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Kilimanjaro climbing Marangu route, Tanzania - 8 Days

Known as the "Coca-Cola" route, Marangu approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest route on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. 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.

Marangu is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accomodations. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut (because only Horombo Hut is used on descent). 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 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.


On your arrival at Kilimanjaro international airport (JRO) our representative will pick you from airport and then transfer to hotel in moshi for dinner and overnight at Neneu hotel

Day 2: MARANGU GATE – MANDARA HUT (8,875 ft)

This morning we drive through Kilimanjaro’s semi-tropical foothills to Marangu Gate, where you enter Kilimanjaro National Park and start your climb. Today’s trek takes 4-5 hours through tropical rainforest to reach Mandara Hut.

Day 3: MANDARA HUT – HOROMBO HUT(12,201 ft)

Your second day on the mountain starts with a fairly steep climb through the last of the rainforest up to alpine meadows dotted with giant heather. Further on, the environment changes to open heath with stunted vegetation before opening out to bleak moorland. Today you will gain approximately 1,000m in altitude, so walk slowly in order to acclimatize properly. It is normally a 6-7 hour hike to reach Horombo Hut.


Acclimatization day in Horombo hut with short hike to Zebra rock and back to rest

Day 5: HOROMBO HUT – KIBO HUT (15,463 ft)

The terrain now becomes progressively more rocky and rugged and giant groundsels and lobelias make their appearance. The trail skirts Mawenzi Peak , before crossing a stark, almost lunar landscape and the tundra desert of ‘the saddle”. The hike to Kibo Hut takes anything from 5 to 7 hours and the views from the saddle are breathtaking. Make this an early night – your attempt on Uhuru Peak starts at midnight.

Day 6: KIBI HUT – SUMMIT (19,340 ft) – HOROMBO HUT (12,201 ft) Soon after midnight, you will be awakened by your guides to start the zigzag trek up a long scree slope. After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave and from here the gradient gets steeper. Continue your climb for approximately another 3 hours to Gilman’s Point and you will be rewarded by the dramatic sight of the rising sun reflecting off the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi.

Walk along the crater rim for another couple of hours to reach your goal – Uhuru Peak, towering at 19,340 ft. After congratulating yourself and your companions on this great achievement, descend to Kibo Hut for rest and refreshment before continuing to Horombo Hut for your last night on the mountain.


After a leisurely breakfast, make your final descent across the alpine meadow, past Mandara Hut and on down through the rainforest to Marangu Gate, where your driver and vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back

to Moshi, overnight in a hotel.


Today we will transfer you to Kilimanjaro airport depends with your flight schedule to connect your flight back home.

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Food: Included
Country: Tanzania
Transfer: Included
Airport: Moshi - Kilimanjaro International Airport
Registered Member of Tourism board of: Tanzania
Testimonials (Website,TripAdvisor, etc.): Yes
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Experience Level: Moderate
Tour operator name: Kilimanjaro Guides Expeditions
Min group size: 2
Max group size: 7
Duration: 8
Provided Accommodation: Tent and Hostel/Hotel
Included in service: -Accommodations before and after the trek. -Park entrance/Huts fees. -Transfers from base hotel to the park entrance gate and come back -Food 3 meals (All meals are hot)/premium Menu. -Enough clean Water the mountain. -Professional and Experience Mountain Guide who have qualified in wilderness first aid responder (WFR) -Good number of porters -Cook. -Pulse oxymeter, stetescope -Hot water every day for washing,
Not included in Service: -Tips. -All items of personal nature. -Climbing gear
Equipment to bring: Clothing - 1 - Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood - 1 - Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down - 1 - Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell - 2 - Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric - 1 - Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric - 1 - Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended) - 2 - Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended) - 1 - Fleece Pants - 1 - Shorts (optional) - 1 - Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended) - 3 - Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended) - 2 - Sport Bra (women) Footwear - 1 - Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces - 1 - Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional) - 3 - Socks, thick, wool or synthetic - 3 - Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional) - 1 - Gaiters, waterproof (optional) Equipment - 1 - Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons - 1 - Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional) - 1 - Sleeping Pad, self-inflating or closed-cell foam - 1 - Trekking Poles (highly recommended) - 1 - Head lamp, with extra batteries - 1 - Duffel bag, for porters to carry your equipment - 1 - Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear Paperwork - Trip Receipt - Passport - Visa (available at JRO) - Yellow fever certificate - Insurance Documents including emergency phone number Headwear - 1 - Brimmed Hat, for sun protection - 1 - Knit Hat, for warmth - 1 - Balaclava, for face coverage (optional) - 1 - Bandana (optional) Handwear - 1 - Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended) - 1 - Glove Liners, thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth (optional) Accessories - 1 - Sunglasses or Goggles - 1 - Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional) - 1 - Poncho, during rainy season (optional) - 1 - Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz. recommended) - 1 - Water Bladder, Camelbak type (optional) - 1 - Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional) - 1 - Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (highly recommended) - Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate Other - Toiletries - Prescriptions - Sunscreen - Lip Balm - Insect Repellent, containing DEET - First Aid Kit - Hand Sanitizer - Toilet Paper - Wet Wipes (recommended) - Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional) - Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip log (optional) - Camera, with extra batteries (optional)
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Listing created Jan 31, 2016

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