Find Physical Ease Hiking This Marangu Route 6 Day Itinerary

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6 Days
Availability : Jan - Dec
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Kilimanjaro National Park
Min Age : 6+
Max People : 25

Compare 6-day Marangu tours & find physical ease hiking this Marangu route 6-day itinerary. This especially applies if you’re an experienced mountaineer with a hiking history above 4,000m/13,000ft.



The Marangu route, also called the Coca-Cola route, is widely coined the “easiest route” by many guides however, it suffers a very low 56% success rate. Trekkers are often lured by the budget rates that come with the route and are fooled to believe a 6-day trek along the steep trails of Marangu could afford them a successful summit. This is far from the truth and hikers are usually met with disappointment.

If this is your first-time hiking at high elevations (above 3,000m/9,900ft), you should know that the most effective way to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is to properly acclimatize during your hike. Short and uneven routes like the 6-day Marangu route are terrible for acclimatization systems to be utilized. See, on Kilimanjaro, there are 2 systems that prevent altitude sickness:

  • The first method, Pole Pole (Slow-Slow in English), requires you to be on the mountain long enough for your body to acclimate to various altitudes.
  • The second method, Trek-High & Sleep-Low, calls for trails to have gradual inclines in order for you to trek to high elevations and sleep at lower altitudes. This method conditions your body to anticipate elevation changes while helping you adjust during your sleep.

Unless you’re an experienced mountaineer, you should seriously consider trekking Lemosho route’s 8-day variation. This will give you ample time to adjust to elevation changes and will make for a much better hiking experience. The 8-day Lemosho program, unlike the 6-day Marangu hike, performs extremely well with hikers that are under 40 years of age and have no hiking experience to high elevations.

Marangu’s Highlights

  • Performs exceptionally well with experienced mountaineers
  • The route’s less physically demanding
  • Not time-consuming
  • Has huts for accommodation
  • Has a 56% summit success rate
Marangu Route 6 Days Itinerary Mount Kilimanjaro Hike Distance And Elevation Gains

Meet Your Guides

  • 43 years of age
  • Has 9 years of experience as a Kilimanjaro tour guide
  • Has 3 years of experience as a porter on Kilimanjaro
  • Received Wilderness First Responders (WFR) safety training
  • 28 years of age
  • Has 5 years of experience as a Kilimanjaro tour guide
  • Has 3 years of experience as a porter on Kilimanjaro
  • Received Emergency First-Aid training in High Altitude Illnesses, Helicopter Safety & Evacuation Procedures

Safety Material & Equipment

High-Altitude Kits

  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Pulse Oximeter

Medication & Sanitary Treatments

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Anti-Acid Tablets
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Eye Drops
  • Loperamide Tablets
  • Insect Sting Relief Treatment
  • Glucose
  • Oral Rehydration Salts
  • Dexamethasone
  • Phenergan
  • Soap
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Wraps, Splints & Wound Coverings

  • Triangular Cravat Bandages
  • Rolled Gauze
  • Homeostatic Gauze
  • First-Aid Cleansing Pads With Topical Anesthetic

Tools & Supplies

  • Paramedic Shears
  • Standard Thermometer
  • Small Mirror
  • Surgical Gloves
  • Small Notepad & Pencil
  • Headlamp
  • Stethoscope
  • Portable Stretcher

Evacuation Protocol On Marangu Route

  • Evacuations on Kilimanjaro are initially on foot and are accompanied by an assistant guide however if you’re unable to walk, 2 assistant guides will carry you with a stretcher up to the nearest point an ambulance or helicopter can be reached.
  • Once in an ambulance, you’ll be transferred to the nearest gate to be picked up or KCMC hospital for treatment. If your condition is severe, you’ll be accompanied by an assistant guide to the hospital where he’ll monitor your condition and write a report. As you undergo medical attention, your family and Embassy will be notified about your health condition. They’ll continue to receive daily reports until you either recover or a close family member arrives.
  • Helicopter evacuations are extremely rare however, in light of an event, you’ll be picked up at Barafu (4,570m/15,000ft) or Kibo (4,724m/15,500ft) and transferred to KCMC hospital along with an assistant guide. These sites are very high and can be extremely dangerous during evacuations so, rescues out of these sites will be conducted on pilot discretion.

Best Time To Hike Marangu Route

  •  January through mid-March
  •  Mid-June through October
  • December

Meeting Point

  • You will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Arusha’s Venus Premier Hotel.
  • The next day, you’ll be picked up and taken to Mount Kilimanjaro, where your Kilimanjaro trek will begin.
  • Please keep in mind that the price includes both the hotel and the transfers (airport + trailheads). 

Departure Time

10:00 AM


Dietary Food Preferences Served On Marangu

All of your meals on Kilimanjaro are freshly cooked by excellent chefs and served according to your dietary preference.

