ITINERARY NAME
6 Days Marangu Route

DURATION6 Days | 5 Nights

TIME OF YEARThrought out the year
DESTINATIONSMount Kilimanjaro
Overview

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. It makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

The well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones – from tropical rainforest to eternal ice – will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December – March.

Day 0:  Arrival

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transferred to your hotel in Arusha City, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: of your own choice

Day 1: Transfer from the hotel to Marangu Gate (1860m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)

After breakfast and a briefing (including a check of your equipment) we drive to the Kilimanjaro

National Park gate. Once the necessary formalities are completed, your hike through the dense rainforest can begin. Besides the impressive vegetation, you have the opportunity to observe black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys and various bird species. After about 3-4 hours, you will reach the day‘s destination – the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, you can take a short trip to Maundi crater (15 minutes away) with your guide. The great view of Kilimanjaro, of north Tanzania and into Kenya is worth the extra effort in good weather. Dinner and overnight on the Mandara Hut.

Lunch; Dinner

Day 2: Mandara Hut (2700m) – Horombo Hut (3700m)

The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. After a 5-6 hour hike, you will reach the Horombo Hut, which is located at 3700 meters. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Maasai steppe. Dinner and overnight at the

Horombo Hut.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Horombo Hut (3700m) – Zebra Rocks (3980m) – Horombo Hut (3700m)

Today serves as an acclimatization day. This should not be underestimated and will greatly improve your chances of success in reaching the summit. After a relaxed breakfast, your route will lead you today to Zebra Rocks (3980m). The striking black-and-white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a warm lunch will be waiting for you. In the afternoon, you can rest and gather your strength for the next day hike. Dinner and overnight at the Horombo Hut.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Horombo Hut (3700m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)

Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Waterpoint” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly vegetationless plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut, which is usually reached in about 5 – 6 hours.

Here you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night as the night will be short.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3700m)

Today is the great day – Summit day! This begins at night because the lava ash is still frozen and so the ascent is easier. Your guide wakes you around 11pm, and an hour later the long and strenuous way to the summit begins. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely ascends. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You quickly forget the coldness of the night and will reach the Uhuru Peak at 5895 meters after another 1-2 hours. Congratulations! You‘ve made it to the “Roof of Africa”. Enjoy this moment… The route back down follows the same path; the lava ash will now have thawed, which allows for a fast descent. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you and you can regain your strength. After a 1-2 hour rest, you will continue to Horombo Hut (3700m) where you will arrive in the afternoon. After an evening meal, most mountain conquerors understandably retire early to bed !

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Horombo Hut (3700m) – Marangu Gate (1860m) – Transfer to the hotel

The final stage leads through heath and moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m), where a warm lunch will be waiting for you. Then you will once again pass through the tropical rainforest, and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After leaving your mountain team, you will be transferred to your hotel. Here you can finally

enjoy a hot and relaxing shower and celebrate your summit success.

Breakfast; Lunch

  • Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
  • Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
  • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water and Full Board meals
  • All National Park & Hut Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
  • Rescue Fees
  • Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
  • Gate Transfers
  • All Internal or International flights and taxes
  • Travel and personal health insurance
  • Laundry services
  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc
  • All optional activities and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary (e.g Maasai village tour, Olduvai Gorge Tour and Balloon excursion)
  • Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide
  • Alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic drinks(beverages) and Meals not described in the itinerary.
  • Visas

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