7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route

Sometimes known as the 'Coca-Cola' route, because it is the most popular route up the mountain, the Marangu Route is in fact probably followed by ninety percent of all climbers. It has a well defined path, which has been well set out and where most obstacles have been modified to make them 'climber friendly'. Accommodation on this route is in purpose built mountain huts providing adequate shelter and even bottled water, beer and soft drinks ( at high altitude prices!). Despite the human traffic (it can be fun to mingle with climbers from all over the world), this is a very scenic route with good views of Mawenzi and excellent prospects for viewing wildlife.

Day 1: Arrival - Pre-Climbing Briefing

Accommodation: Moshi Hotel

Arrive at Mountain Inn in time for an early evening pre-climb briefing on the trek, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Kilimanjaro Gate - Mandara Hut

Accommodation: Mandara Hut

Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Marangu for the first section of the climb through the montane forest to Mandara Hut at 9000ft/ 2750m. taking 3 to 4 hours. Overnight Mandara hut

Day 3: Horombo Hut at 12000ft/3700m.

Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Leaving the forest, you trek along a good path through open grassy moorland to reach Horombo Hut at 12000ft/3700m. taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight Horombo hut

Day 4: Kibo Hut at 15000ft/4700m.

Accommodation: Kibo Hut

Continue ascending past ‘the last water point' traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi to Kibo Hut at 15000ft/4700m. taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight Kibo hut

Day 5: Gilman's Point at 18640ft / 5681m. / Uhuru Peak - 19340ft / 5896m.

Accommodation: Horombo Hut

An early start for the summit on steep and heavy scree up to Gilman's Point at 18640ft / 5681m. on the crater rim to arrive in time for sunrise. Continue on to Uhuru Peak the highest point in Africa at 19340ft / 5896m. Descend to Horombo Hut for overnight taking 7 to 8 hours ascent and 4 to 7 hours descent. Overnight Horombo hut

Days 6: Descend to Kilimanjaro Gate

Accommodation: Mountain Inn

Descend the mountain to the Park Gate taking 5 to 7 hours to be met and transferred to Mountain Inn for dinner and overnight stay

Days 7: Depart

Breakfast: Mountain Inn

Breakfast at Mountain Inn. End of tour.