7 - Days Marangu Route



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The 7-Day Marangu Route is one of the most popular and well-established paths to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Known as the “Coca-Cola Route,” the Marangu Route attracts a large number of trekkers due to its relatively gentle ascent and comfortable hut accommodations along the way.

The journey begins at the Marangu Gate, where trekkers are greeted by lush rainforests and an abundance of wildlife. The trail meanders through the vibrant forest, providing opportunities to spot various species of birds, monkeys, and other fascinating creatures.

As the trek progresses, hikers will transition into the moorland zone, characterized by a scenic and tranquil landscape with heather and unique flora. The path offers occasional glimpses of the majestic Kibo and Mawenzi peaks, adding to the excitement of the climb.

The overnight stays are in rustic but comfortable mountain huts, providing shelter from the elements and contributing to the social aspect of the trek. Trekkers can enjoy hot meals and a good night’s rest, preparing them for the next day’s adventure.

One of the highlights of the Marangu Route is the trek to Gillman’s Point, situated on the crater rim. As trekkers ascend to higher altitudes, the vegetation diminishes, and the terrain becomes more rugged, providing stunning views of the glaciers and the crater.

The final stretch to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the continent, is a challenging but immensely rewarding endeavor. Standing atop the “Roof of Africa,” trekkers are treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, witnessing a breathtaking sunrise over the vast African landscape.

The descent follows the same path back to the Marangu Gate, allowing trekkers to reflect on their remarkable journey and savor the memories of conquering Africa’s highest summit.

The 7-Day Marangu Route is an excellent choice for trekkers who prefer a more straightforward and well-maintained path, with the added convenience of hut accommodations. With the support of experienced guides and a well-organized team, climbers of varying abilities can undertake this extraordinary adventure, creating enduring memories of their conquest of Mount Kilimanjaro.


Day 1: Arrival in Moshi

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our team will warmly welcome you and transfer you to a comfortable hotel in Moshi. Take some time to relax and prepare for the exciting trek ahead. Our team will conduct a briefing and equipment check to ensure you have everything you need.

Day 2: Moshi to Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll drive to the Marangu Gate (1,860 meters), the starting point of the Marangu Route. The trek begins through lush rainforests, offering glimpses of diverse wildlife and bird species. Our experienced guides will lead you through this vibrant ecosystem to Mandara Hut (2,700 meters), where you'll spend the night.

Day 3: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

On day 3, the trek continues through the moorland zone. The path is well-maintained, providing a comfortable hiking experience. You'll be surrounded by scenic landscapes and occasional views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. After about 5-6 hours of trekking, we'll reach Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) for an overnight stay.

Day 4: Acclimatization Day at Horombo Hut

Day 4 is dedicated to acclimatization at Horombo Hut. It's essential to adapt to the increasing altitude to enhance your chances of a successful summit. You can spend the day exploring the surrounding area, resting, and taking short hikes to higher elevations before returning to Horombo Hut for another night.

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

After breakfast, we'll continue our trek, leaving the moorland behind and entering the alpine desert zone. The trail becomes steeper as we approach Kibo Hut (4,703 meters), the base camp for the summit attempt. Take it easy and ensure you're well-hydrated and nourished for the challenging ascent ahead.

Day 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Summit night begins at midnight. We'll start the climb to Gillman's Point (5,681 meters), located on the crater rim. The ascent is demanding but immensely rewarding as you witness a spectacular sunrise over the vast African landscape. From Gillman's Point, the trail leads to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters), the highest point in Africa. After celebrating this incredible achievement, we'll descend back to Horombo Hut for a well-deserved rest.

Day 7: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate to Moshi

On the final day of the trek, we'll descend from Horombo Hut to the Marangu Gate, passing through the rainforest once again. At the gate, you'll receive a well-earned certificate of achievement. Our team will then transfer you back to Moshi, where you can enjoy a hot shower and a celebratory dinner.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, it's time to say goodbye to Tanzania. Our team will transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure home or onward travel. This marks the end of a memorable and rewarding 7-day trek on the Marangu Route, leaving you with unforgettable memories and a sense of accomplishment that will stay with you forever.


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Please note that the above inclusions and exclusions are general and may vary depending on the specific safari package or tour operator you choose. It is essential to review the details provided by your chosen tour operator to ensure clarity on the specific costs and services included in your safari package.

The Marangu Route is one of the popular routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. It is also known as the “Coca-Cola Route” due to the availability of bottled Coca-Cola along the trail. The route is well-established and offers hut accommodations, making it a preferred choice for trekkers seeking a more comfortable climb.

The Marangu Route typically takes 7 days to complete, providing a gradual ascent and an extra day for acclimatization at Horombo Hut. Some trekkers opt for a 6-day itinerary, but the 7-day option is recommended for better acclimatization and increased chances of reaching the summit.

The Marangu Route is considered one of the more accessible routes on Kilimanjaro, making it suitable for beginners with a good level of fitness and determination. However, it is still a challenging trek, and proper preparation, including regular physical training, is essential for a successful climb.

The success rate of reaching the summit on the Marangu Route is relatively high compared to other routes. The gradual ascent and additional acclimatization day at Horombo Hut contribute to higher success rates, which can reach around 80-90% for those attempting the 7-day itinerary.

Unlike other routes where trekkers camp in tents, the Marangu Route offers hut accommodations. The huts are basic but comfortable, providing shelter, beds, and communal dining areas. Staying in huts can be a more convenient option for trekkers, especially in adverse weather conditions.

The best time to climb the Marangu Route is during the dry seasons, which are from June to October and from December to February. These months offer more stable weather conditions, lower chances of rain, and clearer skies, providing better visibility and a more enjoyable trek.

A good level of physical fitness is essential for the Marangu Route. Trekkers should engage in regular cardiovascular and strength training exercises to prepare for the long and demanding hikes at high altitudes.

Yes, hiring a guide and a porter is mandatory for all trekkers on Mount Kilimanjaro, including the Marangu Route. A guide will ensure your safety, provide essential information, and lead the way, while a porter will carry the majority of your gear, allowing you to focus on the trek.

To book the Marangu Route trek, you can contact reputable trekking companies or tour operators that offer Kilimanjaro expeditions. It is essential to research and select a reliable and experienced company to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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During the dry season, there is less rainfall, lower humidity, and clearer skies, providing better visibility and making the trek more enjoyable. The chances of encountering heavy rain and slippery trails are reduced during this time, which improves safety and comfort during the ascent.

The months of June to October and December to February also coincide with the main tourist seasons in Tanzania, so you can expect a higher level of organization and availability of resources for your trek.

It is important to note that even during the dry seasons, weather conditions on Mount Kilimanjaro can be unpredictable, especially at higher altitudes. Temperatures can vary significantly, ranging from hot and sunny during the day to freezing at night. Therefore, it is essential to pack appropriate clothing and gear to stay comfortable and safe throughout the trek.