5 Days Marangu Route - East Africa

5 Days Marangu Route

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Mount Kilimanjaro trekking

Mount Kilimanjaro trekking via Marangu Route is also known as the “Tourist Route” and the “Coca-Cola Route.”This is because Marangu is the most popular route on the mountain, and thus is considered “touristy”, and because the route is the only one that offers sleeping huts, which serve beverages like Coca-Cola, on the way.

Mount Kilimanjaro trekking

Marangu is the easiest route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Its ascension profile is very gradual and steady, allowing for painless trekking for most of the way. However, due to its reputation as an easy route, unprepared, inexperienced climbers often select Marangu.

The hike begins in the southeast area of the mountain at Marangu Gate. The route takes five days minimum to complete, although six days are more practical and recommended. The sleeping huts along the route are structures with a dining hall and bunk beds, equipped with mattresses and pillows. It is a cheaper climb as well, do with to the close proximity of the gate to Moshi, the gateway town, and because it is a shorter route.

However, Marangu has the best trail in the rainforest section of the trek. Of course, there are still great views of the Mawenzi and it is equally spectacular for everyone at Uruhu.

Marangu is ideal for those who are not confident in their ability to hike over steeper parts. It is also attractive for those who do not want to sleep in a tent. Marangu’s huts offer shelter and warmth against the weather so it is a decent choice when climbing during the rainy season. Marangu is for those who want to spend less on their climb, and do not mind crowds.
For only Marangu is booking in one week before your trekking to reserve the climb date.

 

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All about the 5 Days Marangu Route.

The hike begins in the southeast area of the mountain at Marangu Gate. The route takes five days minimum to complete, although six days are more practical and recommended. The sleeping huts along the route are structures with a dining hall and bunk beds, equipped with mattresses and pillows. The descent is done on the same path, contributing to Marangu’s overcrowded feeling. It is a cheaper climb as well, do with to the close proximity of the gate to Moshi, the gateway town, and because it is a shorter route.

Scenically, Marangu is not a desirable route compared to all the other routes because it confines climbers to one area of the mountain, thus limiting the variety. However, Marangu has the best trail in the rainforest section of the trek. Of course, there are still great views of the Mawenzi and it is equally spectacular for everyone at Uruhu.

Marangu is ideal for those who are not confident in their ability to hike over steeper parts. It is also attractive for those who do not want to sleep in a tent. Marangu’s huts offer shelter and warmth against the weather so it is a decent choice when climbing during the rainy season. Marangu is for those who want to spend less on their climb, and do not mind crowds.
For only Marangu route  requires booking  ahead like one week before your trekking to reserve the climb date.

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meeting at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Accommodation prior to the climb (including breakfast; sharing a twin room);
  • Transfer to the trail head;
  • Professional mountain crew. All guides have “Wilderness First Responder” and “Wilderness First Aid” certificates, along with over 9 years of experience in climbing. Each participant will be provided with a porter (who can carry up to 18 kg of personal baggage);
  • English, Spanish and German speaking guide (certified as a Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Medicine Adult and Child CPR)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits;
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees;
  • Camping/hut fees;
  • 3 square meals daily. The menu includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian options are available upon request;
  • Oxygen systems and pulse Oximeters;
  • First aid kit;
  • Warm and comfortable sleeping pads (2 inches thick);
  • Camping equipment’s including sleeping tents, sleeping mats
  • Meeting the group at the National Park exit and transfer to the hotel;
  • Guide, chef and porters salaries
  • Accommodation after the climb (including breakfast; sharing a twin room);
  • International certificates for a successful ascent;
  • Return transfer to Kilimanjaro airport.
  • * Basic tour package price includes sharing a twin room. If you need a single bed accommodation only, you should contact a manager a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the start of the tour.
  • ** During the climb you will share a tent with 1-2 other climbers, depending on the number of participants. If you need an individual tent, please, contact our manager. Single accommodation at sleeping huts on Marangu is impossible.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tanzania Visa: $50/$100 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. Laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Personal mountain gear
  • Tips (Gratuity) to guide and porters
  • Personal Expenses
  1. Day 1 Arrival transfers from KIA-Hotel

    We will pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Kilimanjaro crane hotel for overnight

  2. Day 2 Rest day

    We recommend at least one rest day before starting your trek and try to sleep because of different time zones, our guide he will give the briefing and check your trekking gears to make sure you have everything needed.

  3. Day 3 Starting Day

    After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings, including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

    Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
    Distance: 8km/5mi
    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    Habitat: Montane Forest
    Meals: LD
    Budget Lodging: Mandara Hut

  4. Day 4 Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

    You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and groundsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

    Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
    Distance: 12km/7.5mi
    Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
    Habitat: Heath land
    Meals: BLD
    Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut

  5. Day 5 Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

    Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for the summit climb.

    Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
    Distance: 9km/5.5mi
    Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert
    Meals: BLD
    Budget Lodging: Kibo Hut

  6. Day 6 Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut

    Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim.
    Continuing passing Stella point
    We now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family.
    From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

    The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

    Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
    Down to 3700m/12,200ft
    Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
    Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
    Habitat: Alpine Desert
    Meals: BLD
    Budget Lodging: Horombo Camp

  7. Day 7 Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Moshi

    After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and T-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

    A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour). Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters.

    Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
    Distance: 20km/12.5mi
    Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    Habitat: Forest
    Meals: B

     

     

  8. Day 8 Departure transfers

    Pick up from the hotel and transfer to KIA to say bye and welcome again.

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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