5 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb Via Marangu
Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.
The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended when climbing Klimanjaro using the Marangu route.
However, despite its immense popularity, we avoid leading climbs on the Marangu route. The route has the least scenic variety of all the routes because the ascent and descent are done on the same path and it is the most crowded route for that reason. Marangu is favored only during the rainy season, where the hut accommodations are preferred over wet ground, or for those who only have five days to climb Kilimanjaro (which we do not recommend anyhow). Otherwise, the Marangu route is a poor choice.
Price range: $25 to $920 per person per day (USD, excl. int’l flights).
DepartureMoshi / Arusha Tanzania
Departure TimePrompt departure at 8:30 AM.
Return TimeApproximately 6:30 PM.
Dress CodeCasual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hat, light jacket.
IncludeEntry Fees5 Star AccommodationPersonal GuideAirport TransfersBreakfast
Not IncludedDeparture Taxes
Day 1 - Marangu gate (1700m) – Mandara Hut 2740m – (5,500ft to 9,000ft)
Day 2 - Mandara Hut (2,740m) – Horombo Hut (3700m) – (9,000ft to 12,100ft)
Day 3 - Horombo Hut (3700m) – Kibo Hut (4700m) – (12,100ft to 15,400ft)
Day 4 - Kibo Hut (4,750m/15,580ft) to Summit (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, 3,760 feet Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters, 7,140 feet
Day 5 - Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) Elevation Loss: 1,920 meters, 6,295 feet