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Marangu Route 5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing

Marangu Route 5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing

Marangu Route 5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing – the Marangu route also nicknamed “Coca Cola route” because people were selling cokes in huts, Marangu is the shortest and comfortable way up Kilimanjaro summit offering accommodation in mountain huts with comfort sponge mattress and pillows.

PRICES:

  • Solo traveller $1980
  • Group of 2: USD 1680 per person
  • Group of 3: USD 1550 per person
  • Group of 4+: USD 1480 per person

Description

Marangu Route 5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Highlights.

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.

Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. However, the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. 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.

Marangu Route 5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Itinerary.

Day 1: Arusha to Mandara Hut.

Elevation (ft): 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Drive from Oasis Hotel to Marangu gate and spend around two hours for registration, payments of fees and final parking. Start climbing through dense semi-tropical to the first hut- Mandara hut (9,000ft). Dinner and an overnight at Mandara hut

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut.

Elevation (ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heath

Early morning breakfast and later ascend through the alpine meadow and grassland and moorland to Horombo hut (12,000ft). Both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be viewed easily on the way. Dinner and an overnight at Horombo Hut.

Day 3: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut.

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Have breakfast and further ascend to Kibo hut (15,000ft). The landscape becomes very stony and eroded. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus, groundswell, and lobelia appear on the way. Dinner and an overnight at Kibo hut.

Day 4: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo hut.

Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
Distance: 16 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath

Wake up at midnight, and after a snack, proceed to the summit through Gilman’s point (18,640ft). It is about 5-6 hours and 1-2 hours from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and from Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft) respectively. You will reach the Mountain peak in the morning of the 5th day and start descending after picture taking on the top to Horombo hut for diner and an overnight after a short break at Kibo hut.

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate – Arusha.

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
Distance: 20 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rain forest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. The waiting car will take you to Moshi / Arusha, for your ongoing travel arrangements.

End of Marangu Route 5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing.