6 Days – Mt Kilimanjaro Climbing Safari via Marangu Route

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Marangu Route 6 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.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Airport/Hotel
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Full briefing before you trip Park fees
2 Nights Accommodation in Moshi Camping fees
Camping equipment Rescue fees
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
NOT INCLUDED
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 Marangu Gate (1860m) to Mandara Hut (2700m) Mandara Hut

After breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge in Moshi and taken to the Marangu gate. Once the necessary paper work has been completed, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to the Mandara Hut. After a wellearned rest, your guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior.

  • Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2mi
  • Approx. time taken: 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day: 2 Mandara Hut (2700m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)  Horombo Hut

The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. Approximately 4 – 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, standing at an altitude of 3700m. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.

  • Distance covered: 12.5km / 7.8mi
  • time taken: 9 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day :3 Acclimatization trek to Zebra Rocks (4020m) then back to Horombo Hut (3700m) Horombo Hut

Today serves as an acclimatization day. This should not be underestimated and greatly improves your chance of success in reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, a 4 hour trek follows to the Zebra Rocks (4020m). The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a warm lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day.

  • Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi
  • time taken: 4 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day: 4 Horombo Hut (3700m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut that is usually reached in about 5 – 6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short.

  • Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9mi
  • time taken: 7 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day :5 Kibo Hut (4700m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m) Uhuru Peak

Today is “The Big Day” – the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 – 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 – 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

  • Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi
  • time taken: 12hours – 15hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day :6 Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.

  • Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi
  • time taken: 3 hours
  • Hotel: Bed & Breakfast

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