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6 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Via Marangu route

Marangu Gate, Marangu, Tanzania
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Duration

6

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

Languages

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Overview

Most visitors use this trail. The climb via this route can be done in 5 or 6 days. Overnight is in huts along the way, which have two rooms for 4 people each.
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.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marangu Route, commonly known as the Coca Cola route is more popular because it can be done in fewer days and has permanent sleep huts at the campsites.
  • Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. It is a shorter route with a steeper incline and less time for acclimatization it tends to have a lower summit success rate. This is the only route where the ascent and descent route is shared, thus creating more traffic.
  • Duration: 5 or 6 days
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Scenery: Good
  • Traffic: High

Itinerary

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DAY 1: MARANGU GATE – MANDARA HUTS: 8.3KM /5MI | 4-5 HRS | RAINFOREST
DAY 1: MARANGU GATE – MANDARA HUTS: 8.3KM /5MI | 4-5 HRS | RAINFOREST

Elevation: 1905m/6250ft to 2723m/8934ft
Altitude gained: 818m
Departing from Moshi a 45-minute drive will take you through the Village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.

DAY 2: MANDARA HUTS – HOROMBO HUTS: 12.5KM/7.8MI | 6-8HRS | MOORELAND
DAY 2: MANDARA HUTS – HOROMBO HUTS: 12.5KM/7.8MI | 6-8HRS | MOORELAND

Elevation: 2723m/8934ft to 3721m/12,208ft
Altitude gained: 998m
After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, through heathland, looking for giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, to enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts late afternoon beneath the spectacular Kibo Summit viewpoint. Temperatures begin to dro

DAY 3: HOROMBO HUTS
DAY 3: HOROMBO HUTS

You can spend a full day and a second night at Horombo. On this day, you can either rest at the huts or take a stroll up to the Mawenzi base camp then return to the Horombo Huts. This extra day will help your acclimatization, and further your understanding of the mountains weather and altitude. After your pause, you will continue up to the Kibo Huts on your fourth day for your midnight start to the summit.

DAY 4: HOROMBO HUTS- KIBO HUTS: 10.5KM/6MI | 6-8HRS | SEMI-DESERT
DAY 4: HOROMBO HUTS- KIBO HUTS: 10.5KM/6MI | 6-8HRS | SEMI-DESERT

levation: 3721m/12,208ft to 4714m/15,466ft
Altitude gained: 993m

After breakfast, we continue on through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. Here while we stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours.

DAY 5: KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT: 6.25KM /3.9 MI UP | 5-7HRS | – HOROMBO HUTS: 15.75KM /9MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW CAPPED SUMMIT
DAY 5: KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT: 6.25KM /3.9 MI UP | 5-7HRS | – HOROMBO HUTS: 15.75KM /9MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW CAPPED SUMMIT

DAY 5: KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT: 6.25KM /3.9 MI UP | 5-7HRS | – HOROMBO HUTS: 15.75KM /9MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW CAPPED SUMMIT

DAY 6: HOROMBO HUTS – MARANGU GATE – ARUSHA: 20KM/12.5MI |6-7HRS | RAINFOREST
DAY 6: HOROMBO HUTS – MARANGU GATE – ARUSHA: 20KM/12.5MI |6-7HRS | RAINFOREST

Elevation: 3721m/12,208 to 1905m/6250ft
Altitude lost: 1816m
After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down stopping at the Mandara Huts for lunch. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. You return back to the Marangu Park Gate and receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles. From the gate, a vehicle will meet you to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha(about 1h 30min). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!

Included/Excluded

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
  • Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
  • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water and Full Board Meals
  • All National Park & Hut Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
  • Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
  • Gate Transfers
  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel or Medical Insurance is required and you should ask for Recommendation
  • Gamow Bag
  • Medication
  • Tips for porters and mountain crew
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.

Tour's Location

Marangu Gate, Marangu, Tanzania

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