Marangu Route

Marangu Route

Duration: 5 Days
Cost: $1,270
Start Dates: Anytime! Low Season is April 1 – June 15 and November. Contact us for low season discounts.
Distance: 64km/40 miles
Group Size: 1-5. Contact us for larger group discounts.
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Tour Description

The Marangu route is the shortest route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It is a direct line up the east side of the mountain. Also known as the “coca-cola” route or the “tourist” route, climbers who chose this route will sleep in solar powered huts every night. This is the only route to offer the luxury of a comfortable bed as well. There are 60 beds at both the Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at the Horombo Hut.

Every night climbers from all over the world dine together in the communal dining huts. Bottled water, soft drinks and beer are also available, but make sure to bring Tanzanian shillings with you. The communal atmosphere gives you a chance to meet many other like-minded explorers.

But make no mistake, the luxuries offered on the Marangu route do not take away from it’s challenge. In fact, because it is a short and direct line up the mountain, many climbers experience problems with acclimatization. If you feel it necessary, you may even consider adding an extra acclimatization day to give you a greater chance of reaching the summit. Just be sure you are prepared mentally and physically for the challenge and you will cherish every moment on the mountain. Remember, the journey begins with the dream, not when you set foot in Tanzania.

What’s Included:

  • National Park Gate fees
  • Transportation from Moshi to Marangu gate and back
  • Accommodations in mountain huts
  • Guides and porters
  • Guide and porter salaries
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while camping
  • 2 nights accommodation at Springlands Hotel
  • Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro airport

What’s Not Included:

  • Personal equipment on the mountain (contact us for rental equipment)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Lunch and dinners while in Moshi
  • Any personal expenses such as Visa, airport taxes, beverages, food etc.
  • Travel insurance

Tour Itinerary

Moshi to Mandara Huts (2,740 m) After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, you will be picked up from the hotel in Moshi and take a 45 minute drive to the Marangu gate at 1,830m. From there, you will hike 8km to the Mandara Huts. The first day’s hike will take you into the forest for about 3-4 hours. It can be wet and muddy in the forest, so be sure to keep your rain gear on you. After reaching the huts in the early afternoon, you will have ample time for a 15 minute trip to the Maundi Crater. The crater rim is a great sport to take in the magnificent views of Northern Tanzania and Kenya. Get back to camp on time for dinner, which will be served by around 7pm. Bathrooms with running water are also available at the Mandara Huts.
Mandara Huts (2,740m) to Horombo Huts (3,690m) After an early morning breakfast, you will begin your day’s hike through the rainforest and then into the heathland where you will be surrounded by giant lobelias and groundsels. Continuing into the Moorlands, you will then arrive at camp by mid afternoon after a 5-7 hour day. Bathrooms and running water will be available in the Horombo huts as well. To help with the acclimatization process, you may chose to spend an extra day here where you can either rest at the huts or use the day to climb high and return low to sleep.
Horombo Huts (3,690m) to Kibo Huts(4,695m) Today you will walk out of the moorland and into the alpine desert. Be aware of your body and mind here, as you may start to notice signs of altitude sickness. From the Kibo huts, you will see the final route up to the summit.
Kibo Huts (4,695m) to the summit (5,895m) back down to Horombo huts (3,690m) This will be your longest day yet, but rest assured, you will look back on this day knowing that you accomplished something amazing! Your day will begin at midnight. After an early breakfast, you will leave camp by 1am for the 4-7 hour journey up steep scree and possible snow until you reach Gillman’s Point at 5,861 m/18,640 ft. From Gillman’s Point, the route becomes relatively flat all the way to the summit of Uhuru Peak at 5,895m. After a short stop here to take in the sunrise and capture the moment on film, you will begin the long journey back down to the Horombo huts to rest and celebrate your momentous accomplishment.
Horombo Huts (3,690m) to Marangu gate (1,830m) back to Moshi Today you will walk back down through the forest to the main gate where you will arrive some time in the early afternoon. Don’t forget to tip your porters here, because from here you will be leaving them to head back to the hotel in Moshi to celebrate your journey to the roof of Africa!

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