The 5 Day Marangu route itinerary takes you up Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu, the mountain’s oldest and most popular route. Popularly known as the Coca-Cola route, this route appeals to many climbers as statistics show that at least 40% of Mount Kilimanjaro climbers use this route. It is one of the easiest, shortest, and most popular routes.

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The famous Marangu Route is the only route on Mount Kilimanjaro that uses huts/cabins as a form of accommodation instead of camping/tents.

Marangu Route Map5 Days Marangu Route Success Rate

Since the 5 days Marangu Route excludes the extra acclimatization day to the Mawenzi Ridge, the summit success rate is a bit lower (42%) as compared to the longer 6 Days Marangu Route tour, which has a success rate of 80%.

How to summit, with 5 Days Marangu Route Climb.

This short Mount Kilimanjaro route tour can be made very possible with vigorous training, drinking a lot of water, and having previous experience in climbing high-altitude mountains and altitude sickness.

5 Days Marangu Route Itinerary summary






5 Days Marangu Route at a glance

  • Distance: The Marangu route trail is 72 kilometers (45 miles) long.
  • Location: The route approaches the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro by coming from the southeastern side of the mountain. The 5 Days Marangu Route starts at the Marangu gate.
  • Height: The 5 Days Marangu route takes you to Mt Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru peak summit at 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) high.

Trail conditions: The 5 Days Marangu Route climb, will take you through a variety of vegetation zones namely: misty forests, moorlands, alpine desert area in the Saddle, and paths with rock outcrops and snow towards the very top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

5 Days Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Package

Below is a day by day glance at a typical 5 day Marangu route itinerary for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

1 Marangu Gate 1,843m/ 6,046ft Mandara Hut 2,700m/ 8,858ft 4-5 8km/ 5mi
2 Mandara Hut 2,700m/ 8,858ft Horombo Hut 3,720m/ 12,205ft 6-8 12km/ 7mi
3 Horombo Hut 3,720m/ 12,205ft Kibo Hut 4,315m/ 14,160ft 2-3 5km/ 3mi
4 Kibo Hut 3,720m/ 12,205ft Horombo Hut 4,703m/ 15,430ft 6-8 10km/ 6mi
5 Horombo Hut 4,703m/ 15,430ft Moshi 5,895m/ 19,341ft 6-8 6km/ 6mi



Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut -

  • Elevation: 5,500 ft. / 1,700 m to 9,000 ft. / 2,740 m
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

After early breakfast and briefing, leave Moshi town to Marangu Gate (45 minutes) for registration, and paperwork to meet up with your Mount Kilimanjaro crew to begin the 5 Days Marangu Route climb. You will hike through the rainforest to the Mandara hut Camp. To get the best out of this hike, a side trip to the Maundi Crater rewards you with beautiful views of the environment that lies at the Kenya-Tanzania border. If you are lucky enough, you will spot amazing birdlife, Colobus Monkeys, and Eucalyptus trees.

Accommodations: Dormitory styles lodge cabin – Mandara Hut

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut -

  • Elevation: 9,000 ft. / 2,700 m to 12,100 ft. / 3,700 m
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Heathland

Gradually ascend the moorland vegetation zone of Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route on a trail that leads to the Horombo Hut Camp. Even though this area that has giant lobelias and groundsels reward you with amazing and beautiful views of the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks, you might begin to feel the effects of Altitude sickness.

Accommodations: Dormitory styles lodge cabin – Horombo Hut

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Horombo Hut to Kibo hut

  • Elevation: 12,100 ft. / 3,700 m to 15,400 ft. / 4,700 m
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

The third day is the day for preparing to reach the Uhuru Peak Summit. After hiking up the mountain towards the saddle of Mount Kilimanjaro, sandwiched between Kibo and Mawenzi peaks, you will pass by the last watering point. You will head to your hut at Horombo for dinner and rest as you prepare to summit in the middle of the night. The vegetation zones that you will go through include heath and alpine desert at the top of the mountain.

Accommodations: Dormitory styles lodge cabin – Kibo Hut

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Kibo Hut to Summit then Horombo Hut

  • Elevation: 15,400 ft. / 4,700 m to 19,300 ft. / 5,895 m
  • 19,300 ft. / 5,895 m to 12,100 ft. / 3,700 m
  • Distance: 4 km up / 14 km down
  • Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

You will wake up very early at around midnight to 2 am, to begin the push towards the Uhuru peak summit. This is one of the biggest challenges on Mount Kilimanjaro as you embark on steep, scree-filled ground towards Gilman’s Point at the crater rim on your way to Uhuru peak at night and against extreme cold weather, winds, and darkness.

