Marangu Route


Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will be met by a Gazelle Adventures representative and transferred to your hotel in Moshi. Evening briefing at hotel to prepare you for the climb ahead, followed by group dinner, an opportunity for the group to get to know each other before the climb. .

Six day’s option offers an extra day for acclimatization (recommended)
5 day option is also available.
No camping required.
Hut accommodation available at all camps.

Day 1:
Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,000 ft) to Mandara Hut (2,740 m/9,000 ft)
Distance: 7 km,
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest

You will be driven to Marangu Gate (1800m) to start walking through a thick rain forest which takes 3-4 hours to Mandara Hut (2727m). The Mandara Hut is situated on the forest belt border just below the Maundi Crater. Here you will have dinner and overnight.

Day 2:
Mandara Hut (2,740 m/9,000 ft) to Horombo Hut (3,690 m/12,100 ft)
Distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heath Land

After breakfast proceed walking 5-6 hours slowly following a path through the forest and then through the heather and moor land zone from where you can view Kilimanjaro’s two peaks and Moshi town with on way lunch box. Arrive at Horombo Hut (3,720m) for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 3:
Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Mawenzi Hut (4,600m/15,100ft)
Mawenzi Hut (4,600m/15,100ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft)
Elevation Gain and Loss: 2,900 feet
Hiking time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heath Land

This is a very good day for acclimatization and see the amazing rocks (ZEBRA ROCKS) that seems just like a zebra stripes for 2-3 hours and get back to Horombo Hut for lunch dinner and overnight

Day 4:
Horombo Hut (3,690 m/12,100 ft) to Kibo Hut (4,695 m/15,400 ft)
Distance: 10 km,
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

A hard day climb to Kibo Hut (4703 m), 5-6 hours crossing the barren sub – Alpine terrain of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks with picnic lunch box along the way. We relax on arrival to prepare for the next stage which begins shortly after, Mid night a very early start at around 12:00, follow the zigzag path up the scree slope, stopping frequently to catch breath in the starlit air. This is the steepest and most demanding section for the climb, taking five hours to Gilliman’s Point (5685m). Gillman’s Point offers great views of the Eastern Ice fields. See sunrise behind Mawenzi Peak illuminating the plain. Then walk a further 45 minutes around the crater and up to the highest point Uhuru Peak (5,895m), the roof of Africa where you will be rewarded with stunning views of the spectacular glaciers illuminated by the sunrise. Thereafter it is a 3-4 hour descent to Kibo Hut (3720m) with a rest at Kibo Hut on route. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut.

Day 5:
Kibo Hut (4,695 m/15,400 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft)
Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) to Horombo Hut (3,690 m/12,100 ft)
Distance: 4 km ascent, 14 km descent
Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
Habitat: Artic

This is an easier day as you have the luxury of walking downhill on the way to the Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight

DAY 6 :
Horombo Hut (3,690 m/12,100 ft) to Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,000 ft)
Distance: 18 km,
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

This is also a much easier day as you have walking downhill from Horombo Hut way to the gate waiting vehicle at Marangu gate for transfer to Moshi.


The Marangu route, also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most well-established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only path which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations in lieu of camping. Thither are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Clients are provided with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still needed. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts for long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut.

Many favor Marangu because it is believed to be the easiest way of life on the mountain, made its gradual slope and direct way. Notwithstanding the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is unfortunately less scenic than the other roads because the climb and descent are along the same itinerary. It is likewise the most crowded route for that cause.

King Kilimanjaro offers Marangu as five or six day private climb. The five day variation does not have an acclimatization day on day three at Horombo Hut.