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6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro-Marungu Route

Tanzania
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Duration

6 Days 5 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

6 DAYS MARANGU ROUTE
Also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route approaches Kilimanjaro from the
southeast. It is the oldest, most well-established route. Marangu route is most favored because it
is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path.
Marangu is the only route that offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodations. There
are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. 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 at Kibo Hut. Also available for
consumption are soft drinks, bottled water, and beer (not included in the price hereunder).

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Itinerary

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DAY 0: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be met at the airport and be
transferred to the Hotel in Moshi for overnight.

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

Mandara Hut
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.
Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2m.
Approx. time taken: 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

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

Horombo Hut

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 Included

Day 3: Acclimatization trek to Zebra Rocks (4020m) then back to Horombo Hut (3700m)

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

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3700m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

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

Day 5: Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Uhuru Peak
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 Included

Day 6: Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)

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 Included

Day 7: Depart Tanzania

Horombo Huts
This day left for your next destination. If you have safari, then might be used to beginning 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 Included

Included/Excluded

  •  Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  •  Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost
  • nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  •  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)
  •  Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the hotel, 2 nights at the hotel in Moshi which include
  • bed & breakfast.
  •  Oxygen cylinder
  •  Flights
  •  Items of a personal nature
  •  Laundry Services
  •  A doctor for the group
  •  Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$100 per toilet + toilet tent)

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Tanzania

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