Marangu ("Coca Cola") Route ** Known as the "Coca-Cola" route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations. The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully.
Day 1 Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
Distance: 7 km, Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours Habitat: Montane Forest You will be driven to Marangu Gate (1800m) to start walking through a thick rain forest which takes 3 to 4 hours to Mandara Hut (2727m). The Mandara Hut is situated on the forest belt border just below the Maundi Crater. Here you will have dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Distance: 11 km Hiking time: 6-8 hours Habitat: Heath Land After breakfast proceed walking 5 to 6 hours slowly following a path through the forest and then through the heather and moor land zone from where you can view Kilimanjaro’s two peaks and Moshi town with on way lunch box. Arrive at Horombo Hut (3,720m) for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3 Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Hut
Mawenzi Hut (4,600m/15,100ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) Elevation Gain and Loss: 2,900 feet Hiking time: 6-8 hours Habitat: Heath Land This is a very good day for acclimatization and see the amazing zebra rocks that seems just like a zebra stripes for 2 to 3 hours and get back to Horombo Hut for lunch dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Distance: 10 km, Hiking Time: 6-8 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert A hard day climb to Kibo Hut (4703 m), 5 to 6 hours crossing the barren sub – Alpine terrain of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks with picnic lunch box along the way. We relax on arrival to prepare for the next stage which begins shortly after, Mid night a very early start at around 12:00. This is the steepest and most demanding section for the climb, taking five hours to Gilliman's Point (5685m). Gillman’s Point offers great views of the Eastern Ice fields. See sunrise behind Mawenzi Peak illuminating the plain. Then walk a further 45 minutes around the crater and up to the highest point Uhuru Peak (5,895m), the roof of Africa where you will be rewarded with stunning views of the spectacular glaciers illuminated by the sunrise. Thereafter it is a 3-4 hour descent to Kibo Hut (3720m) with a rest at Kibo Hut on route. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut.
Day 5 Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) to Horombo Hut (3,690 m/12,100 ft) Distance: 4 km ascent, 14 km descent Hiking Time: 10-15 hours Habitat: Artic This is an easier day as you have the luxury of walking downhill on the way to the Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
Horombo Hut (3,690 m/12,100 ft) to Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,000 ft) Distance: 18 km, Hiking time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Rain Forest This is also a much easier day as you have walking downhill from Horombo Hut way to the gate waiting vehicle at Marangu gate for transfer to Moshi.
- Park fees (For non-residents)
- All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Meals (As specified)
- Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)
What's not included:
- International flights (From/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fee
Best Suited for:
- Solo Travellers
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