The Marangu Route (also known at the “Coca-Cola” route) is the easiest ascent of Kilimanjaro, although any ascent can be challenging. Climbs can be done over 6 days. It crosses The Saddle, a 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) wide, high-altitude, semi-desert that separates craggy Mawenzi from the main summit Kibo. From the summit, glaciers, screes, cliffs, afro-alpine moorland, and forests lead down to the cultivated foothills. Trekkers sometimes spend an extra day to acclimate to the altitude at Horombo Hut. Also, trekkers often start the final ascent to Uhuru Peak early from Kibo Hut, because the scree is easier to climb when frozen, and dawn views from the crater rim are often spectacular.
Wake early and drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Marangu (1860 m) where we meet our porters, complete park formalities, and begin the first section of the climb. This first day is characterized by the lushness of the scenic rainforest. Overnight at Mandara Hut (2700 m).
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours | Distance: 7 km | Altitude Gain: 840 m
Leave the rainforest and hike around the base of Maundi Crater; thereafter enter into the moorland area on your ascent to Horombo Hut. Overnight at Horombo Hut (3700 m).
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours | Distance: 11 km | Altitude Gain: 1000 m
Enjoy a full day at Horombo Hut and the surrounding environment. You will be given time to rest as well as guided on short hikes to aid in your acclimatization.
Leave the moorlands and hike through the day in a desert area, where hiking begins to get steeper. Arrive at Kibo Hut for a restful evening and early bedtime so you can wake at midnight to begin your final ascent. Overnight at Kibo Hut (4700 m).
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours | Distance: 12 km | Altitude Gain: 920 m
An early start, you will set off at midnight for the summit. Head up a rocky path to Gillman’s Point at 5681 m, situated on the crater rim. This section is very steep with much stone scree and is the most demanding section of the route. From Gillman’s Point we hike for another two hours up to Uhuru Peak (5895 m), the highest point in Africa. You made it! We enjoy a short time on the Roof of Africa before beginning our descent.
Trekking Time: 6-8 hours | Distance: 7 km | Altitude Gain: 1190 m
We descend back using the same route, passing through Kibo Hut and then onto Horombo (3700 m), where we will spend our last night on the mountain. We enjoy our final dinner and a well-earned sleep.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours | Distance: 12 km | Altitude Loss: 2175 m
Retrace your steps through the rainforest to the Marangu Gate to meet the company vehicle and receive your summit certificates courtesy of the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. You will thereafter be transferred back to Moshi town. Trekking Time: 5-7 hours | Distance: 18 km | Altitude Loss: 1878 m