5 Days Marangu Route

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5 DAYS - 4 NIGHTS
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The Mt. Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is a popular route on which nights are spent in huts and meals are taken in dining halls. It is the only route that ascends and descends using the same path and is often referred to as the “Coca-Cola” route. Hut accommodations are some of the main features of this route, offering the relative luxury of being able to sleep in covered lodging along the entire route. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolate and beer are also sold at all the camps along this route.

The trek starts from the gate of Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park, about 50-minute drive from your hotel. The Marangu route passes through rainforests (which teems with birds and colobus and other monkeys), alpine meadows and lush vegetation (with giant lobelias and senecios) until you reach the snowy summit. At some spots along the route, you will have magnificent views of snow-laden peaks of Kilimanjaro, Kibo and Mawenzi.

Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing is composed of a number of crew which includes the chief guide, assistant guide, cook and porters. This professional group has undergone extensive training to ensure the safety and comfort of climbers during the challenging trek.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before Trekking.
PRICE INCLUDES
Professional english-speaking guide Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
Meals during the climb All national park fees
Drinking water All mentioned transfers
NOT INCLUDED
Flights Tips
Optional activities Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
Alcoholic and soft drinks Travel insurance
Visa fees

 

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DAY 1: MARANGU GATE – MANDARA

Distance: 9 kms. Estimated duration: 3-4 hours 

Depart from Arusha or Moshi and drive straight to Marangu National Park gate, where the climb begins (1860m) on the edge of the mountain forest. Walk through the semi tropical dense rain forest, with camphor, cedar, juniper, wild olive and pillar trees festooned with lianas, lichens and Spanish moss. Flowers of various species delight the eyes, while monkeys shake trees and terraccos and other colourful forest birds sing in the forest profusion. The walking takes 4 hours covering 9 km to Mandara Hut, at 2744 m near Maundi Crater. Dinner and overnight at Mandara Hut.

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DAY 2: MANDARA HUT – HOROMBO HUT (3,700 M)

Distance: 11kms. Estimated duration: 6 hours.

Starting early in the morning towards Horombo Hut.  You walk 2 hours to cover the first 4 km or so, the dense rain forest now gives way to the rolling moorland, clothed in knee-high grass tussocks dotted here and there with giant heather trees, some standing up to 9 m high. Here is perhaps the most pleasant point, where the landscape is decorated with tropical flowers and the sun is refreshingly warm. From here, both Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks are magnificently viewed. Some animal species are found here, i.e. bush duikers etc. The landscape becomes more rugged and rocky, as you continue to Horombo Hut at 3700 m above sea level. Dinner and overnight at the Horombo Hut. You should have warm clothes due to strong winds here.

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DAY 3: HOROMBO HUT – KIBO HUT(4,700 M)

Distance: 10kms. Estimated duration: 5 hours.

After breakfast, continue to Kibo Hut through the euphorbia trees and here high altitude causes difficulty in breathing and tiredness is felt. The path leading you to Kibo Hut passes the water streams and skirts MAWENZI before opening out into the lunar landscape of the saddle. It forms a “U” between MAWENZI and KIBO Peaks. You will experience the winter nights as cold and icy winds encircle the huts accompanied by frost and snow. Dinner and overnight at KIBO Hut.

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DAY 4: KIBO HUT – UHURU PEAK – HOROMBO HUT

Distance: 24kms. Estimated duration: 12-13 hours

Wake up soon after midnight for the final attempt to the summit. Walk for about 5 hours, the steepest and most difficult part of the route, to GILMAN’S POINT at 5681m above sea level, on the Crater rim. Try again if your stamina allows, for UHURU Peak, reached in about 2 hours. This is the highest point in Africa. After signing the visitors book, descend to Kibo Hut for brief rest, for coffee or tea, then proceed to Horombo Hut, for dinner and overnight.

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DAY 5: HOROMBO HUT – MARANGU GATE – ARUSHA

Descend to Marangu Gate then drive back to Moshi or Arusha to your hotel to end your Vacation.

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1 review for 5 Days Marangu Route

  1. Kylie

    My husband and I recently returned from a 8 days safari in Tanzania, the wildlife was really exciting. We saw many animals in the nature. This was one of the best experiences we ever had. Everything was organised perfectly. Accommodation was superb and the game drives were exceptional. A special mention to our guide for being amazing. He was very friendly, but at the same time he also allowed us plenty of time to ourselves. I really suggest to you to do this.

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