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Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Migration Venture Africa

  • Locations

    Tanzania, Kilimanjaro

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    From: $1600 USD per person
  • Duration

    6 days 5 nights

  • Avg Distance

    5895 m

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    09:00 am

  • Starting Location

    Moshi

  • Price Includes

    All park fees, 2 nights accommodation in moshi, 3 meals a day, guide, cook and porter salary recommended my the park,Proffesianl mountain guide and all Government Tax

Highlights

  • The Marangu route, also known as the "Coca-Cola" route, is the oldest, most well established route on Kilimanjaro.
  • Marangu is unfortunately less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path
  • It is also the most crowded route for that reason.

Trip Info

Day One:

Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Mandara Hut (2,743m/9,000ft)

Leave Moshi at 09:00am for Marangu Gate. After completing gate registration, begin your
Kilimanjaro trek. Walk along a narrow trail through the rainforest of Kilimanjaro for most of the
hike, have lunch on the way day one’s halfway point. After lunch continue 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 northwest to Mawenzi Peak are
stunning on a clear day, making the short hike well worth the effort.
The A-frame Mandara Huts can accommodate up to seventy people and consist of several
sleeping huts and a dining area. All of Marangu’s huts have beds with mattresses.
Day Two:

Mandara Hut (2,743m/9,000ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft)

After breakfast, leave Mandara Hut and Kilimanjaro’s forests for Horombo
Hut. Most of the day’s hike will be through Kilimanjaro’s moorland, a rocky landscape with
desert-like plants. Eat a picnic lunch at Kambi ya Taabu before continuing to Horombo Hut. If
the weather is clear, enjoy beautiful views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at Horombo Hut
at around 3pm and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing.

Although extremely busy, the Horombo Huts are considered to be the nicest on Kilimanjaro. The
small, A-frame buildings can accommodate up to eight people each and provide lodging for
hikers ascending, descending and acclimatizing. Horombo can accommodate up to one hundred
hikers and many more porters, cooks and guides.

Day Three:

Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Mawenzi Hut (4,600m/15,100ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft)

Day three is an acclimatization day. We suggest hiking all the way to Mawenzi Hut to allow for
maximum acclimatization. The hike will increase your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak, and also
reward you with magnificent views of Kibo. Return to Horombo for a late lunch. Spend the
afternoon and evening relaxing at Horombo.

Day Four:

Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Kibo Hut (4,750m/15,580ft)

Leave Horombo Hut after breakfast to hike through the moorland and alpine desert of
Kilimanjaro’s upper altitudes. After hiking for about an hour arrive at Maua River, a small
mountain stream. After Maua, the terrain becomes flatter and the vegetation begins to disappear.
Break for lunch at Middle Red Hill. After lunch, continue 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 3pm to rest and prepare for your midnight climb.

Day Five:

Kibo Hut (4,750m/15,580ft) to Summit (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, 3,760 feet

Around midnight, awake for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. The hike begins
with a demanding five hour hike 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 hike
Kibo Hut. Continue on for thirty minutes before beginning the rocky switchbacks that will
continue to Gillman’s Point (5,681 meters).

The hike 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 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.

Day 6:

Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft)

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is
a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent,
as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to the
Hotel .You will be able to buy t-shirts and sodas at the gate.

Your adventure awaits!

Migration Venture Africa

Migration Venture Africa is a real Safari and Mountain Climbing company providing Tailor Made and Scheduled Safaris, Mountain climbing throughout Tanzania. Our unique position affords us the ability to be experts in our field. We have an intimate and personal knowledge of all the regions here and are informed as to where and when to visit. With our experience and the knowledge of our Guides, we can offer versatile itineraries for Families, Corporate teams, and Individual Groups. We are among the best experts when it comes to Tanzania and East Africa. Why Choose Us? Diverse destinations Whether you are interested in mountain climbing, a wildlife safari or a beach holiday you will be able to find the ideal holiday. Best prices Our goal is to take you to the destinations of your dreams, and give the best experience there – all at a price that won’t break your budget. Holiday Specialty Our holidays are not just focused on getting you away from the stresses and strains of everyday life but on making a positive improvement to your life. First-Hand Experience Our team has travelled extensively to all of our regions and brings a wealth of in-depth knowledge to holiday and tour planning. Service Excellence We are highly committed to customer service excellence from the very first point of enquiry. Tailor Made Tour We also offer a tailor made holiday service for those who want something a little bit different or special.

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