Marangu Route - 6 Days, 5 Nights Trek

Route Summary:

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 favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.
The minimum 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 when climbing Kilimanjaro using the Marangu route.
However, despite its immense popularity, we avoid leading climbs on the Marangu route. The route has the least scenic variety of all the routes because the ascent and descent are done on the same path and it is the most crowded route for that reason. Marangu is favored only during the rainy season, where the hut accommodations are preferred.

Trek Itinerary:

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    Marangu Gate (1860m) to Mandara Hut (2700m)

    .Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2mi Approx.
    .time taken: 5 hours

    .Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    After breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge in Moshi and taken to the Marangu gate. Once the necessary paper work has been completed, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to the Mandara Hut. After a well- earned rest, your guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior.

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    Mandara Hut (2700m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)

    .Distance covered: 12.5km / 7.8mi Approx.
    .Time taken: 9 hours
    .Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. Approximately 4 – 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, standing at an altitude of 3700m. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.

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    Acclimatization trek to Zebra Rocks (4020m) then back to Horombo Hut (3700m)

    .Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi
    .Approx. time taken: 4 hours
    .Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    Horombo Hut Today serves as an acclimatization day. This should not be underestimated and greatly improves your chance of success in reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, a 4 hour trek follows to the Zebra Rocks (4020m). The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a warm lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day.

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    Horombo Hut (3700m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

    .Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9mi Approx.
    .Time taken: 7 hours
    .Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut that is usually reached in about 5 – 6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short.

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    Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)

    .Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi Approx.
    .Time taken: 12 – 15 hours
    .Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    Today is “The Big Day” – the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 – 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 – 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

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    Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)

    .Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi Approx.
    .Time taken: 8 hours
    .Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included

    The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.

Route Map:

Package Includes:

Pre & Post Trek accommodation

Full briefing before your trip

Certificates of achievement

Professional guides, cooks and porters

Transportation to & from the mountain gate

Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees

Double layered Sleeping Mats

3 meals daily while on the mountain

Filtered water throughout the trek

Portable toilets and toilets tents

Hot Water For Washing Purpose

Pick up and drop off at the airport.

Fair wages for the mountain crew.

Lunch box for the first day

Camping equipment

Package does not Include:

International flights

Tip to the driver guide and Porters

Insurance fees

Cost of Visas.

Bank charges

Personal Expenses

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