Marangu Route Kilimanjaro

Marangu Route is the easiest and shortest route to Climb  Kilimanjaro and sometimes called the “Coca Cola” route. Compared to other routes the Marangu route is the only route on Mt Kilimanjaro which accommodation is offered in shared huts fitted with solar panels in every camp. In each hut there are comfortable beds with sponge mattress and pillow.

The first stop when climbing Kilimanjaro along Marangu route is the Mandara hut at the altitude of 2700 meters above sea the level. This hut has a total of 60 beds. Heading further towards the Mount Kilimanjaro summit is the Horombo hut which located at 3720 meters above sea level. The Horombo Huts is larger than with Mandara huts with the total of 120 beds. Both Horombo and Mandara huts have bathrooms and running water with basic latrines.  At 4700 meters height is Kibo hut with 60 beds. All the huts have dining huts which is shared by all climbers which brings a cheerful atmosphere. Beer and soft drinks are also available for sale at the huts. Climbing Kilimanjaro through this route is normally takes 5 days but it can be done for 6 days for better acclimatization.  The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing to a basecamp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi


Climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive Tanzania

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport meet and greet then transfer to the small town of Moshi for overnight at Keys Hotel or other hotels of the same standard.


Day 2: Moshi – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut

Breakfast, followed by briefing from your guide, depart the hotel at 08:30 am for a 45 minutes drive to Marangu gate. This gate is located to the eastern side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Register at the gate and start the climbing through the rain forest. Along the forest you will see the eucalyptus trees, colobus monkeys and bird life. The trail between the gate and Mandara hut used to be wet and muddy so trekking poles and gaiters will help. During climbing Kilimanjaro Shorts and t-shirts can be enough, but you should carry with you the rain gear and warmer clothing. You may opt to stop for lunch at halfway or proceed to Mandara Huts where you will arrive around 1 or 2 pm. Take lunch, rest and have some tea or coffee. While at Mandara you will have a 15 minute walking trip to Maundi Crater where you will see the surroundings. Dinner will be served at 7 pm.


Day 3: Mandara to Horombo

Breakfast at 7:30 am, and continue to climb Kilimanjaro through rainforest glades, follow an ascending path through heathland for 1 hour. Along the trail you can see giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue toward the moorlands with the vegetation cover of small shrubs. Stop for lunch at the point where you can enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive Horombo Huts at 2 to 3 pm and enjoy the view of Kibo’s summit. Spend the remaining hours of the day relaxing and prepare yourself for dinner. Bathrooms with running shower are available. At this point most climbers start to feel the effects of altitude so you can choose to spend an extra day for acclimatization here. You may also choose to climb to a basecamp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi.


Day 4: Horombo to Kibo Hut

Wake up early to enjoy the magnificent sunrise, breakfast and continue with the climb through the to breakfast as usual, but if you wake early you can get some great photos of the sunrise. The first part of the day’s hike climbs through the dwindling heathland that annex into a moonscape as you enter the broad saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. Halfway stop for lunch, and as you proceed crossing the saddle you can observe the summit that you will be climbing in the coming few hours. Not that there is no running water at Kibo Hut.


Day 5: Kibo Hut to Summit

Wake up at midnight for a light breakfast and prepare for your summit ascent. At 1 am start to climb along steep trail via Gilman’s Point and arrive to the summit at 5,861 m / 18,640 ft between 5 and 7 am. Here, the panoramic views of the magical crater and its icecaps welcome you. Continue to trek for another 2 hours along the crater rim near the renowned snows take you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 am which is the Africa’s highest point. This is also the best spot on Kilimanjaro to take pictures which you will show to your friends.

After staying at the summit, descend back to the Kibo Huts for lunch and short rest thereafter continue to Horombo huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep!

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