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6 DAYS MARANGU ("Coca Cola") ROUTE

  • ROUTE SUMMARY
  • DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
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Marangu route is regarded as the easiest route up Mount Kilimanjaro because of its gradual slope hence the nick name coca cola route. it’s the oldest most established route offering dormitory huts of up to 60 Bunk beds for accommodation with pillow and mattresses provided but you still need your own sleeping bags (read more about Marangu route)

Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate

 

 Hike to Mandara Hut

  • Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
    • Distance: 8km/5mi
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Montane Forest
    • Meals: LD
    • Budget Lodging: Mandara Hut

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the trek. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara Huts. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

 

Day 2 : Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

 

  • Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
    • Distance: 12km/7.5mi
    • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
    • Habitat: Heathland
    • Meals: BLD
    • Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut

You leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo Huts. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

 

DAY 3 Acclimatization Day Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge

 

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

Mawenzi Ridge to Horombo Hut
Elevation (ft): 14,400 ft to 12,205
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
Habitat: Heath

This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Horombo Hut.

 

Day 4 : Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

 

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
    • Distance: 9km/5.5mi
    • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert
    • Meals: BLD
    • Budget Lodging: Kibo Hut

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heath-land but then disappears into "moonscape". Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

 

Day 5 : Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut.

 

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
    • Down to 3700m/12,200ft
    • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
    • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert
    • Meals: BLD
    • Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman's point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo Huts.
The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly "pole pole" and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

 

Day 6 : Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Arusha 

 

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
• Distance: 20km/12.5mi
• Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
• Habitat: Forest
• Meals: B

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Our vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha

 

Included in Cost

 

  • • all park fees
  • • all accommodation as stated in the package
  • • all activities unless labeled as optional
  • • a professional Mountain Team (Guides, cook, porters)
  • • Airport pickup and Dropoff
  • • Two nights of accommodation in arusha or Moshi under full board basis
  • • All transfers to and from Kilimanjaro as per the package
  • • Kilimanjaro helicopter search and rescue (SAR) in case of emergency
  • • 24/7 Support from our team during the package duration
  • • All meals as per the package
  • • Non personal Hiking gear (chairs, Tents, Tables, mess Tents, Oxygen tank, oxygen meter, sleeping bags, Matresses, etc)
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Excluded from Cost

  • • Tips for the crew (highly recommended)
  • • Personal hiking gear I.e clothing and footwear (can be rented here)
  • • International flights
  • • Domestic flights
  • • Services not mentioned in the program
  • • Items of personal nature and souvenirs
  • • Visas and visa fees

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