Overview

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. It makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season. The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours. The well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice will treat you to scenic African landscapes. Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March. A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

Tour Highlights

  • The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro.
  • This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier compared to the Machame route.
  • This is not always the best way, due to a shorter acclimatisation period.
  • The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatisation day on the mountain.
  • This extends the route into a 6-day trek, greatly increasing your chances of success.

Map

Include

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Entry Fees
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Safety Equipment’s
  • Climbing Crew

Excludes

  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
  • Mountaineering insurance

Trekking Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Arusha

Arrive at Arusha and stay overnight at Pamoja Expedition Lodge.

Day 2 Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

8.00 a.m pick clients from the hotel and drive to Marangu gate then start walk through a thick rain forest which takes four hours to Mandara Hut 2,750 m for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

After breakfast proceed walk slowly following a trek through the forest and then through the savanna bush to Horombo Hut (3,489m) for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 Horombo Hut to Kibo Peaks

A hard day’s climb to Kibo Hut 4,703 m 6 – 7 hours crossing the barren sub-Alpine terrain of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Needed to relax on arrival as the next stage begins shortly after midnight, this fall on day 5.

Day 5 Kibo Peaks to Uhuru Peaks

Making a very early start to around 1.00a.m, follow the zig zag path up the screen stopping frequently to catch your breath in this starlit air. This is the steepest and most demanding section of the climb, five hours to Gillmans point 5,681m to and most to see sunrise behind Mawenzi, Illuminating plain. Then walk further 45 minutes around the crater and up to the highest point UHURU peak, the summit of Africa.

Day 6 Departure

It is much easier day as we have luxury of walking downhill on the way to the waiting vehicle at Marangu gate for transfer to your Hotel Arusha.

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