7-Day Marangu Route

7-Day Marangu Route


Today, the Marangu, or “Coca-Cola” route, is the most popular on Kilimanjaro. It’s the only route where you’ll spend the night in a hut. Marangu is therefore a good choice for hiking during the rainy season.
The trail begins in the southeast corner of Mount Kilimanjaro. The route’s entrance, Marangu Gate, is conveniently located near our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. It takes about 1.5 hours to get there.
This route includes a well-worn trail that passes through all climate zones, from tropical rainforest to eternal ice, as well as scenic African landscapes.
The route may be crowded in July-September and December-March due to its popularity and low cost.
For better acclimatization, the 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day option.

Day by Day Itinerary for

7-Day Marangu Route


Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, after clearing with immigration, meet outside with your driver and transfer to the hotel located in Moshi town for overnight.


Breakfast and check out, your driver will pick you up from the hotel at 10 am and transfer you to the starting point Marangu gate to begin your trek. After processing all the formalities you will start walking approximately 3 to 4 hours through the montane forest until you reach Mandara (2700mts). You will enjoy a hot dinner and overnight stay at MANDARA HUTS.


Early in the morning, we leave for Horombo (3700mts), which is a 4 to 5 hours walk through grassy moorlands. You will have a hot dinner and overnight stay at HOROMBO HUTS.


After breakfast, you will visit Zebra rocks(3980mts) for acclimatization with a view of the Saddle of Kilimanjaro. After some rest, we return to Horombo Hut for hot lunch. You will have a hot dinner and overnight stay at HOROMBO HUTS.


You will leave for another 4 to 5 hours walk to Kibo (4750mts). You will be passing the last water point and traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi. Tonight, you will have dinner and an overnight stay at KIBO HUTS.


This is the day you have been waiting for!

With an early start around 1:00a.m, you will leave Kibo hut for Gilman’s Point (5681mts). This will be a 5 hour's walk on the crater’s rim. You will arrive at a sunrise view over Kilimanjaro.

Just another one and half hour walk to Uhuru Peak – The highest point in Africa at (5869mts).

After a short rest and photographs, you will descend to Horombo hut via Kibo Hut over a 4 to 7-hour walk. You will have your dinner and overnight stay at HOROMBO HUTS.


On your final day on the mountain, you’ll have an early breakfast and then descend 5 to 6 hours to the park gate. A driver will transfer you to your base hotel in Moshi for dinner and an overnight stay. Dinner and overnight stay in MOSHI.


After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport,

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