Marangu route on Kilimanjaro

The Marangu route on Kilimanjaro is not only the oldest route on Kilimanjaro, but also the most comfortable if compared with the other routes. While still and adventure trek the comfort level is higher due to fixed hikers class huts found on this route alone. The distances covered each day, with the exception of the summit day of your climb from Kibo huts to Uhuru peak via Gillman’s Point, is also shorter than the other hiking itineraries.
Three permanent hut installations accommodate hikers on this route. The huts are communal, and each bunk has a sponge mattress and pillow. Solar panels installed at the huts providing light for the evening. There are 60 beds at the Mandara and Kibo hut and 120 beds at the Horombo hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts (Mandara and Horombo) and basic latrines at the last hut (Kibo). All climbing groups on the Marangu route share breakfast and evening meals in a dining hut adding a great atmosphere. The Marangu route can be done in a minimum 5 days, but is recommended to be used as a six day route for more acclimatization. Due to the comfort up to base camp at Kibo huts, this route is also known as the Coca-Cola route.

Why choose the Marangu route?

This route is the most comfortable route, compared to the other route option, as you will not be sleeping in tents. Solar panels that provide light in the evening and with limited phone charging abilities. Bathrooms with running water are available at the two lower huts, Mandara and Horombo huts, and basic latrines at the last Kibo hut.

Why not to consider the Marangu route?

Ascent & descent routes are the same. Longest and most challenging summit attempt.

What is the Marangu route success rate for hiking on Kilimanjaro?

Official statistics are not available from the Kilimanjaro national park, but the success rate will depend on the days that you spend on this route. This route can be done in 5 days, but the only positive about doing it in 5 days will be that you will pay less for your Kilimanjaro adventure. The 5 day Marangu route on average will prove a medium success rate for hiking on Kilimanjaro. We highly recommend, and in fact only promote the 6 day Marangu route, increasing your chances of success to medium high.
No route on Kilimanjaro will guarantee you reaching the summit, but is that not the reason why you want to climb Kilimanjaro? You want to challenge yourself, with the reward being worth so much more at the end.
With Dream World Adventures, through our years of experience and logistical systems in place, we offer our clients a 100% chance of reaching the summit, helping you prepare for your adventure from mental and physical aspect.
Anybody with average fitness levels, the right equipment and armed with knowledge of what lies ahead will stand a good chance of successfully summitting Kilimanjaro and no prior experience is required due to it not being a technical climb at all. Unfortunately though, altitude affects each person differently, irrespective of age, gender and fitness levels and the fear of ‘will I get sick?” plagues all of us before the time. Only when on the mountain will you know if your body is able to adapt physiologically to the decreasing oxygen levels in the air and decreasing atmospheric pressure.

What Kilimanjaro tour packages are available?

Dream World Adventures offer its valued clients Kilimanjaro adventure tour packages, tailor made around your requirements. From private tours to private group arrangements, we have got you covered.
Visit the following page, Kilimanjaro tour packages, for more information.
If traveling from South Africa, we also have some great Kilimanjaro packages from South Africa, with will include cost effective return flights.

Recommended days to plan for on the Marangu route?

Marangu can be done in 5 or 6 days, but we recommend to take a 6 day route with and extra acclimatization day at Horombo Hut.

What is the distance from the park gate to the summit of Kilimanjaro on the Marangu route?

From the Marangu park gate to the top of Kilimanjaro is has been calculated by the Kilimanjaro National park to be 34 km.

Other Kilimanjaro routes that we also recommend;

While the Marangu route should definitely be consider, other routes on Kilimanjaro we recommend will be the Machame route, Lemosho route, Rongai route or the Umbwe route.

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Look no further than our Kilimanjaro online guide.

Marangu Route daily itinerary

More information on our 6 day Marangu route, that is set out in a detailed 8 day itinerary that includes your 2 traveling days to and from Moshi in Tanzania. 34 km from Marangu gate to Uhuru peak.

