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Kilimanjaro Marangu route

  • Price: From $1475 per person (5 hikers in a private 5 day trek without add-ons),* see all prices
  • Summit Success: Lower success rate due to rapid ascent and less time for acclimatization, especially on the 5-day trek.
  • Difficulty level: Popular among beginners as it is the only route to offer hut accommodations, but the rapid ascent presents challenges.
  • Scenery: Features a diverse landscape starting from a rainforest and transitioning into alpine moorlands, offering views of Maundi Crater and diverse flora.
  • Ethical climbing: Each and every trek externally monitored by 'KPAP' & 'KRTO' for the highest fair treatment standards.
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Overview

Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

Embark on a journey along the Marangu Route, affectionately known as the 'Coca-Cola Route,' a historic and well-traveled path to the summit of Africa's tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. This route, unique for its hut accommodations, offers a distinctive and appealing adventure for those aspiring to conquer Uhuru Peak. Starting from the Marangu Gate on Kilimanjaro's southeastern side, the trail unfolds through a tapestry of lush forests, heathlands, and alpine deserts, leading to the majestic Uhuru Peak at 5895 meters or 19,341 feet.

The Marangu Route, renowned as Kilimanjaro's oldest and one of the shorter paths, spans approximately 70kms or 45 miles. It is particularly favored for its less strenuous yet rewarding experience, ideal for adventurers who prefer a more comfortable pace and the unique feature of hut accommodations along the way. Typically completed in a 6-day itinerary, this route allows trekkers to gradually acclimatize, enhancing the chances of a successful summit.

As you embark on this captivating journey, you'll traverse diverse ecosystems, each offering its own unique beauty and challenges. The Marangu Route's well-developed infrastructure, combined with its historical significance and the allure of reaching the 'Roof of Africa,' makes it an excellent choice for those seeking an accessible yet unforgettable climbing experience on Mount Kilimanjaro​.

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Route itinerary options

Click to expand the various itinerary options for this route. Itineraries indicated as * Recommended * are chosen for their duration, acclimatization and good route profile.

Quick itinerary

Itinerary code: STTK9
Difficulty level: Intermediate

Day 1 - Mountain rain forest. Overnight Mandara Hut
Day 2 - Heather & Moorland. Overnight Horombo Hut
Day 3 -
Alpine desert. Overnight Kibo Hut
Day 4 -
Summit (Ice cap / arctic zone). Overnight Horombo Hut
Day 5 -
Mountain rain forest. End of trek.

  • Clients overall rating
  • Shah Tours overall rating
  • Mountain guides overall rating

Route map

Detailed day to day itinerary

Day 0

Arrival and climb breifing

Moshi townToday has no planned activities and is only an arrival day for you to reach your base lodge in time for a pre-climb briefing with your mountain guide.

Approx. driving distance: Optional airport transfers available Approx. trekking distance: None Start altitude: Unknown End altitude: Unknown Highest Altitude reached: Unknown Altitude +gain / -loss: Unknown Meals included today: None


Overnight: Optional (see add-ons below)

Day 1

Marangu gate to Mandara Hut

Kilimanjaro Mountain Rain forestYou will be transferred by road from Moshi (or Arusha) to Marangu gate. After registration you trek today through the mountain rain forest zone with your guide. You may encounter some wild animals such as colobus monkey and some bird species and plant species on your way to Mandara hut. After a rest you will then trek to the rim of Maundi Crater with a spectacular view of Mawenzi peak. Later descend back to Mandara hut.

