6 Days Marangu Route
The Marangu route, also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most well established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at 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.
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We depart Moshi for Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, tropical rain forest. At the upper edge of the forest line, we have the opportunity to see blue monkeys. The trail then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until we reach Mandara Hut.
Time:4hrs to 5hrs (Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut)
About 8 kilometers (Marangu Gate to Mandara)
In the morning, we will begin our day with a delicious breakfast prepared by our mountain chefs in Mandara’s hut. Then we continue our journey through the forest until we reach the high moorland woods. From your hut, you will enjoy magnificent views of Mawenzi and Kibo summits, followed by dinner and sleep in Horombo hut.
Time: 6 hrs to 7 hrs (Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut)
About 12km (Mandara to Horombo)
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.
Time: 2hrs to 3 hours (Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge)
On this day, after breakfast and acclimatization you wake up early in the morning. The beginning of the ascent to the long and tough path. The nicely constructed path crosses the “Last Water point” and then the “Saddle.” This largely treeless plateau connects Mawenzi with Kibo’s main summit. You’ll enjoy an early supper at Kibo Hut and overnight.
Time: 6hrs to 8 hours (Horombo hut to Kibo hut)
About 10km (Horombo to Kibo)
Finally, you will have to wake up very early at midnight around 2:00am for a light breakfast and then begin your climb to the summit of Uhuru Peak. Since it is the highest free standing mountain in the world, this is the ultimate dream come true for mountain enthusiasts. After a few minutes spent taking photographs and enjoying your accomplishment of reaching the highest point in Africa, you will descend to the Horombo hut to spend your last night on the mountain.
Time: 6 to 8hrs (Kibo hut Uhuru peak) & (4 to 5hrs Uhuru peak to Horombo hut)
About 6km (Kibo hut to Horombo) & 16km (Uhuru peak to Horombo hut)
This is your last adventure day where you will have your breakfast at Horombo hut and then continue your descent down to Marangu Gate where your adventure started. You will be walking in the downhill tropical rain forest. Reaching the gate you will collect your award winning adventure certificate and our driver will be waiting for your driving back to Moshi town.
- Two nights accommodation at your hotel in Moshi.
- All nights’ accommodation in Huts.
- Professional & experienced mountain guides.
- All park fees and rescue fees.
- All meals while on the mountain.
- Arrival and departure transfers.
- Guides, Porters and Cook salaries.
- Large portions of fresh, healthy and nutritious food.
- Clean, purified drinking water.
- Sleeping Mattress.
- 18% VAT to our entrance fees
- Sleeping bag
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
- Optional activities