The Marangu route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro, also known as Coca-Cola route. The trail is well defined and built in order to overcome the worst obstacles in the easiest possible way. On the Marangu route you sleep in simple mountain huts, built for the purpose.The mountain huts gives you shelter, simple beds to sleep in and food and beverages. You climb Kilimanjaro in an international group lead by an certified English speaking mountain guide, who have climbed mountain many, many times.
Most people who climbs Kilimanjaro, do it by the Marangu route. On the way to the summit you will walk through five climate zones and you will have outstanding views of the African savannah and Kilimanjaro sub-summit Mawenzi. The trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro is demanding, but can be achived by most people with normal good physique and a good deal of stamina. There is no technical climbing involved.
Arrival to our hotel in Moshi for check-in. After Dinner you will meet your lead guide and fellow group members at the pre-climb briefing meeting. Overnight at Mountain Inn Hotel in Moshi.
After a nice breakfast we will load the equipment in the cars and drive to Marangu Park Gate. The drive takes about 45 minutes. At the park gate we will get the registration formalities done. The formalities can take an hour or two, so be patient, we will get there in the end! If it is raining, the trail can be quite wet and slippery, but usually the path is nice and easy. We recommend that you maintain a slow and steady pace going up to help your body acclimatise. Normally the walk takes about 3-5 hours with a lunch stop en-route. A hot dinner will be served, after we have settled in at Mandara Hut (2750m/ 9,022ft). Overnight Mandara Hut
After an early breakfast we will begin the days trek by walking out of the forest. If we lucky we will be able to see Kibo and Mawenzi in the distance. The flora changes remarkably and at our picnic place, we might get company from some hungry mountain mice. After 7-8 hours walking we will arrive at the Horombo Hut at mid-afternoon. After a nice rest we it is time for dinner which will be served at the Hut. Overnight Horombo Hut.
We are spending two nights at the Horombo Hut in order to optimize our acclimatisation. We will use the day for a nice walk towards the Mawenzi Hut. On the way we will pass the Zebra rocks. Todays hike will take about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours going down. We highly recommend this walk, as it will improve your summit chances severely. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water and walk slowly! We will be back in the Horombo Hut for lunch and we will have all afternoon to relax. Overnight Horombo Hut
We will take an alternative route from Horombo, so we don’t walk the same route as yesterday. The trail soon becomes steeper and the landscape across the saddle changes as we approach the Kibo Hut. We will reach Kibo Hut by early afternoon and will have a well-earned rest, before the major challenge of the night’s summit attempt. We will have an early dinner and prepare our gear for the nights climb. Try to get a few hours sleep before our guides wake you up. Overnight Kibo Hut
Our guides will wake you up at Midnight (00:00am) for the summit attempt. The early start allows us to reach the summit in time for sunrise, and still give us plenty of time for the descent. We will walk in a single line, ascending in a zigzag pattern through the scree. Shortly after Horombo we will enter the arctic zone on Kilimanjaro. The trek up to Gilman’s Point is probably the most amazing section of the Marangu route. There are no technical challenges, but it is a very special atmosphere walking through the darkness at high altitude.
Keep pushing forward and consult the guides if you are feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness. The guides are well trained and will make sure that you don’t take any risk. Pure determination will take you to Gilman’s Point at 5.710m / 18,734ft. Here we will have a short rest, before we continue to Uhuru Peak. Finally we will reach Uhuru Peak 5.895m/ 19,341ft. We are now at the top of Africa. It is usually cold and windy at the summit, so when we have taken the photos, we will begin our descent to Horombo Hut. The terrain is very lose and you may find it is harder to descend than to ascend. Walking poles comes in handy here and the guides can also show you a trick to slide down. We will follow the same trail we used to ascend until we reach Kibo Hut. There is a nice hot lunch waiting for us at Kibo Hut. We continue down to the saddle and the junction for the Rongai/Marangu route, before we continue towards Horombo through the moorland. After a very long day we will reach Horombo Hut at 3,700m/ 12,139ft. The trek from Kibo to Gilman’s usually takes around 5-6 hours. The trek to Uhuru a further 1-2 hours. And the descent to Horombo Hut takes approximately 6-7 hours, so it is a long day! We will have a well earned dinner at Horombo Hut, before we go to sleep. Overnight Horombo Hut
This is our final day on Kilimanjaro. We leave the Horombo Hut and walk down through the forest to Marangu Gate. We will have our picnic lunch en-route. Our support team will be waiting for us at the gate to congratulate and if you wish to distribute any tips or gratuities, this is the time and place to do it. The guides and the porters will probably sing the ‘Kilimanjaro song’ before saying goodbye. The car will be waiting at the gate and will drive us back to the hotel. After collecting our keys, it is time for a nice hot shower. You can spend the rest of the day at the pool, or make a visit to the market in Moshi. Overnight at Mountain Inn Hotel.
After breakfast it is time to check-out. End of services
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