Marangu Route

Total hiking distances 96kms
Duration – 6 Days 5 Nights

This is the most popular, shortest and easiest way to the summit also known as the COCA COLA ROUTE. The only trail which has huts along its route with solar lights and all the basic necessities. There are 60 beds at Mandara Hut and 120 beds at Horombo Huts with good mattresses and pillows. No technical skills are required and the only route with minimum 5 days trek according to the KINAPA law. This six days trek, does have an option of acclimatization by climbing high at Zebra rock and sleep low at Horombo Hut which increases your chances of success to the summit.

Day 1  Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara Hut 2700m

Hiking Time: 5 hours
Distance: 12 km
Habitat: Montane Forest.

You shall drive from your hotel in Moshi to Marangu Gate which is almost 50kms. where you shall finish all your registration formalities, and making the final reparations for the climb from the Gate, you ascend a cleared ridge trail to Mandara Hut passing through rain forest where you can see vervet monkeys, birds like the turraco, trees like Macaranga Kilimandscharica, flowers like yellow impatiens kilimajari, violet impatiens pseudoviola and the sweet-scented white Begonia meyeri-johannis. You shall have your overnight at Mandara Hut in A shape wooden huts.

Day 2  Mandara Hut 2700m– Horombo Hut 3720m

Hiking Time: 6 hours
Distance: 15kms
Habitat: Moorland

From the Mandara Huts, the trail passes through a short stretch of forest and skirts the base of Maundi Crater, crosses a meadow and a wooded stream, then emerges into grassland. It is well worth the short detour to scramble up to the rim of Maundi Crater for a superb view of the mountain and its surroundings. The trail descends numerous moorland, ravies before ending at Horombo Hut, which is set in a rocky valley with a fine stand of giant groundsels (Senecio kilimajari) and phallic lobelias deckenii. Leaving behind the forest and following the ascending path through alpine meadows on to the slopes of Mawenzi, Horombo Hut Camps are reached. From here you shall be able to see the lights of Moshi town during the night on a clear sky. You shall have rest dinner and overnight.


Horombo Hut 3720m- Zebra Rock 4100 /Saddle4200 -Horombo Hut 3720
Hiking Time: 5hrs
Distances: 10kms

Today is a very important day as your body shall get use to the high altitude for a successful summit climb. After breakfast the guide shall take you to climb high to the Zebra rock 4100m or Saddle point 4200m and sleep low at 3720m back to Horombo Hut for lunch, dinner and overnight

Keep in mind to sip water all the time during the trek and walk slowly as they say in Kiswahili POLE POLE and its the magic word for success to the summit. It’s very important to have a very GOOD night’s sleep as you shall have to climb the summit the next night. So, no sleep, rest little and trekking only.

Day 4  Horombo Hut 3720m – Kibo Hut 4700m

Hiking Time: 6 hours Distance: 15km Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast you shall ascend the alpine desert and it shall be a very tiring trek therefore it is very much essential that you walk slowly –POLE POLE- not forgetting to drink enough water on the way so as to increase the level of oxygen in your body at the high altitude. From Horombo Hut there are two trails to the Saddle (the area between Kibo and Mawenzi which is almost 7kms). The right fork is very stony and eroded and is the most direct route to the Saddle and Mawenzi. From the Saddle (about 2hours from Horombo), there are trails to Mawenzi Hut (1hour) or Mawenzi Tarn Hut (2hours) and across the length of the Saddle to Kibo Hut (3hours). The left fork from Horombo Hut is an easier trail and emerges on the Saddle much closer and passing THE LAST WATER POINT AT 4130M to Kibo and about 1km from Kibo Hut. The landscape now becomes rockier and rugged until the Saddle is reached. At Kibo Hut you shall get ready for your final preparations for the summit climb at midnight to take as much rest as possible before the midnight summit attempt.

Day 5  Kibo Hut 4700– Summit Uhuru Peak 5895 – Horombo Hut 3720

Hiking Time: 6hrs Ascend – 11hrs descend
Distance: 17kms
Habitat: Stone Scree and Ice Capped Summit.

The trail to the summit lies directly behind Kibo Hut, to the west. It is normal to start this day’s climb at midnight. (The reason for this is to see the sun rise over Mawenzi from the top of Kibo, the loose stone scree is frozen –making it easier to climb, and you can get back in good time). The first part is an uneven trail, which leads to the Hans Meyer Cave at 5150m, a good rest point. After that, the trail makes more regular switch backs most of the way to the top, with a last scramble over rocks to Johannes Notch and Gillman’s Point 5681m at the crater rim where you need all your mental and physical strength as it is the steepest section of your trek. From there, the trail continues past Stella Point to Uhuru Peak at 5895m the highest point of Africa. At the top there are stunning views of the ice walls offset by rugged rocks. After a fast descend to Kibo Hut for a meal and rest, continue to descend to Horombo Hut.

Day 6  Horombo Hut 3720 – Marangu Gate (1850m) Hiking Time: 5hours

Distances: 27kms
Habitat: Forest

An easy descend to Marangu Gate the point where the successful climbers shall get their certificates and transfer to Moshi to your Hotel.

Price includes:

  • Park entry fees, camping fees, rescue fees
  • English speaking guide(s), cook and porters
  • Full board camping accommodation during the climb
  • Camping equipment ie Tents + mattress
  • Mineral water for the first day, boiled and filtered water on the other days
  • Transfer to the gate and return to Moshi

Price excludes:

  • Other drinks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal expenses and tips

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