Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Overview
Kilimanjaro Marangu route it is known as “Coca-Cola” route or “tourist route” this is because Marangu is the most common route on the mountain and thus is considered popular touristy and because is the only route that provide sleeping huts.Marangu approaching Kilimanjaro from the southeast is known to be the oldest established route to its summit. For its scenic view, easy accessibility and higher success rate, most of the hikers give their first choice to this route. The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time is a bit low. This is why it is always recommended to take an extra day to summit it. This really maximizes the success rate. The credit of its popularity goes to its huts on the way meant for the rest and the overnight stay.
MARANGU ROUTE 5 DAYS ITINERARY + 2 DAYS IN MOSHI
Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by our driver who will pick you up and transfer to Moshi town to your designated hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Moshi to Marangu gate to Mandara huts
Elevetion: 1200m to 1860m to 2700m, Distance: 8km, Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Montana forest
You will be transferred to Marangu gate from the hotel and do a registration at the gate. Afterwards, you will begin trekking though the rainforest to Mandara hut. Here you will have an acclimatization opportunity of visiting Mound Crater. Dinner and overnight at Mandara hut.
Day 3: Mandara huts to Horombo huts
Elevation: 2700m to 3720m, Distance 12km, Hiking Time: 5-6 hours, Habitat: Moorland
After breakfast you will out climb the rainforest and continue trekking to Horombo hut where you will trek through rolling moorlands and get your fist clear view of towering Kilimanjaro.
Day 4: Horombo huts to Kibo huts
Elevation: 3720m to 4703m, Distance: 9km, Hiking Time: 5-6 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.
This is the day when you would trek past the last water point to reach Kibo saddle: a great desert between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo. An early dinner and overnight at Kibo hut.
Day 5: Summit Day, Kibo huts camp to Uhuru peak to Horombo huts camp
Elevation: 4703m to 5895m, Down 3720m, Distance: 6km up, 15km down, Time: 6-8 hours up, Habitat: Alpine Desert.
Wake at midnight for a light breakfast then prepare for your summit ascent. Be aware of that as you have to climb to the summit in dark; hence you need to keep your headlamps /flashlights with you. It would be too cold till descending, hence pack up all the warm clothes you have. See, your goal is to reach at Uhuru shortly before or after sunrise: yet you need to proceed slowly, so that you can do it easily. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek because you have to pass through the steep scree or possibly the snow and you would have to reach at the Gilman’s point on the crater rim at 5685m between 4 and 6 a.m. At this point you will have a view of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Another 2 hours trekking along the Kibo crater rim would take you to the true summit “the Uhuru peak” where you will spend some times for taking photos. When your photo session is over, now it is the time to descend to the Kibo huts where you would have your lunch and rest. After taking rest you collect your equipments and continue down trough re-cross the saddle to the Horombo huts. Have dinner and overnight at Horombo Camp.
Day 6: Horombo huts camp to Marangu gate to Moshi
Elevetion: 3720m to 1860m to 1200m, Distance: 20km, Descending Time: 4-7 hours
In the morning after a long sleep and after having breakfast you would start descending through the moorland to Mandara huts. Here you will have lunch then proceed trough lush forest to Marangu gate. After the gate sign out, a vehicle will take you back Moshi at the hotel where it is definitely time for your certificate presentation and celebration!
Day 7: Departure – Kilimanjaro International Airport.
After a good night rest and breakfast at the lodge, our transfer vehicle will be ready to pick you up and take you to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect with your flight back home. But if you wish to extend your program and proceed with safari kindly let us know so that we can arrange it in advance.
Price according to group size,5 Days Marangu Route + 2 Nights Hotel
- Park fees, camping fees, Hut fees & rescue fees
- Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope with basic first kit
- Oxygen Cylinder
- Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
- 18% Value Added Tax on tour fees & services
- Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mat, camp chairs, camp tables, mess tent & cutlery for meals) and 3 Season mountain tents
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Medically qualified mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 Meals while on the mountain + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
- Hot water for washing up daily and treated water for drink while climbing.
- Pre & Post Trek accommodation in Moshi. 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.
- Tips to mountain crew
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services
- Entry visa for Tanzania