Mt Kilimanjaro trekking on Marangu route
Mount Kilimanjaro trekking on Marangu route is a gradual ascent on well maintained tracks. On the summit ascent there is a steep zigzag trail up to Gilman's Point. The route then flattens out on the crater rim, finishing with an easy, gradual ascent to the summit - Uhuru Peak.
The frozen or snow covered scree (small stones) previously negotiated on the way up Marangu route to Gilman's Point, may become loose on the return to Kibo hut making the descent tiring.
Marangu route, 'the coca cola route', continues to be one of the popular Mt Kilimanjaro trekking routes. The relative 'comfort' of sleeping in huts is especially welcome if climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in the rainy season (March to May and November).
The ascent and descent to the gate is on the same Kilimanjaro trekking route.
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Marangu route: 8 days / 7 nights (6 trek days)
Day 1: Arrive into Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to Moshi hotel for overnight. (Airport transfer and dinner not included.)
Day 2: Transfer to Marangu gate (1800m) to start trekking on Marangu route through montane forest with enticing glimpses of colubus monkeys in the canopy. Reach the first hut at Mandara (2,700m) in 3 to 4hrs.
Day 3: Increasing altitude means a slower hiking pace through alpine meadows to arrive at Horombo Hut (3,720 - 5 to 6 hrs).
Day 4: This is an acclimatization day. You can rest, socialize, enjoy the scenery and take opportunities to photograph the environment. Join your mountain guide for an optional easy hike up to Zebra Rocks. From here you can get good views of Mawenzi peak. After a picnic lunch, take a slow hike back down to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight (3,780m).
Day 5: Continue on Marangu route trekking through the rugged and rocky landscape to cross the Saddle to Kibo Hut for a rest and a Kilimanjaro summit briefing (4,700m - 5 to 6 hrs).
Day 6: The final ascent is made around midnight while the scree is still frozen. There is a steep climb to Gilman's Point (5,680m - 5 to 6 hrs). The route then flattens out along the crater rim. Your goal, Uhuru Peak (5,895m) can be reached in 1 to 2 hrs. After a short rest and snacks on Kilimanjaro summit, start the descent on Marangu route to Kibo Hut for breakfast and another rest before returning to Horombo Hut for a final overnight.
Day 7: From Horombo Hut it is an easy return on the same Marangu trail to reach the national park gate. Join the waiting vehicle to return to Moshi and the hotel for overnight (dinner not included).
Day 8: Transfer to the airport for departure (not included) or on to another activity.
Included in a quoted price:
- Pre-arrival information pack
- Airport meet and greet
Two hotel nights provided - one before and one after trek
Licensed Kilimanjaro mountain guides and experienced teams
- Kilimanjaro entry and hut permits
- Mt Kilimanjaro gate transfers (all routes)
- Kilimanjaro rescue fees
All mountain meals and drinking water
- All government taxes.
Not included in a quoted price:
- Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro airport (JRO)
Internal air or road transfers (e.g. Nairobi, Dar es Salaam etc)
International travel visas (obtainable at most border entry points)
Personal insurance (mandatory)
Alcohol, sodas, items of a personal nature
- Oxygen and pulse oximeter
Airport transfers (JRO) - from US$25 per person
Emergency air rescue service - provide by First Air Responder
Internal flight or bus tickets for transfers within East Africa
- Extra hotel nights (a rest day on arrival is advisable after a long-haul flight).
- Extension safari - staying in lodges or adventure camping
- Additional activities e.g. Zanzibar.
Marangu route is recommended for large groups with a wide range of fitness levels.
- Marangu route has well defined trail with no difficult hiking challenges
- There is good visibility along the route to observe each other and no steep ‘drops’ at the side of the trail
- Huts (for sleeping and eating) provide a comfort level of protection from the weather during the rainey season
- Communal dining rooms, toilet blocks and wash rooms with tap water. Picnic areas (benches) and toilets are available on this route.
Preparing for Kilimanjaro trekking, climb fitness is important to the enjoyment of your climb as well as increasing your chance of Kilimanjaro summit success.
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Page update 28/09/2013
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