5 Days Marangu Route
climbing Kilimanjaro, This Marangu route is known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast. It is the oldest, most well established route.Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path.
This route 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.
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 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 acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended.
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.
Marangu is offered as a five to six day private climb.
Day 1: Mandara Hut
Altitude: 5,905′ to 9,021′; Hiking time: 3-4 hrs
Our representative will pick you from your hotel to Marangu gate where your permit for trekking will be issued. Gate formalities take about 30 minutes. Afterward, the chief guide will introduce you to your porters, and then the trek begins. The route starts at the National Park Marangu Gate at 5905 ft. Walk through the fascinating rain forest to the Mandara Hut.
Day 2: Horombo Hut
Altitude: 9,021′ to 12,400′; Hiking time: 5-6 hrs
After breakfast, ascend through rolling alpine meadows containing giant heather trees. Along this leisurely trail enjoy the flora and views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. A packed lunch is served on the way to Horombo Hut. Finally, dinner and overnight is taken at Horombo Hut.
Day 3: Kibo Hut
Altitude: 12,4 00′ to 15,420′; Hiking time: 5-6 hrs
After a good night’s rest continue past the cactus-like ground cover and the “last water” stream and move onto the lunar landscape on the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi Kibo.
Day 4: Summit Day Â– Horombo Hut
Altitude: 15,420′ to 19,340′ (summit) then down to 12,285′; Hiking time: 14-16 hrs
The start for the summit is made in the early hours of the morning in order to reach Gillman Points – (18,635 ft) before dawn. From Gillman point one can witness the most spectacular and unforgettable sunrise. One hours walk away is the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak at 19,340 ft. The descent is less tiring and the night is spent at Horombo Hut.
Day 5: Marangu Gate
Altitude: 12,285′ to 5,850; Hiking time: 5-7 hrs
Another half day’s leisurely walk and you’re back at the park entrance where you will meet with a representative at the gate for a drive to your hotel and the next day program. End of climbing Kilimanjaro