Marangu Route 6days 5nights:


The Marangu (Coca-Cola) Route used to be the most popular route to trek up Kilimanjaro.
It's a well-travelled path through the rainforest at Marangu Village, into the heath and moorland, and then into the alpine desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo, and on to the crater rim at Gillman's Point, and then to the summit.
It is a relatively smooth trail, winding through some beautiful scenery, which changes quite dramatically every day. The route is done typically in five or six days, and is physically challenging for most people because the time to acclimatize is very short. The overnight trek to the summit requires mental and physical toughness.
Accommodation is in A-frame style huts on this route, except Kibo Hut, which is a stone building with separate rooms to accommodate climbers. All sleeping huts have
foam  mattresses and pillows on wooden bunk beds, and all dining huts have benches and tables for meals. All huts except Kibo have running water, and all have toilets.


                                  Itinerary (5 days / 4 nights on Kili):

Day 1

Briefing Your guides will meet you at your hotel in Arusha or Moshi for a detailed briefing of the climb.Accommodation: hotel in Arusha or Moshi (D)


Day 2

Transfer to Marangu gate - hike to Mandara hut (2700 m)Departure from Arusha at 8am, about 2 hours to Marangu village. Once you arrive at the gate, and after completion of administrative formalities and meeting with porters and guides, begin the 4 to 5 hour walk to Mandara Hut. The walk is at a leisurely pace through a dense and humid forest to the hut. If you feel up to it at day's end, walk to the nearby Maundi crater for a long view over the plains & Lake Jipe, and in the distance: the Pare and Usambara mountains. The night is spent inside one of the huts.Accommodation: Mandara hut (B, L, D)


Day 3

Mandara hut - Horombo hut (3720 m)After about 45 minutes in the forest, you will suddenly arrive upon an area of high grasses of the heather belt, which as the trek continues, becomes increasingly desert-like, into the moorland. About 5 to 6 hours of walking brings you to Horombo Hut, and a stunning view of Mawenzi Peak. Night will be spent in one of the huts.Accommodation: Horombo hut (B, L, D)


Day 4

​Horombo hut - Kibo hut (4703 m)The day's trekking will about 6 to 7 hours. You will trek across the exposed, barren alpine desert of the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi. The last fresh water point is at 14,100 ft. (4,300 m), where it will be necessary to fill your water bottles. The porters will carry the rest of the water required for food and hot beverages. The saddle crossing is impressive and the landscape spectacular. Night spent at Kibo Hut.Accommodation: Kibo hut (B, L, D)


Day 5


Kibo hut - Uhuru Peak (5895 m) - descend to Horombo hut (3720 m)
You will be woken up early with a steaming cup of coffee or tea, and the departure will be between 12:30 to 01am. The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight, to between 10 deg. F (-12 deg. C) to -10 F. (-23 deg. C) just before dawn at Gillman's point, at about 18,652 ft. (5,685 m) on the crater rim. The winding scree path of endless switchbacks will carry you through the night, and at dawn the spires of Mawenzi will be silhouetted against the red glow of the sun from beneath the clouds.
After about 6 hours of walking, you will come to the edge of the crater, near the Ratzel Glacier. Once reaching Gillman's Point, summon your strength for another 1.5 hour trek over a gentle slope around the edge of the crater rim to the high point; Uhuru Peak, at 19,340 ft. (5,895 m). After a short time at the summit, descend the steep scree trail back to Kibo Hut for some rest, then descend further to Horombo Hut for the night. Total trekking: 12-15 hrs

Accommodation: Horombo hut (B, L, D)

Day 6

Final descend - Transfer to ArushaDescend straight to the gate of Marangu, which will take about 6 hours of walking. On arrival at the gate you will have lunch, receive your certificates, and say goodby to many of your crew. We'll bring you to the KIA lodge, where you can use day rooms for a shower, change cloths etc. In the afternoon, return to Arusha (or Moshi).Accommodation: hotel in Arusha or Moshi (B, L, D)


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