Approx. driving distance: 1-2 hours
Approx. trekking distance: 7km or 4.5mi (3-5 hours)
Start altitude: 1860m or 6100ft

End altitude: 2775m or 9105ft
Highest Altitude reached: 2775m or 9105ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +915m or +3005ft
Meals included today: Picnic lunch, dinner


Overnight: Mandara Huts, 2775m or 9105ft

Day 2

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Kilimanjaro mountain heather and moorland zoneToday’s hike is a little longer than the day before and takes you outside of the rain forest and into the heather & moorland zone ascending through the changed landscape. Today starts to feel more like a mountain trek with the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi towering in the background on a clear day. You may encounter some birds along the trail and eventually come across the giant Kilimanjaro groundsels unique to the park.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 11km or 7mi (5-6 hours)
Start altitude: 2775m or 9105ft

End altitude: 3700m or 12140ft
Highest Altitude reached: 3700m or 12140ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +925m or +3035ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Horombo Huts, 3700m or 12140ft

Day 3

Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Kilimanjaro mountain alpine desertYour hike today takes you directly towards the Kibo cone steadily climbing through the alpine desert with the landscape changing dramatically as you leave the heather and moorland zone behind and journey on the barren saddle (the dip between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks). You reach the hut in time to rest for your summit attempt tonight.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 12km or 7.5mi (5-7 hours)
Start altitude: 3700m or 12140ft

End altitude: 4703m or 15430ft
Highest Altitude reached: 4703m or 15430ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +1003m or +3290ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Kibo Huts, 4703m or 15430ft

Day 4

Kibo Hut to Gilman's point to Uhuru peak to Horombo Hut

Kilimanjaro mountain ice cap / arctic zoneIn the early morning (around 00:00am) you begin your final ascent to the summit of Uhuru peak through the arctic zone. The trek is a steep hike over loose volcanic scree through the dark and cold night and takes a slow pace in a zig-zag pattern towards Gilman’s Point (5681m or 18640ft) which is your first stop on the Kibo crater rim. From here a short (but difficult) hike remains to take you past Stella point (the first stop on the rim for those summiting from Barafu camp / the Southern circuit) and further around till Uhuru Peak (5895m or 19341ft), the highest point in Africa. You usually don’t spend that long at the peak due to the extreme altitude and will descend back down to the base camp for your breakfast / brunch. After your gear is packed up you continue the descent back through the alpine desert and heather and moorland where you stop for the night.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 21km or 13mi (14-18 hours)
Start altitude: 4703m or 15430ft

End altitude: 3700m or 12220ft
Highest Altitude reached: 5895m or 19431ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +1192m or 4001ft / -2195m or -7211ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Horombo Huts, 3700m or 12220ft

Day 5

Horombo Hut to Marangu gate

Kilimanjaro mountain rain forest zoneYour final day on Kilimanjaro is a descent through the southeastern rain forest zone until Marangu gate where our vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Moshi town (or Arusha). Usually, the crew will leave you at Marangu gate and it’s a perfect opportunity to say goodbye and a great location to hand your optional tip to the crew as a token of your appreciation.

Approx. driving distance: 1-2 hours
Approx. trekking distance: 17km or 10.5mi (5-7 hours)
Start altitude: 43700m or 12220ft

End altitude: 1860m or 6100ft
Highest Altitude reached: 3700m or 12220ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: -1840m or -6120ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch


Overnight: Optional (see add-ons below)

End of itinerary

Quick itinerary

Itinerary code: STTK9+1
Difficulty level: Beginner to intermediate

Day 1 - Mountain rain forest. Overnight Mandara Hut
Day 2 - Heather & Moorland. Overnight Horombo Hut
Day 3 -
Heather & Moorland. Overnight Horombo Hut
Day 4 -
Alpine desert. Overnight Kibo Hut
Day 5 -
Summit (Ice cap / arctic zone). Overnight Horombo Hut
Day 6 -
Mountain rain forest. End of trek.

  • Clients overall rating
  • Shah Tours overall rating
  • Mountain guides overall rating

Route map

Detailed day to day itinerary

Day 0

Arrival and climb breifing

Moshi townToday has no planned activities and is only an arrival day for you to reach your base lodge in time for a pre-climb briefing with your mountain guide.

