There are many ways to get to the ‘Roof of Africa’, but Mount Kilimanjaro’s most popular (and most populated) route remains the 5 or 6 day Marangu Route.
Fondly referred to as the ‘Coca Cola’ Route by the locals, the Marangu Route involves sleeping in huts, rather than tents, and while they are shared (6-8 people per hut) and very basic in terms of comfort, the Marangu Route does provide ‘non-campers’ with an alternative for climbing Kilimanjaro.
Many Kilimanjaro climbing companies offer the 5-day Marangu Route for as little as $1200 per person, but the ascent is fast, leaving little time for acclimatization, and this shows in the success rate of this particular route.
If your aim is to get to Uhuru Peak at 5895metres (who’s isn’t?!), we would strongly recommend you add an extra day for acclimatisation and take the Marangu 6-Day route instead.
To give you some idea of what you can expect when climbing Mount Kilimanjaro’s 6-Day Marangu Route, here is a brief overview:
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Arusha for a briefing and overnight.
After breakfast, transfer to the Marangu Gate, complete registration formalities, and begin your journey to the Roof of Africa through lush rainforests. Today, you will walk approximately 3 – 4 hours, and overnight at Mandara Hut at 2743 metres.
After a warm cooked breakfast, you will continue across alpine meadows and thinly vegetated moorlands to Horombo Hut at 4167metres. Walking time today, 5-6 hours
Today is that all-important day for acclimatization. You will trek high and sleep low, returning to Horombo Hut at 4167 metres for overnight.
After breakfast today, you will continue your ascent to Kibo Hut, crossing the high altitude desert for an overnight stay at Kibo Hut – 5173 metres. Walking time today, another 5-6 hours
At midnight, your Mountain guide will wake you for a warm drink and a snack before you attempt your final challenge up the steep slope to Gillman’s Point. You should arrive just in time to see the sunrise over Africa. After taking a moment to celebrate your achievement and enjoy the view, you will continue along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak – Africa’s highest point at 5895metres.
After taking photographs and congratulating fellow Kili conquerors at Uhuru Peak, you will begin your descent back to Horombo Hut for a well-deserved lunch, dinner and overnight stay. Approximately 6-7 Hours walk
After your last breakfast on Mount Kilimanjaro, you will make your final descent via the Mandara Hut to the Marangu Gate. Your driver will be waiting to transport you back your hotel in Arusha for a much-needed hot show, leisurely dinner and overnight in a comfortable bed – sleep well!