5 Days Marangu route

Description

The Marangu Route has been referred to as the "Coca Cola" route, and this has led potential climbers to think that it is an easy route to the summit. This is far from the truth, to be honest! The fact that it requires a minimum of 5 days to complete it does not mean that it is easier than any other route. The only reason that people say it is easier is because it is the only route up Kilimanjaro where you sleep in huts as opposed to tents. An optional acclimatization day at Horombo Huts is highly recommended for those with no prior trekking in altitude experience under their belt. Advance booking of hut accommodation is required to avoid any inconveniences. The route starts from the park headquarters in the village of Marangu and heads straight westwards towards Kibo. The trail goes through lush rainforest, heath, and moorland to alpine desert and ultimately the arctic zone at the peak and the same route down.

Itinerary
Arrive to Tanzania
Day 1: Marangu Gate (1860m) to Mandara Hut (2700m)

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Parkview Inn Hotel or Weru Weru River Lodge in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at the Hotel.

After breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge in Moshi and taken to the Marangu gate. Once the necessary paperwork 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.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 3: Horombo Hut (3700m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

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

Day 2: Mandara Hut (2700m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)

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.

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

Day 4: Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m)  then to Horombo Hut (3700m)

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.

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

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate 

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

Depart Tanzania

This day left for your next destination. If you have safari, then it might be used to begin your safari or fly to Zanzibar or fly back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.
Meals: Breakfast

Includes
  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at Parkview Inn or Weru Weru

  • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees, and 18% VAT on tour fees & services which
    Cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.

  • 4 Season mountain tents

  • Sleeping Mats

  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate

  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters

  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain

  • Filtered water throughout the trek

  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) & Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)

  • A portable flush toilet can be provided for free upon the client’s request.

Excludes
  • International Air Fare

  • VISA charges

  • Tipping for Mountain Crew

  • Personal Insurance

  • Doctor for the Group

  • Laundry

  • Items of personal nature 

  • Alcoholic & Soft drinks

Notes
  1. Tipping is like a “tradition” on every Kilimanjaro climb, we recommend contribute tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro and it is for group sharing as following: 
    Guide $15 - $20/guide/day
    Cook $10 - $15/day
    Porters $8 - $10/porter/day.

  2. We recommend you to carry tour own personal gear such as backpacks, 

  3. Please pack some snacks for climbing Kilimanjaro as follows

    • 1-2 bars per day

    • Few packs of jerky and pepperoni sticks

    • Few packs of gummies, candy and/or chocolate

    • Energy chews & gels for summit night

    • Enough juice crystals for 2L+ per day

  4. Please let us know in case you want us to check out the other routes then please let us know and we will get back with revised quotes accordingly.  

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