Approx. driving distance: Optional airport transfers available Approx. trekking distance: None Start altitude: Unknown End altitude: Unknown Highest Altitude reached: Unknown Altitude +gain / -loss: Unknown Meals included today: None


Overnight: Optional (see add-ons below)

Day 1

Marangu gate to Mandara Hut

Kilimanjaro Mountain Rain forestYou will be transferred by road from Moshi (or Arusha) to Marangu gate. After registration you trek today through the mountain rain forest zone with your guide. You may encounter some wild animals such as colobus monkey and some bird species and plant species on your way to Mandara hut. After a rest you will then trek to the rim of Maundi Crater with a spectacular view of Mawenzi peak. Later descend back to Mandara hut.

Approx. driving distance: 1-2 hours
Approx. trekking distance: 7km or 4.5mi (3-5 hours)
Start altitude: 1860m or 6100ft

End altitude: 2775m or 9105ft
Highest Altitude reached: 2775m or 9105ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +915m or +3005ft
Meals included today: Picnic lunch, dinner


Overnight: Mandara Huts, 2775m or 9105ft

Day 2

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Kilimanjaro mountain heather and moorland zoneToday’s hike is a little longer than the day before and takes you outside of the rain forest and into the heather & moorland zone ascending through the changed landscape. Today starts to feel more like a mountain trek with the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi towering in the background on a clear day. You may encounter some birds along the trail and eventually come across the giant Kilimanjaro groundsels unique to the park.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 11km or 7mi (5-6 hours)
Start altitude: 2775m or 9105ft

End altitude: 3700m or 12140ft
Highest Altitude reached: 3700m or 12140ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +925m or +3035ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Horombo Huts, 3700m or 12140ft

Day 3

Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge to Horombo Hut

Kilimanjaro mountain heather and moorland zoneYour hike today is designed for acclimatization and takes you towards the jagged peaks of the Mawenzi cone (Kilimanjaro’s third and generally unclimbed peak) up to the rim of the Mawenzi ridge. The alpine desert landscape here offers stunning views of both the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks before taking you back down into the heather and moorland at Horombo huts for a second night.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 10km or 6mi (3-5 hours)
Start altitude: 3700m or 12140ft

End altitude: 3700m or 12140ft
Highest Altitude reached: 4390m or 14400ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +-690m or +-2260ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Horombo Huts, 3700m or 12140ft

Day 4

Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Kilimanjaro mountain alpine desertYour hike today takes you directly towards the Kibo cone steadily climbing through the alpine desert with the landscape changing dramatically as you leave the heather and moorland zone behind and journey on the barren saddle (the dip between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks). You reach the hut in time to rest for your summit attempt tonight.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 12km or 7.5mi (5-7 hours)
Start altitude: 3700m or 12140ft

End altitude: 4703m or 15430ft
Highest Altitude reached: 4703m or 15430ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +1003m or +3290ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Kibo Huts, 4703m or 15430ft

Day 5

Kibo Hut to Gilman's point to Uhuru peak to Horombo Hut

Kilimanjaro mountain ice cap / arctic zoneIn the early morning (around 00:00am) you begin your final ascent to the summit of Uhuru peak through the arctic zone. The trek is a steep hike over loose volcanic scree through the dark and cold night and takes a slow pace in a zig-zag pattern towards Gilman’s Point (5681m or 18640ft) which is your first stop on the Kibo crater rim. From here a short (but difficult) hike remains to take you past Stella point (the first stop on the rim for those summiting from Barafu camp / the Southern circuit) and further around till Uhuru Peak (5895m or 19341ft), the highest point in Africa. You usually don’t spend that long at the peak due to the extreme altitude and will descend back down to the base camp for your breakfast / brunch. After your gear is packed up you continue the descent back through the alpine desert and heather and moorland where you stop for the night.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 21km or 13mi (14-18 hours)
Start altitude: 4703m or 15430ft

End altitude: 3700m or 12220ft
Highest Altitude reached: 5895m or 19431ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +1192m or 4001ft / -2195m or -7211ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Horombo Huts, 3700m or 12220ft

Day 6

Horombo Hut to Marangu gate

Kilimanjaro mountain rain forest zoneYour final day on Kilimanjaro is a descent through the southeastern rain forest zone until Marangu gate where our vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Moshi town (or Arusha). Usually, the crew will leave you at Marangu gate and it’s a perfect opportunity to say goodbye and a great location to hand your optional tip to the crew as a token of your appreciation.

