5 Days Marangu Route

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Tour overview

The Marangu Route, which identified as the “Coca-Cola” route is the simple and more accessible route to the climbing of Kilimanjaro, while any trekking can be challenging. Trekking can be performed up to 6 days. The way passes The Saddle, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) scattered, high elevation, semi-desert that divides craggy Mawenzi from the foremost of Kibo peak. Of the Mountain, icebergs, screens, walls, afro-alpine moorland, and forests reach below to the cultivated foothills.

5 Days Marangu Route

Kilimanjaro Route Itinerary

1 Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Distance: 7km

Hiking Time: 3 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. Once signed in at the park and final preparations are complete, we start ascending on a cleared ridge trail through the rainforest. Our first night is at Mandara Hut camp set in a forest clearing. This camp consists of a group of wooden A-framed huts and flush toilets behind the main hut.

2 Day 2: Mandara Huts to Horombo Hut

Distance: 12km

Hiking Time: 6 hours

Habitat: Moorland

In the morning we leave camp and trek through a short stretch of forest through to moorland, circumventing the base of the Maundi Crater. In the afternoon we will reach the Horombo Hut where will we stay overnight.

3 Day 3: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Distance: 10km

Hiking Time: 5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today we continue our ascent into the Alpine desert zone to Kibo Hut. This afternoon we will have an early dinner, prepare your personal gear for the summit and then get some sleep. Our summit trek starts around midnight.

4 Day 4: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut

Distance: 21km

Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

Habitat: Stone screed and ice-capped summit and Moorland

You will be woken around 23:30pm, and after a hot breakfast we will start our final summit. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to Hans Meyer point (5250m). The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5681m) on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of scree. From Gillman’s Point we could encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. After taking photos at the summit we start the 3 hours descent back to Kibo Hut. After a short rest we pack up all your personal gear and trek down to Horombo Hut (3 hours). Tonight is our last night on the mountain.

5 Day 5: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Distance: 18km

Hiking Time: 6 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

This morning we make our final descent down to Marangu Gate where we started. You will be taken for lunch and here you will receive your summit certificate to commemorate your great achievement. We will then drive you back to your hotel where we will say our farewell.

Included and Excluded

Price Includes

Professional, experienced, mountain guides

All Park fees

Rescue fees

All meals while on the Mountain

Arrival and Departure transfers

Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees

Hut fees

Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

Clean, purified drinking water

Crisis management and safety procedures

Fair and ethical treatment of porters

Price Excludes

International Flights

Alcoholic and soft drinks not included

Visa fees

Tips for the mountain crew

Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.

Travel insurance

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