6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu route

Marangu Route is the easiest and shortest route up Kilimanjaro summit. The Marangu route offers moderate Kilimanjaro climbing from starting point to Kibo huts but from Kibo hut to the summit the trek need commitment as the track is strenuous. The Marangu route is simply known as the “Coca cola” route due to the facts that drinks are sold in the huts as you trek up. Marangu is also the only offering comfortable sleeping huts at every campsite with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are shared by all climbers and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillows so require fewer supplies. There are washrooms with running water at the first two huts and basic washrooms at the last huts. Meals are shared in dinning huts at each camp you can mingle around and make some stories. Soft drinks bottle water and beer are available for sale at the huts and prices increase as you hike up. The minimum trekking days on Marangu route is 5 days but can be done in 6 days and have one day resting at Horombo hut for acclimatization before you attempt the summit.

Day 1 : Nairobi – Arusha ( Approx. 4Hrs Drive)
07.15 am – 8.00 a.m. Depart for Arusha aboard the shuttle bus, lunch enroute. Spend the afternoon organizing any gear you may require for the trek. Overnight at Arusha or Moshi Hotel booked on bed and breakfast basis. Lunch and dinner on own arrangement.

Day 2: Arusha – Mandara Hut
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment located at 9000 ft / 2740 m. 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 Colubus monkeys.

Day 3 :Mandara hut – Horombo Hut
After about 1 hour, you will leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You will start to feel the affects of the altitude. If you wish to extend you trek, here you can spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

Day 4: Horombo Hut – 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 heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

Day 5: Kibo Hut –Summit(Uhuru Peak 5895m) – 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 at 18640 ft / 5861 m (4-7 hours). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa: 19340 ft / 5895 m (1-2 hours). Unbelievable views at every turn. Get your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. From here, we now descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment for dinner and a tired but happy overnight (1-2 hours).
This 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. “Pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Day 6: Horombo Hut –Arusha or Moshi
After breakfast, A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m / 8858 ft), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830 m / 6004 ft). 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).
A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to the Arusha or Moshi Hotel .Dinner on own.

Tour inclusions:
* Arrival and departure airport transfers
*2 night’s hotel in Moshi one before and one after trekking
* Professional, experienced, mountain guides
* Kilimanjaro entry fees
* All meals while on the Mountain
* Hut fees
* Rescue fees
* Certified, experienced, English speaking guides
* Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
* Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
* Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
* Clean, purified drinking water
* Crisis management and safety procedures
* Fair and ethical treatment of porters
* Sleeping Mattress

Tour Excludes:
* Tips for guides and support staff
* Sleeping bag and personal items
* Personal expenses ( Visas, airport taxes etc)
* Extra activities and optional Tours not listed above (short safari after your climb etc)
* Extra nights
* Meals not listed above