The 6 days Marangu route itinerary is the better option for climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro using the popular Marangu route. It features an extra day for acclimatization compared to the shorter 5-day variation and is perfect for climbers that do not fancy camping in tents. The Marangu Route is definitely the pioneer of Mount Kilimanjaro climbing; it is one of the oldest routes, if not the oldest on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is known by other names such as the “Coca-Cola Route” or the “Tourist Route because many tourists choose this route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It is one of the easiest, shortest, and most popular routes as around 40% of all Mount Kilimanjaro climbers use the Marangu Route.

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It is also worth noting that the Marangu Route is the only route that uses huts/cabins as a form of accommodation instead of camping/tents.

Route map and Itinerary for 6-day Kilimanjaro trek via Marangu

The Marangu Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Arusha or Moshi, meet your guide, and gear up for adventure. Take a scenic drive to Marangu Gate and begin your rainforest trek, reaching cozy Mandara Hut for your first night under Kilimanjaro’s watchful gaze.

Day 2: Climb through the moorland, where the air thins and views thicken. Reach Horombo Hut, your base camp for the next two days, and marvel at the majestic panorama that unfolds.

Day 3: Acclimatization day! Rest and refuel, or take a short hike to Mawenzi base camp for a taste of higher altitudes. Remember, slow and steady wins the Kilimanjaro race.

Day 4: Push into the semi-desert zone, where volcanic landscapes and thin air test your mettle. Reach Kibo Hut, your final stop before the summit push. Sleep tight, the stars above are closer than you think.

Day 5: Summit Day! Rise with the sun and embark on the early morning climb to Uhuru Peak. Brace yourself for challenging terrain and thin air, but remember, the reward is the roof of Africa! Celebrate your victory at the summit and descend to Horombo Hut for a well-deserved rest.

Day 6: Descend through the lush rainforest, feeling lighter with each step. Reach Marangu Gate, where your Kilimanjaro journey culminates. Celebrate your triumph with your fellow climbers and prepare for the stories you’ll tell for a lifetime.

The map below outlines the Marangu trail towards the summit, Uhuru Peak, and back to the exit gate located on the foot of the Mountain via the same ascent route. Among the stops, you will make along this route for overnight stays include, Mandara, Horombo, and Kibo huts.

Marangu Route MapMarangu 6 Days Success Rate

The 6 days Marangu Route is the best option for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as it gives you an 80% success rate for summiting Mount Kilimanjaro because of an extra day for acclimatization.

Trail conditions: The 6 Days Marangu Route climb, will take you through a variety of vegetation zones that include misty forests, moorlands, alpine desert areas in the Saddle, and paths with rock outcrops and snow towards the very top of Mount Kilimanjaro.


  • Distance: The Marangu route trail covers a total distance of 72 kilometers (45 miles).
  • Location: The route heads to the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro by coming from the southeastern side of the mountain. The 6 Days Marangu Route starts at the Marangu gate.
  • Height: The 6 Days Marangu route takes you to Mt Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru peak summit at an elevation of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet).
  • Success Rate: The Success rate for the 6 days Marangu Route tour is 80%

You will stay in huts along this route?

This route is unique because instead of camping, you will be staying in dormitory-styled huts with bunk beds. These huts are A-shaped, a typical mountain lodge style of accommodation that will keep you warmer through the cold and chilly nights as you climb up the mountain. This route is perfect for those climbers who are not accustomed to the ultimate camping experience.

The huts that you will sleep in along this route are:

  1. Mandara Hut
  2. Horombo Hut
  3. Kibo Hut

On summit day you will make the journey to the peak of Kilimanjaro from Kibo Hut, the only accommodation point located near the summit of Kilimanjaro along the Marangu Route before returning to Horombo Huts to continue descending further. Oc course, the day before your climb, we will reserve a hotel room for you. If necessary, and depending on your preferences, even after you descend the mountain, we will reserve a hotel or lodge for you so you can unwind before boarding your flight home or continuing on a safari or Zanzibar beach combo or addon.

How much will this 6-day Marangu trek cost?

The cost of this 6-day trek along the Marangu route ranges from $1,695 for a group of 6 people to $2,310 for an individual making it the most affordable Kilimanjaro package that includes an extra day for acclimatization. According to the “pricing” tab under the goods included and excluded section, these expenses include all taxes and requirements.

Be assured that our chef is skilled at producing scrumptious meals that will keep you going while on the mountain on this walk. Please also let us know if you have any dietary limitations that we should be aware of.


Arrive in Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania to begin your 6-day Marangu Route trek, where you will be met by Tranquil Kilimanjaro staff that will transport you to Chanya Lodge and meet with your mountain guide for a thorough briefing and equipment check. Chanya Lodge or other recommended accommodation options is where you’ll have dinner and overnight.

