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5/6 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Marangu Route 

Kilimanjaro trekking Marangu route 5/6 days itinerary is what we recommend as it allows one day of acclimatization at Horombo hut on the 3rd day. Named cocacola route & considered to be the easiest route of all, this has proved wrong as we have encountered a high failure rate on this route. This is due to that perception which leads to poor preparation and untimely attempt. Despite of being fairly easier the final part to the summit is hard. Marangu is the only route offers hut accommodation with beds & mattress. Soft drinks, mineral water, chocolate bar & beer can be purchased at the camps but trash in trash out is closely observed.

*The itinerary will be modified according to a 5 or 6 days desired climb


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Arrival in Tanzania

Day 1: Arusha – Marangu gate – Mandara Hut

Day 2: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut

Day 3: Horombo Hut – Acclimatization day

Day 4: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut

Day 5: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

Day 6: Horombo Hut – Marangu gate – Arusha


  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
  • Airport Transfers round trip
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water 
  • All National Park & Hut Fees or Camping fees


  •  International flights
  •  Extra night
  • Travel insurance
  •  Items of a personal nature
  • Lunch & Dinner (but Neeko tours will arrange upon your request for an extra charge).
  •  Roundtrip airport transfer
  •  International flights
  •  Additional accommodation
  •  Tips
  •  Services not mentioned in the program
  •  Travel insurance

Arrive in Tanzania

Upon arrival at the airport, your driver shall pick you up and drive to your hotel in Arusha. Have a rest and prepare for your safari in the next morning.

Accommodation at appointed Hotel

Detailed Itenary


After breakfast at your lodge in Arusha, we pick you up and drive to the Marangu gate. It will take you about 2.5 to 3 hrs of driving along chagga villages, and farms of sweet potatoes, cassava, beans, maize ,through coffee & banana plantation. On arrival at the gate you will sign in at the park office and your guide will work on park formalities. The actual number of potters to support you will depend on things to be carried but from the office we will weigh all the luggage and have a rough idea of the number of porters. According to park rules & regulation each potter should  carry not more than 20 kg, you will carry your lunch box, drinking water, some clothes and all your valuable things. Potters are hiking first so once they carry any of your things you will meet them at the camp.

 Dinner and Overnight at Mandara Huts


After light breakfast, your second hiking day on Kilimanjaro . Marangu route starts, this day you will hike along the last patches of the montane forest past the other side of Maundi crater and soon you will reach the moorland vegetation zone.

The area is more dominated by heather, Lobelia Deckenii and lovely Dendrosenecio kilimanjari. With a good weather condition you can have a stunning view of both Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Later   you will arrive at Horombo huts and if you wish you can bath with hot water before dinner followed by sleeping in a luxurious bed.

Horombo huts can accommodate 120 people all sleeping in beds and it is like a small village and the only huts on Kilimanjaro with beds. You have one day here for relaxing and acclimatization be prepared as nights here tends to be crazy cold.

Dinner and Overnight at Horombo Huts



After breakfast Horombo Hut, spend a day here allowing your body to adjust to high altitude. If you wish you can have a day hike to Mawenzi Hut for further acclimatization with your guide. after backdown from acclimatization you will have lunch at afternoon time at the camp.

Dinner and Overnight at Horombo Huts


Saddle the area in-between Mawenzi and Kibo can be reached in two different routes, through the upper route which is eroded and stomy or by taking the lower route which is easier and most recommended where you can pass near the water point at (4200 m) which is the last in this route.

We will fill your bottles with enough drinking water as this will be the last water point before reaching Kibo hut,  If you wish you can take a short break at this last water point and perhaps sit at the picnic site for lunch.You will reach Kibo huts at (4750 m) . Kibo hut is at the barren Alpine desert  and everlasting flowers. 

Dinner and Overnight at Kibo Huts.



This is the final part of your Mt Kilimanjaro climbing on Marangu route , You will start at midnight. On this day after early dinner your guide will give you a detailed briefing on how you can successful get to the summit, what to pack, what to wear and on so. You will then prepare all needed gears before going to sleep as the starting hours will be around mid-night depends on your pace. Things to be prepared for this attempt are mostly thermal clothing, ski-stick, thermal flask for water, hand warmers, batteries and headlamp among others. Your guide will point them out during briefing.

Since your guide has been watching your pace on previous days he will schedule the staring time which will likely to be at 00:00hrs or 00:30hrs, you may have some tea and biscuits before starting. You will face a challenging part of your Mt Kilimanjaro climbing  at the beginning which is rough and rocky path.

Dinner and Overnight Horombo Huts.



You will have breakfast at Horombo hut before starting your last day down to the gate,  little rest before going down to the gate and sign out.

Reaching Marangu gate, you will provide some details on where  you have reached. Certificate for reaching Gilmann’s Point is in green color & gold certificate (big Diploma) for reaching Uhuru Peak the actual summit of Kilimanjaro Mountain. This will be the time for celebration ,singing & dancing followed by tips session, you may start with potters, cooks & lastly the guides.

Afterward meet you driver at the gate who have already be there & drive back to Arusha or drop off at the airport.

Dinner and Overnight at Gran Melia Hotel

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