Marangu route – 6 days – Mount Kilimanjaro
$1730 per person
Marangu route is also known as the “Coca-Cola” route is one of the most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is less expensive route than others, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier compared to the Machame route. This is not always the best way, due to a shorter acclimatisation period.. It was the first established commercial route on Kilimanjaro. Unlike the other routes which require camping, this route offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations. Guests are supplied 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.
Many favor Marangu route 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. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is unfortunately less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason.
Departure Timemorning from Marangu Gate
Return Timeafternon to Marangu Gate
Dress CodeComfortable trekking and athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
IncludedAccommondation per Tour DescriptionArrival and Departure TransfersEmergency Evacuation by Flying DoctorGovernment Taxes, VAT and all relating service chargesMeals per Tour DescriptionPark FeesPersonal GuideRescue Fees
Not Included4x4 pop-up roof safari vehicleMeals not listedOptional ToursPersonal ExpensesTanzania VisaTips and Items of Personal Nature
Day 1: Mandara Hut 2,682 m/8,800 ft
In the morning you are met by your guides and transfer to Marangu gate to complete formalities before setting off on your Kilimanjaro hike. A picnic lunch is taken on route and in the afternoon you arrive at Mandara Hut. A short walk can be taken to Maundi crater in the afternoon. Overnight Mandara Hut (full board).
4-5 hours · 4.3 miles elevation: +2,100 ft.
Day 2: Horombo Hut 3,718 m/12,200 ft
After breakfast you set out to Horombo hut. The altitude gain today is significant and so a gentle pace is ideal to slowly gain altitude. At this point, weather permitting, we may get to see Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. These are two of the three volcanos that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro. By mid afternoon you reach camp and can relax. You have another night here to adjust to the altitude. Overnight Horombo Hut (full board).
4-6 hours · 6.2 miles · elevation: 3,300 ft
Day 3: Horombo Hut 3,718 m/12,200 ft
Today is a essentially an acclimatization day. To improve your acclimatization you head out for the day on a hike to higher altitude which takes you towards the Mawenzi volcano. If the weather is fine the views once at the half way point of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo are spectacular. Behinf you the depply eroded Mawenzi peak is linked forever by the glacially smoothed saddle saddle to Kibo, the main peak. The younger Mawenzi has been continually eroded for at least 400,000 years whilst Kibo has continued to grow and remains dormant to this day. In the afternoon you return to Horombo hut to relax. Overnight Horombo hut (full board).
3-4 hours · 3.1 miles · elevation: +2,200 ft.
Day 4: Kibo Hut 4,694 m/15,400 ft
You start off early to the final hut before the summit attempt. Your crew ensure that water is collected at the last water point whilst you progress slowly up onto the saddle. Here desolate alpine zone stretches out towards the base of Kibo. Progress is slow in this hypoxic (low oxygen) environment but by mid afternoon you reach Kibo Hut to relax before the evening ascent. A relatively early dinner is taken and then you climb into your sleeping bags for some rest before your night time departure for the summit. Overnight Kibo Hut (full board).
5-6 hours · 5.5 miles · elevation: +1,200 ft
Day 5: Uhuru Peak 5,896 m/19,345 ft
Rising early normally before midnight you start out from Kibo hut towards the peak. At night time the scree sections are normally much firmer and the night time start enables the best chance of a clear summits attempt. It takes around 6 hours to reach Gilman’s point and then a further 11/2 to 12 hours to reach Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft), the highest free standing point in the world and the highest point in Africa. You then descend the same route before a short stop at Kibo Hut for a food refuel and rest. By the evening you descend back down to Horombo hut for dinner and overnight. Overnight Horombo Hut (full board).
11-15 hours · 12.3 miles · elevation: +3,945 ft. gain · -7,145 ft. loss
Day 6: Marangu Gate 1,829 m/6,000 ft and return
The final descent takes you back through the heath zone and forest to the Marangu gate. Here you are met by drivers and transferred back to your hotel for a well deserved shower and celebratory dinner.
Mount Kilimanjaro is an inactive strato-volcano in northeast Tanzania, near the border with Kenya. At 5,895m (19,340 feet) above sea level, Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak and the world's highest free-standing mountain. Aided by its relatively easy ascent - Kilimanjaro has become a major destination for mountaineers and trekkers from around the world. It's also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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