Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route: 6 days
Kilimanjaro Climbing - Marangu Route: Tanzania
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Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route - 6 days
The Marangu Route is also known as the “Tourist Route” and the “Coca-Cola Route.” This is because Marangu is the most popular route on the mountain, and thus is considered “touristy”, and because the route is the only one that offers sleeping huts, which serve beverages like Coca-Cola, on the way.
Marangu is the easiest route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s ascension profile is very gradual and steady, allowing for painless trekking for most of the way. However, due to its reputation as an easy route, Marangu is often selected by unprepared, unexperienced climbers. Correspondingly, only about 35% of the people actually make it to the top.
The trek begins in the south-east area of the mountain at Marangu Gate. The route takes five days minimum to complete, although six days is more practical and recommended. The sleeping huts along the route are structures with a dining hall and bunk beds, equipped with mattresses and pillows. The descent is done on the same path, contributing to Marangu’s overcrowded feeling. It is a cheaper climb as well, due to the close proximity of the gate to Moshi, the gateway town, and because it is a shorter route.
Scenically, Marangu is not a desirable route compared to all the other routes because it confines climbers to one area of the mountain, thus limiting the variety. However, Marangu has the best trail in the rainforest section of the trek. Of course, there are still great views of the Mawenzi and it’s equally spectacular for everyone at Uhuru.
Marangu is ideal for those who are not confident in their ability to hike over steeper paths. It’s also attractive for those who do not want to sleep in a tent. Marangu’s huts offer shelter and warmth against the weather so it is a decent choice when climbing during the rainy season. Marangu is for those who want to spend less on their climb, and do not mind crowds.
Uhuru Peak – Kibo Hut
Marangu Gate – Oasis Lodge
Marangu Route Itinerary, Info & Prices
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha Kilimanjaro Airport.
We’ll meet for an introductory briefing upon our arrival in Arusha, before transferring to the Oasis Lodge for the evening.
Day 2: Kilimanjaro Climb – Arusha to Mandara Hut.
Breakfast, drive from your hotel to Marangu gate, we will spend about two hours for registration, payments of fees and final parking. Start climbing through dense semi-tropical to the first hut- Mandara hut (9,000ft). Dinner and an overnight stay at Mandara hut, B.L.D.
Day 3: Kilimanjaro Climb – Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut.
Breakfast, ascend through the alpine meadow, and grassland and moorland to Horombo hut (12,000ft). Both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be viewed easily on the way. Dinner and an overnight stay at Horombo hut, B.L.D.
Day 4: Kilimanjaro Climb – Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut.
Breakfast, further ascending to Kibo hut (15,000ft). The landscape becomes very stony and eroded. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus, groundswell and lobelia appear on the way. Dinner and an overnight stay at Kibo hut, B.L.D.
Day 5: Kilimanjaro Climb – Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak.
Wake up at midnight, and after a snack, proceed to the summit through Gilman’s point (18,640ft). It is about 5-6hours and 1-2 hours from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and from Gilman’s point to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft) respectively. Thus reaching the peak in the early morning of the fifth day and start descending after picture taking on the top to Horombo hut for diner and an overnight after a short break at Kibo hut, B.L.D.
Day 6: Kilimanjaro Climb – Kibo Hut to Marangu Gate – Hotel in Arusha
Breakfast, Descend from Horombo hut to Marangu gate. The waiting car will take you to our hotel in Arusha, B.L.
One may choose 7days/6nights, with an extra day for acclimatization at Horombo hut, which will increase your chance to reach the top.
Kilimanjaro Tanzania – best time to climb, precautions, checklist, medicine, tips
find here a list of equipment that we can rent:
Prices in USD
$ per person
Price for 2 clients
Daily Departure from Arusha
2 – 6 persons +
This Climb: Inclusions and Exclusions
all meals during the climb
2 nights hotel accommodation
transfers to and from hotel in Arusha
mountain tent accommodation,
climb and park fees, porters,
English speaking, professional guide,
AAR Emergency Rescue & Evacuation Insurance
International airfare & flights
All items of a personal nature
Tips to guides and porters
Airport departure tax
Visa and Passport fees
Laundry services while out of camp
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and beverages in Camps & lodges
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