  • Normal diet
  • Vegan diet
  • Vegetarian diet
  • Halal diet
  • Gluten-free diet

Marangu Route’s Park Fees

Kilimanjaro National Park fees
Conservation Fees$70/Per Day
Camping Fees$60/Per Night
Rescue Fees$20/Per Hiker
Guide and Porter Entrance Fees$2/Per Supporting Crew
Tourism Value Added Tax (VAT)18%
Retail Value Added Tax (VAT)18%
Total$1,047.09

Marangu Route’s 6 Day Packages & Inclusions

Open Group Treks

Save Costs Hiking Marangu Route’s 6 Day Tour With A Kilimanjaro Group. Package includes:

  • Park Fees & Taxes
  • Lodging before and after the hike
  • Camping tents during the hike
  • Sleeping bags & mattress
  • Dining mess tents
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • 3 meals per day during the hike
  • Water during the hike
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Kilimanjaro evacuation insurance

1,886


Private Treks

Get Kilimanjaro Privacy & Flexibility Hiking This 6 Day Marangu Private Tour. Package includes:

  • Park Fees & Taxes
  • Lodging before and after the hike
  • Camping tents during the hike
  • Sleeping bags & mattress
  • Dining mess tents
  • Private toilet
  • Flexible itinerary during your hike
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • 3 meals per day during the hike
  • Water during the hike
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Private support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Kilimanjaro evacuation insurance

2,460


Packages Exclude

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Private Expenses

Payment Process

Paying For Group Hikes

  • Pay a small $200 deposit when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • Get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

Paying For Private Hikes

  • Pay a $460 deposit when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • Get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

The Marangu Route 6 Days Itinerary

DAY 1 — ARRIVAL

All trekkers will have to arrange their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and apply for their own visas through the online immigration portal. Visa guidelines are also available on the official immigration website. 

Note, if you’re arriving from a country subject to yellow fever, you will be required to show proof of vaccination. A 72-hour PCR test is required for entry.

A transfer will be arranged to drop off you and your luggage at the hotel to unwind from your travels. Briefing will take place in the evening or early morning.

DAY 2 — MARANGU GATE TO MANDARA HUT

After breakfast, we will depart for the trek registration by the Marangu Gate while the porters pack supplies and luggages before ascent. Please pack trekking belongings not exceeding 15-18kg as porters are only allowed to carry weight no more than 20kg.

The hike will begin at the gate — through a mist and moss-covered forest, where you’ll spot rare wildlife before arriving at Mandara hut. The well-built “A” framed wooden hut is set by a spacious forest clearing.

DAY 3 — MANDARA HUT TO HOROMBO HUT

In the morning, after breakfast, we will resume the trek to Horombo hut. The trail stretches through a small forest and skirts the base of the Maundi Crater to arrive at moorland. Expect a 6-hour trek from Mandara hut to Horombo hut.

DAY 4 — HOROMBO HUT TO MAWENZI RIDGE

The extra day, in between, will be spent at Horombo hut to acclimatize. We will hike 3 hours past Mawenzi up towards Zebra Rocks.

MAWENZI RIDGE TO HOROMBO HUT

Afterwards, we’ll trek back. The descent back will take 1 hour and a half. This process is called the “trek high and sleep low” technique. It is commonly used to help trekkers acclimate to the changes in altitude.

DAY 5 — HOROMBO HUT TO KIBO HUT

The trek will continue in the morning towards Kibo but where you’ll hike past the Alpine desert zone. Once at Kibo hut, the summit will be 1,195m out of reach.

DAY 6 — KIBO HUT TO UHURU PEAK

We will wake up to the most challenging day of the trek. The rocky trails toward 5,250m will lead us to a resting spot at Hans Meyer. Then the trek will continue up to the crater rim at 5,681m toward Gilman’s Point. Expect a steep zig-zap trail toward Gilman’s Point. 

From Gilman’s Point, there’ll be snow-covered trails up to the summit at Uhuru Peak (5,895m).

UHURU PEAK TO HOROMBO HUT

The extra day, in between, will be spent at Horombo hut to acclimatize. We will hike 3 hours past Mawenzi up towards Zebra Rocks.

DAY 7 — HOROMBO HUT TO MARANGU GATE

On the last day on the mountain, we will descend a further 1,740m to Marangu Gate where you’ll collect your Kilimanjaro certificates. A transfer from the gate to the hotel will be arranged after receiving your certificates.

DAY 8 — DEPARTURE/TRANSITION

If you have booked a Wildlife Safari or Zanzibar Beach Holiday package with us, you’ll  be transferred to the next chapter of your journey. If you have not booked an additional trip with XPATS International, you’ll be transferred to the airport.

Accommodations

Pre & Post Hike Accommodations


Marangu Route Accommodations

Kilimanjaro’s Marangu Route Map

Marangu Route Map

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The Marangu route 6 days itinerary costs $1,886pax for open group treks and $2,460 for standard group treks. Private group treks also cost anywhere from $2,460 and above depending on the operator.

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Chan Hyun

Solo Traveller

The beach vacation was a nice finish after the summit. I met other travelers on the trek and we had a great time. Can’t wait to come back for a safari.

October 5, 2020
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