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KILIMANJARO MARANGU ROUTE 6 DAYS

The Marangu route is also known as the ‘Coca Cola” or tourist route. This is the only route on Kilimanjaro with the comforts of solar-powered commun

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $1400 - $2000
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 6 days
Best months: January - February, June - December
Countries visited: Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited: Kilimanjaro
Activity level: Very Active - Trekking, mountain biking, kayaking
Safari type:
The Marangu route is also known as the ‘Coca Cola” or tourist route. This is the only route on Kilimanjaro with the comforts of solar-powered communal sleeping huts and comfortable beds of sponge mattresses and pillows at every camp. As well, bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts, with men’s and women’s latrines at the last camp. The dining huts provide you the opportunity to share meals with other climbing groups, giving you the opportunity to learn from other world-wide climbers and to share your experiences. This route can be completed in either five or six days. The six-day climb will give you a better opportunity to acclimatize by resting at Horombo Camp or climbing to Kibo’s basecamp.

Day 1

You will be met at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and be driven to your hotel in Moshi.  Your mountain guide will give you a briefing of your upcoming climb while at your hotel.

Day 2

  • Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
  • Marangu Gate (1860m) to Mandara Hut (2700m)
  • Distance: 8 km/5 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be driven to the Marangu Gate of Mount Kilimanjaro.  After signing in, your trek will begin by ascending through the beautiful tropical rain forest.  As you traverse up and to the edge of the forest line, you will have the opportunity to see blue monkeys.  As the trail widens, your views will be of the pristine hillsides.

Day 3

  • Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
  • Mandara Hut (2700m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)
  • Distance: 12 km/7 miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Heath

As you continue your trek, the trail opens into the high moorlands. As well, you may get your first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.  These are two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Day 4

  • Acclimatization trek to Zebra Rocks (4020m) then back to Horombo Hut (3700m)
  • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
  • Habitat: Heath

Day four is an acclimatizing day and can be spent hiking on the Mawenzi Ridge.  This unique landscape offers spectacular views of Kibo and Mawenzi.  You will return to the Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight.

Day 5

  • Horombo Hut (3700m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)
  • Distance: 10 km/6 miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

You will continue your gradual climb as you cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo.  The Kibo Hut camp sits at the bottom or the Kibo crater wall.  You will enjoy an early dinner and prepare with some rest and sleep for your summit night.

Day 6

  • Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)
  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic
  • Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
  • Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
  • Distance: 16 km/10 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Heath

You will begin your summit night around midnight.  This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of your trek.The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewardedwith the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, you will arrive at your ultimate destination, Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

Day 7

  • Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)
  • Distance: 20 km/12 miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Your last day will be a long trek mostly down hill through the Tropical Rainforest.  You will be rewarded with your summit certificate at the Marangu gate park headquarters and will be met by a driver to drive you to your hotel in Moshi.

Day 8: Departing Tanzania

This day will have an open agenda.  You may want to simply wind down at the hotel or spend some time exploring Moshi before heading to the airport.

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