Day one on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route itinerary

Travel day to Moshi in Tanzania

The first day of your itinerary, after arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, will be to traveling to Moshi in Tanzania.
Your adventure itinerary will start and finish in Moshi.
If you will be traveling by Air your arrival Airport will be at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a representative of our Tanzanian counterparts and be transferred to Hotel Springlands in Moshi.
This hotel offers great views of mountain Kilimanjaro on a clear day.
You will overnight at Hotel Springlands.

Day two on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route itinerary

Day 1 on Kilimanjaro

 

Marangu route day 01 review

Start of day; The Marangu Park gate 1 879m
End of day; Mandara Huts 2 720m
Terrain; Rain forest / Montane forest
Distance to walk; 8 km
Hiking time; 3 hours

After a relaxing night stay at Springlands your first day on your Lemosho route Kilimanjaro adventure starts.
Depending on what time your arrived at the hotel on the previous day, you would either have had a detailed briefing with your guide.
Important things that needs to be covered are your equipment, if you still need to rent some gear this is the time to get all in place. Also the meals that will be prepared for you will be covered, if you have specific requirements or needs please remember to communicate this to your guide.
From Moshi it will be on average 45 minutes’ drive to Marangu Gate, the starting point for your hike situated on the eastern side of the National park.
After signing yourself in at the gate you begin your hike. The first day you will be hiking though the rainforest belt that is found around the park.
Lunch will be provided to you in a form of a lunch packet at the gate, and the first day will take you approximately 3 hours. A good idea is to go for a short hike after settling in your hut.
A good look-out point will be found about 15 minutes from the huts at the Maundi Crater. Dinner is normally served around 7pm in one of the dining huts.
Bathrooms with running water are available (unfortunately no warm water) and all the huts have solar-powered lights.
While the water has been tested by the Tanzanian National parks board (TANAPA), it will be saver to use the boiled water that is made available. Using water purification tablets will add extra peace of mind.
Your guide will schedule in a briefing with the group either that evening or the next morning, with a test with his pulse oximeter to monitor the blood oxygen levels of each hiker.
After enjoying dinner in the communal dining hut, you will retire to your tent for a good night rest, to be ready for the following day’s adventure.
Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point, with the Sun normally setting & rising just before 7 o’ clock each day.
A good idea will be to take some reading material or some card games to keep yourself busy in the evening.

Day three on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route itinerary

Day 2 on Kilimanjaro

 

Marangu route day 02 review

Start of day; Mandara Huts 2 720m
End of day; Horombo Huts 3 720m
Terrain; Heathland / Moorland
Distance to walk; 11 km
Hiking time; 5 hours

Wake up around 07h00, with breakfast to follow shortly after. Start hiking around 08h30 to the next stop, the Horombo Huts. This day should take you around 5 hours to complete.
Lunch will be served half way through the day and you will have great views of Mawenzi (the second highest volcano on Kilimanjaro). Magnificent views of Kibo (the highest of the 3 volcanoes) can be enjoyed from the Horombo huts as well.
Bathrooms with running water are available (unfortunately no warm water) and all the huts have solar-powered lights.
Dinner is normally served around 7pm in one of the dining huts, followed by a briefing with your guide and the daily test with his pulse oximeter to monitor the blood oxygen levels of each hiker.
As is the case on all routes on Kilimanjaro, the higher you go the colder the outside night temperature will be, with the possibility of dropping to well below freezing.