Accommodations: Chanya Lodge or similar

Meals Included: Dinner


Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut -

Elevation (ft): 6,046 ft (1,843 m) to 8,858 ft (2,700m)

Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Begin your first day of the 6 Days Marangu Route with a transfer from your hotel in Moshi or Arusha towards the Marangu Gate. It is at the Marangu gate that you will meet up with your Mount Kilimanjaro crew which includes your Mount Kilimanjaro, Marangu Route guide, and porters then do some registration and paperwork ready for your climb. The Marangu Route trail begins with a beautiful ascent in the rainforest zone. The tropical rainforest is blessed with great views and a variety of rare monkey species that may include, the Sykes or Blue Monkey. This trail opens up to reveal amazing hills that lead to Mandara Hut, your accommodation for your first night.

Accommodations: Dormitory-styled lodge cabin – Mandara Hut

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut -

Elevation: 8,858 ft (2,700m) to 12,205 ft (3720 m)

Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heath
Start the second day on Mount Kilimanjaro by trekking through the forest until you reach into high moorland zone of the mountain. While here it is possible to get a glance at two of Mount Kilimanjaro’s 3 peaks, Kibo and Mawenzi. After a long and satisfying trek, you will wind up your day by relaxing and spending your night at the Horombo Hut.

Accommodations: Dormitory styled lodge cabin – Horombo Hut

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge 

Elevation (ft.): 12,205 ft. (3720 m) to 14,400 ft (4,389m)

Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Heath

Mawenzi Ridge to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft.): 14,400 ft. (4,389m) to 12,205 (3720 m)
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
Habitat: Heath
The third day of your 6 days Marangu Route itinerary is basically your acclimatization day. This is an extra day set aside for acclimatization to combat altitude sickness and can be spent trekking on Mawenzi Ridge. The amazing landscape of the Mawenzi Ridge will definitely reward you with beautiful views of Kibo and Mawenzi while overlooking the Mawenzi tarn camp. After exploring the area for some time, we return to our accommodation/rest point of the day, Horombo hut.

Accommodations: (Dormitory styled lodge cabin) – Horombo Hut

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Elevation (ft.): 12,205 ft. (3720 m) to 15,430 ft. (4703 m)

Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Your Tranquil Kilimanjaro trek continues by gradually hiking across another ridge and lunar desert famously known as the  “Saddle” which is sandwiched between the two Mount Kilimanjaro peaks, Mawenzi and Kibo.

The resting and accommodation camp of the day will be Kibo Hut, located at the base of the Kibo crater wall. To prepare for the summit hike ahead, you will enjoy your dinner and summiting preparations here at Kibo Hut as summiting usually takes place at midnight.

Accommodations: Dormitory styled lodge cabin – Kibo Hut

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Summit day: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

Elevation (ft.): 15,430 ft. (4703 m) to 19,341 ft. (5895 m)
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft.): 19,341 ft. (5,895m) to 12,250 ft. (3733m)
Distance: 16 km/10 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath

Today is the summit day, so you will have to wake up very early at around midnight in a bid to reach the summit.

Mental and physical preparedness is usually put to the test here, as it is the most challenging part on Mount Kilimanjaro as you may face strong winds and cold weather.

We ascend at night time, with a few hours in darkness while a short break between different intervals.

Sunrise usually comes along when we reach Gilman’s point at an elevation of 18,600 ft. or 5,669 m with a view of the Mawenzi Peak.

Finally, we reach the summit at Uhuru Peak, which is basically the highest point in Africa, and the highest peak on Mount Kilimanjaro standing at 5,895 m or 19340 ft.

Reaching Uhuru peak is the ultimate goal, you will spend some time at the peak, reflecting on the challenge amid congratulations and satisfaction on this achievement.

After spending some time at Uhuru Peak, we descend to Horombo Hut whereby you will enjoy your last dinner on Mount Kilimanjaro and have some rest, also your last sleep on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Accommodations: Dormitory styled lodge cabin – Horombo Hut

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
Distance: 20 km/12 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rainforest

This is your last day on Mount Kilimanjaro as it marks the end of your 6 Days Marangu Route tour. You will go down the mountain with a descent trek bypassing the tropical rainforest.

We will collect our Mount Kilimanjaro summit certificates at the Marangu gate and then drive back to Moshi town.

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

1 Person: $2,310

A group of 2 people: $1,915 per person

A group of 3 people: $1,875 per person

A group of 4 people: $1,775 per person

A group of 5 people: REQUEST PRICE

A group of 6 People: $1,695 per person

A group of 7+ people: REQUEST PRICE

6 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)

How long is the Marangu route?

The Marangu route takes 5 to 6 days to climb while the trail measures a total distance of 72 kilometers (45 miles)

Is the Marangu Route the best Kilimanjaro climbing route?

Even though the Marangu route is one of the easier and popular routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro it may be lacking in terms of scenery and other factors. The Machame Route: the most popular climbing route to Mount Kilimanjaro. The Rongai Route: the easiest route on Kilimanjaro. The Shira Route: which we do not recommend, exposes you to some serious altitude on the first day. The Lemosho Route: is the most beautiful route up Mount Kilimanjaro but one of the most expensive.

