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8 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing
Marangu Route

08 Days
Climbing Route: MARANGU (8 DAYS)
  • Route Overview

    Marangu Route is the easiest and shortest route up Kilimanjaro summit. The Marangu route offers moderate Kilimanjaro climbing from starting point to Kibo huts but from Kibo hut to the summit the trek need commitment as the track is strenuous.

    The Marangu route is simply known as the “Coca cola” route due to the facts that drinks are sold in the huts as you trek up. Marangu is also the only offering comfortable sleeping huts at every campsite with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are shared by all climbers and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillows so require fewer supplies. There are washrooms with running water at the first two huts and basic washrooms at the last huts. Meals are shared in dinning huts at each camp you can mingle around and make some stories. Soft drinks bottle water and beer are available for sale at the huts and prices increase as you hike up. The minimum trekking days on Marangu route is 5 days but can be done in 6 days and have one day resting at Horombo hut for acclimatization before you attempt the summit.

  • Day 1 Arriral Kilimanjaro Airport

    You will be met on arrival usually at Kilimanjaro Airport if you arrive by international flight or in Arusha if you arrive by internal flight or by shuttle bus from Nairobi or likewise. You will be escorted to Moshi for the rest of the day your treks will start the next day morning, depending on your arrival time our mountain guide will meet you at the hotel or airport for briefing on the next Kilimanjaro trek. Accommodation: Salinero Hotel Moshi or Planet lodge Arusha. Meals Plan: {D}

  • Day 2: Hike Marangu Gate 1,860 M to Mandara hut 2,700 M

    After breakfast at the hotel you will be taken to the Kilimanjaro National park gate (1,840 m). Once the necessary paper work has been completed your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. You might be lucky to catch a glimpse of the thumb less black and white Columbus 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 (2670 m). Accommodation: Mandara Hut. Meals Plan: {B, L, D}

  • Day 3: Hike Mandara Hut 2,700 M to Horombo Hut 3,700 M

    The day begins with an early breakfast and shortly after you have left Mandara hut, you will reach the tree line where vegetation changes to shrubs. Approximately 4 to 6 hrs later, the Horombo hut will come into sight at an altitude of about 3,700 meters. From the hut you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo peak and the Masai steppe. Evening meal and overnight stay at the Horombo hut. Accommodation: Horombo Hut. Meals Plan: {B, L, D}

  • Day 4: Hike Horombo Hut 3,700 M to Zebra Rocks 3,980 M to Horombo Hut 3,700 M

    Today’s purpose is getting your body to acclimatize to the altitude. Acclimatization should not be underestimated as it greatly improves your chances of reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast you will set off on a 2- 4 hrs. trek to Zebra rocks (3,980m). The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. on your return to Horombo hut, a cooked lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day. Overnight and evening meal at Horombo Hut. Accommodation: Horombo Hut Meals Plan: {B, L, D}

  • Day 5: Hike Horombo Hut 3,700 M to Kibo hut 4,700 M

    Today’s stage is long and tough. The trail passes the “Last water point” which is followed by the so called “saddle”. This nearly plant less plateau links the summit of Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is Kibo hut and it should be reached in about 5-6 hrs. Tonight is an early night to get enough rest because you will be woken at approximately 23:00 hrs. Accommodation: Kibo Hut. Meals Plan: {B, L, D}

  • Day 6: Hike Kibo Hut 4,700 M to Uhuru peak 5,895 M to Horombo Hut 3,700 M

    Today is the “big day” the summit stage. You will start in the middles of the night when the lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier. You will begin the long and strenuous trek to the summit in the dark. Passing the Hans Meyer cave at 5,200m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise you will reach Gilman’s point (5,715m) on the crater rim. Soon you will have forgotten the cold of the night and after another 1-2 hrs you will reach Uhuru peak at 5,895m. 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 1-2 hrs breaks, 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. Accommodation: Horombo Hut. Meals Plan: {B, L, D}

  • Day 7: Hike Horombo Hut 3,700 M – Marangu Gate 1,860 M

    The final like of your wonderful 6 day Marangu route trekking begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. The moderate descend through the heather and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2,700m) where a cooked lunch awaits you. Soon you will again be in the lush tropical rainforest and after about 6 hrs of trekking, you will be back at the same Marangu route gate 1,860m where you will meet a transferring driver. At the gate you will sign out and obtain your Kilimanjaro certificate then you will be driven back to Moshi or Arusha where you will have a long and warm shower after a tiring mountain trek. The rest of the day is free to rest. Accommodation: Salinero Hotel Moshi or Planet lodge Arusha. Meals Plan: {B, L, D}

  • Day 8: Departure

    After breakfast you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or to shuttle bus to Nairobi or to your next destination. Meals Plan: {B}

  • Tour inclusions

    • Arrival and departure airport transfers
    • 2 night’s hotel in Moshi one before and one after trekking
    • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
    • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
    • Kilimanjaro entry fees
    • All meals while on the Mountain
    • Camping ( hut) fees
    • Rescue fees
    • Certified, experienced, English speaking guides
    • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
    • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
    • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
    • Clean, purified drinking water
    • Crisis management and safety procedures
    • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
    • Sleeping Mattress
    • Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor Society of Africa
    Tour Excludes
    • Tips for guides and support staff
    • Sleeping bag and personal items
    • Personal expenses ( Visas, airport taxes etc)
    • Extra activities and optional Tours not listed above (short safari after your climb etc)
    • Extra nights
    • Meals not listed above

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