Marangu Route is often called the Tourist Route or the Coca Cola Route and is both the least difficult and the shortest way to reach Uhuru Peak. It is also the oldest of the routes. 70% of all climbers choose to take this route, as it mostly consists of easy hiking. While this is the ‘easiest’ route, it also has a high failure rate due to poor preparation.
If you take the route seriously and prepare adequately, you’ll be fine. Marangu is not considered as scenic as other routes, but it has the benefit of boasting hut accommodation along the route – which makes it a good choice in the rainy season.
You can choose to complete this route in either five days or six days.
On your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport a member of our staff will be at holding a Biko Adventures Tours placard. You will then be transferred to your Hotel in Arusha/Moshi.
Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut (8,875 ft)
Hiking Time:4-5 hours
Total Distance:7 km
Starting Altitude: 1830m (6,000ft)
Final Altitude: 2740m (9,000ft)
Environment: Montane (rain) Forest
This morning we drive through Kilimanjaro’s semi-tropical foothills to Marangu Gate, where you enter Kilimanjaro National Park and start your climb. Today’s trek takes 4-5 hours through tropical rainforest to reach Mandara Hut.
Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut (12,201 ft)
Hiking Time:5-6 hours
Total Distance:11 km
Starting Altitude: 2700m (9,000ft)
Final Altitude:3700m (12,141ft)
Your second day on the mountain starts with a fairly steep climb through the last of the rain-forest up to alpine meadows dotted with giant heather. Further on, the environment changes to open heath with stunted vegetation before opening out to bleak moorland. Today you will gain approximately 1,000m in altitude, so walk slowly in order to acclimatize properly. It is normally a 6-7-hour hike to reach Horombo Hut.
Acclimization at Horombo
Today you will take a short walk up to Mawenzi base camp and come back to Horombo. This will be an opportunity to acclimatize and understanding the Mountain weather and altitude.
Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut (15,463 ft)
Hiking Time:6-7 hours
Total Distance:10 km
Starting Altitude: 3700m (12,141ft)
Final Altitude: 4695m (15,400ft)
Environment: Semi Desert
The terrain now becomes progressively more rocky and rugged and giant groundsels and lobelias make their appearance. The trail skirts Mawenzi Peak, before crossing a stark, almost lunar landscape and the tundra desert of ‘the saddle”.
The hike to Kibo Hut takes anything from 5 to 7 hours and the views from the saddle is breathtaking. Make this an early night – your attempt on Uhuru Peak starts at midnight.
Kibo Hut – Summit (19,340 ft) – Horombo Hut (12,201 ft)
Hiking Time:11-15 hours
Total Distance:18.5 km
Starting Altitude:4695m (15,000ft) – Uhuru Peak 5895m(19,340ft)
Descend Final Altitude:3700m (12140ft)
Environment: Alpine Desert
Soon after midnight, you will be awakened by your guides to start the zigzag trek up a long scree slope. After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave and from here the gradient gets steeper. Continue your climb for approximately another 3 hours to Gilman’s Point and you will be rewarded by the dramatic sight of the rising sun reflecting off the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi.
Walk along the crater rim for another couple of hours to reach your goal – Uhuru Peak, towering at 19,340 ft. After congratulating yourself and your companions on this great achievement, descend to Kibo Hut for rest and refreshment before continuing to Horombo Hut for your last night on the mountain.
Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate
Hiking Time:6-7 hours
Total Distance:18 km
Starting Altitude:3700m (12,140ft)
Final Altitude:1830 (6000ft)
Environment: Rain Forest
After a leisurely breakfast, make your final descent across the alpine meadow, past Mandara Hut and on down through the rainforest to Marangu Gate,
Post celebrations, we are taken by either private bus or Jeep to our hotel in Moshi/Arusha. You can now depart Tanzania or continue your dream with amazing safari extensions or Zanzibar that we can help you plan and prepare good quote for you.
For trekkers not continuing with a safari we provide transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport or bus station for your onward journey
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Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber):