Marangu Route – 6 days

Marangu Route – 6 days

Marangu Route – 6 days

About the route

Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well-established route. Many favour the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, due to its more gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts with dormitory style accommodation. The minimum number of days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended in order to enhance acclimatization opportunities.

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your accommodation in Moshi town, you will meet your guide for brief of your trekking and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain equipment, Rent the missing equipment if needed. Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

Day 2: Marangu Gate to Mandara hut

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Moshi around 8am and drive about 1 hour to Marangu village.

Once you arrive at the gate and after signing in, you will be provided with packed lunch boxes and water. We begin the 4 to 5 hour walk to Mandara hut. The walk is at a slow pace through a dense and humid forest to the hut.

You will have lunch on the way and dinner and overnight at Mandara hut.

  • Elevation 1800meters to 2720meters
  • Distance: 7km
  • Hiking Time:4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Day 3: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

After breakfast you will be provided with lunch boxes and water and begin your trek to Horombo hut.

After about 45 minutes in the forest you will suddenly arrive upon an area of long grasses of the heather belt with a stunning view of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. As the trek continues, you will get into the moorland areas.

You will have lunch at the picnic site, and continue your trekking to Horombo hut.

Dinner and overnight at Horombo huts.

  • Elevation 2720meters to 3720meters
  • Distance: 12km
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Heather and Moorland

Day 4: Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Turn Hut to Horombo Hut

Acclimatization Day:

After breakfast you will go for a walk. This is an extra day to help your body’s acclimatization, and also to witness the beautiful scenery. On the trek is up to the base of Mwenzi at 4330meters along the way you will pass Zebra Rock.

Later in the day you will be back to Horombo Hut for hot lunch.

Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut.

  • Elevation 3720meters to 4330meters to 3720meters
  • Distance: 10km
  • Hiking Time:4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

After breakfast, you will begin your trek to Kibo Hut. You will be provided with lunch boxes and water. You will trek across the exposed barren alpine desert of the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi. You will pass at the last water point. The porter will carry the rest of the water required for food, hot drink and for drinking.

Lunch on the way and dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut.

  • Elevation 3720meters to 4700meters
  • Distance: 11.5km
  • Hiking Time:6 to 7 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

Day 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

You will be awoken around 11:30pm with a cup of coffee or tea and get ready for the summit. You will begin your trek at 12:30am to the summit.

The temperature range below freezing at midnight. The trail zigzags up through heavy scree towards Gilman’s point. Once reaching Gilman’s point, you will have a cup of hot tea to warm up your body while enjoying the sunrise.

You will begin your trek for another 1.5 hour over a gently slope around the edge of the crater rim to Uhuru peak – the highest point in Africa and on Kilimanjaro mountain. After a short time at the summit you will start to descend the steep scree trail back to Kibo hut for lunch and rest.

Descend to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight.

  • Elevation 4700 meters to 5895meters to 3720meters
  • Distance: 20km
  • Hiking Time:13 – 14 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic

Day 7: Horombu Hut to Maragu Gate

After breakfast and last celebration with porters, you will trek down to Marangu gate, you will have a hot lunch at the gate and a car will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation in Moshi for shower and rest.

  • Elevation 3720metes to 1800meters
  • Distance: 10km
  • Hiking Time:6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert

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Map of the Route

What’s Included

  • Park fees, hut fees, rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees and services
  • Transport to and from the park gates
  • Three meals daily while your on the mountain
  • Certified English-speaking guides
  • Recommended salaries for porters and guides
  • Two nights accommodation in Moshi (Pre and post climbing accommodation)
  • Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport

What’s Excluded

  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Flights
  • Mountain climbing equipment and clothes (but they available for rent)
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.
  • Gamov Bag is extra
  • Alcohol

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