6 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Via Marangu Route
The Marangu Route is the most popular route, also known as the “Coca Cola” or “Tourist” route as it is considered the easiest route to the summit, and it is generally less physically demanding. 70% of all climbers choose this route, because most of it consists easy hiking.
However, the final part of the route is still a difficult challenge to overcome. It also has a huge failure rate due to lack of preparation and underestimating it. We strongly advise climbers who wish to climb via this route to take just as seriously as the other routes and prepare themselves physically and mentally before taking this route head on.
This is also the only route that offers accommodation in huts at every point you spend your night with solar lights and comfortable beds. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts.
All the camps on this route sale goods such as chocolates, beer, soft drinks and mineral water, and they all have a radio contact to the Park Office. This route can be done in 5 days but it is advised to take an extra day for acclimatization at the Horombo Hut. We offer this route in 5 and 6 days
You will be picked up from the airport (Kilimanjaro International Airport/ Arusha Airport) and be transferred to your hotel in the town of your choice where you will rest and have a short pre-climb briefing from your Guide who will as well check your gears.
Elevation: 1,980m – 2,700m
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
We leave your hotel very early in the morning for a short drive to Marangu gate. Your guide will assist you with the registration procedures and check necessary formalities at the gate. We then start the climb through a fascinating tropical rain forest. We can see a number of trees, flowers and small mammals on this day (Blue Monkeys, Tree Hyraxes and Monkeys). After the hike we reach the first camp, Mandara hut for dinner and overnight.
Elevation: 2700m – 3,720m
Distance: 15 km
Time: 4-6 hours
We proceed with our climb in the morning through the rain forest, but the path soon opens out into moorland and, in clear weather, you can see great views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Today’s ascent is gentle but long. We arrive at Horombo Hut mid-afternoon, where you can relax and enjoy stunning sceneries around the camp.
On day four we spend the whole day at Horombo hut. This is necessary so as to rest our bodies and prepare them for the summit day. At around noon the guide will take you for a short excursion to Zebra rocks.
Elevation: 3,720m – 4,700m
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Today we climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. These 6-7 hours of walking will be taken at a slow pace until we reach Kibo Hut (4,700m), where we will have dinner and spend the night. We wake up around 12:00 am for summit preparation. We will have a hot meal to warm ourselves up then start the hike.
Elevation: 4,700m – 5895m – 3,720m
Distance: 6km ascend, 21 km descend
Hiking Time: 13-15 hours
In the midnight we wake up to have a hot cup of coffee to warm our bodies and prepare for the summit. In the cover of the dark we begin with a steep climb over loose volcanic scree and some well-graded zigzags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Gillman’s 5,685m. We will rest there for a few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. From here we then continue slowly to make the three hours round trip along the crater rim to Uhuru peak 5,895m. Which is the highest point in Africa. Congratulations, you are now at Uhuru peak!
After some minutes at the peak the descent to Kibo Hut is amazingly fast, and we stop at Kibo Hut where the porters will be happily waiting for us with a hot meal and refreshments. We then descend until Horombo Hut to spend the night. 5,895m, the highest point in Africa. Congratulations, you are now at Uhuru peak! After some minutes at the peak the descent to Kibo Hut is amazingly fast, and we stop at Kibo Hut where the porters will be happily waiting
Elevation: 3720m – 1980m
Distance: 27 km
Today we descend past Mandara hut to Marangu National Park Gate, we will receive our summit certificates. From here you will be transferred to your hotel in Arusha or Moshi Town to rest and enjoy the great scenes and memory through the pictures taken while on the hike.
This is the end of your trip in Tanzania. You can proceed with any other excursions as per your interest and booking. Otherwise your driver will drive you back to the airport a couple of hours before your flight departures. We are glad to have spent time with you. Thank you and we hope to see you again!