Known as the “Coca-Cola“ route, the Marangu Route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south east. It is the oldest, most well established route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro Tours typical itinerary for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route can be seen below.

Prices for this climb can be found on our Tour Prices page.


Day 1 – Arrive at Mountain Inn in time for an early evening pre-climb briefing on the trek, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2 – Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Marangu for the first section of the climb through the montane forest to Mandara Hut at 9000ft/ 2750m taking 3 to 4 hours. Overnight Mandara hut.

Day 3 – Leaving the forest, you trek along a good path through open grassy moorland to reach Horombo Hut at 12000ft/3700m taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight Horombo hut.

Day 4 – After breakfast take a hike to Mawenzi via Zebra rocks for acclimatization round trip taking 5 hours. Overnight Horombo Hut (Acclimatization day).

Day 5 – Continue ascending past ‘the last water point’ traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi to Kibo Hut at 15000ft/4700m taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight Kibo Hut.

Day 6 – An early start for the summit on steep and heavy scree up to Gilman’s Point at 18640ft / 5681m on the crater rim to arrive in time for sunrise. Continue on to Uhuru Peak the highest point in Africa at 19340ft / 5896m. Descend to Horombo Hut for overnight taking 7 to 8 hours ascent and 4 to 7 hours descent. Overnight Horombo hut.

Big-5-Luxury-African-Safari-LionDay 7 – Descend the mountain to the Park Gate taking 5 to 7 hours to be met and transferred to Mountain Inn for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8 – Breakfast at Mountain Inn. End of tour.

Optional Safari Tours with Kilimanjaro Tours

These are available, or a trip to Zanzibar can be added on by contacting Kilimanjaro Tours.

If you would like more information, or have any questions, please call Kilimanjaro Tours on 0800 081 9014

Many favour the Marangu Route because  it is is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days and it is considered to be the easiest path on the Kilimanjaro climb, given its gradual slope and direct path to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Marangu route is the only climb of Kilimanjaro which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations, meaning the Marangu route offers you the option of spending an extra acclimatisation day on the mountain. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut.

Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Also available for consumption are soft drinks, bottled water, and beer.