5 DAYS - KILIMANJARO TREKKING

MARANGU ROUTE

The Marangu Route is also known as the “Coca Cola” or “tourist” route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Mens’ and ladies’ latrines are available at the last camp but are very basic.

All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer may be for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (prices increase with elevation).

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : To Mandara Hut (Montane Forest)

You’ll be picked up from your Moshi
accommodations and make the drive to Kilimanjaro National Park.
Here, you’ll liaise with your guides and begin your ascent through the verdant
rainforest that clothes the lower reaches of Kilimanjaro.

Hiking for 5-6 hours through this
ancient jungle, you’ll get to go on a miniature safari as you spot wildlife
such as black and white colobus monkeys along the way.

You’ll spend your night at the modern
Mandara Huts, which boast luxuries such as solar lighting and flush toilets.
You won’t be seeing those again anytime soon!

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Dinner and overnight at Huts

Day 2 : To Horombo Camp (Heath land) 2700m to 3700m 9000ft to 12,100ft 11 km, 6-8 hours

You’ll set off bright and early today,
as you’ve got a long day of hiking ahead of you!

Today’s hike takes you from the verdant
rainforest into the stark alpine zone, as you’ll cover more than 11 kilometres
on your way to the Maundi Crater.

If the weather is clear, you’ll find
stunning views of Kibo Glacier from here before settling down for the evening.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Dinner and overnight at Huts

Day 3 : To Kibo Camp (Alpine Desert) 3700m to 4700m 12,100ft to 15,400ft 10 km, 6-8 hours

It’s another big day of hiking today,
as you’ll make your way to Kibo Hut to set up camp ahead of your summit
attempt.
Climbing almost 1,000m, you’ll pass your last watering point at the 4,130m mark
before arriving at Kibo Hut in the afternoon.

Remember to drink plenty of water
during your early dinner, as you’ll be up bright and early tomorrow to begin
your ascent to the summit!

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Overnight stay in Huts

Day 4 : To Summit and Horombo (Alpine Desert) 4700m to 5895m (and down to 3700m) 15,400ft to 19,300ft (and down to 12,100ft)

You’re starting your day early today –
just after midnight, in fact!

Your climbing team will wake you with a
cup of hot tea and a light snack for energy as you get dressed and prepare your
daypack for the adventure ahead.

You’ll be hiking in utter darkness for
the next 5-7 hours, so take it slow and you’ll arrive at Stella Point a few
hours before dawn. From here, there’s another two hours of intense hiking
before you reach your ultimate goal: Uhuru Peak.

Standing at 5,985m, you’ll be able to
experience a spectacular sunrise and take in the panoramic view. You’ve done
it 

You’ll then descend back to Horombo Hut
via Kibo Hut. At anywhere between 12 and 16 hours of hiking, this is sure to be
one of the longest, most gruelling days of your life!

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation not included

Day 5 : To Moshi 3700m to 1700m 12,100ft to 5500ft 18km, 5-7 hours

It’s a day of celebration today, as
you’ll enjoy one last breakfast on the mountain before descending to the
Marangu Gate.

It’s an almost 20km walk today, but the
steady downhill makes it a lot easier than the ascent.

Upon arrival at the gate, you’ll get to
celebrate with your porters and guides, provide them with their tips for their
hard work, and collect your certificate of completion.

Your driver will then whisk you away to
your Moshi or Arusha hotel to get some well-earned rest.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation not included