Tanzania Kilimanjaro Trek - Marangu Route

Trip code: DTKM

Trip Highlights

  • Climbing up the highest peak in Africa
  • Get to know about the stories of an extinct volcano from the porters and guides
  • Walk through different terrains and get closer to nature
  • Traverse the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi through the alpine desert zone
  • Sleep under the starlit sky in comfortable camps
  • Watch the world below from the Uhuru Peak

Tour Details


If you are planning to spend your gap year in Africa, then there's no way you can skip climbing up to the tallest peak! Standing at a height of 5,895 m (19,340 ft), Mt.Kilimanjaro is every trekker's dream. The Marangu Route, also known as the "Coca-Cola Route" due to its popularity, passes through forests, moorlands, and alpine deserts, on its way to Kibo Hut. This is the quickest route to the peak and it'll be an incredible journey, listening to the stories of the local guides and porters. So, are you ready for the adventure?


Day 1 - Arrival at Mountain Inn, Moshi

Once you arrive at the Mountain Inn, there will be a brief orientation about the trek, and you'll get to meet your fellow travelers.

Meals - Dinner

Day 2 - Trek to Mandara Hut (2720m)

Start climbing from Marangu Gate (1860m) through montane forest. Today you'll be covering a distance of 7 km, trekking for approx 3 - 4 hours.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Trek to Horombo Hut (3720m)

It' time to trek through grassy moorland and heather. You'll be covering a distance of 11 km in 6 hours approx.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Acclimatization Day (Overnight stay at Horombo Hut)

Today is for acclimatization - while trekking towards Mawenzi peak, passing via Zebra Rocks. You'll be covering about 5 km distance over 3 - 4 hours.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Trek to Kibo Hut (4700m)

Continue your trek ascending passed ‘the last water point’ traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi through the alpine desert zone. You'll have to cover a distance of approx 12 km today, in about 8 - 10 hours.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Trek to Uhuru Peak (5895m)

Today, at around midnight, you'll start your trek for the summit to Gilman’s Point (5681m) and then continue to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Enjoy the view from the top! Descend to Horombo Hut (3720m). You'll be covering a distance of approx 21 km in about 16 hours. It's gonna be a long day, indeed!

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Descend to Mountain Inn, Moshi

Continue your descend through the forest zone of the mountain to Marangu Gate (1860 m). Later, you'll be transferred to the Mountain Inn in Moshi.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 - Trip Ends

As your trip ends today, you can head towards your new destination. You can either choose to opt for a safari tour in Tanzania or get in touch with us for airport drop.

Meals - Breakfast

Dates & Cost

Price Includes
  • 2 Nights accommodation at Mountain Inn on HB basis before trek (sharing basis)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park conservation fee
  • Kilimanjaro National Park camping or hut fees
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees
  • Kilimanjaro National Park trained and certified English-speaking mountain guide/s
  • Kilimanjaro National Park trained and certified porters (1 porter carrying personal mountain luggage of 15 kg max. per 1 pax)
  • All meals on the mountain on full board basis prepared by our trained chef/cook and eating utensils
  • 1 x transfer from Moshi to park gates per group
  • 1 x transfer from park gates to Moshi per group
  • Safe and luggage storage at Mountain Inn while on trek
  • Boiled drinking water on trek provided from the first camp/hut onwards
  • Basic first aid kit per group
Price Excludes
  • Tips / gratuities
  • Additional transfers from park gates to Moshi
  • Extra nights’ accommodation at Mountain Inn
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, mattresses, duffel bag etc.*
  • Specialised trekking equipment such as Oxygen cylinders, portable toilets etc.*
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol etc.
  • Metal water bottles, water bladders etc. (please note: no soft plastics are permitted on the mountain)
  • Items of personal nature

*Equipment can be rented out, please enquire for rental item list and prices.



Accommodation - Simple hotels (2 nts), mountain huts (4 nts).

Single Travellers. We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin-share accommodation and tents with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price. On the trek you will stay in non-heated, wooden A-frame huts with simple, single beds that have thin mattresses. There is no electricity so headlamps are essential. Be prepared to possibly share a hut with members of the opposite sex. Your third sleep, before your summit hike, will be at the most basic of the shelters. This structure has many bunk beds, shared with several other hikers. With the altitude, the shelters do get very cold. For added comfort and insulation, you may consider bringing your own sleeping mat to lay on top of the provided mattresses. Please provide your own sleeping bag and pillow. All huts have shared toilet and bathing facilities. Drinking water: On day 2, you should bring bottled water from the hotel for your first day's hike. Beyond that, purified (filtered) mountain water will be provided for you for the duration of the hike. Please note, if you need to alter the itinerary for any reason (e.g. travel delay or illness or in the event of having to descend from your climb early due to altitude sickness, injury or exhaustion), any unscheduled meals or nights spent in a location other than the tour itinerary will be at your own expense. Your start/end hotel has a number of services and facilities available as follows; Internet, laundry, gear hire, luggage storage, telephone services, TV lounge, outdoor dining area and a shuttle service to/from Moshi as the hotel is located just a few kilometres from the centre of town.


Meals Included - 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

This includes all meals while trekking on the mountain, along with breakfast back in Moshi on final day after your hike. All meals you have during your trip will be prepared from fresh local produce. Shopping for food will be done before the trip departs. Breakfasts and dinners will be served at camp, while lunches will tend to be packed to have en route while trekking. All evening meals will be hot and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. We believe that providing more than enough food while on such a trek is of the utmost importance, and as such you can be ensured that your cook and crew will provide enough quality food for you. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival. Please note: bottled water (both before and after the trek) is at your own expense, however, during the Kilimanjaro trek you will be provided with drinking water. This water is collected from fresh mountain streams and then purified with tablets by your guides who will replenish your empty bottles/thermos flasks on a daily basis. For peace of mind, you are welcome to add your own chlorine or iodine tablets instead, if you are uncomfortable drinking the water provided.