Approx. driving distance: 1-2 hours
Approx. trekking distance: 17km or 10.5mi (5-7 hours)
Start altitude: 43700m or 12220ft

End altitude: 1860m or 6100ft
Highest Altitude reached: 3700m or 12220ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: -1840m or -6120ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch


Overnight: Optional (see add-ons below)

End of itinerary

Quick itinerary

Itinerary code: STTK9+2
Difficulty level: Beginner to intermediate

Day 1 - Mountain rain forest. Overnight Mandara Hut
Day 2 - Heather & Moorland. Overnight Horombo Hut
Day 3 -
Heather & Moorland. Overnight Horombo Hut
Day 4 -
Heather & Moorland. Overnight Horombo Hut
Day 5 -
Alpine desert. Overnight Kibo Hut
Day 6 -
Summit (Ice cap / arctic zone). Overnight Horombo Hut
Day 7 -
Mountain rain forest. End of trek.

  • Clients overall rating
  • Shah Tours overall rating
  • Mountain guides overall rating

Route map

Detailed day to day itinerary

Day 0

Arrival and climb breifing

Moshi townToday has no planned activities and is only an arrival day for you to reach your base lodge in time for a pre-climb briefing with your mountain guide.

Approx. driving distance: Optional airport transfers available Approx. trekking distance: None Start altitude: Unknown End altitude: Unknown Highest Altitude reached: Unknown Altitude +gain / -loss: Unknown Meals included today: None


Overnight: Optional (see add-ons below)

Day 1

Marangu gate to Mandara Hut

Kilimanjaro Mountain Rain forestYou will be transferred by road from Moshi (or Arusha) to Marangu gate. After registration you trek today through the mountain rain forest zone with your guide. You may encounter some wild animals such as colobus monkey and some bird species and plant species on your way to Mandara hut. After a rest you will then trek to the rim of Maundi Crater with a spectacular view of Mawenzi peak. Later descend back to Mandara hut.

Approx. driving distance: 1-2 hours
Approx. trekking distance: 7km or 4.5mi (3-5 hours)
Start altitude: 1860m or 6100ft

End altitude: 2775m or 9105ft
Highest Altitude reached: 2775m or 9105ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +915m or +3005ft
Meals included today: Picnic lunch, dinner


Overnight: Mandara Huts, 2775m or 9105ft

Day 2

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Kilimanjaro mountain heather and moorland zoneToday’s hike is a little longer than the day before and takes you outside of the rain forest and into the heather & moorland zone ascending through the changed landscape. Today starts to feel more like a mountain trek with the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi towering in the background on a clear day. You may encounter some birds along the trail and eventually come across the giant Kilimanjaro groundsels unique to the park.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 11km or 7mi (5-6 hours)
Start altitude: 2775m or 9105ft

End altitude: 3700m or 12140ft
Highest Altitude reached: 3700m or 12140ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +925m or +3035ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Horombo Huts, 3700m or 12140ft

Day 3

Horombo Hut to Zebra Rocks to Horombo Hut

Kilimanjaro mountain heather and moorland zoneYour hike today is designed for acclimatization and takes you on the diverted path from Horombo to the Zebra rocks formation within the heather and moorland zone before taking you back down to the huts for a second night.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 8km or 5mi (3-5 hours)
Start altitude: 3700m or 12140ft

End altitude: 3700m or 12140ft
Highest Altitude reached: 4010m or 13155ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +-310m or +-1015ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Horombo Huts, 3700m or 12140ft

