Marangu Route 5 Days – Marangu Route is also known as the “Coca Cola” or “tourist” route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow.
There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Mens’ and ladies’ latrines are available at the last camp but are very basic.
All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere.
This route is usually done in 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.
The main tourist route and by far the most popular route and some claim the easiest route to Uhuru Peak. The 5-day option, which is available on this route, makes it the least expensive route on the mountain. A 6-day option with an extra day of acclimatisation is however also available. This is the only route, which provides comfortable sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses at every campsite. Mineral water, soft drinks, beer and chocolates are also sold at every camp. All the camps on this route have radio contact with the Park Headquarters.
||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
|Full briefing before you trip
|2 Nights Accommodation in Moshi
|Food (3 meals per day) & Water
||Transport to and from the mountain for yourselves and the crew
|Lunch box for the first day
||Amref Flying Doctors Membership (Air Evacuation to Nairobi)
|Sleeping tent, mess tent ,camping chairs and table
||Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO
|Airport transfer 2 ways Complimentary
||Certificates of achievement
|International flight (can be arranged if required)
||Visa and personal insurance.
|Drinks, tips and gratuities
||Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
|Single Supplement: $100 per night (if not willing to share)
||Flying Doctor Membership (US$ 15 per person – required)
|Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package
||Returning to Deloraine after a safari can be organised on request
Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. 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 Colobus monkeys.
x Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft x Distance: 8km/5mi x Hiking Time: 3-4 hours x Habitat: Montane Forest x Meals: LD
Day 2: Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
You leave the glades of the rain-forest 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 may begin to feel the affects of the altitude.
x Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft x
Distance: 12km/7.5mi x Hiking
Time: 5-6 hours x
Habitat: Heathland x
Day 3 : Hike Horombo Hut to 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.
x Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft x Distance: 9km/5.5mi x Hiking Time: 5-6 hours x Habitat: Alpine Desert x Meals: BLD
Day 4 : Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.
The 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. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!
x Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft x Down to 3700m/12,200ft x Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down x Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down x Habitat: Alpine Desert x Meals: BLD
Day 5 : Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Moshi
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. 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 be waiting for you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).
x Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft x Distance: 20km/12.5mi x Hiking Time: 4-5 hours