Mount Kilimanjaro The Marangu Route TTSL 038

6 Days

Safari & Tours Info

  • Professional 4x4 vans drives
  • Available all though the tour
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Guided by a professional English speaking driver guide
  • 5 Star Hotels and Lodges
  • Arusha. Tanzania

Located in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain at about 5,895 meters (19,340 feet). It is the largest free-standing mountain rise in the world, meaning it is not part of a mountain range. Also called a stratovolcano (a term for a very large volcano made of ash, lava, and rock), Kilimanjaro is made up of three cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Kibo is the summit of the mountain and the tallest of the three volcanic formations. While Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, Kibo is dormant and could possibly erupt again. Scientists estimate that the last time it erupted was 360,000 years ago. The highest point on Kibo’s crater rim is called Uhuru, the Swahili word for “freedom.” The mountain is also known for its snow-capped peak.

Overview

Marangu Route sometimes called the Coca-Cola Route because it is relatively easy. It is referred to as the tourist route due to the services available on the way to the summit. Unlike other routes, it is relatively easy, has low success rate because many unfit people attempt Kili trek via this route and fail, it is a popular route and accommodation is in Huts. Many trekkers prefer it. It is also beautiful, the easiest and shortest route. Ascent and descent are done on the same path.

Itinerary

Altitude: 1,800 m - 2,700 m Hiking distance: 11 km Hiking time: 4-5 hours Leave Moshi town and drive for about 45 minutes to Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro. Do the necessary paperwork at the park gate such as registrations. Begin hiking through rainforest from the park gate to Mandara Hut. Stop half way for lunch. A side trip to Maundi Crater (about 15 minutes away) is a good way to see the surroundings as well as views of Kenya and Northern Tanzania.

Altitude: 2,700 m – 3,720 m Hiking distance: 10 km Hiking time: 5–6 hours Wake to breakfast and pack for the next leg. Hike to Horombo Huts. You travel through lower heath land with small shrubs being the main vegetation. Stop half way for lunch. Views of Mawenzi are amazing. The summit of Kibo can be seen from Horombo Huts. Arrive Horombo Huts, unpack and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms are available with running water.

Altitude: 3,720 m – 4,700 m Hiking distance: 11 km Hiking time: 5–7 hours Wake to breakfast as usual (if you wake before sunup you can get some great photos of the sunrise). Pack and begin the hike to Kibo Hut. The first half of the day’s hike traverses the upper heath land while the second half crosses the vast saddle that connects Mawenzi and Kibo. The saddle is an alpine desert that resembles a lunar landscape. Be careful to notice signs of altitude sickness. No running water at Kibo Huts.

Altitude: 4,700 m – 5, 895 m – 3,720 m Hiking distance to Summit: 7 km Hiking time: 6-7 hours, from Summit to Horombo 11 km Hiking time 5 – 7hrs. Wake at around midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for the summit ascent. This part of the hike is carried out during the early morning before dawn so that the climbers reach Uhuru Peak at around sunrise. Leave at about 1:00am and reach Gilman’s Point at about 7:00am. The climbers are met with views of the crater from Gilman’s Point because it is on the Crater Rim. Another 2 hours of hiking brings the climber to Uhuru Peak, the summit. From there you will descend back to Kibo Hut, collect your things and cross the saddle again at Horombo Hut where you will spend the night. Enjoy dinner and get some well-deserved sleep.

Altitude: 3,720 m – 2,700 m Hiking distance: 18 km Hiking time: 6-7 hours Wake as usual, pack and descend to Mandara Hut. Take lunch there and continue on to the park gate where you will be met by your transport back to Moshi for Overnight.

After an early breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home. END OF SERVICES.

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Mount Kilimanjaro The Marangu Route TTSL 038