6 Days Marangu Route

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Camping, Trekking
    • Activity Level
    • Group Size Medium Group
    All about the 6 Days Marangu Route.
    About Marangu Route
    Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended when climbing Klimanjaro using the Marangu route.However, despite its immense popularity, we avoid leading climbs on the Marangu route. The route has the least scenic variety of all the routes because the ascent and descent are done on the same path and it is the most crowded route for that reason. Marangu is favored only during the rainy season, where the hut accommodations are preferred over wet ground, or for those who only have five days to climb Kilimanjaro (which we do not recommend anyhow). Otherwise, the Marangu route is a poor choice.
    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • 2 Airport Transfers, from JRO Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi when you arrive, then transfer back to the Airport for your flight home.
    • 2 nights Hotel Lodging on Bed and Breakfast basis, Double or Triple Occupancy (3 star hotel you will need to pay extra if you want to have a 4 or 5 star hotel)
    • 3 Delicious meals a days plud snacks if applicable, boiled and filtered drinking water while on the mountain.
    • Warm water for washing to be provided every morning and evening.
    • Oxygen Cylinder – only for emergency
    • English Speaking Guides (Wilderness First Responder certified), cook and porters
    • Staff salaries and fees.
    • All huts and camping fee
    • Transport to/from national park gates.
    • Emergency telephone between the guides and our office in Moshi town.
    • 3 litres of bottled drinking water to be provided on the first day your hike, on the mountain porters will fetch water from the streams to be boiled and filtered for you
    • Camping equipment on Machame/ Shira/ Lemosho/ Rongai & Umbwe routes (tents)
    • Portable oxygen for emergencies (returnable on completion of climb)
    • Certificate of successful completion
    • Tanzania government taxes.
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Prices do not include sleeping bags
    • Gratuities (tips for guides and porters)
    • Soda/alcohol unless otherwise noted (plenty of water will be provided for hydration)
    • Health insurance
    • International airfare
    • Laundry
    • All Meals and drinks in Moshi town
    • Round-trip airfare to and from Kilimanjaro (JRO airport)
    • Travel and visa documents
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Additional equipment rental (walking sticks, sleeping pads, etc.)
    • Personal items
    1. Day 1 Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
      • Elevation (ft): 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft
      • Distance: 8 km/5 miles
      • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
      • Habitat: Rain Forest

      Transport will be provided from your hotel in Moshi toward Marangu Gate, where we’ll finalize necessary formalities prior to our trek. Our hiking path starts by ascending magnificent tropical rainforest, in which final portion you might see blue monkeys. From the forest the trail expands to reveal stunning hillsides until we enter Mandara hut camp.

    2. Day 2 Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
      • Elevation (ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft
      • Distance: 12 km/7 miles
      • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
      • Habitat: Heath

      Our day starts as we continue through the forest, until the trail widens into high moorland. If the weather is clear, we might catch first glimps of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks – two of the three volcanic combs that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.

    3. Day 3 Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge to Horombo Hut
      • Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 14,400 ft
      • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
      • Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
      • Habitat: Heath

      • Elevation (ft): 14,400 ft to 12,205
      • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
      • Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
      • Habitat: Heath

      This is an extra day reserved for your acclimatization, and you can use it for hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. This one of a kind scenery provides very motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending some time in exploring the ridge, we will head back to Horombo Hut.

    4. Day 4 Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
      • Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft
      • Distance: 10 km/6 miles
      • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
      • Habitat: Alpine Desert

      Slowly but surely we will climb up and cross the lunar desert of the ”Saddle”, situated between Kibo and Mawenzi. Kibo Hut camp is located at the base of Kibo crater wall, and here we’ll rest and enjoy early dinner and prepare for the summit day.

    5. Day 5 Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
      • Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
      • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
      • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
      • Habitat: Arctic

      • Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
      • Distance: 16 km/10 miles
      • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
      • Habitat: Heath

      You will get up very early, around midnight, followed by the summit attempt. This portion of the hike is the most mentally and physically challenging, because the temperatures and the winds at this elevation can be severe. We’ll continue to ascend while still dark for several hours, but you will also have short but frequent breaks. Close to Stella Point (18,900ft) you will be able to enjoy the sunrise coming over Mawenzi peak, like of which you will not find anywhere else. From here, we’ll finally reach Uhuru Peak – the Roof of Africa and the highest point on Kilimanjaro and all of Africa.

      After a short time at the summit, you will begin descend on the steep scree trail to Horombo Hut. You will enjoy your last dinner on the mountain, followed by well deserved sleep.

    6. Day 6 Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
      • Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
      • Distance: 20 km/12 miles
      • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
      • Habitat: Rain Forest

      The last day on the mountain will mostly be descend through tropical rainforest. In the park headquarters at Marangu gate you we collect your summit certificates, and vehicle will meet you here to take you back to your hotel in Moshi where you can shower and rest.