5 Days Kilimanjaro Climb – Marangu Route

A Trip Overview

Marangu route sometimes called the Coca-Cola Route because it is relatively easy. It is referred to as the tourist route due to the services available on the way to the summit. Unlike other routes, it is relatively easy, has low success rate because many unfit people attempt Kili trek via this route and fail, it is a popular route and accommodation is in huts. Many trekkers prefer it. It is also beautiful, the easiest and shortest route. Ascent and descent are done on the same path.

Day 1: (Pre-Climb)

Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport; picked up with our driver and then transferred to a hotel in Moshi for overnight and morning breakfast.

Day 2: Mandara Hut

We will pick you from your hotel in Moshi to Kilimanjaro National Park gate for the necessary formalities at the gate. We start the climbs through fascinating tropical rain forest; we reach the first hut at Mandara for dinner and overnight. An alternative is to simply rest and relax the beautiful forest around the camp.

Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut (2,700 m): 5-6 hours walking.

Day 3: Horombo Hut

Today the first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into moorland and, in clear weather, there are great views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.

We arrive at Horombo Hut mid-afternoon, where you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery around the camp.

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut (3,720 m): 4-6 hours walking.

Day : Horombo Hut  – ACCLIMATIZATION DAY (OPTIONAL)

Today we walk towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks, this extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. We recommend drinking enough water and walking slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the Horombo hut.

Horombo hut to further improve our acclimatization.

Day 4: Kibo Hut

Today we climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. These 6-7 hours walking will be taken at a slow pace until we reach Kibo Hut (4,700m), where we will spend the night in a comfortable hut.

There is no running water at Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.

Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut (4,700 m.); 4-6 hours walking.

Day 5: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut

Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Gillman’s 5,685 m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru peak 5,895 m. which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Kibo Hut is amazingly fast, and we stop at Kibo Hut for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Horombo Hut.

Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut (3,720 m.): 13-15 hours walking.

Day 6: Horombo Hut

Today we will descend past Mandara hut to Marangu National Park, successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. From here you will be transferred back to Moshi.

Horombo hut to Marangu Gate. (6-7 hours walking).

Day 7: (After Climb)

Depart for airport for a flight back home or other destinations in Tanzania. A trip to the beaches at Zanzibar is a good way to recuperate. We can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris around Arusha and the Kilimanjaro region.

NOTE: You can add acclimatization day after day 3, so that would be day 4, at an extra cost. But the climbing can possibly be done in 5 days.

BOOK THIS TOUR

Our services are flexible and customer - tailored. We can redesign this program according to what you want. Please tell us what your plans are and we will make it to your wish. Tell us about your budget level, accommodation choices, or anything.

DEPARTURE DATES

Please note that all our services are tailored to your needs. The departure dates for all our safaris and tours are totally flexible according to your own personal needs. Please contact us for further and more detailed info.

Price Includes

  • 2 Nights’ accommodation at a hotel in Moshi – Bed & Breakfast Basis
  • All park fees
  • National Park approved guides and porters
  • All government levies and taxes
  • Accommodation on the mountain (Three-man mountain tents used for two people only on all routes except for Marangu Route as accommodation is in huts.) Stools, a mess tent and hot water for washing are provided on the mountain.
  • Meals on the mountain
  • Transport from Moshi to the Starting point of the mountain and return to Moshi at your hotel

Price Excludes

  • Tips to driver, porters and guide
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Items of personal nature
  • Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro Airport ($20/person one-way)
  • Transfer from Arusha per private car hire $100 one way
  • Climbing gear – sleeping bags, shoes etc.