Marangu Route

Highlights!

The oldest route on Mount Kilimanjaro, the Marangu route, is also known as the "Tourist Route" or "Coca Cola Route". And you may have heard that "of all routes up Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Marangu route is the easiest, cheapest and by far the most popular."

Marangu Route

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Marangu Gate (1860 m/6100 ft) – Mandara Huts (2700m/8860 ft)

  • Walking distance: 8 km/5 miles
  • Walking time: 3-4 hours
  • Altitude gain: 840 m/2760 ft

Day 2 – Mandara Huts – Horombo Huts (3700 m/12140 ft)

  • Walking distance: 12 km/7.2 miles
  • Walking time: 5-7 hours
  • Altitude gain: 1000 m/3280 ft

Day 3 – Horombo Huts – Kibo Huts (4700 m/15420 ft)

  • Walking distance: 9.5 km/5.7 miles
  • Walking time: 5-7 hours
  • Altitude gain: 1000 m/3280 ft

Day 4 – Summit attempt via Gilman’s Point (5700 m/18700 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5895 m/19340 ft) and descent to Horombo Huts (3700 m/12200 ft)

  • Walking distance: 5.5 km/3.5 miles ascent + 15 km/9.5 miles descent
  • Walking time: 5-6 hrs + 1-2 hours up, 5-6 hours down (the overall walking time may vary from 10 – 16 hours)
  • Altitude gain: 1000 m/ 3280 ft (Gilman’s Point) or 1195 m/3920 ft (Uhuru Peak)
    Descent: 2195 m/7200 ft

Day 5 – Horombo Huts – Marangu Gate
Walking distance: 20 km/12.5 miles

  • Walking time: 5 hours
  • Descent: 1840 m/6040 ft

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