Day 4

Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge to Horombo Hut

Kilimanjaro mountain heather and moorland zoneYour hike today is designed for acclimatization and takes you towards the jagged peaks of the Mawenzi cone (Kilimanjaro’s third and generally unclimbed peak) up to the rim of the Mawenzi ridge. The alpine desert landscape here offers stunning views of both the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks before taking you back down into the heather and moorland at Horombo huts for a second night.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 10km or 6mi (3-5 hours)
Start altitude: 3700m or 12140ft

End altitude: 3700m or 12140ft
Highest Altitude reached: 4390m or 14400ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +-690m or +-2260ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Horombo Huts, 3700m or 12140ft

Day 5

Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Kilimanjaro mountain alpine desertYour hike today takes you directly towards the Kibo cone steadily climbing through the alpine desert with the landscape changing dramatically as you leave the heather and moorland zone behind and journey on the barren saddle (the dip between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks). You reach the hut in time to rest for your summit attempt tonight.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 12km or 7.5mi (5-7 hours)
Start altitude: 3700m or 12140ft

End altitude: 4703m or 15430ft
Highest Altitude reached: 4703m or 15430ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +1003m or +3290ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Kibo Huts, 4703m or 15430ft

Day 6

Kibo Hut to Gilman's point to Uhuru peak to Horombo Hut

Kilimanjaro mountain ice cap / arctic zoneIn the early morning (around 00:00am) you begin your final ascent to the summit of Uhuru peak through the arctic zone. The trek is a steep hike over loose volcanic scree through the dark and cold night and takes a slow pace in a zig-zag pattern towards Gilman’s Point (5681m or 18640ft) which is your first stop on the Kibo crater rim. From here a short (but difficult) hike remains to take you past Stella point (the first stop on the rim for those summiting from Barafu camp / the Southern circuit) and further around till Uhuru Peak (5895m or 19341ft), the highest point in Africa. You usually don’t spend that long at the peak due to the extreme altitude and will descend back down to the base camp for your breakfast / brunch. After your gear is packed up you continue the descent back through the alpine desert and heather and moorland where you stop for the night.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 21km or 13mi (14-18 hours)
Start altitude: 4703m or 15430ft

End altitude: 3700m or 12220ft
Highest Altitude reached: 5895m or 19431ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +1192m or 4001ft / -2195m or -7211ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Horombo Huts, 3700m or 12220ft

Day 7

Horombo Hut to Marangu gate

Kilimanjaro mountain rain forest zoneYour final day on Kilimanjaro is a descent through the southeastern rain forest zone until Marangu gate where our vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Moshi town (or Arusha). Usually, the crew will leave you at Marangu gate and it’s a perfect opportunity to say goodbye and a great location to hand your optional tip to the crew as a token of your appreciation.

Approx. driving distance: 1-2 hours
Approx. trekking distance: 17km or 10.5mi (5-7 hours)
Start altitude: 43700m or 12220ft

End altitude: 1860m or 6100ft
Highest Altitude reached: 3700m or 12220ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: -1840m or -6120ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch


Overnight: Optional (see add-ons below)

End of itinerary

Price, includes & add-ons

Click to see price indication for the various group options and group sizes avaialble. You can always request a custom quote: contact us.

Price per person (USD $)

  • 1 passenger (private trek)

    from $1805 per person*
  • 2 passengers (private trek)

    from $1620 per person*
  • 3 passengers (private trek)

    from $1510 per person*
  • 4 passengers (private trek)

    from $1480 per person*
  • 5 passengers (private trek)

    from $1475 per person*
  • 6-10 passengers (private trek)

    from $1445 per person*
  • 11-15 passengers (private trek)

    from $1430 per person*
  • 16+ passengers (private trek)

    from $1555 per person*
  • Scheduled group (shared departure)

    Not available
  • * All prices are in USD ($) and serve as indications only for a standard package excluding pre/post accommodation, add-ons and comfort upgrades.

