The Marangu Route is also known as the "Coca Cola" or "tourist" route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow.



There are six established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north near Kenya. All routes except Marangu and Rongai descend via Mweka.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via The Marangu Route

Marangu Route, commonly known as the Coca Cola route is more popular because it can be done in fewer days and has permanent sleep huts at the campsites.

Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. It is a shorter route with a steeper incline and less time for acclimatization it tends to have a lower summit success rate. This is the only route where the ascent and descent route is shared, thus creating more traffic.

  • Duration: 5 days

  • Category: Kilimanjaro Trekking

  • Destination: Kilimanjaro via Marangu route

  • Major attractions: Africa’s highest mountain

  • Route info: Marangu known as “cocacola route” is most popular due to its presence of accommodation facilities including dining halls and toilets.

  • Tour guide languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian

  • Start in: Moshi

  • End in: Moshi/Arusha

  • Fundamental items: hiking pants, winter jacket, long sleeve shirts, hiking boots, trekking socks, warm gloves, sunglasses and toiletries

Day 1: Marangu Gate (1,800 m) To Mandara Hut (2,720 m)

In the morning, drive fromMoshi to Marangu gate for registration formalities and trekking preparations. Start climbing through coffee and maize plantations leading into the rainforest. The path leads to Mandara hut for resting and overnight stay.

Day 2: Mandara Hut (2,720 m) To Horombo Hut (3,720 m)

Climb from the rainforest into the moorland zone with magnificent views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Climb steadily through the giant heather where the trail leads to Horombo Hut. Have rest upon arrival and take time gaining energy for the next day. Dinner and sleep at the hut.

Day 3: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) to Kibo Hut (4,720 m)

Climb steeply towards the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to screed and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. The path leads to Kibo Hut to arrive in the afternoon. Have personal time resting and recuperating for the final ascend. It’s advised to take high amount of water and sleep early by 19:00 pm.

Day 4: Kibo Hut (4,720 m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) To Horombo Hut (3,720 m)

Wake up by 23:30 for a hotcup of coffee and putting on trekking gears. Start climbing by mid nightthrough the volcanic screen to reach Gilman’s (5,681 m) by sunrise. Take time to rest and make the final round trip to reach Uhuru Peak (5895m). At the summit, take pictures while feeling accomplished standing at the roof of Africa. Start descending t to reach Horombo hut in the late afternoon. Dinner and sleep at the hut.

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) To Marangu Gate (1,800 m)

Descend through moorland into the beautiful lush green forest. Arrive at the gate by mid-day for tipping the crew (guides, porters and cookers) and certificate awards. Green certificates are awarded to hikers who reached Gilman’s and golden to the ones who reached Uhuru peak. Drive back to Arusha for resting and much celebrations or a flight back home.

End of tour!

Price Include:

  • Kilimanjaro park permits

  • Professional mountain crew (guides, cooks and porters)

  • Two nights accommodation (before and after climb)

  • Camping facilities

  • Boiled water while at the mountain

  • Sleeping bags

  • First aid kit

  • 3 proper meals+ mineral water and tea/coffee

  • Certificates for successful climb

Price Exclude:

  • International flights

  • Tanzanian Visa

  • Trekking gears rentals

  • Tips for guides and cooks

  • All things of personal nature

  • Extra meals and drinks

  • Extended tours

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