5 Days Kilimanjaro Marangu route Climbing Itinerary

Embark on an Unforgettable Adventure: 5 Days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Climbing Itinerary

Hello, adventurous souls and mountain enthusiasts! At Lyimo Expeditions, we take immense pride in offering you unparalleled experiences in the heart of Tanzania, and there is no adventure quite like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. We invite you to join us on a 5-day journey through the iconic Marangu Route, a path that offers breathtaking landscapes, diverse climates, and a sense of achievement like no other. So lace up your boots, pack your spirit of adventure, and let’s explore what this unforgettable journey has in store for you!

Why Choose the Marangu Route?

Affectionately referred to as the "Coca Cola Route," the Marangu Route is one of the most popular paths to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This route is ideal for first-time climbers and seasoned adventurers alike, as it offers a well-trodden path, comfortable hut accommodations, and stunning vistas that evolve with each passing day.

By choosing Lyimo Expeditions for your Kilimanjaro adventure, you’re not just booking a trek—you’re securing an experience. Our seasoned guides, proven safety protocols, and unparalleled customer service ensure that your climb is both exhilarating and safe.

Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Distance: 8 km (5 miles)

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Rainforest

Your journey starts at the Marangu Gate (1,870 meters), where you’ll complete registration formalities and meet our friendly guides. From here, you’ll begin trekking through lush rainforest terrain. The atmosphere is alive with the chorus of exotic birds and the sight of playful monkeys. The first day’s trek is relatively gentle, serving as the perfect warm-up for the adventure ahead.

Upon reaching Mandara Hut (2,700 meters), you’ll settle into your cozy accommodations. The hut offers comfortable bunk beds and communal dining areas where you can share stories with fellow climbers. Enjoy a hearty meal prepared by our talented chefs and get a good night’s rest—tomorrow, the climb continues!

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Distance: 12 km (7 miles)

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Rise and shine! After a nourishing breakfast, you’ll leave the rainforest behind and enter the moorland zone. The landscape changes dramatically, offering stunning views and a cooler climate. The path is lined with towering giant lobelias and groundsels, adding a surreal touch to your surroundings.

Today’s hike is a bit more challenging, but the sense of camaraderie and the breathtaking scenery make it all worthwhile. You’ll pass by the Maundi Crater, a great spot for panoramic photos and a brief rest.

By late afternoon, you’ll arrive at Horombo Hut (3,720 meters), your home for the next two nights. Here, you’ll enjoy the comfort of warm meals and the company of fellow trekkers. As the altitude increases, you may start to feel the effects of thinner air, so hydration and rest are crucial.

Day 3: Acclimatization Day at Horombo Hut

Distance: Varies

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Acclimatization is key to a successful Kilimanjaro summit, and today is dedicated to just that. You’ll embark on a short hike to Zebra Rocks (4,020 meters) or to the base of Mawenzi Peak, allowing your body to adjust to the altitude.

This is also a great opportunity to soak in the beauty of the moorland zone, with its unique flora and sweeping views. Spend the afternoon relaxing at Horombo Hut, enjoying the sense of community with other climbers. As always, our team is here to ensure you’re comfortable and well-prepared for the days ahead.

Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Distance: 10 km (6 miles)

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s trek takes you through the alpine desert, a stark but mesmerizing landscape. The trail gradually ascends, and you’ll pass by the iconic “Last Water Point” before reaching what feels like a lunar landscape. The rugged terrain and high altitude make this part of the journey both challenging and awe-inspiring.

By late afternoon, you’ll arrive at Kibo Hut (4,703 meters). The hut is more rustic than previous accommodations, but it serves as the perfect launchpad for your summit attempt. After an early dinner, you’ll rest for a few hours—tonight, you make your final push to the summit!

Day 5: Summit Day and Descent to Horombo Hut

Distance: 19 km (12 miles) total

Hiking Time: 10-15 hours

Habitat: Arctic to Moorland

Summit Attempt:

At midnight, under a canopy of stars, you’ll begin the most challenging and rewarding part of your journey. The climb to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) is steep and demanding, but our expert guides will be with you every step of the way, offering encouragement and support.

As dawn breaks, you’ll reach Gilman’s Point (5,685 meters) on the crater rim. The view is nothing short of magical, but the journey isn’t over yet. Another hour of trekking will bring you to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. As you stand at the summit, feeling on top of the world, all the effort will have been worth it.


After capturing those once-in-a-lifetime photos and soaking in the moment, you’ll begin your descent back to Kibo Hut for a short rest and breakfast. Then, you’ll continue down to Horombo Hut, where a well-deserved hot meal and a comfortable bed await you.

Your legs may be tired, but your heart will be full of joy and achievement. You’ve conquered Kilimanjaro!

Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Distance: 20 km (12.5 miles)

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Moorland and Rainforest

The final day of your adventure takes you back through the diverse landscapes you’ve come to love. The descent is much quicker than the ascent, allowing you to fully appreciate the stunning vistas one last time.

Upon reaching Marangu Gate, you’ll receive your summit certificate—a tangible reminder of your incredible achievement. Our team will transport you back to your hotel, where you can enjoy a well-earned rest and reminisce about your unforgettable journey.

Why Book with Lyimo Expeditions?

At Lyimo Expeditions, we believe that every climb is a story, and we’re here to make yours extraordinary. From our expert guides to our top-notch customer service, we’re dedicated to ensuring your Kilimanjaro adventure is safe, enjoyable, and unforgettable.

  • Experienced Guides: Our guides are seasoned professionals with years of experience and a deep knowledge of Kilimanjaro.
  • Safety First: Your safety is our top priority. We use the best equipment and follow strict safety protocols.
  • Customer Care: From the moment you book with us to the day you return home, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Ready to Climb?

Are you ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime? Don’t wait! Book your 5 Days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Climb with Lyimo Expeditions today. Reach out to us at info@lyimoexpeditionskilimanjaro.com or call us at +255718442953 to start planning your epic journey.

Join us, and let’s make history together!


Climbing Kilimanjaro is more than just a trek; it’s a transformative experience that challenges you, inspires you, and leaves you with memories to last a lifetime. With Lyimo Expeditions, you’re in the best hands to make this dream a reality. So what are you waiting for? Gear up, embrace the adventure, and let’s conquer Kilimanjaro together!