5 Days Kilimanjaro climbing via Marangu Route



The Marangu is the only developed Kilimanjaro route with comfort beds and modern toilets, it is most popular, short but has money people on it because it is considered cheaper. Marangu route is rated difficult route to Uhuru Peak and it has lower summit success rates and reduced scenery because you follow the same trail up and down. Marangu is also called the touristy Route or the Coca Cola Route due to drinks being sold in huts as you hike up. Some climbers choose this route because it is considered affordable and fairly easy the first 3 days but the final part to the summit is still difficult. Although this rout is the easiest, it has the highest failure summit success rate due to bad acclimatisation. It is advised to take this route seriously enough, to be well organized and to take all possible safety measures.


Day 1 Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport then drive to Moshi

Meet and greet at Kilimanjaro Airport on time of your flight arrival by our transferring driver who will escort you to the waiting vehicle for loading your luggage then drive you to Key’s Hotel in Moshi town. After checking in the hotel you will get briefing about your next day trek then your mountain guide will check your gears. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing at the pool or exploring the town of Moshi.
Dinner included

Day 2 Drive from Moshi to 1,980 metre Marangu Gate, hike to the 2,700 metre Mandara Huts

After breakfast at your lodge in Moshi you will be met for the drive to Marangu gate. After the necessary arrangement has been completed, you will sign in and your trek can begin hiking through the dense rainforest. You might be lucky to catch a glimpse of the thumbless black and white colobus monkeys scrambling through the lush vegetation. Approximately 4 hours later, you will reach your destination for the day, the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide will take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Kenyan interior. Evening meal and overnight stay at Mandara Hut (2,700 m)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Hike from 2,700 metre Mandara Huts to 3,720 metre Horombo Huts

You will start the day with a early breakfast and then you will leave Mandara Hut and trek through the treeline where vegetation changes to shrubs. At about 4 to 6 hours trek you will see the Horombo Hut at an altitude of about 3,700 m and soon you will reach the huts. From the hut you will have incredible views overlooking Mawenzi and Kibo peaks and the Masai steppe. You will have an evening meal and overnight stay at the Horombo Hut.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Hike from 3,720 metre Horombo Huts to 4,700 metre Kibo Huts

You will have a long and touch trek on this day. The trail links the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi and passes the “last waterpoint” which is followed by what is known as “saddle”. This virtually plantless upland will lead you to Kibo huts where you will have short resting before you put another legs for the summit attempt. The trek from Horombo to Kibo hut is about 5 to 6 hours. You will be woken at approximately 23:00 h for summit preparation.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Summit Attempt – Hike from 4,700 metre Kibo Huts to 5,895 metre Uhuru Peak then hike down to 3,720 metre Horombo Huts

Today is the “summit day” – the big day. You will start in the mid night before the ice starts melting and the lava ash is still frozen making is easier to walking on it. You will begin the long and exhausting trek to the summit in the dark. Passing the Hans Meyer cave at 5,200 m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gilman’s Point (5,715 m) on the crater rim. Soon you will have forgotten the cold of the night and after another 1 to 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m. Now you are standing on the “Roof of Africa”. The descent follows the same path and the lava ash will now have thawed and allows for a fast descent. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you and you can rest a while to regain your strength. After the 1 to 2 hour break, you will be on your way down to the Horombo Hut (3,700 m) where you will arrive in the afternoon. After an evening meal, it is early to bed for most.

Day 6 Final Hike from 3,720 metre Horombo Huts to 1,980 metre Marangu Gate – Drive to the hotel in Moshi

The final trail passes through the heather and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2,700 m) where you will have lunch prepare by cook who went before you. Soon you will again be in the lush tropical rainforest and after about 6 hours of trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park gate (1,860 m). After saying goodbye to your mountain crew you will meet the driver who will drive you back to Moshi at the hotel for a warm shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel or explore the ton of Moshi.
Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 Depart Moshi for Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast you will be taken to Kilimanjaro Airport or you can extend your holiday with a safari or beach stay.

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