MARANGU ROUTE The Marangu Route is also known as the "Tourist Route" and the "Coca-Cola Route." This is because Marangu is the most popular route on the mountain, and thus is considered "touristy", and because the route is the only one that offers sleeping huts, which serve beverages like Coca-Cola, on the way.
Below is a 6Day sample itinerary for the Marangu route:
DAY 1 Arrive Moshi Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Meet your climbing guide for briefing and final gear check. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2 Moshi - Mandara hut (9,020ft/2750m) Drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Marangu for entry registration. Start the trek to Mandara hut through thick rain forest. Have packed lunch on the way. Dinner and retire for the day.
DAY 3 Mandara hut - Horombo hut (12,200ft/3720m) Ascend through moorland with packed lunch on the way and end the day’s hiking at Horombo hut. Note: An extra day for acclimatization can be added by staying another night at Horombo hut. The day is spent on a hike to Mawenzi hut and back in the evening.
DAY 4 Horombo hut - Kibo hut (15,420ft/4700m) Walk up, across the saddle, to Kibo Hut. Dinner and rest till Midnight.
DAY 5 Kibo hut -Summit(19,340ft/5895m)- Horombo hut Midnight trek to the summit via Gilman’s Point. After a short period of photo taking at Uhuru peak, descend to Kibo Hut for breakfast. Continue down to Horombo Hut for the day’s and night’s rest.
Horombo hut - Moshi Walk down to the park gate then drive to the hotel in Moshi town.
Depart Moshi Depart Moshi for onward or catch flight back home.