5 Days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Overview

The Marangu (Coca-Cola) route is the most popular route up Kilimanjaro, hence the name. It is a busy route through the rainforest of Marangu village, into the heather and moorland, then into the alpine saddle desert between Mawenzi and Kibo, and up to the crater rim at Gillman’s Point, which only half of all trekkers reach. It is a relatively smooth trail, winding through beautiful scenery, which changes considerably each day. The 5-day route is physically challenging for most people, as the acclimatization time is short and the overnight hike to the top requires mental and physical strength. The trail from the highest hut to the summit deviates into steeper and rockier terrain and is difficult for most people.
Accommodation is in A-style huts on this route, except Kibo Hut, which is a stone building with separate rooms to accommodate climbers. All sleeping huts have foam mattresses and pillows on wooden bunk beds, and all eating huts have benches and tables for meals. All huts except Kibo have running water and all have toilets.

5 Days Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

5 Days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Itinerary

DAY 1:  MARANGU GATE (5,900 ft/ 1,800 m) ~ MANDARA HUT (8,860 ft/ 2,700 m)
Depart Arusha at 8:00 am about 2 hours to Marangu village. Once you arrive at the gate, and after completing the paperwork and meeting the porters and guides, begin the 4-5 hour walk to Mandara Hut. The walk is at a leisurely pace through dense, wet forest to the hut. If you feel up to it at the end of the day, walk to the nearby Maundi Crater for a long view of the plains and Lake Jipe, and in the distance; the Paré and Usambara Mountains. The night is spent inside one of the huts.

DAY 2: MANDARA HUT ~ HOROMBO HUT (12 200 ft/ 3 720 m)
After about 45 minutes in the forest, you will suddenly come upon an area of tall grass in the heath belt, which as the hike continues becomes more and more deserted, into the moor. Approximately 5-6 hours of walking brings you to Horombo Hut and a stunning view of Mawenzi Peak. The night will be spent in one of the huts.

DAY 3: HOROMBO HUT ~ KIBO HUT (15 430 ft/ 4 703 m)
The day’s trek will take approximately 6-7 hours. You will cross the arid and exposed alpine desert of the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi. The last fresh water point is at 14,100 ft (4,300 m), where it will be necessary to fill your water bottles. Porters will carry the rest of the water needed for food and hot drinks. The saddle crossing is impressive and the scenery is spectacular. Overnight stay at Kibo Hut.

DAY 4: KIBO HUT ~ PIC UHURU (19,340 ft/ 5,895 m) ~ HOROMBO HUT (12,200 ft/ 3,720 m)
You will be woken up early with a steaming cup of coffee or tea, and depart between 12:30 and 1 am. Temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight, to between 10 deg. F (-12 deg. C) to -10 F. (-
23 deg. C) just before dawn at Gillman’s Point, about 18,652 ft (5,685 m) on the crater rim. The winding scree path of the endless switchbacks will carry you through the night and at dawn, the spires of Mawenzi will stand out against the sun’s red glow beneath the clouds. After about 6 hours of walking, you will arrive at the crater rim near the Ratzel glacier. Once you reach Gillman’s Point, gather your strength for another 1.5-hour hike on a gentle slope around the crater rim to the highest point;
Uhuru Peak, at 19,340 feet (5,895m). After a short time at the summit, descend the steep scree path to Kibo Hut for a rest, and descend further to Horombo Hut for the night.

Day 5: HOROMBO HUT ~ MARANGU GATE (5,900 ft/ 1,800 m) ~ ARUSHA
Walk straight down to the Marangu Gate, which will take about 6 hours to complete. On arrival at the gate, you will have lunch and then be transferred to Arusha as per your schedule Marking the end of your 5 Days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route


  • Safety Equipment:
     Mobile phones – carried by the head guide and all assistant guides, for daily communications
    with our base in Arusha. For any emergency
     Stretcher (and convertible litter)
     Comprehensive medical/first aid kits
     Professional Mountain Guides, all head guides (at least 1 per trip) currently certified by NOLS
    USA as WFR (Wilderness First Responder)
     The ratio of at least one guide for every three guests, to ensure personalized attention.
     Cooks and Porters
     Park Fees
     Campsite fees
     Emergency Rescue Fees
     4-season Mountain sleeping tents (a triple tent used as a double or single (with supplement),
    each tent with a custom-made groundsheet covering both vestibules, to allow clean & dry
    storage of gear, and keeping water, mud, or dust from entering the tent.
     Foam Camping Mat
     Large weatherproof dining tent, at night the tent is lit with candlelight, This tent is used for
    breakfast, lunch, and dinner if the weather does not allow it.
     Aluminum dining tables and chairs, for all meals.
     *Three meals a day, we produce and prepare delicious and energizing meals necessary for high
    altitude mountain trekking.
     Snakes & bites
     Tea and coffee
     Mineral water
     Transfer from the hotel to the starting point
     Transfer from the last point to the hotel


  • Accommodation upon arrival and last day
  • Tips for a mountain guide, recommended 15-20 per group per day
  • Porters 5 – 10$ per porter per group per day
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal items
  • Personal insurance/travel insurance
  • Personal medicines/first aid kit
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Sleeping bag