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5 Days Marangu Route – Kilimanjaro Climbing

Private 5 days climb + 2 nights hotel from $1,900


Number of Participants Private Group Price (in USD per person)
1 $2,640
2 – 3 $2,320
4 – 6 $2,210
7 – 10 $1,995
11+ $1,900


Sometimes referred to as Coca-cola Route, Marangu Route is the busiest route and the only route with overnights in dormitory style huts. Hiking is along the most direct path to the summit. It is the only route where the descent is along the same path as the ascent. It is the least scenic route and the route does not have a high success rate, due in part to the short number of days to acclimatize and also because the overnights in huts draws less dedicated climbers.

Arrival Day: Moshi (915 m/3,000 ft) Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport - Transfer to Moshi

You will be met at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) by a PK Adventure staff member and transferred to your hotel in Moshi. We will go through an equipment check and your guide will give a thorough briefing and answer any questions that you might have. If you have a later arrival, this can be done in the morning before departing for the mountain. Any equipment items that you are lacking can be rented locally.

Day 1: Moshi (915 m/3,000 ft) to Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,000 ft) to Mandara Huts (2,740 m/9,000 ft)

  • 7 km
  • 4-5 hours
  • Montane Forest

After breakfast at your hotel. you will be picked up and we will drive for approximately 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival at the gate you will register at the national park, and begin hiking. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and colobus monkeys. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and T-shirts should be sufficient warmth, but keep your rain gear and an extra layer of clothing handy. We stop halfway for a picnic lunch and reach the Mandara Huts in mid-afternoon. Unpack, rest, and have some tea or coffee. A 15 minute side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya if the skies permit. Dinner is served during the early evening.

Day 2: Mandara Huts (2,740 m/9,000 ft) to Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft)

  • 11 km
  • 6-8 hours
  • Heathland

In the morning after breakfast follows a hike for an hour through rainforest glades, then an ascending path through heathland where you can look for giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. We stop halfway for lunch, where you can enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi  Peak (one of the 3 dormant volcanoes on Kilimanjaro). Arrive at the Horombo Huts by mid-afternoon, where you can see Kibo’s summit. Rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner.  You may start to feel the effects of altitude here and to aid your acclimatization, you can choose to spend an extra day resting at Horombo (additional charge if you spend an extra day on the mountain).

Day 3: Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft) to Kibo Huts (4,695 m/15,400 ft)

  • 10 km
  • 6-8 hours
  • Alpine Desert

In the morning after breakfast you will hike to Kibo Hut. The first part of the days hike climbs through the dwindling heath land that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. When you stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours.

Day 4: Summit Day! Kibo Huts (4,695 m/15,400 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) to Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft)

  • 4 km up, 14 km down
  • 10-15 hours
  • Alpine Desert

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1 a.m, switch back up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet you. Another hour of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, around 7 a.m. These times may vary according to how well you are adjusting to the altitude. This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak! Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. You won’t stay at the summit long, you still have a long day ahead of you. After taking in the success, we descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect our things, and re-cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep! You do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slowly slowly, or, pole pole, an optimistic attitude, and determination will get you there!

Day 5: Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft) to Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,000 ft) to Moshi (890 m/2,920 ft)

  • 18 km
  • 5-7 hours

In the morning after breakfast, you will pack you gear and descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there then continue your triumphant recessional down through the lush rainforest to the park gate, which you should reach in mid-afternoon. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to your hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration! Your hotel for this night is included in your climb package (B&B plan).


  • Airport transfers (Kilimanjaro International  Airport – JRO)
  • Two nights hotel at Weru Weru River Lodge B&B plan (subject to change in cases of no availability for your dates)
  • Expedition briefing and equipment check prior to leaving for the mountain
  • Transfers between hotel – park gate
  • Luggage storage during your trek (for luggage not needed during the climb)
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking mountain guide(s)
  • All Park Fees & Taxes
  • All hot meals prepared by our cook while on the mountain
  • Camping Equipment (cookware, utensils, gas pot(s), etc)
  • Guides, Porters, and Cook Salaries
  • Fair and ethical treatment of  the climb staff
  • Enough porters to carry all gea
  • Safety Equipment:
    • Short wave radio
    • Emergency oxygen
    • Pulse Ox meter
    • First Aid Kit
  • Hot drinks at every meal (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, Milo)
  • Water provided on the climb: mineral water for the first day, and boiled water every day


  • Flights
  • Tanzanian Visa
  • Lunches & Dinners before and after the climb
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Tips to mountain crew (highly recommended)
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel / Medical insurance (strongly suggested)
  • Helicopter evacuation / medical expenses if needed (see above)
  • Items listed on our packing list (all can be rented locally)
  • Extra nights hotel and meals if the climb needs to be abandoned early or is completed earlier than scheduled