5 days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

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The 5 days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

is also known as the “Coca Cola” due to its easiness of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in comparison to the other routes. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit.

This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillows. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts.

This route is usually done on 5 days but an extra day can be added for better acclimatization. The 6th day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

  • Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft

  • Distance: 8km/5mi

  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

  • Habitat: Montane Forest

Day 2 : Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

  • Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft

  • Distance: 12km/7.5mi

  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

  • Habitat: Heathland

Day 3 : Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft

  • Distance: 9km/5.5mi

  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 4 : Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment. The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft

  • Down to 3700m/12,200ft

  • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down

  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 5 : Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Moshi After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft

  • Distance: 20km/12.5mi

  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

  • Habitat: Forest

Our Package include: -Fair and ethical treatment of porters -Medical evacuation with AMREF flying Doctors – 2 night and accommodations-one before and after the trek in good hotels. – All Park entrance fee. – Rescue fees in mountain – Transfers from Airport and return. – All meals while on the Mountain – Salaries to the guides, cooks and porters – Highly experienced English speaking – Professional & experienced mountain guides – Government Tax – Huts fees – Hot water for washing every day – Clean, purified drinking water – Management and safety procedures -Fair and ethical treatment of porters – Water proof tents tent on climb, Mess tent and crew tents – Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees -Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food -Arrival and Departure transfers Not include -Tips for guides,cook and porters -Track your trek by satelite device services – ALTOX Personal oxygen System – Tanzania Visa on arrival -Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.) – Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)

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