Mt Kilimanjaro or Kilemakyaro, as it is called by the local Chagga people, is with its 5.895m/ 19.340ft the highest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world. An almost perfectly shaped volcano which rises from the plains, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the Africa’s most breathtaking sights. It is unique in being so close to the equator (3 degrees South or 330km) and yet having a snow-capped summit.

Here presented are the standard Mt. Kilimanjaro Marangu Treks, which follow the same route but differ in the number of days.

Marangu Route, also known as ‘the Tourist Route’ or ‘the Coca Cola Route’, but the truth be known it has increased in popularity recently due to its well kept tracks and stunning views across the ‘Saddle’ and of Mwenzie Peak.’ It is the classic route to the Uhuru Peak. It is the most popular and technically least difficult of all the routes.

Marangu Route is not as scenic as Machame-Mweka Route since ascent and descent is on the same trail but is the only route offering accommodation in huts. It is usually done in five days (four nights) or six days (five nights); but please note that most of the five-day attempts do not end up reaching Uhuru Peak, due to the altitude related problems. An extra day to assist acclimatization is therefore highly recommended.

Accommodation is in huts. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is a serious attempt and proper acclimatization is important. An extra day at Horombo Hut for acclimatization is highly recommended and will increase your chances to summit the mountain.

If you wish to trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro on this route, it is recommended to make reservations well in advance as there are a limited number of beds in the huts (only 60 climbers per day allowed!).


Marangu R-1
Marangu R-2
Marangu R-3
Marangu R-4