    Private treks are with their own dedicated crew, equipment and transfers not shared with other hikers.
  • 1 passenger (private trek)

    from $2130 per person*
  • 2 passengers (private trek)

    from $1925 per person*
  • 3 passengers (private trek)

    from $1785 per person*
  • 4 passengers (private trek)

    from $1755 per person*
  • 5 passengers (private trek)

    from $1750 per person*
  • 6-10 passengers (private trek)

    from $1710 per person*
  • 11-15 passengers (private trek)

    from $1695 per person*
  • 16+ passengers (private trek)

    from $1795 per person*
  • Scheduled group (shared departure)

    Not available
  • * All prices are in USD ($) and serve as indications only for a standard package excluding pre/post accommodation, add-ons and comfort upgrades.

    Private treks are with their own dedicated crew, equipment and transfers not shared with other hikers.
  • 1 passenger (private trek)

    from $2460 per person*
  • 2 passengers (private trek)

    from $2230 per person*
  • 3 passengers (private trek)

    from $2065 per person*
  • 4 passengers (private trek)

    from $2025 per person*
  • 5 passengers (private trek)

    from $2020 per person*
  • 6-10 passengers (private trek)

    from $1980 per person*
  • 11-15 passengers (private trek)

    from $1965 per person*
  • 16+ passengers (private trek)

    from $1890 per person*
  • Scheduled group (shared departure)

    Not available
  • * All prices are in USD ($) and serve as indications only for a standard package excluding pre/post accommodation, add-ons and comfort upgrades.

    Private treks are with their own dedicated crew, equipment and transfers not shared with other hikers.
  • Green season discount

    5% off*
    For treks starting from 15 March 2024 to 31 May 2024
  • Mid season discount

    2.5% off*
    For treks starting from 01 November 2024 to 15 December 2024
  • * Special offers are only applicable to new bookings and valid only at the time of confirming an itinerary. All numbers after discounts will be rounded to the nearest whole number. Please check with your sales consultant if offers can be combined.

Standard packages usually include

  • All taxes, VAT and National Park conservation, park entry, hut and rescue fees as applicable.
  • Trained, certified, and experienced English-speaking Mountain guide/s at KINAPA minimum ratios.
  • Personal luggage allowance of 15kg per person carried by 1 x luggage porter between huts.
  • Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project and Kilimanjaro Responsible Tourism Organization monitoring on Kilimanjaro treks for fair treatment standards. Learn More about fair treatment.
  • Trained and experienced personal mountain cook and waiter to prepare all meals on the mountain including eating utensils, cutlery, bowls, cups etc.
  • A carefully planned standard non-vegetarian or vegetarian or gluten-free or vegan or Hindu or Jain or Halal menu specially crafted for high altitude treks.
  • Pre-climb briefing / equipment check with the guide / tour consultant in Moshi (or optionally Arusha with a supplement).
  • 1 x transfer from a Moshi (or Arusha with a supplement) based lodge to park gates per group / 1 x transfer from park gates to Moshi (or Arusha with a supplement) per group.
  • Boiled drinking water on trek (from 1st camp onward).
  • 1 Emergency oxygen cylinder per 5 passengers and first aid kit.
  • Twice daily health checks with guides and a high-grade medical oximeter.
  • Hand washing station and small personal wash basin at huts.
  • Shared public toilet facilities at huts.
  • 1 x approx. 100Ltr rubberized hold all bag / packsack.
  • Basic foam sleeping pad per person (provided by the National Park).
  • Shared use of Mountain huts (sharing with other hikers, allocated by the National Park)
  • A guaranteed participation medal and certificate from Shah Tours.
  • A certificate from Kilimanjaro National Park (when you reach Stella Point, Gilman's Point or Uhuru Peak).

Optional extras, add-ons and comfort upgrades

Although our standard package can be more than enough for most, we appreciate many desire certain comfort upgrades and add-ons and our tours can be customized to include as much or as little as you need.

A comfortable mid-range pre and post climb lodge just outside of Moshi town, especially convenient for the Rongai and Marangu routes.

A comfortable and budget friendly mid-range lodge in Moshi town center, convenient for all ascent and descent routes.

