5 days Marangu route

Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa. This gorgeous mountain that attracts thousands of trekkers and tourists every year is about 19,340 feet above sea level. Mt. Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania near the border with Kenya. In Mt. Kilimanjaro, there are three peaks which are named Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Among all these three cones, Kibo is the tallest volcanic formation while Mawenzi and Shira are extinct.  As per record, nearly 35,000 to 40,000 trekkers around the globe come to trek the mountain every year. Many of these tourists avail of the 5 day Marangu route to the much-coveted summit at Mt. Kilimanjaro. Hence, adventurers from all over the world seek the thrill of this highest point of Africa to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views.

Some key features of trekking to Mt. Kilimanjaro

Over the centuries, Mt. Kilimanjaro has been attracting trekkers, nature lovers, and tourists. Its landscape is mind-blowing. The following are some key features of trekking to Mt. Kilimanjaro:

  • Diverse routes: In Kilimanjaro, there are several trekking routes. In each of these routes, you will get unique challenges, and scenic landscapes that may cater to different preferences and fitness levels for the level.
  • Altitude gain: The trek has a particular altitude gain that provides some challenging and rewarding experience to the trekkers.
  • Ecological diversity: When the trekkers ascend the mountain they traverse various ecological zones and see the changes in the flora and fauna starting from lush rain forests to alpine deserts.
  • Cultural experience: Most of the time the trekkers interact with the local communities and they get the opportunity to get insights into Tanzanian culture and tradition at the time of their journey.
  • Professional guides: You can also find expert guides who will ensure your safety and provide you with valuable insights that remain in the geology, ecology, and history of the mountain.

    Mt. Kilimanjaro

How the itinerary is arranged through the Marangu route?   

The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This Marangu route is popularly called the “Coco-Cola” route. The itinerary of this route generally spans five days allowing for proper acclimatization. The following is the complete itinerary for 5 days Marangu route:

  • Day 1: On day one, the trekkers have to start at Marangu gate and they need to trek through the dense rainforest to Mandara Hut.
  • Day 2: On day two, the trekkers need to ascend through Moorland to Horombo Hut and gradually gain altitude. Then the trekkers should rest at the Horombo Hut for the rest of the day. Everything is arranged professionally but Ice Rock Trekking also ensures a personal touch to every arrangement.
  • Day 3: On day three, the trekkers should trek to Kibo to enter the alpine desert, and experience the spectacular views. It will be a mind-blowing and unforgettable experience for the trekkers during their 5 days Marangu route.
  • Day 4: On day four, the trekker should travel from Midnight ascent to Uhuru Peak and then he should start descending to Horombo Hut and reach that hut on that day itself.
  • Day 5: On the fifth day, the trekker should descend to Marangu gate and once he reaches the Marangu gate the trekking is completed.

In both the Horombo hut and Marangu hut there are facilities of basic shelter for the trekkers and the Marangu route offers different landscapes starting from rain forests to glaciers. While traveling through this route the trekker experiences more scenic beauty as compared to other routes. That is the reason why most trekkers prefer to trek this mountain through this route. Ice Rock Trekking is a trusted name in the domain of African tourism. They offer unparalleled professional safety and customized itineraries for tourists and trekkers in Tanzania and Kenya.

5 days Marangu route

Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African Continent. One of the most difficult places to be, the trek routes to this pinnacle are also difficult and varied. To climb Kilimanjaro, there are six established routes, such as the following:

  • Marangu
  • Machame
  • Lemosho
  • Shira
  • Rongai
  • Umbwe

Out of the aforementioned, the Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes start from the south of the mountain, whereas the Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west. Only the Rongai route is climbed from the north side near Kenya. With such elaborate trekking routes, why is it that the Marangu route becomes suitable for many people? We will learn about this in the following sections.


Climbing Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route with Ice Rock Trekking

This seven-day itinerary, specially designed by Ice Rock Trekking, centers around the easiest route to take to ascend Kilimanjaro with the following main summits:

  • Mawenzi (5149m)
  • Kibo (5896m)

From these summits, you can see the glaciers, screes, cliffs, afro-alpine moorland, and forests down to the cultivated foothills. Our Marangu route takes you at a gentle pace through these dramatically difficult terrains.

Ice Rock Trekking Itinerary for Marangu Trek

Day 1: Nairobi to Moshi

You will leave Nairobi at 7:30 a.m. on your commute. Then, you will drive to Moshi arriving in the evening. We have arranged dinner at your arrival in the Zebra Hotel.

Day 2: Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)

Your day second will start with a hike with an estimated time of five hours. The distance of the trek is about 12 km. The habitat of the terrain is montane forest.

Day 3: Mandara Hut (2700m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)

Your day third will start with a hike with an estimated time of six hours. The distance of the trek is about 15 km. The habitat of the terrain is Moorland.

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)

Your day fourth will start with a hike with an estimated time of six hours. The distance of the trek is about 15 km. The habitat of the terrain is an Alpine forest.

Day 5: Summit Attempt Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m)

Your day fifth will start with a hike with an estimated duration of eight hours to Uhuru and six hours to descend to Horombo. The distance of the trek is about 6 km for ascent and 21 km for descent. The habitat of the terrain is stone scree and ice-capped summit.

Day 6: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)

Your day sixth will start with a hike with an estimated time of six hours. The distance of the trek is about 27 km. Here, you have reached the two peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, i.e., Uhuru and Kibo rise from the African plains.

Day 7: Departure

On the last day, after having breakfast, we will transfer to Nairobi or the Kilimanjaro airport, as per your preference.


Tips to keep in mind while hiking to Kilimanjaro

Ice Rock Trekking, after leading many successful trips to Kilimanjaro and other mountains, there are several trekking hacks we tell our clients to help them enjoy their time in the mountains, like the following:

  • Ski sticks are useful during the scree-to-summit to ascend
  • Ski sticks protect your knees during descent
  • Carry a hot water bottle at night to create a comforting heating pad and slip it in your bag or beneath your pillow
  • Carry powdered drink/sports mix to maintain hydration, like Tang or Gatorade
  • Find your pace of comfort for hiking to keep you going all-day
  • Pack some of your favorite snacks for a break while hiking


To know more about Kilimanjaro trekking routes, visit the Ice Rock Trekking website or connect with us.