5 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Marangu Route.
The 6 days Marangu route climbing also referred to as the “Coca-Cola” route, as it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. It is the oldest and the most well-established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route that offers sleeping huts in dormitory style. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows,
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport; meet our knowledgeable driver-guide, after greetings and double-check your bags will transfer you to Moshi/Arusha town (50 minutes’ drive). The briefing will be provided by your Kilimanjaro professional and experienced guide. Your Kilimanjaro guide will also check your climbing equipment. Anything missing can be rented for you.
Hiking Time: 3-4 Hours, 8km/5 Miles
We will give a briefing about the details of the trek, our guides will check your trekking gear before we depart. Then the adventure begins with a 1-hour drive to the Kilimanjaro Park Gate, where we register and start our 5-Day Kilimanjaro climb.
We will follow the trail and will reach the Mandara encampment within 4 hours. You can take a side trip to Maundi Crater, it’s a great viewing point over Northern Tanzania and Kenya.
Today’s Hiking Duration: 5-7 Hours, 9km/5.5 Miles
While ascending, we pass the last watering point and moving forwards to the saddle of the Kilimanjaro. Between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo, the vegetation is changing into a dessert alpine zone at 4000 meter. This seven our walk will be taken in a slow pace, be careful for the first signs of altitude sickness. We will take our rest and dinner at the Kibo hut, here we prepare ourselves for the summit climb.
After breakfast, you depart by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park. At the gate, your crew finalizes packing and after finishing with formalities you start hiking from Marangu Gate. A picnic lunch is taken en the route and in the afternoon, you arrive at Mandara Hut. An option of a short walk can be taken to Maundi Crater in the afternoon if desired.
You start off early to the final hut before the summit attempt. Your crew ensures that water is collected at the last water point whilst you progress slowly up onto the saddle. Here desolate alpine zone stretches out towards the base of Kibo. Progress is slow in this hypoxic (low oxygen) environment but by mid-afternoon, you reach Kibo Hut to relax before the evening ascent. A relatively early dinner is taken and then you climb into your sleeping bags for some rest before your nighttime departure for the summit.
Todays Hike Time: 6-8 Hours Up To Summit 6 Km/4 Miles And Descent 15km/9 Miles Down
After midnight around 2 am in the morning, we begin our climb to reach the summit. The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. On steep and heavy scree with snow, we will reach Gilman’s point (5861 meters), located on the crater rim. We continue our trek of 2-4 hours to ascend Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa.
There are unbelievable views take made this climb worth it! Have your picture taken at the summit; this will be a lifelong lasting memory. From here we descend and stop over for lunch and rest at Kibo hut, before continuing on to the Horombo encampment for overnight.
Hiking Time: 4-5 Hours, 20km/12.5 Miles
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. A vehicle will be waiting for you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi. Here all hikers that reach the summit will get an official well-earned certificate!
This marks the END of our safari
- 2 Nights’ accommodation in Arusha
- Private professional mountain guides
- All Park fees
- Rescue fees
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Arrival and Departure transfers
- Government taxes, VAT, and all relating service
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries, and park fees
- Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
- Meals not listed above
- Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
- Tips and any items of personal nature
- Summit Oxygen
- Walking Poles
- Sleeping form mattress