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5 Days Marangu route

Marangu route 5 Days

This is the easiest route to the summit of Kilimanjaro, sometimes called the Coca-Cola Route. The 5 day Marangu route will take you at a gentle pace through forests, moorlands and then across The Saddle.

Accommodation on the mountain is in comfortable mountain huts. You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Moshi

We will meet you at Kilimanjaro airport. After loading the luggage into the vehicle you will make your way to your hotel for the evening. For the rest of the day, you can either relax or go explore the small town of Moshi. Our team will meet you the day later to have a preliminary talk in preparation for the days to follow.

Day 2: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut

After breakfast, we will drive you to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), where you will register and commence the climb. You will then walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania, and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

  • Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
  • Distance: 8km/5mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: LD

Day 3: Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

After breakfast and your first daily medical checkup, you leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path into the open moorlands of the Horombo encampment. The views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo here are amazing! Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the altitude.

  • Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 12km/7.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Heathland
  • Meals: BLD

Day 4: Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

After breakfast and your first daily medical checkup, we will start to ascend. This is where we pass the last watering point while we are walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
  • Distance: 9km/5.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD

Day 5: Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we will commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family! From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD

Day 6: Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Moshi

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through the lush forest path until we reach the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Karibu Adventure vehicle will be waiting for you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in.  Moshi (about 1 hour).

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
  • Distance: 20km/12.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: B

Day 7: After breakfast, you continue with your travel plans or take a transfer to the Kilimanjaro Airport.

5 Days  Marangu Route +2 nights hotel


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The price for the mountain includes:

  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • Twice a day medical health check up, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope with basic first aid kit 
  • Oxygen Cylinders
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Hut fee and dining hall for serving food and relax
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Medically qualified mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • Meals while on the mountain + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • Hot water for washing up daily and treated water for drinking while climbing.
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation in Moshi (Click HERE) Bed & Breakfast Basis with storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs of your personal gear.
  • Kilimanjaro certificate for your successful summit attempt.

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew (Click HERE to see tipping policy)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Entry visa for Tanzania

We look forward to preparing your “trip of a lifetime”

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