6 DAYS KILIMANJARO – MARANGU ROUTE
The Marangu route also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most well-established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route that offers sleeping in huts accommodation. There are Beds at all stops at Mandara Hut, Horombo Hut, and Kibo Hut. Guests are provided with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. However, the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. Marangu route is also a crowded route because the ascent and descent are along the same path.
You will be offered the Marangu route as a five or six-day private climb. The five days variation does not have an acclimatization day on day three at Horombo Hut.
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Day 1. Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut,
Distance 8 Km/5 miles, hiking time 4-5 hours, Habitat – Rain forest.
We depart Moshi / Arusha for Marangu Gate for the necessary procedures before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, tropical rain forest. At the upper edge of the forest line, we have the opportunity to see blue monkeys, black and white colubus monkeys. Elevation (ft) 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft.
Day 2. Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut,
Distance 12 km/7 miles, hiking time 7-8 hours, Habitat – Heath.
We start the day continuing through the forest until the trail opens into high moorland. We may get our first views of kibo and Mawenzi peaks – two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro. Elevation (ft) 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft.
Day 3. Horombo hut to Mawenzi Ridge then Back to Horombo Hut.
Distance 5 km/3 miles, hiking time 2-3 hours, Habitat – Heath.
This is an extra day for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Horombo hut, and going to horombo hut can take maximum 1 -3 hours. Elevation Mawenzi Ridge ft 14,400 ft to Horombo hut 12,205 ft.
Day 4. Horombo hut to Kibo hut.
Distance 10km/6 miles, hiking time 6-8 hours, Habitat Alpine Desert.
We climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and kibo. Our camp, kibo hut sits at the bottom of the crater wall. Once we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.
Day 5. Kibo hut to Uhuru peak.
Distance 6 km/4 miles, hiking time 6-8 hours, Habitat – Arctic. Then Uhuru Peak to Horombo hut Distance 16km/10 miles, hiking time 4-5 hours, Habitat – Heath.
Very early in the morning (around midnight), we start our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of the day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak – the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
After spending a few moments taking photos at the roof top of Africa we descend back to Kibo hut for few moment, then we proceed to Horombo hut.
Day 6. Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate.
Distance 20 km/12 miles, hiking time 5-7 hours, Habitat – Rain forest.
On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at the Marangu gate, you will collect your summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive back to the hotel in Moshi/Arusha.