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Mount KilimanjaroTrekking

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.

6 Days

5 Nights

Marangu Route

Experience Price

From $2,550 per person

Machame Route

6 Days

5 Nights

Experience Price

From $2,550 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 six-day Marangu Route itinerary to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro is an exhilarating adventure that promises awe-inspiring landscapes and a test of physical and mental strength. As you set foot on this iconic route, you can anticipate a diverse range of experiences that will surpass your climbing expectations. Over the course of six days, you will venture through lush rainforests teeming with unique flora and fauna, immersing yourself in the natural wonders of Kilimanjaro’s lower slopes.

As the terrain transitions, you will find yourself traversing through moorlands, where the rugged beauty of the landscape unfolds before your eyes. The anticipation builds as you ascend higher, approaching the lunar-like landscapes of the alpine desert. Finally, the grand finale awaits you as you conquer the final push towards Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, where the breathtaking panoramic views will reward your determination and leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Throughout the journey, the Marangu Route offers a well-established infrastructure, making it an excellent choice for climbers seeking a balance between adventure and comfort. This route features designated sleeping huts, providing a respite from the elements and a chance to rest and rejuvenate for the next day’s ascent. Expert guides and porters accompany you every step of the way, ensuring your safety and assisting with logistics, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the experience. As you trek along this popular route, you will have the opportunity to interact with fellow climbers from all walks of life, sharing stories and forging bonds that transcend borders.

The Marangu Route’s relatively gentle slopes and gradual elevation gain make it accessible to climbers with a moderate level of fitness, making it an ideal choice for those seeking their first Kilimanjaro summit. With its blend of stunning natural beauty, well-maintained facilities, and a sense of camaraderie, the Marangu Route is sure to exceed your expectations, creating memories that will last a lifetime.


  • Scenic beauty: Picturesque landscapes, and breathtaking views.
  • Well-established trail: Marangu Route is the oldest and most popular route on Kilimanjaro.
  • Hut accommodations: Overnight stays in comfortable mountain huts along the route.
  • Gradual ascent: Gentle slope for better acclimatization.
  • Cultural encounters: Opportunities to interact with local Chagga communities.
  • Majestic forests: Trek through lush rainforests rich in flora and fauna.
  • Summit attempt: Early morning start for a chance to reach Uhuru Peak.
  • Reaching Uhuru Peak: Standing on the “Roof of Africa” is a momentous achievement.
  • Experienced guides: Professional guides ensuring safety and support.
  • Personal accomplishment: Conquering Africa’s highest peak is a remarkable feat.

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, you will be greeted by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Moshi. Take this day to rest, relax, and prepare for the upcoming adventure. Our team will provide a briefing and equipment check to ensure you are well-prepared.

  • Elevation: 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 to Marangu Gate where the trek begins. The trail takes you through the lush rainforest, offering glimpses of unique flora and fauna. The hike is gradual, providing an excellent opportunity to acclimate to the altitude. You will reach Mandara Hut, your overnight accommodation nestled in beautiful surroundings.

  • 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, the trail continues through the enchanting rainforest. As you ascend, the vegetation changes, and you enter the moorland zone. The landscape becomes more rugged and offers spectacular views of the surrounding area. You will spend the night at Horombo Hut, enjoying the stunning sunset vistas.

  • Elevation: Horombo Hut (12,201 ft)
  • Habitat: Moorland

Today is dedicated to acclimatization at Horombo Hut. It is important to allow your body to adjust to the altitude to ensure a successful summit attempt. You can spend the day exploring the area, taking short hikes to higher elevations, or simply relaxing and enjoying the breathtaking scenery.

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

After breakfast, the trek continues through the alpine desert towards Kibo Hut. The trail becomes steeper and more challenging as you approach the base of the Kibo volcanic cone. Take frequent breaks to rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitude. You will reach Kibo Hut, your accommodation for the night, where you will rest and prepare for the summit attempt.

  • Elevation: Kibo Hut (15,430 ft) to Uhuru Peak (19,341 ft) to Horombo Hut (12,201 ft)
  • Distance: 6 km ascent, 20 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 4-6 hours to descend to Horombo Hut
  • Habitat: Arctic, Moorland

Today is the most challenging but rewarding day of the trek. You will start the ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro, in the early hours of the morning. The climb is steep and demanding, and you will need to summon your strength and determination. As you reach the summit, you will witness a breathtaking sunrise over the vast African landscape. Take a moment to celebrate your achievement before beginning the descent back to Horombo Hut.

  • Elevation: Horombo Hut (12,201 ft) to Marangu Gate (6,046 ft)
  • Distance: 20 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland, Rainforest

After breakfast, you will continue the descent back to Marangu Gate. The trail takes you through the moorland and rainforest, offering a different perspective of the mountain. Upon reaching Marangu Gate, you will receive your summit certificates and have a chance to celebrate your accomplishment. Our team will transfer you back to your hotel in Moshi for a well-deserved rest.

Today marks the end of your Kilimanjaro adventure via the Marangu Route. After breakfast, we bid you farewell and provide a transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. Take with you unforgettable memories and a sense of pride in conquering the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro.

Today marks the end of your unforgettable Mount Kilimanjaro adventure. After breakfast, we will transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. Take with you cherished memories and a sense of accomplishment that will last a lifetime.

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions, group preferences, and the advice of your experienced guides to ensure your safety and maximize your chances of a successful summit. Alkebulan Travels is committed to providing you with an exceptional and memorable trekking experience on Mount Kilimanjaro.

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 Machame Route is one of the most popular and scenic routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Here are some important things to know about the Machame Route:

    1. Difficulty: The Machame Route is considered to be a moderately difficult route. It involves steep sections and varied terrain, including rocky paths and some scrambling. Proper physical fitness and mental preparation are essential for a successful climb.
    2. Scenery: The Machame Route offers stunning scenery throughout the trek. You will pass through different ecological zones, including lush rainforests, moorlands, and alpine deserts. The diverse landscapes and breathtaking views make the climb a memorable experience.
    3. Camping: The Machame Route is a camping route, which means you will spend your nights in tents at designated campsites along the trail. The campsites are well-equipped with facilities such as toilets and dining areas, providing a comfortable camping experience.
    4. Acclimatization: The Machame Route has good acclimatization opportunities, allowing your body to adjust to the increasing altitude gradually. The route includes longer hiking days and multiple camps at different elevations, maximizing your chances of successfully acclimatizing to the high altitude.
    5. Summit Day: The summit attempt on the Machame Route usually starts in the early hours of the morning. It involves a challenging and steep ascent to the summit of Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. The climb is physically demanding and requires mental resilience, but the rewarding views from the summit make it all worthwhile.
    6. Guide and Support Team: Climbing the Machame Route requires the assistance of experienced guides and a support team. These professionals will provide guidance, and support, and ensure your safety throughout the trek. It is important to choose a reputable tour operator who provides trained and knowledgeable staff.
    7. Packing and Gear: Proper gear and equipment are essential for a successful climb. You will need to pack warm clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, and other essentials. It is recommended to consult with your tour operator for a detailed packing list and to ensure you have the necessary gear.
    8. Training and Preparation: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a physically demanding endeavour. It is crucial to engage in pre-trek training and prepare your body for the challenges ahead. Regular cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking at high altitudes can help improve your fitness level and increase your chances of summiting.

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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