7 Days Mt Kilimanjaro Climbing – Marangu Route

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The Marangu route also known as “Coca-Cola route” is one of the most established routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Accommodation all the way on this route is characterized by huts in dormitory style which is one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this route. The short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. It is less scenic compared to other routes. This route is preferred by many because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, due to its gradual slope and direct path.

Package includes

  • Return transport from Nairobi
  • Accommodation in Moshi
  • Return hotel-mountain-hotel transfers
  • Services of qualified mountain guide, assistant guide, porters and cooks
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
  • All camping equipment (tents, camping chairs & sleeping mat)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt

 

The Price Excluded:
• Laundry

  • Sleeping bags
  • Drinks/Beverages
  • Climbing gears
    • Items of personal nature
    • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
  • Travel insurance

Day 1: Departure for Moshi, Tanzania

Leave Nairobi at 8:00am drive through Namanga boarder check in then proceed to Arusha further to Moshi for Overnight in a hotel. 8hrs drive

Day 2: Marangu Gate (1860m) – Mandara hut (2715m)

After breakfast drive to Kilimanjaro National Park gate and register. Leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest. The forest is where most of Kilimanjaro’s animals are found. Dinner is served in a communal dining area. Overnight at Mandara hut which consists of a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing.

Day 3: Mandara hut (2715m) – Horombo hut (3705m)

After breakfast begin our trek. Our first site is at Maundi Crater where Kibo Crater is visible on a clear day. Upon arrival in the open moorland you are welcomed by Kilimanjaro’s most splendid plants – the giant lobelia and the giant groundsel. After about 6 hours trek, you reach the Horombo hut for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Horombo hut (3705m)

Horombo hut is a group of huts set up on a plateau, with buildings of a total capacity of 120 climbers. Normally this area is filled up with guides and hikers both ascending and descending. This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. Continue with a hike towards the Mawenzi hut (4 310m). This hike will further help with acclimatization. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Horombo hut (3705m) – Kibo hut (4730m)

After breakfast you now continue your ascent. We will use the recommended lower route which is much easier and it passes the last watering point at 4130m. after hours of trekking arrive at Kibo hut which is situated in the barren Alpine desert. The summit is now a further 1195m up and we will make our final ascent the same night. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Kibo hut (4730m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3705m)

Wake up at 2320hrs, and after breakfast commence our trek to the peak. Our first stop for a short break will be at Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). Continue with the hike to reach Gillmans Point where we will encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m).  upon arrival at the peak weather conditions will determine how long we will spend, enjoying the achievement, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours.

Day 7: Horombo hut (3705m) – Marangu Gate (1860m)

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight at the hotel.

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