How much does it cost to climb Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu route?

Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu route prices vary by whether you are using the 5 days route or the 6 days route. You can get a quote by contacting us or from our tour prices. The prices for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro depend on so many things. The Mount Kilimanjaro climb costs are determined by the number of days you will spend up the Mountain.

How much do you tip a Kilimanjaro, Marangu route porter?

The standard tipping money could be roughly $20 per day for guides, $12 per day for assistant guides, $12 per day for cooks, and $6 per day for waiters, toilet porters, and standard porters.

How fit do I need to be to climb Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route?

Great fitness levels will enable you to climb Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route with ease. Anyone can climb Mount Kilimanjaro as it is a walkable mountain. Since Mount Kilimanjaro climbing is categorized as a strenuous activity it is advisable to be in good physical fitness and have experience of multi-day trekking or walking trips before beginning a Kilimanjaro climb.

When is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route?

If you want to use the 6 days Marangu Route, The best months to climb Kilimanjaro are January and February and July through October. The months of June and December could be cloudy and rainy but still, they are good months to climb Mount Kilimanjaro but not the best.

Why is the Marangu route called the Coca-Cola route?

The Marangu Route is popularly known as the “Coca- Cola” route because some years back, it was the only route that you could find coca-cola sodas served in the tea huts.

Why is the Marangu Route so popular?

This route is popular because it is the only route on the mountain that uses huts as the form of accommodation for climbers.

What is the 6 Days Marangu Route success rate?

The 6 Days Marangu route has a high success rate of 80% due to the extra acclimatization day added on the 6 days itinerary.

Ready to conquer the “Roof of Africa”? The Marangu Route, Kilimanjaro’s classic path, offers a well-paced 6-day adventure to Uhuru Peak, the continent’s crown jewel. But don’t underestimate this beauty – conquering Kilimanjaro demands planning and grit. This guide is your cheat sheet to an epic summit triumph.

Season Savvy: Choose your timing like a pro. Dry season (June-October) promises clear skies and mild temps, but expect crowds in July-August. Wet season (November-May) paints the mountain in emerald, but rain and colder nights will test your gear.

Guide Guru: Don’t settle for amateurs. Research reputable operators with seasoned guides, glowing reviews, and top safety records. Compare itineraries, prices, and included services – remember, a good guide is your Kilimanjaro sherpa!

Train Like a Warrior: This isn’t a stroll in the park. Build your endurance and strength with uphill walks and stair climbs. Gradually increase intensity as the summit beckons. Remember, Kilimanjaro respects the prepared.

Altitude Ace: Don’t be a summit casualty. Arrive in Arusha a few days early to let your body adjust to the thin air. Consider a warm-up climb like Ol Donyo Lengai for extra acclimatization points.

Paper Tiger: Don’t let paperwork trip you up. Ensure you have a valid passport, Tanzanian visa, yellow fever vaccination certificate, travel insurance, and a climbing permit from TANAPA. Think of it as your Kilimanjaro passport!

Gear Up for Glory: Pack like a champion. Layers for diverse weather, sturdy boots for rocky terrain, rain gear for surprise showers, sunscreen for scorching sun, and trekking poles for extra support. Don’t forget a headlamp, first-aid kit, personal meds, and a hydration pack – your Kilimanjaro lifeline.

Bonus Tips:

  • Stay hydrated and fuel your body with nutritious meals.
  • Listen to your body and take breaks when needed.
  • Respect the environment and leave no trace.
  • Tipping your guide and porters is a kind gesture of appreciation.

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a physical and mental challenge, but the rewards are immeasurable. With careful planning, the right gear, and unwavering determination, you too can stand atop Africa and proclaim, “I conquered Kilimanjaro!”

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Marangu masterclass and prepare to write your own Kilimanjaro legend!

6 Days Marangu Route full-moon climbs

It is possible to book this tour and climb Kilimanjaro on a full moon. Just contact us on the booking form to get a free quote, and proper time dates from our reservation team. More details and exact dates for the Kilimanjaro full moon climbs.

6 Days Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Package

Below is the day-to-day itinerary of the 6 days Marangu route package for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

6 days Marangu Route Itinerary 6 Days Marangu Route Reviews

Is the 6 Days Marangu Route for you? Well here are a few reviews from our past clients that climbed Kilimanjaro with us on the Marangu Route.

After days of searching for a good company to take us to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, we chose Tranquil Kilimanjaro. The impromptu replies from Diana really helped us understand everything we wanted to know. She helped us pick the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and the gear/equipment that was required of us. After everything was set, we arrived in Tanzania to an amazing adventure that was awaiting us. Everything was smooth from preparations, accommodation, and the entire journey up the mountain and back. We climbed via the 6 Days Marangu Route.

Bravo Tranquil Kilimanjaro!

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