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6 Day Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route Itinerary

Tour Starts & Ends

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

No. Persons Limit

Minimum 2 passengers to operate. Maximum 7 passengers in each group.

Departure Dates

On request (the tour starts at any time if the participants are ready)

Cost of Addtional Services

Extra cost such as tips, oxygen tanks, foods in hotels  $ $ $

6 Day Kilimanjaro Climb 


6 Day Kilimanjaro Climb – Marangu Route Itinerary is also known as the “Tourist Route” and the “Coca-Cola Route.” This is because Climbing Kilimanjaro Marangu route is the most popular route on the mountain, and thus is considered “touristy”, and because the route is the only one that offers sleeping huts, which serve beverages like Coca-Cola, on the way.
Marangu Route Kilimanjaro is the easiest route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s ascension profile is very gradual and steady, allowing for painless trekking for most of the way. However, due to its reputation as an easy route, Marangu is often selected by unprepared, unexperienced climbers. Correspondingly, only about 35% of the people actually make it to the top.

The trek begins in the south-east area of the mountain at Marangu Gate. The route takes five days minimum to complete, although six days is more practical and recommended. The sleeping huts along the route are structures with a dining hall and bunk beds, equipped with mattresses and pillows. The descent is done on the same path, contributing to Kilimanjaro Marangu route overcrowded feeling. It is a cheaper climb as well, do to the close proximity of the gate to Moshi, the gateway town, and because it is a shorter route.

Scenically, Marangu route  is not a desirable route compared to all the other routes because it confines climbers to one area of the mountain, thus limiting the variety. However, Kilimanjaro Marangu route has the best trail in the rainforest section of the trek. Of course, there are still great views of the Mawenzi and it’s equally spectacular for everyone at Uruhu.

Kilimanjaro Marangu route is ideal for those who are not confident in their ability to hike over steeper paths. It’s also attractive for those who do not want to sleep in a tent. Marangu’s huts offer shelter and warmth against the weather so it is a decent choice when climbing during the rainy season. Kilimanjaro Marangu route is for those who want to spend less on their climb, and do not mind crowds.

For more info on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route

There are several trekking routes to the summit. Among them, the Marangu Route (also called the Coca Cola Route) is the oldest established route, following Hans Meyer’s groundbreaking path closely up and down Kilimanjaro. The German geologist Meyer was the first to climb Kilimanjaro in 1889, accompanied by the Austrian climber Ludwig Purtscheller and the local guide Yohani Kinyala Lauwo. The route is very popular, as it can be done in fewer days than the others and offers accommodation in permanent huts (rather than tents) in the camps, dormitory-style. The summit ascent is shorter but steeper compared to the Machame Route, and, with less time for acclimatization, it tends to have a lower summit success rate. This is the only route where the ascent and descent path is the same, thus creating more traffic and offering the least scenic variety.

Our standard Marangu Route itinerary is 7 nights (6 trekking days, 8 days total). As all our departures are private, we can be quite flexible, and on request, we can adapt the itinerary and make it shorter or longer to suit your preferences and stamina.

Trek Overview

The Marangu route, often called the ‘Coca-Cola route’, is used by almost 50% of all climbers and has comfortable mountain huts with solar power lighting. The views are beautiful and each day of walking progresses through a different climate zone. The real highlight is the walk from Gilman’s Point along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, passing close to spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs. The views on a clear morning are magnificent, with the Rift Valley, Mt. Meru, and the Masai Steppes clearly visible. We also add an extra day to the standard five day itinerary to ensure maximum acclimatisation.

  • Day 1: Arrive Arusha | 1400 m
  • Day 2: Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut | 2700 m
  • Day 3: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut | 3720 m
  • Day 4: Horombo Hut – Acclimatization Day | 3720 m
  • Day 5: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut | 4700 m
  • Day 6: Kibo Hut – The Summit – Horombo Hut | 5895 m
  • Day 7: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate – Arusha | 1400 m
  • Day 8: Departure


Accommodation in Arusha is in a 3-star hotel on a twin share basis. The accommodation during the hike is in dormitories in huts in the camps. There are 60 bunk beds at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut.




Kilimanjaro Trip Update

This program can be organized throughout the year, for the dates you choose, except for the months of April and May as it is the rainy season, starting with two people. Duration 8 Days - Private departure every day - from: USD 2.250. Type of stay: trek. Location: Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route. Duration of stay: 6 days / 5 nights (+ 2 nights pre and post ascent).

If you Gilmans Point (green certificate) or Uhuru Peak (gold certificate) have passed, then you get to the entrance / exit a certificate with the message that you have reached the highest point in Africa.

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6 Day Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route Itinerary

Trek Schedule

6 Day Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route Itinerary