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Marangu Route is best for first time climber and Marangu route is the easiest route up
Kilimanjaro summit compared to other routes. Climbers on this route experience moderate trekking from starting day to Kibo huts but after Kibo hut to the summit the trek is physical demanding as the path is tiring. The Marangu Route is just known as the “Coca Cola” route due to the truth that drinks are for sale in the huts. Marangu route is also the only route offering comfortable sleeping huts at every campsite with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are shared by all climbers and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillows so require fewer supplies. There are washrooms with running water at the first two huts and basic washrooms ate the last huts. Meals are shared in dining huts at each camp you can mingle around and make some stories. Soft drinks, bottled water and beers are available for sale at the huts and prices increase as you hike up Marangu Route 5 day.
The minimum trekking days on Marangu route is 5 days but can be done in 6 days and have one day resting at Horombo hut for acclimatization before you attempt the summit.
From Marangu gate (1980m) the trek is wide and clear, passing throught forest. Te forest path is not as wide as the main path, because fewer people use it. The left path is a slightly longer alternative route designed to give you more opportunity to observe the wildlife and enjoy the forest. You'll walk 11 kms to Mandara Hut (2700m). Sidetrack Maundi Crater - 2 hours return. Visit Maundi Crater, a small mound rising out to the north. Also you can view the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi, it provides plenty of inspiration for the trek to come.
You trek up to Horombo passing through the forest and moorland. The path, allthough undulating and steep in places, is easy to follow all the way up to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight.
The trek to the western path, and continue gradually gaining height, past the last water point, which is the highest running water on this route. The porters will fill up containers here. Continue across the Saddle - the flat plain between Kibo and Mawenzi - until you join the eastern path at a point called Jiwe la Ukoyo (meaning pointed rocks) at 4394m. Then trek to Kibo Hut which takes 1.5 hours. The eastern path is steep and rough, passing through Zebra Rock and a last water point. Also it is not crowded.
Continue to Uhuru Peak (2.5 hrs)
Descend to Horombo Hut (14 kms, 5-6 hrs)
Today you start very early in the morning, to see the sunrise from the crater rim, and to give you more chance of avoiding the mist. Also the snow scree slope up to Gillman's Point and the snow on the path to Uhuru Peak will still be frozen, which will make walking safer and less strenous. Gillman's Point to Uhuru Peak (5896m) will take 2.5 hours. Descend the same route to Horombo Hut.
You retrace the route following the early marked path down to Marangu gate.
If you want acclimatize, you can add one more day and stay at Horombo hut for 2 nights. A good rest-day walk is up to the Saddle by the eastern path, where you can explore the area around the slopes of Mawenzi.
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