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Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

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Duration

6 Day Kilimanjaro Climbing

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

Unlimited

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Languages

English

Overview

Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, Marangu approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest route on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatisation day on the mountain is highly recommended.

Marangu is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut (because only Horombo Hut is used on descent). Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Also available for consumption are soft drinks, bottled water, and beer.

The Marangu route is a classic trek to the top of Kilimanjaro. However, it has the least scenic variety of all routes (ascent and descent are done on the same path) and is the most crowded for that reason.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Kilimanjaro National Park Gate
Day 1 - Kilimanjaro National Park Gate

After breakfast, head towards the Marangu Gate and once the necessary paper work has been completed, your start hiking through the dense rainforest.
Enjoy the impressive vegetation and the relatively short walking day of approximately 4 hrs when you reach at the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior
O/n Mandara Hut at 2650 meters (B, L, D)

Day 2 - Horombo Hut
Day 2 - Horombo Hut

Today you will reach the timberline - climb up through giant Alpine forest and across moor lands onto the slopes of the Mawenzi massif, lunch on the way. The walk will take 4-7 hours before you reach Horombo hut. This is a long day about 14 km but taken at a slow easy pace with rest stops en-route.
O/n Horombo Hut at 3700 meters (B, L, D)

Day 3: Horombo Huts
Day 3: Horombo Huts

Leisurely breakfast at Horombo - spend the day acclimatising. After a leisurely breakfast, head off on a walk accompanied by your guide to gain altitude greater than that of Horombo Hut. Return for hot lunch followed by relaxation and overnight.
O/n Horombo Hut at 3700 meters (B, L, D)

Day 4: Kibo Huts
Day 4: Kibo Huts

Today’s stage is long and tough. After breakfast, continue the climb towards Kibo Hut – a fairly long day with 13km to cover. The trail passes the so-called “saddle”, a vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is reached in about 5 - 6 hours. Enjoy an early evening and try to get some rest as the night will be very short.
O/n Kibo Hut at 4700 meters (B, L, D)

Day 5: Summit Day
Day 5: Summit Day

Day 6: Final Morning on the Mountain
Day 6: Final Morning on the Mountain

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