Day four on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route itinerary

Day 3 on Kilimanjaro

 

Marangu route day 03 review

Start of day; Horombo Huts 3 720m
First point of interest; Zebra Rocks 4 048m
End of day; Horombo Huts 3 720m
Terrain; Alpine Desert / Semi desert
Hiking time; Dependent on hikers pace

This day is included for acclimatization. While some prefer to spend the day around the Horombo Huts, it is rather recommended to go on a hike up to Zebra Rocks that will be about 300m higher. The best way to acclimatize is to be active on altitude (to walk high and sleep low).
The hike up to Zebra Rocks will only take a couple hours, and you can even hike future up closer to Mawnzi.
After breakfast start your hike up to the Mawenzi Hut. Just outside the Hut area you will find a split in the road. For today you will go right and pass the Zebra rock, one of the many landmarks found in the Kilimanjaro National Park. This day must be used to walk high and sleep low (the best way to acclimatize). Although this day can be excluded from your itinerary, it is highly recommended to increase your chance of reaching Uhuru Peak. After reaching the Mawenzi Hut, return to Horombo Hut for dinner and rest.
Although this day can be excluded from your itinerary, it is highly recommended to increase your chance of reaching Uhuru Peak. Around midday return to Horombo Hut for dinner and rest.

Day five on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route itinerary

Day 4 on Kilimanjaro

 

Marangu route day 04 review

Start of day; Horombo Huts 3 720m
End of day; Kibo Huts 4 720m
Terrain; Alpine Desert
Distance to walk; 9 km
Hiking time; 5 hours

As this will be a long day, it is recommended to wake up earlier to reach Kibo Huts early afternoon.
After breakfast start your hike up to your final overnight point prior to your summit, at the Kibo Huts.
On the second part of the day you will cross the saddle that links Mawenzi with Kibo. It is of utmost importance to ascend very slowly here to avoid altitude related problems.
This part is also normally very warm and dry so remember to cover up with sun block and to drink water regularly. This day should take you around 5 hours to complete.
Dinner is normally served around 7pm in one of the eating huts. The huts have lights powered by solar energy, but no running water is available.
Please remember to stock up on water at the previous hut, but the guide will also remind you of this.

Day six on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route itinerary

Day 5 on Kilimanjaro

Marangu route day 05 review

Start of day; Kibo Huts 4 720m
1st point of interest; Gillman’s Point 5 685m
Distance to walk; 4 km
Hiking time; 5 hours
2nd point of interest; Uhuru Peak at 5 895m
Distance to walk; 2 km
Hiking time; 1,5 hours
Descent down toe; Horombo Huts 3 720m
Distance to walk; 15 km
Hiking time; Dependent on hikers pace

Around midnight you will have to start your final ascent to the summit. You will be woken with tea/coffee and biscuits.
This part of your hike will be done at night to be able to reach Gillman’s Point around first light, 5 hours from Kibo huts.
This will be by far the most difficult part of your hike, as you will not only be hiking on a slope of loose gravel, but also be doing so at altitude. Remember to constantly be on the move, and only take short breaks every 2 hours or so to avoid getting cold.
Your equipment that you have on should be able to assist your body to warm itself, and to keep cold wind out, but when not moving this becomes more difficult.
Once arriving at Gillman’s Point, people tend to stay too long and often choose to turn around at this point. Do not spend more than 10 minutes here as you still have the last leg of your trip to complete.
Another 1,5 hour’s hike and you will have reached Uhuru Peak – the highest point in Africa! After this amazing and emotional experience you will return to Kibo Huts via Gillman’s Point.
This will go a lot faster than when you summated. You should arrive back at Kibo Huts just before lunch time for a light lunch and a short break.
After that you will continue down back to the Horombo huts for dinner and a well-earned rest.

Day seven on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route itinerary

Day 6 on Kilimanjaro

 

Marangu route day 06 review

Start of day; Horombo Huts 3 720m
End of day; The Marangu Park gate 1 879m
Terrain; Rain forest
Distance to walk; 19 km
Hiking time; Dependent on hikers pace

After Breakfast, you start your final descent to the Marangu Gate.
Enjoy the scenery as you walk thought the rain forest. From Marangu Gate you will be transferred back to Springlands Hotel and you will be served a delicious hot lunch and a well-deserved hot shower.
It is recommended and tips are highly appreciated at the end of your trip. Tips must only be given to the Guide at Springlands Hotel.
This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5 685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.
Overnight in Springlands hotel.

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