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MARANGU ROUTE 6 DAYS

Summary

Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well-established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.


pictureThe minimum days required for this route is 5, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended when climbing Kilimanjaro using the Marangu route.
However, despite its immense popularity, we avoid leading climbs on the Marangu route. The route has the least scenic variety of all the routes because the ascent and descent are done on the same path and it is the most crowded route for that reason. Marangu is favored only during the rainy season, where the hut accommodations are preferred over wet ground, or for those who only have five days to climb Kilimanjaro (which we do not recommend anyhow).
Itinerary

Arrive in Kilimanjaro Airport

On arrival at the airport, be transferred to Lodge for dinner and overnight in Arusha.


Day 1: Arusha to Mandara Hut

Elevation (ft): 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Drive from Oasis Hotel to Marangu gate and spend around 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 at Mandara Hut


Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heath

Early morning breakfast and later 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 at Horombo Hut.


Day 3: Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge
 
Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 14,400 ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Heath


Mawenzi Ridge to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 14,400 ft to 12,205
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
Habitat: Heath

This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent the day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Horombo Hut.


Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Have breakfast and further ascend 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 at Kibo Hut.


Day 5: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic


Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
Distance: 16 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath

Wake up at midnight, and after a snack, proceed to the summit through Gilman’s point (18,640ft). It is about 5-6 hours and 1-2 hours from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and from Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft) respectively. You will reach the Mountain peak on the morning of the 5th day and start descending after picture taking on the top to Horombo Hut for dinner and an overnight after a short break at Kibo Hut


Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate to Arusha

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
Distance: 20 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast, descend from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate. The waiting car will take you to Moshi / Arusha, for your ongoing travel arrangements.


Tour Includes:

  • 2 Nights accommodation bed and breakfast at the hotel in Moshi (before & after the climb)
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue Fees
  • First aid kit
  • Bottled oxygen, for emergency rescue only
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival Pick up from Kilimanjaro Airport and Departure transfers
  • All Ground Transfers
  • Porter service on the trek
  • Accommodation while trekking
  • Trip completion certificate
*Accommodation on the trek is in shared hut facilities


Added charges:

Extra night or acclimatization on the mountain $300 single person.


Tour Excludes

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival and $100 for U.S. nationals.
  • Lunch or dinner at the hotel
  • Personal Expenses e.g.( laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours e.g. (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.
  • Mountain equipment (e.g sleeping bag)


Gear List

Note: When packing your gear, the best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. The optimum clothing for trekking is layering, as it allows for easy temperature regulation as you ascend or descend. We suggest a base layer, then a mid-layer such as a sweater, followed by a fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof jacket. For your bottom half, thermal underwear, hiking pants then windproof and waterproof layers are recommended.


  • Trekking Poles: adjustable poles
  • Trekking Boots: comfortable trekking boots or mid-top hiking shoes
  • Socks: minimum 3 pair thick mountaineering socks and 3 pair liner socks
  • Short Underwear: a 1-2 pair of synthetic short underwear
  • Long Underwear: 1-2 pair lightweight long underwear pants and shirts
  • Long Underwear: 1 pair of heavy expedition weight long underwear
  • Trekking Pants: nylon pants worn during warm days
  • Soft Shell Jacket: a hooded jacket
  • Soft Shell Pants: for trekking and climbing
  • Insulated Jacket: PrimaLoft or down
  • Expedition Down Parka: a hooded down jacket with 800 minimum down fill
  • Insulated Pants: PrimaLoft or down, these should have full side zippers
  • Hard Shell Jacket: to be worn in wet conditions
  • Hard Shell Pants: to be worn in wet conditions, these pants should have full side zippers
  • Headlamp: bring extra batteries
  • Warm Hat: a warm fleece or wool hat
  • Balaclava: to cover your face and neck on windy days
  • Sun Hat: a baseball style sun camp
  • Buff: 1-2 of these to wear around your neck & face to block the wind, UV rays, dust
  • Glacier Glasses: wrap around style sunglasses with dark lenses
  • Goggles: with dark lenses
  • Soft Shell Gloves: 1 pair
  • Shell Gloves with Insulated Liner: 1 pair
  • Shell Mittens with Insulated Liner: 1 pair
  • Trekking Backpack: a 20-40 liter backpack
  • Sleeping Bag: rated to at least -20 °F (down is preferable over synthetic)
  • Compression Stuff Sacks: for reducing volume for your sleeping bag and down jacket
  • Self-Inflating Pad: a full-length air mattress
  • Closed Cell Foam Pad: full length is best
  • Sunscreen: SPF 50 or stronger
  • Lips creen: SPF 30 or stronger
  • Water Bottles: 2 bottles with 1-liter capacity each
  • Water Bottle Parkas: to keep your water from freezing
  • Pee Bottle: 1+ liter capacity recommended
  • Pee Funnel: for women
  • Knife: optional
  • Toiletry Bag: toothpaste, toothbrush, baby wipes, etc.
  • Hand Sanitizer: 2 small bottles
  • Hand Warmers / Toe Warmers: 1-2 sets of each for summit day
  • Trash Compactor Bags (3): to line stuff sacks and separate gear
  • Camera: lightweight with extra batteries
  • Travel Clothes: for days in Arusha or on safari
  • Large Duffel Bag with Lock: for transporting all personal gear during the climb, waterproof is best
  • Small Duffel Bag: to store items in the hotel
  • Small Personal First Aid Kit: athletic tape, band-aids, Ibuprofen, Moleskin, blister care products, personal medications, cough drops, etc.


Medications:

Acetazolamide (Diamox) for altitude illness, antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin or Azithromycin for gastrointestinal or respiratory illness, Ibuprofen for muscle soreness, Pepto Bismol for loose stool, Excedrin for headaches, anti-nausea medications, etc.


Climbing Snacks:

Electrolyte Replacement Drink Mix: bring a supply for 6 days
Energy Gel: single serving gel packs such as GU, Clif Shot, Powergel, etc.
Energy Bars: Power Bar, Cliff Bar, etc.
Candy Bars: Snickers, Mars, Twix, Milky Way, etc.


Note: A refillable water bottle/flask is required for the trek, no plastic or disposable bottles are allowed on the mountain and they may be confiscated prior to the hike.