Mt. Kilimanjaro; Marangu Route

23 September, 2021

Mt. Kilimanjaro; Marangu Route

Available Dates: 10th- 17th Sep,2022


The Marangu route, aka, “Coca-Cola” route is the oldest route on the mountain and is also the most established route. It is a gradual route that allows you to enjoy going through five (5) different climatic zones to the summit. Ascent and descent are done on the same path. This is the most popular route giving you a chance to meet other adventure seekers.

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Nairobi – Moshi

Meet and depart Nairobi at 0600hrs. Head south to Oloitoktok border. After clearance at the border head to Moshi. Check in to our hotel, a gear check follows. Overnight rest and dinner at Moshi town.

Day 2: Moshi – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut (2,700m)
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours | Habitat: Heath
After breakfast depart for Marangu gate for park clearance. Commence climb later in morning and enjoy lunch en-route. The walk takes you through fascinating tropical rain forest; we reach the first hut at Mandara for dinner and overnight

Day 3: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut (3,720 m)
Trekking Time:4-5 hours | Habitat: Heath
Today the first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into moorland and in clear weather, there are great views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.
We arrive at Horombo Hut mid-afternoon, where you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery around the camp

Day 4: Horombo Hut 
Today we walk towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks, this extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. We recommend drinking enough water and walking slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the Horombo hut.
Horombo hut to further improve our acclimatization.

Day 5: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut (4,700 m.)
Trekking Time:5-6 hours | Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today we climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. These 6-7 hours walking will be taken at a slow pace until we reach Kibo Hut (4,700m), where we will spend the night. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent.

Day 6: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut (3,720 m.)
Hiking Time 13-15 hours | Habitat Arctic & Rain Forest
We rise extremely early to begin our hike to the summit in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree which has some well-graded zig-zags. A slow but steady pace will take us to the rim of the main crater, Gillman’s 5,685 m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. We will then continue slowly to make the three-hour trip from here to Uhuru peak 5,895 m. which is the highest point in Africa. Take a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment. From the Summit, we begin to descend straight down to Kibo Hut for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Horrombo Hut.

Day 7:Horombo Hut to Moshi (1,700m)
Trekking Time:6-7 hours | Habitat: Rain Forest
Today we will descend past Mandara hut to Marangu National Park Gate, successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. From here you will be transferred to Moshi for dinner and overnight. We will also have a celebration to award the certificates and recount moments of the climb.

Day 8: Moshi to Nairobi

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and depart for Nairobi on our prebooked bus. Arrive in Nairobi early in the evening.


Due to the nature of the exercise, you need to prepare your body well. It is recommended you do daily cardio-based exercises before the hike.  Pre hikes are organized every weekend and private on weekdays and it would be great to attend them. Contact the Bucketlist team for the calendar on this. We have prep hikes lined up every weekend for your support.


Our team is highly skilled in handling health and safety while on high peaks. Safety equipment including oxygen tanks, first aid kit, pulse oximeter is available with competent first responders on the team. We will also help you procure an emergency evacuation cover that can be deployed in case of emergencies while on the expedition.


Meals will be provided, as well as snacks and fruits during meals. You may carry small snack packs because we really give you enough food to keep you going. Main meals are prepared and served at camp. They include common starch, vegetables, soup, and meat. Any special dietary requirements such as diabetic, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, non-beef must be communicated in advance.


Item/ Quantity
1. Backpack/rucksack for porters – 1 Pc
2. Day pack Bag properly padded – 1 Pc
3. Sleeping bag (-0 to -20 degrees) – 1 Bag
4. Waterproof Hiking Boots – 1 Pair
5. Marvin/Balaclava /Warm Hat – 1 Pc
6. Sunglasses – 1 Pc
7. Slim hot water flask – 1 Pc
8. T-Shirts – Polyester quick-dry – 4 Pcs
9. Warm Jacket – 1 Pc
10. Long Raincoat or Poncho – 1 Pc
11. Walking pants – 3 Pcs
12. Warm Pants for evenings – 1Pc

13. Waterproof windbreaker pants / Rain Trousers – 1 Pc
14. Heavy woolen socks – 6 Pcs
15. Gloves (Warm Ski gloves) – 1 Pc
16. Light woolen gloves -11 Pcs
17. Fleece – 1 -2Pcs
18. Thermal underwear (Top & Bottom) – 1-2 Pairs
19. Camelbak Hydration pack /Water bottles: Carrying Capacity of over 3 Litres
20. Bathroom Kit (Recommended Wet Wipes, SunScreen, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, etc)
21. Headlamp with Extra Batteries – 1 Pcs
22. Personal First aid items/medicine if any
24. Wide Brimmed sun hat/Baseball cap – 1 Pc
25. Snacks to last all days (Personal Discretion)
27. Passport/National ID/Alien ID & Yellow Fever certificate
28. Summit Ski Trouser – 1 Pc
29. Disclaimer & Health self-assessment form submitted.
30. Emergency evacuation cover
31. Walking poles
32.Power Bank/Solar Charger /Cameras
33. Snow gaiters
34. Ankle support and knee support
35. Book or portable games to use
36. Money for Crew Tips
– All the above items can be sourced with the help of our team.

Expedition Charges

Full Package: EAC Citizens Kes. 68,000

Non-Citizens USD 1,690

Package Includes

  • All meals on the Mountain.
  • Accommodation on Cottages at Mountain Bike House for the night before and after the climb.
  • Accommodation in mountain huts
  • Statutory Park entry fees.
  • Guide fees
  • Group Porters for your personal rucksack
  • Mountain chef and catering team.
  • Return Transport to and from Nairobi CBD in a comfortable PSV Bus. (A private Shuttle can be organized at an extra cost)
  • Certificate of Achievement

Package Excludes

  • Visa fees for Non-East African Citizens.
  • International Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (Mandatory)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Personal Climbing Gear
  • Water and Drinks (Though clean water is available for refills you need to carry water purification tablets)
  • En-route meals on the first and the last day.

Booking & Payments

A deposit secures your slot on the trip.  For Bank, payments contact our team. For MPESA: Use Paybill Number 695596 and input your name as the Account Number

For any Queries contact our Expeditions Director on 0725157834/0729 995059 or email [email protected]

Booking Terms & Conditions

All our adventure bookings are subject to Bucketlist Adventures Booking policy as outlined on the link below:

Guided Tour
At a glance

Mt. Kilimanjaro is the ultimate hiking adventure in Africa. A journey to the roof of Africa is on top of the bucket list for many hikers and fitness enthusiasts. We will work with you to prepare for this formidable feat and ensure you won’t stress about the logistics of your adventure. This hike follows the adventurous and Marangu Route. Ascent and descent are done on the same path.

  • Marangu Route
  • Ksh 68,000
  • USD 1,690
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