Marangu Route

DESCRIPTION

Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favour the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, due to its more gradual slope.

It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts with dormitory style accommodation.

There are 60 bunk beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut.

MAP OF KILIMANJARO - MARANGU ROUTE

MARANGU ROUTE ITINERARY

Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut, Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft

Distance: 8km/5mi

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

Hiking from Stella Point on the Machame Route - Climbing Kilimanjaro Mountain

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the trek. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara Huts. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

Day 2 : Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut, Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft

Distance: 8km/5mi

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Zone: Montane Fores

You leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo Huts. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

Mount Kilimanjaro Snow Crest views from Karanga Camp. This camp is usually for acclimatization for climbers while hiking the Machame 7-day climb.

Day 3: Acclimatization Day Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge, Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 14,400 ft Distance: 5 km

Distance: 5 km

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

Zone: Low Alpine Zone/High Alpine Zone

Lava Camp is usually a lunch spot and acclimatization spot for guests heading to Baranco Camp, hiking from Shira 2 Camp. It is also a campsite for more experienced climbers hiking the Western Breach Wall.

This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Horombo Hut

Day 4 : Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft

Distance: 9km/5.5mi

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heath-land but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

Machame Route campsite at Baranco Camp. Breaking Camp early in the morning. Climbing Machame Route one has to pass through Baranco Camp.

Day 5 : Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft

Down to 3700m/12,200ft

Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Guess at Shira Camp...enjoying the beautiful view of Kilimanjaro snows in the background of this photo.

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo Huts.
The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Day 6 : Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Arusha or Moshi Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft

Distance: 20km/12.5m

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Forest

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Bestday Safaris vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel.

Camping at Barafu Camp

Marangu Route (5 Days/4 Nights on the Mountain)

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Validity: 01 Jan. - 31 Dec 2019

2585

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Marangu Route: (6 Days/5 Nights on the Mountain)

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Validity: 01 Jan. - 31 Dec 2019

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