5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Trek Marangu Route/ Coca-Cola Route Safari Tanzania Tour

5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Trek Safari Tanzania Tour – SAFARI OVERVIEW

This 5 days Kilimanjaro climbing trek Marangu Route/Coca-Cola Route Safari Tanzania Tour is a 4-night / 5 days Kilimanjaro trekking safari Tanzania tour, taking you on a once-in-a-lifetime challenge of trekking to the highest peak in Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro rises 5,895m (19341ft) above sea level, giving it the added distinction of being the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.

Your 5 days Kilimanjaro climbing trek Safari Tanzania Tour takes the Marangu Route. Affectionately known as the Coca-Cola Route due to its popularity, Marangu is the cheapest and quickest way to the Roof of Africa, but because of the quick ascent, the success rate is not as high as other routes. It is also the only route where overnight stays are in huts, making it a good option for trekking during the rainy season.

You hike through all the climate zones – from dusty savannah through lush tropical rainforest to the alpine desert until you finally reach the snow at the summit.

Please note this route is the most popular and the least expensive, so it may be crowded from July-September and December – March. And 6-day hiking option is highly recommended over the 5 days hike for better acclimatization.

You can book or customize this 5 days Kilimanjaro climbing trek safari Tanzania tour to climb Mount Kilimanjaro on the oldest route and conquer Africa’s tallest mountain – at an affordable price!

5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Trek Safari Tanzania Tour – PRIME SAFARI ACTIVITIES

  • Summit Uhuru Peak at 5 895 meters
  • Trek past tropical rainforest, Alpine desert to snow
  • Sleep in mountain huts on the trek
  • Marvel at sunrise on the summit
  • Witness Africa from atop its highest mountain

5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Trek Safari Tanzania Tour – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1: Hike from Marangu Gate (1,860 m) to Mandara Hut (2,700m).

Day 2: Hike from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut (3,720m).

Day 3: Hike from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut (4,700m).

Day 4: Summit Uhuru Peak (5895m) & Descent to Horombo Hut (3,720m).

Day 5: Descend from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate (1,860 m)

5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Trek Safari Tanzania Tour – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1: Marangu Gate (1,860m) To Mandara Hut (2,700m)

On the first day of your 5 days Kilimanjaro climbing trek safari Tanzania tour, begin your adventure to conquer Africa’s tallest mountain. Your guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at your hotel in Arusha in the morning to meet you.

After a quick briefing, you’ll be driven to the eastern entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). Here, the head guide will acquire the necessary permits and finalize search and rescue registration. You then begin trekking up to Mandara Hut (2,700 m).

You will hike through a rainforest and possibly spot some of the exotic birdlife, plants, and animals in the area. Your guides will set a moderate pace, to allow for time to acclimatize to the altitude changes. Guides will continually repeat the words, “pole pole”, which means “go slowly” in Swahili.

 Throughout the entire Marangu route, you will be spending your nights in special huts. They offer a great alternative to those who do not want to sleep in tents.

Accommodation: – Mandara Hut

Meal Plan: – Lunch & Dinner

Altitude: – Climb 840m

Hiking Distance: – 11km

Hiking Time: – 5-7 hours

Difficulty: – Medium

Habitat: – Rainforest

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut (3,720m)

On the second day of your 5 days Kilimanjaro climbing trek safari Tanzania tour, enjoy an early breakfast at Mandara Hut.

Thereafter, start a moderate trek through the upper rainforest zone and reach the moorland zone. In this zone, plants grow to outrageous heights like the giant lobelia and giant groundsel that can reach up to 5m (16ft). Enjoy the view of the semi-alpine zone’s plants and ravines.

When you reach the Horombo hut (3720) on this day, you will be treated to views of two volcanos at once: Kibo and Mawenzi. You will then have lunch.

After lunch, have some time to relax before embarking on an acclimatization hike in the direction of Kibo Hut with a 200-meter gain in altitude. Then hike back down to Horombo Hut where dinner will be prepared for you.

