- Length: 5 days
- Itinerary category: Kilimanjaro trekking
- Destination: Mt Kilimanjaro via Marangu
- Route specifics: Marangu known as “cocacola route” is unique for its presence of sleeping huts. It offers accommodation facilities including dining halls and washrooms
- Travel activity: Mountain trekking
- Major attractions: Africa’s highest mountain, five climatic zones
- Starting point: Moshi
- Ending point: Moshi/Arusha
Day 1: Marangu Gate (1750 m) To Mandara Hut (2750 m)
Drive from the hotel in Moshi to Marangu gate for registration formalities. Start climbing through maize and coffee plantations leading to the rainforest. Have lunch enroute and proceed with the trail to arrive at Mandara hut in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the hut.
Day 2: Mandara Hut (2750 m) To Horombo Hut (3807 m)
Trek through the rainforest which displays such spectacular views of Kibo and Mawenzi. Hike into the moorland zone and follow the trail to reach at Horombo hut. Dinner and sleep at the hut.
Day 3: Horombo Hut (3807 m) To Kibo Hut (4725 m)
Trek through the alpine desert approaching the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. The path leads on to Kibo hut where you will arrive at mid day. Have lunch upon arrival and take the rest of the day gaining energy. Drink as much water as possible and retire to bed early by 7:00 pm.
Day 4: Ascend To The Summit At Uhuru Peak (5895 m)
Wake up around 23:00 for a cup of coffee and adding more warm clothes. Start climbing by midnight through the volcanic scree while approaching Gilman’s point (5735 m). Reach at the summit at sunrise for spectacular view of glaciers. Take another round trip to finally reach Uhuru peak (the roof of Africa). Get time for photographs and some rest at the summit. Start descending to reach at Mweka hut in the evening for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Retrace To Marangu Gate
Hike through the rainforest to reach the final destination at Marangu gate. Get awarded with certificates where golden certificates are given to hikers who reached Uhuru peak and green to those who reached Gilman’s point. Show appreciation by tipping guides, cooks and porters. Get transferred to Moshi for much celebrating and hot shower.