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Marangu Route 5 Days



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    The Marangu Route is the oldest on Kilimanjaro and is also one of the most popular – mainly because it is the only route on the mountain that has huts provided for hikers. Is also known as the “Tourist Route” or “Coca Cola Route” and can be completed in 5 days; however, it is recommended that climbers take an extra day to acclimatize at Horombo Hut. On the Marangu Route the ascent is exactly the same as the descent and therefore there is not as much variety in settings compared to other routes.


    • Distance: 8km
    • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    • Habitant: Rainforest

    After breakfast, briefing, you will be driven to the gate from Moshi, which takes approximately an hour and passes through the village of Marangu. At the gate you will meet your trekking team and complete entry formalities and the commence the climb.Th walking through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment located at 9000 ft / 2740 m. Dinner and overnight.

    Day 2: Mandara Hut (2,700 meters) to Horombo Hut (3,720 meters)

    • Distance: 11.5km
    • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
    • Habitant: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone

    After early Breakfast,the trek continues through the rainforest, around the base of the Maundi Crater and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment located at 12000 ft /3700 m. Dinner and overnight. If you wish to extend you trek (recommended), here you can spend 1 or 2 extra days resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenz which is good for acclimatisation.

    Day 3: Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) to Kibo Hut (4,700 meters)

    • Distance: 10km
    • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    • Habitant: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone

    For t six day trekkers hike to Mawenzi Peak for about 4-5 and back, which is good for acclimatization,but for 5 day trekkers after your Breakfast you will depart from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut.Pass through the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. At Kibo Hut you will be served an early dinner and prepare for summit climb.You will be awoken around 23:30 to start your 1,150 meter ascent to Uhuru Peak.

    Day 4: Kibo Hut (4,700 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Horombo Hut (3,720 meters)

    • Distance: 5.5km / 3 miles ascent and then 15km / 8 mile descent
    • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Horombo Hut
    • Habitant: Glacial zone, high alpine zone and low alpine zone

    On this day, begins with summit night. After being awoken you will be served some hot tea then begin your summit ascent on steep and heavy scree or snow/ice up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim at 18640 ft / 5861 m (4-7 hours). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak. At Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) you will take a lot of pictures and then begin your descent back to Kibo Hut, and onto Horombo Hut.

    Day 5: Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) to Marangu Gate (1,870 meters)

    • Distance: 20km
    • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
    • Habitant: Low alpine zone and rainforest

    On this day five after early Breakfast,the descent continues past the Mandara encampment down to Marangu Gate.It takes nearly 20km but usually only takes 7 hours to complete.At Marangu Gate you will be presented with your certificate, either for Gilman’s Point or Uhuru Peak depending on how far you managed to get,It is customary to tip your trekking crew before being transported back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.

    It is time for celebration! Congratulations! You’ve made it!

    Price Includes

    • Transfers from/to Kilimanjaro airport (JRO)
    • Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro entrance gate
    • All national park gate fees
    • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides
    • Porters and Cook salaries
    • Rescue fees (required by national park)
    • All meals on the mountain
    • Hut fees
    • Filtered water throughout the trek
    • Cooking equipment and eating utensils
    • All government tax

    Price Excludes

    • International flights
    • Travel insurance
    • Visa fee
    • Tips to mountain crew
    • Laundry Services
    • All items of a personal nature
    • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra

    Important to know


    Visitors are advised to take precautionary measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. You may use insect repellent, wear long sleeved shirts and trousers in evenings and utilize mosquito nets. Hospitals provide good medical care in cities and in the remote areas or on safari. Flying Doctors facilities are also available. However, it is also advised to carry medical kits for emergencies.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov), the following vaccinations are recommended for Tanzania:

    • Hepatitis A + B – Rabies – Typhoid
    • Boosters for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Measles
    • An International Certificate for vaccination for yellow fever is required to enter Zanzibar.

    Please contact your personal Doctor at home for detailed information!!!

    Visitors are required to have valid passports and entry visa. Visas can be obtained from Tanzania Embassies, High Commissions and Consulate as well as at major entry points in the country such as Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar International Airports, Namanga, Sirari, Horohoro and Taveta.

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