Ascent of Kilimanjaro by the Marangu route

Duration : 8 days


Level : for all

from 2390 € / p. from 1 to 14 persons

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The Marangu route is also called the tourist route or "Coca-Cola" route.

It is at once the least difficult, the most practical and the shortest way to reach Uhuru Peak at the top of Kilimanjaro. It is also the oldest of the routes used.

70% of people wanting to climb Kilimanjaro choose to take this route as it mainly involves easy hikes.

Although this is considered the "easiest" route, it also has a high failure rate due to poor preparation. If you take the road seriously and prepare effectively, everything will be fine.

The Marangu route is not considered picturesque like the other roads of Kilimanjaro but it has the advantage of being able to stay in huts all along the route. This is all the more a good choice during the rainy season (April, May, November) because they offer a suitable shelter.

During the ascent, luggage is taken to the bivouacs by porters. It is possible to store some of your travel effects at the hotel in Arusha.

Concerning altitude, we are equipped with a hyperbaric chamber during the ascent, but check that you have no contraindications to a stay at high altitude. Do not leave without consulting a doctor especially if your state of health requires regular treatment.

This trekking can be easily coupled with a few days safari and / or climbing Mount Meru if you wish to acclimatize to altitude.


D1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Transfer to your hotel in Arusha where you will be met. In the evening, you will be given a briefing to prepare for the climb and check your equipment.

D2: Marangu Gate (1980m) - Mandara Hut (2700m).
Duration: 5h.
You will start your trip after breakfast. Our driver will meet you in Arusha to transport you to the village of Marangu. By choosing this route, your journey will begin at the Marangu Gate (1980m), where you will have to check in at the park office. Carriers will charge all the trekking supplies with water, food, cooking gas and most other equipment, but you will need to bring your drinking water, picnic and clothes for the day. During this day you will travel about 12 km. The path will be marked by a small stream and some beautiful waterfalls. Mandara Hut, where you will stay for the night, is in a clearing of the forest and consists of a group of wooden huts. If you still have enough time and energy, you can even take a short walk (about 15 minutes) to the Maundi crater where you will be able to see the Mawenzi Peak if the weather is good. In this crater, you will also see blue monkeys and black and white colobus monkeys.

D3: Mandara Hut (2700m) - Horombo Hut (3720m).
Distance: about 15km.
Duration: 6h.
Your second day will start with a light breakfast. Here you will begin your trek in the last parcels of forest. You will pass behind the crater of Maundi and soon enter the vegetation area of ​​Moorland. In this vegetation zone, you will see the dominant plant, the heather, as well as the beautiful Dendrosenecio kilimanjari and Lobelia Dokenii. If the weather is good, you will have great views of the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks.
2 nights are planned in Horombo Camp.

D4: Horombo Huts (3720m) - Zebra Rockos (4200m) - Horombo Huts (3720m).
This extra day around the Horombo Huts camp is important for good acclimatization. Indeed, the climb up to 4200m of Zebra Rockos is done quietly and will have as sole objective to prepare you for the altitude which will rise quickly during the next days. The round trip lasts 5 to 6 hours.

D5: Horombo Huts (3720m) - Kibo Refuge (4700m).
Distance: about 15km.
After 6 hours of walking you will arrive at Kibo Huts (4700m), located in the arid alpine desert. The only plants you will see here are rustic herbs and everlasting flowers. Kibo Hut consists of a single stone block house. Several rooms are available and it is here that you will spend your last evening before the ascent.

D6: Kibo Hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3720m).
Distance: about 6 km to reach the summit then 15 km to Horombo Camp.
At midnight the climb to the summit begins. After 6 hours of ascent you finally arrive at the summit! After a few minutes to enjoy your success and enjoy the magnificent view of Mount Meru, the Kenyan plains and the glaciers around, you will begin to slowly descend. First to the start camp where you will find your porters and eat the brunch that has been prepared to congratulate you. The break will be short because it is necessary to go down 15 km and reach Horombo Camp before night.

D7: Horombo Huts (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m).
Distance: about 19km.
Duration: 6h.
You will start your last day at Kilimanjaro with a breakfast at the Horombo Hut. After Mandara Hut (2700m) you recognize the path already used the first day. After the last administrative formalities at the Marangu Gate, your certificate of climbing the summit will be given to you. It is now time to return to the hotel in Arusha.

D8: Arusha - airport transfer.
At any time, depending on your return schedule, a driver will take you back to the airport.

The price includes

  • Return transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your hotel.
  • Return transfers from the hotel to the park gate.
  • 2 nights hotel.
  • Meals from D1 dinner to D8 lunch.
  • Local supervision: cooks, drivers, porters and guide.
  • Collective camping equipment (tents for 2 people + mattress).
  • Safety equipment: hyperbaric chamber, oxygen tanks and pulse oximeter.
  • Entrance, accomodation and rescue fees in Kilimanjaro Park.

2019/2020 RATE

Number of participants 1 from 2 to 3 from 4 to 7 8 or more
Price per person 2595US$ 2030US$ 1740US$ 1645US$

The price does not include

  • Tanzanian visa.
  • Flights tickets.
  • Airport transfers if you can not get to Kilimanjaro JRO.
  • Tips on site.
  • Drinks during meals at the restaurant.
  • Personal expenses and equipment.
  • Optional insurance.
  • Bank charges for international tranfers.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".


  • Nights in undeveloped bivouac on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.
  • All the necessary equipment is provided (except sleeping bag): cutlery, comfortable mattress and igloo tents for 2 people.
Next departures :

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