Start and end in Arusha! Marangu route trekking (hiking, climb) adventure tour – Mt Kilimanjaro Climbing Marangu Route, you have 8 day trip package taking you through Kilimanjaro National Park.
Marangu Route it`s affectionately known as the “Coca-Cola Route”, Marangu is by far the most popular and classic route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well-established route favoured by the majority because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, due to its gradual slope. It is the only route that offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY
Our driver will pick you up at the airport and proceed to the hotel. Orientation for your trek will take place shortly after you arrive and your guides will provide comprehensive information that will assist you in reaching the summit. Your trekking gear will be checked before you leave.
Accommodation: Planet Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast.
DAY 2 – MARANGU GATE (1,800M/5,905FT) TO MANDARA HUT (2,743M/9,000FT)
Depart Arusha or Moshi around 0800hrs to Marangu Gate for Mountain Climbing Registration. After completing registration, begin your climbing by walking along a narrow trail through the Montane Rainforest. Lunch at Kisambioni Picnic Site, day one’s halfway point.
After Picnic Lunch carries on walking through the rainforest until reaching Mandara Hut. Relax for the rest of the day or take a short walk to Maundi Crater. The views to the east over Taveta and to the north-west to Mawenzi Peak are spectacular on a clear day, making the short hike well worth the effort.
Elevation: 915 m/3,000 ft
Climbing Time: 5hrs
Distance: 12 km
Habitat: Montane Forest
DAY 3 – MANDARA HUT (2,743M/9,000FT) TO HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT)
After breakfast, depart Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut. Most of the day’s hike will be through Kilimanjaro’s moorland, a rocky landscape with desert-like plants.
Lunch at Kambi ya Tabu Picnic Site before proceeding to Horombo Hut. If the weather is clear, enjoy stunning views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at Horombo Hut at around 1500 hrs and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing.
Elevation: 977 m/3,200 ft
Climbing Time: 6 hrs
Distance: 15 km
DAY 4 – HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT) TO ZEBRA ROCK’S (4200M/13776 FT) TO HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT)
Day four is an Acclimatization Day. We recommend hiking all the way to Mawenzi Hut to allow for Maximum Body Acclimatisation. The trek will increase your chances of conquering Uhuru Peak, and also reward you with splendid views of Kibo.
Return to Horombo for a late lunch. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing at Horombo village of huts perched on a small plateau, with
Buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers! Horombo is normally bustling with hikers, guides, and porters, with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement.
Elevation Gain and Loss: 880 m/ 2,900 ft
Trekking Time: 3 hrs. Up and 1.5hrs down
DAY 5 – HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT) TO KIBO HUT (4,750M/15,580FT)
After breakfast, leave Horombo Hut, climbing through the moorland and alpine desert of Kilimanjaro’s upper altitudes. After climbing for about an hour arrive at Maua River, a small mountain stream. After Maua, the terrain becomes flatter and the vegetation begins to disappear. Picnic lunch at Middle Red Hill.
After lunch, proceed on a steady incline for another two hours through Kilimanjaro’s Saddle. Although the environment on the way to Kibo is a bleak desert with little vegetation, you will see many stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Reach Kibo Hut around 1500hrs to rest and prepare for your midnight climb.
Elevation: 1,030 m/ 3,380 ft
Trekking Time: 6-7hrs
Habitat: Alpine Desert.
DAY 6 – KIBO HUT (4,750M/15,580FT) TO SUMMIT (5,895M/19,340FT) TO HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT)
Around midnight, awake for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. The climb starts with a demanding five hours to Gillman’s Point on the crater rim. Although this is considered to be the easiest of the three crater ascent paths, it is still extremely difficult.
The first major rest stop, William’s Point, lies at 5000 meters and is approximately a two-hour climb Kibo Hut. Continue on for thirty minutes before beginning the rocky switchbacks that will continue to Gillman’s Point (5,681 meters).
The climb from Gilman’s to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and the group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.
On the way down from the summit, you will see all of the magnificent views you could not see on the way up. Stop for a short break and snacks at Kibo Hut before continuing on to Horombo Hut. Reach Horombo Hut in the afternoon and enjoy your last night on the mountain.
Elevation: 1,145 m/3,760 ft
Elevation Loss: 2,175 m/7,140 ft
Climbing Time: 8hrs to Uhuru, 6hrs descent to Horombo
Distance: 6kms ascent, 21kms descent
Habitat: Stone Scree and Ice-Capped Summit.
DAY 7 – HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT) TO MARANGU GATE (1,800M/5,905FT)
Today we will descend to Marangu gate, where all successful climbers will receive their summit certificates then have lunch and say goodbye to our mountain crew before leaving Mount Kilimanjaro and heading back to your hotel in Arusha or Moshi town
Elevation: 1,920 m/ 6,295 ft
Descending Time: 6hrs
Habitat: Moorland to Montane Forest.
Accommodation: Planet Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast.
DAY 8- DEPARTURE DAY
There are no activities planned today, so feel free to depart at any time. Or why not continue the adventure by exploring our amazing wildlife safaris or visit Zanzibar island beach for relaxation.