Known as the Coca-Cola route, the Marangu route is regarded as a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well-established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain. This is the only route where you will sleep in hurts; other routes mostly sleep in tents.
Pick up at Kilimanjaro International Airport met on arrival and transfer to Arusha for dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 1: Marangu Gate (1,860 m) to Mandara Hut (2,700 m)
After breakfast, you will be taken from your hotel and transferred to the park headquarters at Marangu gate for clearing summits formalities. It is recommended that you start this route in the morning to allow you to have a leisurely walk to Mandara, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rain forest. Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of the black and white colobus monkeys. Approximately 4 hrs later, you will reach your destination of the day-the Mandara Hut. After a well �earned rest, our guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior. Evening meal and overnight stay will be at the Mandara Hut (2650).
Day 2: Mandara Hut (2,700 m) - Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
After breakfast we continue with acclimatization from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut, Mandara Hut 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 crosses numerous moorland ravines before ending at Horombo Hut, which is set in a rocky valley with a fine stand of giant senecios or groundsels. Dinner and overnight will be spent at Horombo Hut.
Day 3: Horombo Hut - Zebra Rocks (4,020 m) - Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Today serves as an acclimatization day. This should not be underestimated and greatly improves your chance of success in reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, a 4-5 hour trek follows to the Zebra Rocks (4,020 m). the distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. on your return to Horombo Hut, a warm lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day. Overnight and evening meal will be at Horombo Hut.
Day 4: Horombo Hut (3,700 m) - Kibo Hut (4,700 m)
Today's stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the Last Water Point which is followed by the so-called "saddle". This nearly vegetation-less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today's destination is the Kibo Hut that is usually reached in about 5-6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short.
Day 5: Kibo Hut (4,700 m) - Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) - Horombo Hut
Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru 6 hours to descend to Horombo
Distance: 6 km's
Ascent: -21 km
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 2 am or earlier. (You can view the sunrise 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, a good rest point.
After that, the trail makes more regular switchbacks most of the way to the top, with a last scramble over rocks to Johannes Notch and Gilman's Point. From there, the trail continues along the rim past Stella Point to Uhuru Peak. As you descend the scree from the rim back to Kibo Hut, it is tempting to run fast, but this can result in clouds of irritating dusts and even unpleasant falls. The return to Horombo Hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent
Day 6: Horombo Hut (3,700 m) - Marangu Gate (1,860 m) - Marangu
The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2,700 m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rain forest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1,860 m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to Arusha for an overnight stay.
Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for departing back home.