Once at the summit of Uhuru peak, you will be amazed at the breathtaking views on top of Africa’s Rooftop, Mount Kilimanjaro. Make sure you take summit pictures.

After spending some time at the top of the mountain, it is time to descend as you make a stopover at Kibo for lunch on your way to the Horombo hut.

Accommodations: Dormitory styles lodge cabin – Horombo Hut

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Horombo hut to Moshi

  • Elevation: 12,100 ft / 3,700 m to 5,500 ft / 1,700 m
  • Distance: 18km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

After breakfast, early in the morning, you will descend through the same Marangu Route that took you up the mountain to the summit a descent trek that crosses moorland vegetation that leads to Mandara Hut and eventually through the path that traverses the rainforest zone ending up at the Marangu gate.

At the gate, you will receive your Mount Kilimanjaro summit certificates then drive back to your hotel in Moshi town or Arusha City marking the end of your 5 Days Marangu Route trek

The cost of climbing Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route – five days  is as follows.

1 Person: $2,090

A group of 2 people: $1,660 per person

A group of 3 people: $1,595 per person

A group of 4 people: $1,505 per person

A group of 5 people:  REQUEST PRICE

A group of 6 People: $1,450 per person

A group of 7 people:  REQUEST PRICE

5 Days Marangu Route Price includes

All transfers to the mountain and back to your Arusha hotel

Professional, experienced, mountain guides

Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees

Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents

Sleeping Mattress

All meals while on the Mountain

Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

Clean, purified drinking water

Conservation fees (part of park fees)

Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)

Rescue fees (part of park fees)

VAT (18% charged by the Government)

Surcharge for online payment of deposit (5%)

Price Excludes

Airport transfers

Accommodation in Arusha

Tanzania Visa


Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)

What is the success rate of the 5 Days Marangu Route?

Due to the lack of an acclimatization day added to the 5 day schedule, the 5 Day Marangu route has a 40 percent success rate.

What is the duration of the Marangu route?

The Marangu path takes 5 to 6 days to complete, with a total distance of 72 kilometers (45 miles)

Is the Marangu Route the best way to climb Kilimanjaro?

Even though the Marangu path is one of the most popular and simpler ways to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, it may be deficient in beauty and other aspects. The Machame Route is the most popular Kilimanjaro climbing route. The Rongai Path is the most straightforward route up Kilimanjaro. The Shira Route: This route, which we do not advocate, takes you to a high altitude on the first day. The Lemosho Path is the most picturesque but also the most costly route up Mount Kilimanjaro.

What is the cost of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro’s Marangu route?

The price of the Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu route varies depending on whether you take the 5 day or 6 day option. You may acquire a quote from us by contacting us or by looking at our tour rates. The cost of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is determined by a variety of factors. The cost of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is influenced on the number of days you plan to stay on the mountain.

How much do you tip a porter on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route?

For guides, $12 per day for assistant guides, $12 per day for chefs, and $6 per day for waiters, lavatory porters, and regular porters, the normal tipping money might be around $20 per day.

To climb Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route, how fit do I need to be?

You’ll be able to climb Mount Kilimanjaro through the Marangu Route with ease if you’re in good shape. Mount Kilimanjaro is a walkable mountain that anybody can climb. Because climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a hard exercise, it is recommended that you be in good physical shape and have prior experience with multi-day hiking or walking tours before embarking on a Kilimanjaro climb.

When is the ideal time to climb the Marangu Route on Mount Kilimanjaro?

The ideal months to climb Kilimanjaro are January and February, as well as July through October, if you choose to take the 6-day Marangu Route.

June and December are overcast and wet, but they are still decent months to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, albeit not the finest.

Why is the Coca-Cola route known as the Marangu route?

The Marangu Route is known as the “Coca-Cola” route since it was the only route where Coca-Cola sodas were offered in tea huts a few years ago.

What is the appeal of the Marangu Route?

This route is well-known since it is the only one on the mountain that employs huts as a kind of climbing lodging.

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