6 Days: Marangu Route
The route is jokingly referred to as the “Tourist route” or “Coca -Cola Route.” This is because the route is more touristy as is more comfortable walking trail of which you can at least reach the last camp. It is the only route that offers hut accommodation.
DAY 1 ; Marangu[ Gate 1860] – Mandara Hut [ 2715 m]
Drive from your hotel in Moshi passing the Marangu villages to the gate in about 50 minutes. Check in the park gate and start trekking for about 8 km in 4-5 hrs to Mandara Hut. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.
DAY 2; Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut [ 3705m]
From Mandara Hut, the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, skirts the base of Maundi Crater. On a clear day, Kibo peak will glimmer in the distance. Continue with the trekking in the open moorland reaching Horombo Hut. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.
Hiking Distance; 11.6 km in 6hrs
DAY 3; Horombo Hut – Acclimatization Day
Horombo hut is a village of huts pierced on a small plateau with approx 120 climbers. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut at 4310 m in about 3 hrs up and 1.5 hrs down, is strongly recommended. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.
DAY 4; Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut [4730m]
After breakfast, start trekking into the alpine desert habitat. Kibo hut is situated in the barren, a stone build blockhouse which has bunk beds, but n streams with water nearby. Once at the Camp, prepare yourself ahead of the summit the same night.
Hiking Distance ;9.6 km in 6hrs
DAY 5 ; Kibo Hut – Summit, Uhuru Peak 5895m –Horombo Hut [3705m]
Wake up at around 2300hrs and have a simple breakfast and start trekking towards the summit. This is the most mentally and physical challenging part of the hike. The first portion of the trail is rocky to the Hans Meyer Cave at 5150 m. The path zigzags up to Gillman’s point at the crater rim [5681m]. Continue on the Snowy path leading to Uhuru peak at 5895 m. Once at the Summit, you are now on the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro and highest point in African continent. Spend a short time taking some photos and start descending down to Kibo Hut for lunch and some rest. Afterwards continue down t o Horombo Hut for dinner and Overnight.
Hiking ascent distance; 5.4 km in 7 – 8 hrs.
Hiking descent distance; 15 km in 6- 8hrs
DAY 6; Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate [1860m]
After having breakfast and a little celebration, start descending down in 19.7 km in about 6hrs. At the gate, you’ll be given certificates of achievement. Board a vehicle on your onward destination or hotel in Moshi.