5 Days Hiking Kilimanjaro

5 Days/ 4: 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).

This route is usually done on 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi

Detailed Itinerary:

Moshi
815m / 2670ft
You guide shall meet you at your hotel (Arusha or Moshi) for briefing on the Safari schedule, and make reminder for necessary checklist.
DAY 1
To Mandara Hut (
Montane Forest)
1700m to 2740m
5500ft to 9000ft
7 km, 4-5 hours
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment located at 9000 ft / 2740 m. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colubus monkeys.
DAY 2
To Horombo Camp (
Heathland)
2700m to 3700m
9000ft to 12,100ft
11 km, 6-8 hours

Having a walk of about 1 hour,  you will leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels; here you will start to feel the effects of the altitude.

If you wish to extend your trek, here you can spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

DAY 3
To Kibo Camp (
Alpine Desert)
3700m to 4700m
12,100ft to 15,400ft
10 km, 6-8 hours
You start ascending last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.
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)
4 km up / 14 km down
10-15 hours

At 2:00am, commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim at 18640 ft / 5861 m (4-7 hours). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa: 19340 ft / 5895 m (1-2 hours). Unbelievable views at every turn. Get your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. From here, we now descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment for dinner and a tired but happy overnight (1-2 hours).

At this point you need to have headlambs or flashlights as the climb is done in the dark. Also from this time till ascending it will be very cold, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks.

DAY 5
To Moshi

3700m to 1700m
12,100ft to 5500ft
18km, 5-7 hours

After breakfast, A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m / 8858 ft), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830 m / 6004 ft). At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. It is time for celebration!!, kindly remember to tip your porters and guides

 

Kilimanjaro Climbing Includes:
2 Nights accommodation in moshi/Arusha
Private professional mountain guides
All Park fees
Rescue fees
All meals while on the Mountain
Arrival and Departure transfers
Government taxes, VAT and all relating service charges
Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
Emergency Oxygen
Walking Poles
Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor

Excludes:
Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Meals not listed above
Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
Tips and any items of personal nature.