Mt Kilimanjaro trekking on Marangu route
Join a GROUP trek - 6 days
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 Mayl and November).
The ascent and descent to the gate is on the same Kilimanjaro trekking route.
How to Book:
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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 the quoted prices:
Two hotel nights (bed & breakfast, based on 2 sharing)
Transfers to/from the national park gate
Mountain crew and salaries (guide, chef, assistants, porters)
Three mountain meals a day and water (bottled on first day, boiled and filtered thereafter)
Kilimanjaro entry fees and Marangu hut fees
Kilimanjaro rescue fees
All government taxes.
Kilimanjaro airport transfers are charged extra (from US$25 per person).
For larger groups, Marangu route is recommended:
- Groups with a wide range of fitness levels climb on a well defined trail with no difficult hiking challenges.
- Marangu is considered a safer route for large groups as there is good visibility to observe each other en-route and no steep ‘drops’ at the side of the trail.
- Huts (for sleeping and eating) provide a better 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 for 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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