The Coca Cola route or the Marangu route is the oldest and most established of all the routes. Considered the easiest trek of all the routes it certainly isn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination. Acclimatization is a serious concern as the gradual slopes and direct path coupled with limited days on the trek expose you the hardships of altitude sickness. But it’s the cheapest route and the huts on the trails provide for decent accommodation and take the load of the camping equipment off your shoulders and mind.

The 7-day trek takes off through the scenic montane forests with fleeting glimpses of blue monkeys en route to Mandara Hut (2743m) for an overnight stay.  Ascending further you will traverse through the heather moorlands enjoying great views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks at the high altitude. Night halt will be at Horombo Hut (3721m), which lies in a valley surrounded by giant lobelia and groundsel, flora which are characteristic of this semi-alpine zone.

Ascending on you will cross the alpine desert lands to reach the Kibo hut(4704) for an overnight rest This is where the effects of altitude start to kick in and the weather gets harsher in the day and the nights get extremely cold. This is also the site from where the ascent to the summit resumes with a scramble up to Gilman’s Point. From Gilman’s Point, it is a further 3 hour round trip along the crater’s edge to Uhuru Peak, and voila! You have reached the highest point in Africa

The descent is through the same route.

Would you like to take a trek atop Kilimanjaro and create a personal milestone? Contact Tanganyika safari and we will tell you how.

Do you like the proposed itinerary or would you like to tweak a few things?

We would love to hear from you!

Day One: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Arrival at JRO and meet with our staff who will take you at the Hotel at Arusha or Moshi for overnight ( Bed & Breakfast)

Day Two: Marangu Gate 1843m/6046ft Marangu Hut 2,700m/8858ft

Starting off from Moshi we arrive at Marangu Gate for the necessary paperwork before setting off on the trek. The trail ascends into the impressive rainforests with glimpses of blue monkeys at the upper edge of the forest line. The trail then opens to expose beautiful hillsides until we reach Mandara Hut.
Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
Elevation gain: 857 meters, 2,811 feet
Distance: 8 kilometers

Day Three: Marangu Hut 2,700m/8858ft Horombo Hut 3721m/12,205ft

The day begins by traversing through the forests until entering the scenic heather moorlands and the lower reaches of the alpine deserts. Continuing a little ahead if the weather holds up good, you will get your first glimpses of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks – two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.
Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Elevation gain: 1,021 meters, 3,341 feet
Distance: 12 kilometers

Day Four: Horombo Hut 3721m/12,205ft Mawenzi Ridge 4,390m/14,400ft, Mawenzi Ridge 4,390m/14,400ft Horombo Hut 3,721m/12,205ft

This day is dedicated for acclimatization and you can spend the day hiking around to explore the unique landscape and also catch glimpses of the twin peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi.
Elevation gain: 669 meters, 2,194 feet
Distance: 5 kilometers
Mawenzi Ridge : 4,390m/14,400ft Horombo Hut 3,721m/ 12,205ft
Elevation Loss: 669 meters, 2194 feet
Distance: 5 kilometers

Day Five: Horombo Hut 3721m/12,205ft Kibo Hut 4,704m/15,430ft

Today you will hike across the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo en route to the Kibo Hut that sits at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall. Once you reach the camp you will rest and enjoy a sumptuous dinner and ready yourself for the summit hike the next day.
Elevation gain: 983 meters, 3,224feet
Distance: 10 kilometers

Day Six: Kibo Hut 4,704m/15,430ft Uhuru Peak 5896m/19,341ft, Uhuru Peak 5896m/19,341ft Horombo Hut 3721m/12,205ft

The push to the summit begins at midnight. Ensure that you are well hydrated and fed as this is going to be a serious challenge with extreme cold and winds further compounding the already arduous trek. The final ascent to the top continues in darkness for several hours with the help of headlamps with frequent short breaks giving some breathing time. After a steep uphill climb, you will reach Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), and enjoy the beautiful sunrise over Mawenzi peak. From Gilman’s point, it’s an hour’s climb to the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

After basking for a few moments in the glory of your accomplishment you will descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and have a well-deserved sleep.
Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
Elevation gain: 1,192 meters, 3,910 feet
Distance: 6 kilometers

Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters, 7,134 feet
Distance: 16 kilometers

Day Seven: Horombo Hut 3721m/12,205ft Marangu Gate 1843m/6046ft

Today is the last day and you will have a steady long descent through the tropical rainforest. Use the trekking poles to support your creaky knees and back as the long trek comes at the end of a challenging trek to the top. Once you reach the park headquarters at Marangu gate, you will be presented with your summit certificates. From there a vehicle will drive you back to the hotel in Moshi or Arusha.
Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
Elevation Loss: 1,878 meters, 6,160 feet
Distance: 20 kilometers


  • All Kilimanjaro National Park fees and rescue fees
  • All guides (WFR qualified) and porters
  • All food on the mountain with services of dedicated cook
  • Transfers from Arusha to Mount Kilimanjaro and back to Arusha
  • All safety equipment (including oxygen)
  • All camping equipment
  • All camping and hut fees
  • All communication techniques (mobile phones)
  • Packed lunch on the first day and last day
  • Sleeping mats, stools, a mess tent and hot water for washing are provided on the mountain
  • Bed and breakfast only at Hotel in Arusha on the first day of arrival and the last day


  • All costs associated with obtaining any necessary passports, visas and permits
  • All costs associated with obtaining any necessary immunization, inoculation, and medication
  • Any and all meals, items of a personal nature and services not specified above.
  • Tips

Nameyour full name
Number of Pax
Number of Children's
Arrival Date
Commentsmore details
0 /