountain gear (We offer high-quality Gear Rental, see below for more info)


Safari Transportation

We understand the importance of comfortable and reliable transportation during your Kilimanjaro climbing tour. To ensure a seamless experience, we provide transportation services for various stages of your journey.

Airport Pickup:

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our professional driver will be waiting to greet you. We offer transportation options depending on the size of your group. For smaller groups or individual travellers, we provide a Toyota Alphard, a spacious and comfortable vehicle ideal for airport transfers. For larger groups, we have a Safari Land Cruiser, which offers ample space for both passengers and luggage. Our experienced driver will safely transport you from the airport to your hotel in Arusha, whether it’s the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha.

Trek Day:

On the day of your trek, we will arrange transportation from your hotel in Arusha to the starting point of your chosen route. We utilize a private Coaster shuttle bus, which provides a comfortable and convenient mode of transport. The shuttle bus is spacious, allowing you to relax and prepare for the exciting adventure ahead. Our experienced driver will ensure a smooth journey as you head towards the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, ready to embark on your trekking expedition.

After Trek:

Upon completing your Kilimanjaro trek, we will arrange transportation from the mountain back to your hotel in Arusha. Our private Coaster shuttle bus will be waiting to pick you up and transfer you safely and comfortably. You can relax and reflect on your incredible achievement as our driver navigates the scenic routes back to your accommodation at either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha.

Airport Dropoff:

When it’s time to bid farewell to Tanzania, we will arrange transportation from your hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. For airport drop-off, we offer both the Toyota Alphard and Safari Land Cruiser, depending on the number of clients and their respective transportation needs. Our reliable driver will ensure that you reach the airport in a timely manner, allowing you to catch your flight with ease.

At Alkebulan Travels, we prioritize your comfort and safety throughout your Kilimanjaro climbing tour. Our well-maintained vehicles and experienced drivers will provide a smooth and enjoyable transportation experience, allowing you to focus on immersing yourself in the beauty of Tanzania’s landscapes and the thrill of conquering Mount Kilimanjaro.

Important to Know

The Marangu Route, also known as the “Coca-Cola Route,” is one of the most popular routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Here are some important things to know about the Marangu Route:

  1. Duration: The Marangu Route typically takes around 5 to 6 days to complete. It is the shortest route available for climbing Kilimanjaro, making it appealing to those with limited time or less hiking experience. However, it has a lower success rate compared to longer routes due to a faster ascent profile.
  2. Accommodation: The Marangu Route is the only route on Kilimanjaro that offers hut accommodation instead of camping. Along the route, you will stay in communal mountain huts with basic amenities such as beds and dining areas. The huts provide shelter from the elements but are shared among all climbers on the route.
  3. Well-Defined Path: The Marangu Route follows a well-established and well-maintained trail. The path is clear and easy to navigate, with fewer steep and challenging sections compared to other routes. It is suitable for those who prefer a less rugged and more structured trekking experience.
  4. Scenery: While the Marangu Route is known for being the least scenic route on Kilimanjaro, it still offers beautiful views along the way. You will pass through lush rainforests during the lower sections and eventually reach the alpine desert zone closer to the summit. The landscape provides glimpses of Kilimanjaro’s unique flora and fauna.
  5. Crowds: The Marangu Route tends to be busier compared to some other routes, especially during peak climbing seasons. However, it still offers a rewarding experience and a sense of camaraderie among fellow trekkers. It is important to note that the Marangu Route overlaps with the descent route of other routes, leading to increased traffic.
  6. Summit Day: The summit attempt on the Marangu Route typically starts in the early hours of the morning from Kibo Hut. You will face a challenging ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Kilimanjaro. The final stretch, known as Gilman’s Point and Stella Point, can be physically demanding, but reaching the summit is a remarkable achievement.
  7. Guide and Support Team: Climbing the Marangu Route requires the assistance of experienced guides and a support team. They will provide guidance, and support, and ensure your safety throughout the trek. It is essential to choose a reputable tour operator that provides trained and knowledgeable staff.
  8. Training and Preparation: Although the Marangu Route is considered less challenging in terms of hiking difficulty, it is still important to undergo physical training and preparation. Engage in regular cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking to improve your fitness level and endurance. Proper packing of gear and clothing suitable for varying weather conditions is also crucial.

Remember, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route offers a unique experience with its hut accommodation and well-defined path. It is important to choose a reputable tour operator, listen to your body, and follow the guidance of your guides. With determination, proper preparation, and a positive mindset, you can embark on an unforgettable journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Travel Insurance

All our Tours are covered by AMREF Flying Doctors Travel insurance

At Alkebulan Travels, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our clients during their Tanzania safari and Kilimanjaro climb tours. That’s why we have partnered with AMREF Flying Doctors to provide comprehensive tourist insurance coverage for all our trips within Tanzania.


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