Marangu is famously being referred to as the Coca-Cola Route because of its easiest. It is the most popular route among other routes. Kilimanjaro trek has the sights of both iconic Kibo and Mawenzi volcanoes peaks. Unlike another route that used camping tent accommodation, the Marangu route has been equipped with comfortable sleeping huts, which come in handy in the rainy season. For people who do not have kilimanjaro trek experience or beginners and those who prefer comfortable sleeping conditions, we recommend them to this route. It is important to know that because of its easiest and its comfort, it is among crowded routes. The total distance from the start point to the finishing point of this Route is about 64 km equivalent to 40 miles. To better acclimatize, you can have the option of spending or adding an extra day at Horombo Hut (3720m) which is the much-recommended option to most travelers. It is also the fastest (5 days) hike for skilled trekkers. Hiking on the Marangu Route for 6 or 5 days will be ﬁne if you’re climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for the ﬁrst time, as extra days are good for altitude acclimatization.
A non-technical high altitude challenge of reaching Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak at 5985m or 19,341ft
The mountain is approached via Kibo / Gilmans point
All nights are spent in mountain-ready-built A-shaped huts.
Reaching the summit! Experiencing that incomparable, ‘roof of the world’ feeling
An option to climb for 5 to 6 day
With 6 days climb, we always recommended option an added 1 extra day for better acclimatization.
Stunning views as you ascend, with arguably the best photo opportunities, possible wildlife experiences on Day One
Dedicated guides, porters, and cooks – a great team to help you on your way
Please arrive by 07:30 AM for a prompt departure at 08:00 AM
Approximately 5:30 PM
.2 Nights accommodation in Arusha in a Standard Hotel Quality, waterproof private mountain tents Professional, experienced, mountain guides
.All Park fees:
.All meals while on the Mountain
.Arrival and Departure transfers
.Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
.Mess tents with table and chairs
.Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
.Clean, purified drinking water
.Crisis management and safety procedures
.Insurance and ethical treatment of porters
.2 nights luxury hotel in Arusha / Moshi (FB)
.Emergency Oxygen Tank
.Extra Sleeping Bag
.Assistant porter to carry your daypack everyday
DAY 1: Arrival in Tanzania
Today is your first day in Tanzania, if you are to arrive in Arusha or Moshi by Bus there will be a pickup arrangement to your hotel from a bus stop. If you will be arriving by flight, your driver will be ready to meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be taken to your hotel in Arusha or Moshi according to prior arrangements. Upon arrival you will meet you guides ready for trek briefing and gear checkup.
Day 2: Arusha – Marangu Gate (1860 m) – Mandara Hut (2700 m)
Hiking time 5h Distance: Approximately 8.1km Habitat: Montane forest
After breakfast at the hotel in Arusha, your professional guide and the crew will meet you at the hotel and you will be collected and taken to the Kilimanjaro Marangu gate (1860 m) for formalities. After the climbing paperwork at the gate is complete with the help of your guide, your porters will load the gear and other camping requirements including your food then your trek can smoothly begin. After some walk, you will soon find yourself in the misty forest full of trees, ferns, flowers and birds. If you are lucky today, you might also see some blue monkeys or the white-tailed black and white colobus monkeys which are very popular on Mount Kilimanjaro. You will reach Mandara Hut after about 4 hours. After resting a while, you can walk to the Maundi Crater from where you will have views towards Kenya. You will have your Supper in the Mandara Hut dining hall.
Day 3: Mandara Hut (2700 m) – Horombo Hut (3700 m)
Hiking time: 6h Distance: Approximately 11.6 km Habitat: Moorland
Today in the morning, after an early breakfast you set off and soon you will be out of the forest. Continuing into a section of shrubs and grass – the moorland zone where you will stop for lunch on the way. Continue for a couple of hours to reach the bustling Horombo Huts at 3700m. The huts have great views over the farms and plains below. You might start to experience the altitude: headaches, nausea. Drink a lot of water, eat well and rest.
Day 4: Horombo Hut – Zebra Rocks (4020 m) – Horombo Hut (3700 m) (Acclimatization day)
Up and down. Today will help your body to adapt to the altitude. This section will improve your chance of reaching the summit. After breakfast, you will hike to the Zebra Rocks (4020m) named after distinctive black and white stripes of the rock formation. Returning on the same path, you will be back at Horombo in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to explore. You will overnight again at Horombo Hut.
Day 5: Horombo Hut (3700m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 6h Distance: Approximately 9.6 km Habitat: Alpine desert
Today’s section is long and uphill. The scenery changes into a moon landscape, barren and rocky as you cross the ‘Saddle.’ The piece of mountain was formed when the volcano erupted. The resulted lava flow now links Kilimanjaro’s two peaks – summit Kibo and Mawenzi. If you experience headaches and nausea, these are symptoms of altitude sickness. Help your body cope by drinking water and walking slowly. You should reach Kibo Hut after about five to six hours. Supper will be served early so you can get to bed. Try to rest as you will need to be up and walking again by midnight.
Day 6: Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3700m)
Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 6 to 8 hours to descend to Horombo Distance: Approximately 5.4km ascent and 15 km descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Today is summit day. You start out at night when the volcanic ash is still frozen and walking is easier. The mountain guide will wake you up and after some tea and snacks you will begin the slow trek to the summit. You will stop briefly at Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m. Continuing ‘pole pole’ you should reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) on the crater’s rim by sunrise. As you feel the warm rays of the sun, you will continue for an hour or more up to the peak. Standing here on Uhuru Peak at 5895m you are now on the ‘Roof of Africa’, the highest point on the continent. After a few photos and hugs, you will turn back. The descent is fast and dusty as the lava ash will now have thawed. After a few hours you will stop at Kibo Hut for snack and a rest. From there you will continue down to Horombo Hut (3700m) arriving in the afternoon. Eat well to replace lost energy and have good rest.
Day 7: Horombo Hut (3700m) – Marangu Gate (1860m) – Arusha
Hiking time: 6h Distance: Approximately 19.7 km
The final leg of your Kilimanjaro trek passes along the same path that you ascended on – through the heather, red-hot pokers and shrubs of the moorland vegetation zone. You will stop for a cooked lunch at Mandara Hut (2700 m). Soon, you will descend into the humid and green forest where you might spot the extravagant tails of the colobus monkeys. After a total time of six hours hiking, you should reach the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. Transfer back to the lodge in Arusha where a hot shower, fresh clothes and cold drinks are waiting.
DAY 8: Departure (Kilimanjaro International Airport)
Your trip in Tanzania is now over. After a good night rest at your hotel, there will a breakfast ready according to your request while a scheduled check-out in most hotels is 10.00am. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and you will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 18:00hrs. You will be picked from your hotel and dropped off at the Kilimanjaro International Airport if you wish airport transfer arrangement; your airport transfer driver will meet you at the hotel. However, those travelers who have booked with us to go on safari, your Alkebulan Travels guide will be meeting you in the evening for safari briefing.