Please note:

One of the most proven ways to acclimatize to increasing altitude is to ‘climb high, and sleep low, which entails trekking to a point above your camp and then returning to camp to rest. Acclimatization help to increase your chances of successfully climbing Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.

Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Altitude: Climb 1220m, Descend 200m

Hiking Distance: 12.5km

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Difficulty: Medium

Habitat: Moorland

Day 3: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut (4,700m).

On day three of your 5 days Kilimanjaro climbing trek safari Tanzania tour, begging start the gentle trek through the heathland and enter the alpine desert zone.

Because of the increase in altitude, hike at a slow pace today to allow time to get acclimatized but pay attention to any signs of altitude sickness. The ascent to the saddle of Mt Kilimanjaro is between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi, get a great view of Kibo after crossing the saddle.

When you reach the Kibo Hut (4,700m) you will be served lunch, after which we recommend you sleep as much as you can, avoid any strenuous activity, and drink lots of water. Prepare for the upcoming hike to the summit.

Accommodation: Kibo Hut

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Altitude: Climb 980m

Hiking Distance: 10km

Hiking Time: 4-8 hours

Difficulty: High

Habitat: Alpine desert

Day 4: Summit Uhuru Peak & Descent to Horombo Hut (3,720m)

On day four of your 5 days Kilimanjaro climbing trek safari Tanzania tour, wake up just after midnight to start climbing to the summit. Gillman’s Point (5861m) on the crater rim is easier to reach when the scree slope is frozen so the climb is best done before daylight.

The view of the sunrise from the summit is also worth the early start. From Gilman’s Point, continue to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Take a quick moment to enjoy the view and celebrate a successful climb before starting the descent to Horombo Hut (3,720m).

Enjoy a well-deserved rest during the last night on the mountain.

Please note: The trekking will be moderate from a physical standpoint, but the altitude presents a much more serious problem. For the entire length of the trekking, each pair of climbers will be accompanied by their own guide, who will be monitoring your stamina and mental resolve.

Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Altitude: Climb 1195m, Descend 2175m

Hiking Distance: 16km

Hiking Time: 9-12 hours

Difficulty: High

Habitat: Arctic

Day 5: Descent from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate (1,860m)

You will be offered a warm breakfast in the morning.

After breakfast, continue the descent to the Marangu Gate (1,860m), passing by the Mandara escarpment on the way.

Enjoy the easier descent and hikers who successfully reached Uhuru Peak will receive a summit certificate. Last you’re driven to your hotel in Arusha for a soft bed, electrical lighting, and – often best of all – a hot shower!

Please note: An affordable Tanzania national park safari adventure and/or Zanzibar Beach Holiday can easily be added to your booking as an extension to your Kilimanjaro Hike. Also, extensions to Uganda/Rwanda (for gorilla trekking), or parks in Kenya can easily be arranged. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more details

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Altitude: Descend 1860m

Hiking Distance: 18km

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Difficulty: Medium

Habitat: Rainforest

End of the 5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Trek Safari Tanzania Tour

5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Trek Safari Tanzania Tour SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  • Hut accommodation on Kilimanjaro
  • All Kilimanjaro National Park fees.
  • All meals on the hike.
  • 4×4 Safari Car Transfers
  • All drinks on the hike – coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water.
  • 4-inch thick and comfortable sleeping mats.
  • All group equipment – dining tent, table, chairs, crockery, and cutlery.
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters.
  • GPS-tracking service.
  • Complete medical kits including Diamox.
  • Professional guides licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park.
  • Dedicated support crew – assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.
  • Taxes: 18% VAT, 1% TDL and 0.3% Service Levy.

5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Trek Safari Tanzania Tour − SAFARI EXCLUSIONS

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides, and service staff,
  • Visa fee
  • Optional Activity fees
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers – can be arranged on request.
  • Accommodation in Arusha – can be arranged on request.
  • Personal gear rentals
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel – before and after the climb.
  • Portable toilets – if required.
  • Mountaineering insurance. You’ll need special insurance for climbing Kilimanjaro that covers high-altitude trekking up to 6000m.