A convenient mid range pre-climb option for the Marangu (or Rongai) routes located in the 'Chagga' Marangu village.

A comfortable mid range lodge located just outside of Moshi town center, convenient for all ascent and descent routes.

A western style high range lodge just outside of Moshi town centre and convenient for all ascent and descent hiking routes.

A superbly comfortable high range lodge near Arusha city center, for a luxury pre and post climb experience with a view of Mount Meru.

You can easily include your arrival and departure airport transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha Airport or Moshi Airport with our reliable fleet.

If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, honeymoon or other special occasion you can let us know in advance to prepare something special for your day.

A more premium hiking menu to include more fruit, meat, vegetables and complex dishes. A customized premium menu can be included for your hike.

We appreciate those without expereince may need a personal mountain guide or a ratio of 1 guide to 1 client and you can hire additional guides for your trek as required.

Those with more luggage can increase your allowed allowance on the trek by 15kgs for each additional luggage porter you hire for your expedition.

A personal assistance porter can help you carry your personal day pack (max 10kg) from the gate to the summit and back down to let you focus on your trek.

  • Anorak / Jackets

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Balaclava

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Boots - walking / trekking

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Duffel bag

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Hat

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Head Torch

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands, excluding batteries
  • Gaiters

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Gloves / warm mits

    USD $8 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Glove liners

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Mattres (self-inflatable)

    USD $50 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Neck warmer

    USD $7 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Raincoat / poncho

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Rain / wind / waterproof trousers

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Ruck sack / day pack

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Scarf

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • 4 season sleeping bag (Synthetic filled)

    USD $30 per trip
    Snugpak Softie 15 Discovery (-12.5oC comfort rating)
  • 4 season sleeping bag (Down filled)

    USD $50 per trip
    Marmot Never Summer (-12.5oC comfort rating)
  • Socks

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Sunglasses

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Sweater / fleece / jumper

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Travel pillow

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Walking poles (pair)

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Water bladder / Water hydration system

    USD $15 per trip
    Mixed brands

Standard packages usually exclude

FAQ's

Frequently asked questions about this route

The Marangu Route, often chosen by novices for its hut accommodations, is perceived as less difficult. However, the 5-day version offers limited acclimatization time, making it challenging. Proper preparation and fitness are essential​.

The Marangu Route can be completed in 5 or 6 or 7 days. The 6-day itinerary is typically recommended for better acclimatization and improved summit success​ compared to the 5 day hike.

Marangu is known as the "Coca-Cola Route" due to its historic significance as the oldest and a well-developed route, offering a less strenuous journey with the comfort of hut accommodations​. In the past it used to be one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro and thus was named after the equally popular soda.

We do not believe in success rates as each hiker and individual can be very unique in their experience and bodies ability to acclimatize. That being said we would say a 6 day trek via the Marangu route has a good chance of reaching the peak, a 7 day trek has an excellent chance of reaching the peak. Longer routes usually contribute significantly to higher success for reaching the summit.

Altitude sickness is a serious concern on the Marangu Route, especially for the shorter 5-day trek. The 6 / 7 day variant allows more time for acclimatization and are a safer option​ especially for those with limited or no experience on mountains or at a high altitude.

A permit is necessary to climb Kilimanjaro on any route, and all trekkers must be accompanied by a licensed guide and skilled porters and a cook. These are usually arranged by organized tour operators such as ourselves.

People with serious medical conditions like heart disease, severe asthma, or uncontrolled diabetes should avoid climbing Kilimanjaro. Pregnant women and individuals with altitude sickness susceptibility should also consider other options. It's crucial to consult with a healthcare provider before planning a climb.

Expect a challenging but rewarding experience. You'll encounter diverse terrains, from rain forests to arctic conditions. Acclimatization days are essential, and you should be prepared for long trekking hours, basic camping conditions, and altitude-related challenges.

