Herofel Logo The Marangu route is the most popular route to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This route is affectionately known as the "Coca Cola Route". This route offers hut accommodation along the entire route.


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MOUNT KILIMANJARO TREKKING SAFARI

MARANGU ROUTE                                                   MACHAME ROUTE (Click here)       

Affectionately known as the ‘Coca Cola route’, Marangu route is the most popular route to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This could be as a result that it’s possible to reach the top in 5 days. It’s the only route that offers hut accommodation along the entire route. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beer are sold at the camp on this route. The youngest person to scale the mountain was aged eleven, the oldest seventy four.

SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

TANZANIA

Day 1  – Springland Hotel - Moshi
Day 2 – Mandara Hut
Day 3  - Horombo Hut
Day 4 – Horombo Hut (Acclimatization)
Day 5  - Kibo Hut
Day 6  – Uhuru Peak, then Horombo Hut
Day 7 – Decent and departure

DETAILED ITINERARY.

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI ARUSHA THEN TO MOSHI,

Pick up at Kilimanjaro International Airport at Arusha, then drive to Springland Hotel in Moshi.

Overnight at Springland Hotel – Moshi.

DAY 2 – MARANGU GATE (1980M) TO MANDARAHUT (2700M) – HIKING TIME: 5 HRS, DISTANCE: ABOUT 12 KMS,

The journey from Moshi to Kilimanjaro Nat. Park takes about an hour. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. After signing in at the gate, you ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest. Your first stop will be at Mandara Hut, a group of wooden gate and huts in the forest clearing.

DAY 3 – MANDARA HUT (2700M) TO HOROMBO HUT (3720M) – HIKING TIME: 6 HRS, DISTANCE: APPROX 15 KMS.

From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and emerges into the transition from the rain forest of moor land. Horombo hut is a village of wooden huts on a small plateau. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. Remember to drink enough water and move in a comfortable pace.

DAY 4 – HOROMBO HUT (3720M) TO KIBO HUT (4700M) – HIKING TIME: 6 HRS, DISTANCE: APPROX 15 KMS)

After breakfast you will continue to the Alpine desert habitat. The lower route passes the last watering point at 4130m. You will have to fill up your water bottles and flasks with as much water as needed until you return to Horombo Hut. However, mineral water can be bought at Kibo hut. The summit is now a further 1165 m up and you will reach the top the same night. Prepare you equipment, ski stick, thermal clothing and replace camera/headlamp batteries for your summit bid. To prevent water from freezing it will be wise to carry it in a thermal flask. Go to bed at around 1900hrs and try to get as much rest as possible.

DAY 5 – HOROMBO HUT – ACCLIMATIZATION DAY.

Whole day at Horombo hut for acclimatization.

DAY 6 – KIBO HUT (4700M) TO UHURU PEAK (5895M) TO HOROMBO HUT (3720M) – HIKING TIME: 8 HRS TO UHURU AND 6 HRS TO HOROMBO, DISTANCE: 6 KMS ASCENT AND 21 KMS DESCEND.

You will rise around 23:30hrs and after tea & biscuits, you continue into the night, this is where the going gets really tough. The first section of the trail consists of rocky path to the Hans Meyer cave (5150m), also a good resting point. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s Point (5861m),which is located on the crater rim. From Gillman’s point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak, the highest point in Africa. YOU MADE IT. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all the gear you had left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut for your overnight. The return will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spend walking on this day is 14 hours so be prepared for a tough day. Later in the evening, enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well earned sleep filled with happy memories. 

DAY 7 – HOROMBO HUT (3720M) TO MARANGU GATE (1980M) – HIKING TIME: 6 HOURS, DISTANCE: 27 KMS.

After breakfast, continue with your descent, passing the Mandara hut down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate, sign your name and details. Successful climbers will receive their summit certificates.  Climbers who will have reached Gillman’s Point will receive Green certificates, while those who reached Uhuru Peak are issued with God certificates. Drive back to Arusha and depart as per your flight details.

COST:
USD 1,250.- PER PERSON SHARING.

Cost includes-

  • All vehicle transfers
  • Park entrance fees
  • All hut or camping fees for the climb
  • Guides, assistant guides, porter and cook
  • Al meals on the mountain including eating utensils
  • Certificate of successful completion
  • Government taxes

Cost excludes-

  • Tips for guides and porters
  • International and regional flights and taxes
  • Personal health insurance
  • In-house equipment: rental facility
  • Visas
  • Toiletries

REQUIRED GEAR.

This is also available for rental at Moshi.
1.       Sleeping bag.
2.       Thick Sweater
3.       Full rain suit
4.       Rain suit pants
5.       Duffel bag
6.       Day pack rucksack
7.       Long gaiters
8.       Walking stick
9.       Flashlight
10.   Balaclava
11.   Gloves
12.   Mountain boots.

 Travel Connections wishes you all a successful mountain climb.

 
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