Ascent of Kilimanjaro by the Marangu route

Duration : 8 days


Level : for all

from 1633 € / p. from 1 to 14 persons

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Also known as the tourist route or the Coca-Cola route, the Marangu route is both the most convenient and the shortest way to reach Uhuru Peak at the summit of Kilimanjaro. It is also the oldest of the routes used.

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 consider 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.

Luggage is carried to the bivouacs by porters throughout the ascent, so you carry only a small backpack with water and a few clothes for the day. It is also possible to store the rest of your luggage at the hotel in Arusha.

Concerning altitude, we are equipped with a hyperbaric chamber during the ascent. However, it is advisable to check with a doctor before departure that you have no contraindications to a stay

To optimize your acclimatization, you can also follow me to climb Mount Meru.

If you prefer to climb Kilimanjaro by another route, I also offer the Rongaï, Lemosho and Machame routes.

And to round off your stay in Tanzania, you can follow me for one or more safaris I offer on my profile page.

For more information, see this special report on climbing Kilimanjaro.


D1: Arrival in Arusha.
You will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Arusha.
In the evening, you'll receive a briefing to prepare you for the climb and check your equipment.

D2: Marangu gate (1980m) - Mandara hut (2700m).
You start your trip after breakfast with the transfer to the village of Marangu.
By choosing this route, your journey will begin at the Marangu gate (1980m), where you  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.
The path is marked by a small stream and some beautiful waterfalls. Mandara hut, where you 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 might see the Mawenzi Peak if the weather is good. In this crater, you also see blue monkeys and black and white colobus monkeys.
5 hours of walking, distance:12km.

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

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 the 4200 meters of Zebra Rockos is done quietly and 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).
This stage brings you to Kibo huts (4700m), located in the arid alpine desert. The only plants you 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 spend your last evening before the ascent.
6 hours of walking, distance: 15km.

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

D7: Horombo huts (3720m) - Marangu gate (1980m).
You start your last day on 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 is given to you. It is now time to return to the hotel in Arusha.

D10: Arusha - transport to airport.
At any time, depending on your return schedule, a driver will take you back to the airport.

The price includes

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

2019/2020 RATE

Number of participants 1 from 2 to 3 from 4 to 7 8 or more
Price per person 2480 $ 1818 $ 1710 $ 1633 $

The price does not include

  • Tanzanian visa.
  • Return flights to Arusha.
  • Airport transfers if you can not get to Kilimanjaro JRO.
  • Tips on site (groups of 1 to 4: $300 per person, groups of 5 or more: $250 per person).
  • Drinks during meals at the restaurant.
  • Personal expenses and equipment.
  • Optional insurance.
  • Bank charges for international tranfers.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".


  • Overnights in refuges (bed, table, chair, mattress) with outdoor sanitary facilities and solar electricity.
  • All equipment needed for meals is provided.
  • Please note: sleeping bags are not provided.
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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