Weather plays a pivotal role in deciding when to climb Kilimanjaro. Dry conditions ensure easier hikes and dry gear, while wet weather can turn your trek into a muddy challenge. However, Kilimanjaro's weather patterns have become unpredictable recently. You might encounter unexpected rainfalls even during what's traditionally considered a dry season or vice versa. Moreover, the dry seasons often see a surge in trekkers, leading to crowded routes. Read more about weather here.

Traditional showers are not available during most Kilimanjaro climbs. However, climbers can use wet wipes and water basins for basic hygiene. It's important to maintain cleanliness to avoid infections.

The summit attempt of Kilimanjaro typically begins at midnight, aiming for climbers to reach Uhuru Peak by sunrise. Undertaking this ascent at night serves several strategic purposes. Firstly, it allows for better acclimatization, as the gradual overnight climb aids the body in adapting to the high altitude. Secondly, the ground remains firmer during the night, as the sun during the day can soften the ice and snow, making the climb more challenging. Additionally, reaching the summit at dawn not only presents climbers with a breathtaking sunrise view but also provides a significant safety advantage. After the summit attempt, climbers have enough daylight to descend almost halfway back down the mountain. This descent is crucial as it brings climbers to a lower altitude with richer oxygen levels, which is much safer and helps in recovery following the exertion of the summit climb. This strategic timing of the ascent and descent ensures a safer and more rewarding experience for those tackling the challenge of Kilimanjaro.

Why book with Shah Tours?

Some of the reasons why you should book your hike with Shah Tours.

We are proud to operate hikes on Mount Kilimanjaro for 40+ years and with this comes a highly skilled and experienced team of mountain guides who have led 100's of expeditions and are some of the most experienced on Kilimanjaro.

Our expert guides use a preventive health management system to monitor your health twice a day using medical grade finger oximiters. Each expedition is always equipped with 1 emergency oxygen and a first aid kit.

We provide superior equipment for a comfortable hiking experience. Each trek will come with a spacious and roomy all season 4 person tent (for a maximum of 2 or 3 people) made by Hilleberg or The North Face.

justinecharTrip advisor
My husband and I booked our Kilimanjaro climb through Shah Tours, and could not have been more pleased with our experience. To start, I think we had the best guides on the entire mountain. Baraka and Vincent were extremely knowledgeable, not only about mountain safety, but also about the history of Kilimanjaro, the flora, the fauna, the tribes in Tanzania, languages, and everything else we had questions about. We learned so much on our hike up to the summit, which made the whole experience even better than anticipated.
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We are proudly monitored by KPAP and KRTO on each and every trek since 2017 for the highest fair treatment, salary and crew standards on Mount Kilimanjaro. We also support multiple local social and environmental organizations.

All participants on our Kilimanjaro treks will receive a participation certificate and unique achievement medal. You will also get a climb certificate from the National Park if you reach Stella point, Gilman's point or Uhuru peak.

We have been a licensed operator of Kilimanjaro climbs since 1984 and have guided tens of thousands to Africa's highest peak. Booking with us means you are booking directly with the operator without any middle man.

Ahmed BazaraTrip advisor
Myself, and kids (three adults) enjoyed this lifetime experience. It was exciting, somehow tiring, but rewarding. The lovely two guides and many porters made our trip as easy as possible. The cook and assistant prepared just the right meal at the right time. Although we did not complete the hike to Uhuru peak (just 6 km away) due to high altitude sickness two of my children suffered, and we were advised to descend accordingly, we will never forget these days. I am planning to return in the near future. To conclude, I want to say thank you Shah Tours, thank Kalvin, Umari, Emanuel and entire crew for your passion, care and support extended to us throughout this wonderful hike.
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Kilimanjaro Preparation Guide

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Please visit our dedicated section below to find out more about private or group treks, when to climb, getting to Kilimanjaro / Tanzania, visas, documents, choosing a route, training for your climb, health and vaccines, Kilimanjaro packing list, hiking boots, rental equipment, tipping, insurance, money:

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