The Marangu route, often referred to as the “Coca Cola” route, was the first established trail on the mountain. It is often the cheapest route as it can be completed in 5 days; it is also the only trail that offers huts for sleeping rather than tents.

  • Regarded by some as the easiest and shortest route; however, that is misleading as it has the lowest summit rate
  • Only trail that offers huts for sleeping, which is great during the rainy season
  • Ascends and descends via the same path (Rongai also descends via Marangu Route)
  • Widest and most comfortable to walk on (gentle gradients to walk down)
  • We highly recommend 6 days for the hike (see below itinerary) but can be shortened to 5 days (however that option is not as good for acclimatization) or extended to 7 days depending on your preference.

Marangu, Kilimanjaro

Below is a sample itinerary for a 6A�dayA�MaranguA�trek. As described above there are many ways to summit and we can help you design the best route to maximize your ability to safely acclimate to the altitude of Kilimanjaro. Please contact our booking specialists to learn more!


Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts

Distance: 5.2 mi

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel in Arusha. The morning begins with a drive to Marangu Gate (6256 ft). Your journey heads to Mandara Huts (8935 ft)


Mandara Huts to Horombo Huts

Distance: 7.8 mi

Mandara Huts (8935 ft) to Horombo Huts (12208 ft)


Horombo Huts to Kibo Huts

Distance: 5.9 mi

Horombo Huts (12208 ft) to Kibo Huts (15466 ft)


Horombo Hut: Acclimatization Day

While it’s possible to do Marangu in 5 days, we strongly recommend taking an extra day to acclimate at Horombo hut, a village of huts on a small plateau. On this day, you’ll do a circular hike for about 4-5 hours toward Mawenzi hut to further help the acclimatization process.


Kibo Huts to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts

Distance: 6.2 mi ascent, 13.7 mi descent

Kibo Hut (15466 ft) to Uhuru Peak (19341 ft) via Gillman’s Point (18763 ft). Followed by a descent to Horombo Huts (12208 ft) via Kibo Hut.


Horombo Huts to Marangu Gate

Distance: 12.4 mi

Horombo Huts (12208 ft) to Marangu Gate (6256 ft)

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