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8 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro, Marangu route!

Maranga route, nicknamed the “Coca-Cola” route, is the second most popular route and cheapest one to reach the top of the Kilimanjaro. It is the only route that uses the same trail to ascend and descend and offers hut accommodation (camping is not allowed). This route is the shortest Kilimanjaro route, yet very challenging since it gives climbers less time to acclimatize. If you want to increase the chance of reaching the summit succesfully we recommend you to take and extra day to adjust (between day 3 and 4).

During your climb a professional team of guides, porters and cooks assist you. Tanzania Specialist selected the best guides, that have a high safety record and client success rate. To secure your safety, they check your pulse rate and oxygen saturation each day.

After your booking is confirmed, we send you a comprehensive Kilimanjaro Packing List.

For an overview of all the routes check Climbing Kilimanjaro.


Day 1: Arrival Kilmanjaro - Moshi

After your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our driver will transfer you to the hotel of your choice. Settle into your accommodation, take time to relax and to get used to the African atmosphere. It is possible to book an extra day rest (day 2), to reload and get ready to start your climb the next day (day 3). This extra day increases the chances of reaching the summit.

Note. The hotel on the first and last day is not included in this itinerary since we want to give you the freedom to make your own choice. The hotel below is just an example. You prefer basic ($40 per night bed & breakfast) or 5-star luxury? Just let us know and we can book any hotel in Moshi for you. You never pay more than the price on

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 2: Marangu Gate (1830 m./ 6000 ft) - Mandara Huts (2700 m./ 8,858 ft)

Elevation gain: 870 meters / 2,854 feet

This morning your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Moshi to drive tot he Marangu gate where your trek starts. The trail begins at the foot of the mountain, ascending a tropical rain forest. If you are lucky you can even spot the rare black-and-white colobus monkeys. Climb at your own pace and enjoy the forest and hillsides till you reach after 4-5 hours the Mandara Huts. Relax at the camp or you can go on excursions to see the volcanic Maudi Crater nearby the camp.

Day 3: Mandara Huts (2700 m./ 8,858 ft) - Horombo Huts (3.720 m./ 12,204 ft)

Elevation gain: 1020 meters / 3,346 feet

Today the climb continues from the Mandara Huts through forest, where vegetation can be up to 5 m high. The trail then opens out into moorland. The flora and fauna becomes less and less as you climb higher into the moorland zone. You will experience that the air is thinner and there is less oxygen available. On a clear day the views of Kibo, Kilimajaro’s highest peak, are beautiful. It is also possible to see Kilimanjaro’s second peak Mawenzi, later this day.  Arrive after a 4-6 hours trek in the afternoon at Horombo Huts, where you can relax and have dinner.

Day 4: Horombo Huts (3720 m./ 12,204 ft) - Kibo Camp (4700 m./ 15,419 ft)

Elevation gain: 980 meters / 3,215 feet

After a good breakfast, you gradually climb towards the beautiful lunar desert. Your trek ascends onto the ‘saddle’ of Kilimanjaro, between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. The vegetation thins out as you enter the alpine zone.  After a 6-7 hours walk you arrive at Kibo Camp for lunch, which is located at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, preparing for the final ascend to the summit the next day. Be reminded that you drink enough water during the day and walk at a slow pace.

Day 5: Kibo Camp (4700 m./ 15,419 ft) - Uhuru Peak (5.895 m./ 19,340 ft) - Hurombo Huts (3720 m./ 12,204 ft)

Elevation gain: 1195 meters / 3,920 feet
Elevation loss: 2175 meters / 7,135 feet

Conquer the roof of Africa today! Around midnight, the most challenging part of the trek starts. It is dark, cold and the trail is steep to Gilman’s Point (rim of the main crater). Ascend in the darkness for a couple of hours while taking short breaks. At Gilman’s Point you can enjoy the most beautiful sunrise over Mawenzi. From Gilman’s Point, it is another 2-3 hours climb to the Uhuru Peak, the highest point of the Kilimanjaro. Celebrate your accomplishment at the summit while you look out onto a incredible vast landscape of white snow and towering peaks. From the summit you go downhill all the way to Horombo Hut where you spend your last dinner and night on the mountain. Enjoy a well-earned sleep after a challenging and very long day (about 14 hours).

Day 6-7: Horombo Huts (3720 m./ 12,139 ft) - Marangu Gate (1830 m./ 6,003 ft)

Elevation loss: 1890 meters / 6,200 feet

Today’s descent is a trek mostly downhill, trough the tropical forest, unto the Marangu gate. After 5-6 hours you arrive at the bottom of the mountain, where you can collect your summit certificate. Your driver brings you to your hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight. Day 7 is a day at leisure to relax.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 8: Moshi - Airport

Today you can relax at the lodge or explore the surrounding area. You can choose to extend your journey with a beautiful Tanzania Safari. Another option is to unwind on the tropical Zanzibar Island or one of the other exotic beach destinations Pemba Island and Mafia Island. If you choose to fly home after your Kilimanjaro trek, you will arrive back home on day 9.

How fit do you need to be to climb Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route?

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a real challenge due to the altitude, rate of ascent and different temperatures. During an average climbing day you will walk 6-7 hours per day. If you are healthy and fit it is absolutely within reach. There are many things you can do to increase your chances to reach the summit and to make sure you enjoy the trek. It’s important you take your time. Don’t hike too fast so your body has time to adapt and acclimatize. Being in good shape also makes the climb much easier. Go hiking a few months before the climb, especially multiple day hikes are excellent training. But also running and aerobic exercise are a good preparation. It is always difficult to predict who will be affected by altitude sickness. What you can do to prevent altitude sickness is to take an extra day to adjust (between day 3 and day 4). If you stay an extra day in the Horombo Hut you give your body more time to acclimatize. This will increase the chance of reaching the summit successfully. The price for an extra day are $ 329 per person.

If you like advice on how to prepare yourself for climbing Kilimanjaro, you can always contact us or read our blog How to prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro?

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Price information

Marangu price per person2 persons4 persons6 persons
all seasons $ 1756 $ 1495$ 1451


  • Pick up Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to lodge/hotel
  • Transfer lodge/hotel to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Private guide speaking fluently English
  • Private cook speaking fluently English
  • Park Fees for national park
  • Porters who carry your luggage
  • Accommodation in huts
  • Chairs and tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Dinner-tent
  • Rescue fee


  • International flight tickets and tourist visa
  • Accommodation on day of arrival and departure
  • Insurances (travel, flying doctors etc)
from $1451 p.p.*
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