6 Days Marangu Route Tour Details
It is known as “Coca-Cola” route, Marangu approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast of the Mountain.
It is the oldest established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest route on the mountain. The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time is a bit low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended, maximizing the chance of reaching to the summit. Marangu is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.
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Top Highlights of Marangu Route
- 2 nights of accommodation in Park view inn Moshi (before and after the climb bed and breakfast)
- Return transportation from Moshi/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain.
- Qualified guides with mountain crew All national park fees Hut/camping fees 4 Season mountain tents Double layered Sleeping Mats Mess tent (for dining) Mini camping chairs/Tables/Candles
- Rescue fees Pulse oximeters & Portable oxygen tanks First aid kit 3 hot meals dail while on the mountain.
- Enough treated &filtered drinking 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) Government taxes Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain.
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- Exclude Meals and drinks not specified Gear for your climb Items of personal nature.
- Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included Visas Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charge $70$ for entire trek.
- Flights Tips for guides, porters and cook ( this is a guide to tipping on the mountain.
- https://www.kiliporters.org/ tipping_recommendations.php Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber)
Guides : 20$ /day/guide Cook : 15$/ day Porter: 10$/day/porter
DAY 1 :
Moshi to Marangu gate to Mandara hut :
Elevation : 1200 m to 1,750m to 2,750m
Distance : 9km.
Hiking Time : 3 hours
Montane Forest to moorland and heath vegetation. You will be transferred to Marangu gate from the hotel and do a registration at the gate. Afterwards, you will begins trekking through the rainforest to Mandara hut. Here you will have an acclimatization opportunity of visiting Maundi Crater. Dinner and overnight at Mandara Hut.
DAY 2 :
Mandara hut to Horombo hut :
Elevation : 2750 m to 3,807m
Distance : 13km.
Trekking Time : 5-6 hours
Moorlands After breakfast you will out climb the rainforest and continue trekking to Horombo hut where you will trek through rolling moorlands and get your first clear view of towering Kilimanjaro. Stop halfway for lunch, where you can enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts by 3 PM, where you can see Kibo’s summit. Rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms with running water are available. You may start to feel the effects of altitude here, and to aid your acclimatization, you can choose to spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a basecamp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi.
DAY 3 :
Horombo hut : (this day is omitted if choosing a 5 day itinerary)
Spend an extra day here at Horombo during the 6 day itinerary for acclimatization purposes. This day you will hike to Mawenzi Ridge or Zebra Rock to have your body adjust to higher altitudes. After this session you will return back to Horombo hut for lunch, resting until dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 :
Horombo hut to Kibo hut :
Elevation : 3807m to 4725m
Distance : 10km.
Hiking Time : 5-6 hours
Desert Wake to breakfast as usual, but if you wake early you can get some great photos of the sunrise. The first part of the day’s hike climbs through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. When you 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. Be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts.
DAY 5 :
Summit Day Kibo Hut camp to Uhuru peak to Horombo Hut camp :
Elevation : 4,695 m to 5,895 m to 3,690 m
Distance : 4km up, 14km down.
Hiking Time : 10-15 hours
Alpine Desert. Wake at midnight to a light breakfast then prepare for your summit ascent. Because you will climb to the summit in the dark you will need to have your headlamps / flashlights. It will also be very cold until you start descending, so you will need to have all of your warm layers. This is an important time to keep on slowly slowly (pole pole in Swahili). The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 4 and 6 am. At this point, you will have a views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you.
Then after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend some times for taking photos. After your summit photos and taking in the view, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment and continue down through re-cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Have dinner and overnight at Horombo Camp.
DAY 6 :
Horombo Huts camp to Marangu Gate to Moshi :
Elevation : 3,690 m to 1,830 m to 1,387 m
Distance : 18km.
Hiking Time : 5-7 hours
After a long sleep you will be awaked for breakfast and pack, continue your descent through the moorland to Mandara Huts. Here you will have lunch then proceed your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to Marangu park gate. After the gate sign out, a vehicle will take you to back to the hotel where it is definitely time for your certificate presentation and celebration!
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