The Marangu route is the most often use trail on the mountain, as accommodation is in huts, rather than tents, and thus more affordable. As such, it is a busier route with many people on its well-worn paths, and if you are traveling alone, it is the only route on which you can easily join in with another group for company. It is also a more moderate ascent making it less difficult to climb than the others. Like with all other routes, porters carry all of your equipment and a cook prepares all your meals.
The Marangu route is also referred to as the "Coca Cola route. Many people also take an extra day for acclimatisation at Horombo huts.
The Marangu route is normally completed in a minimum of 5 days with the option to add on a day for acclimatisation at Horombo Huts. If doing so, climbers trek up to Mawenzi camp and return for the night to Horombo.
Day-2: Marangu Gate - Mandara Hut
Day-3: Mandara Hut to Horombo Huts
Day-4: Horombo Huts to Kibo Huts
Day-5: Kibo Huts to Summit to Horombo Huts
Day-6: Horombo Huts to Marangu Gate to Hotel
Marangu Route Detailed Itinerary
Gate- Mandara Hut
We leave Moshi town at about 0900hrs for Marangu Gate and start hiking between about 10h30 and 12h00.
The route takes one through a thick rainforest from the park gate to Mandara Hut. Dinner is served during the early evening in the communal dining areas.
Hut - Horombo Huts
After breakfast we start out towards Horombo Huts on a route that will take about 5-6 hours. The climb will take us through the heathzonewith small shrubs being the main vegetation. At our lunch stop about half way up, we will get stunning views across to Mawenzi. We will arrive at Horombo Hut around 15h00 with Kibo summit already in view.
Huts- Kibo Huts
Wake to breakfast as usual. Pack and begin the hike to Kibo Huts. The first half of the day's hike traverses the upper heathland while the second half crosses the vast saddle that connects Mawenzi and Kibo. The saddle is an alpine desert that resembles a lunar landscape. It is here that you may begin to feel the first effects of altitude with Shortness of breath and irritability, assuming it had not taken effect earlier on the climb. The day's hike should take 6 to 7 hours, stopping half way for lunch.
Wake around midnight and prepare for the summit ascent. This part of the hike is carried out during the early morning before dawn so that the climbers reach Kilimanjaro Uhuru Peak at around sunrise. Leave at about 1:00am and reach Gilman's Point at about 7:00am. The climbers are met with views of the crater from Gilman's Point. Another 2 hours of hiking will bring you to the long awaited summit, Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft) at about 8:30 am. From there you will descend back to Kibo Hut, collect your possessions and cross the saddle again at Horombo Huts where you will spend the night. After eating dinner, you will get some well-deserved sleep.
You will wake as usual, pack and then descend along the same route to Mandara Huts, where you will have lunch, before heading down to the park gate where you will be met by your transport back to Moshi. You should reach the park gate around 14h00.
Day-7: After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home.
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Trek Grade: 2CF
A combination of very long days with steep paths, boulders and mountain scrambling. Glaciers and snow may be encountered at high altitude. There is no need for technical climbing experience. Medium risk of altitude sickness. Altitudes up to 6000m. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weight about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg. Fully Portered
Although we have some open departure dates, most climbs are arranged on a private basis.
Prices vary based on the number of people and days, from $1751.00 to $1351.00 per person sharing
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Transfers from the airport to hotel and return
All park fees
All meals on the mountain
Two nights accommodation in Moshi on a bed and breakfast, twin / triple share basis.
Required airport taxes
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.
Ratio of porters per climber: 2 to 1