Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a dream for many adventure enthusiasts, and the Marangu Route is one of the popular choices for climbers. Embarking on the 6-day Marangu Route Mount Kilimanjaro climb is an unforgettable adventure that pushes your physical and mental limits. The unique landscapes, challenging trails, and the camaraderie with fellow climbers make it a truly remarkable experience. exploring its unique features, challenges, and breathtaking scenery. If you’re planning a Mount Kilimanjaro expedition, this comprehensive guide will provide you with valuable insights to make your journey a memorable one.
Understanding the Marangu Route
The Marangu Route, also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the most popular path up Mount Kilimanjaro. It offers climbers a relatively straightforward and comfortable trek, making it a preferred choice for those new to high-altitude climbing. The route covers approximately 66 kilometers and typically takes seven days to complete.
At the Climbers Huts in Marangu Route, you will have a chance to buy things like mineral water, chocolate, beer, and soft drinks, unlike other routes where you spend the night at the Campsite in the Mountain.
Marangu Route is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will redefine your limits and leave an indelible mark on your soul. Challenge yourself, embrace the beauty of the surroundings, and be amazed by your own strength. Remember, this journey is not just about reaching the summit; it’s about the personal growth you’ll experience along the way.
Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Mandara Hut (2,743m/9,000ft)
Elevation Gain: 915 meters, 3,000 feet
Leave Moshi/Arusha at 8 a.m. for Marangu Gate. After completing gate registration, begin your Kilimanjaro trek. Walk along a narrow trail through the rainforest of Kilimanjaro for most of the hike. Eat a picnic lunch at Kisambioni, day one’s halfway point. After lunch continues walking through the rainforest until reaching Mandara Hut. Relax for the rest of the day or take a short walk to Maundi Crater. The views to the east over Taveta and to the northwest to Mawenzi Peak are stunning on a clear day, making the short hike well worth the effort. The A-frame Mandara Huts can accommodate up to seventy people and consist of several sleeping huts and a dining area. All of Marangu’s huts have beds with mattresses.
Mandara Hut is a collection of basic, A-frame mountain huts with bunk beds – quite adequate for your needs – where you inevitably meet up with fellow trekkers who are bent on the same goal.
Overnight stay at Mandara Hut – 1 night (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Mandara Hut (2,743m/9,000ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft)
Elevation Gain: 977 meters, 3,200 feet
After breakfast, leave Mandara Hut and Kilimanjaro’s forests for Horombo Hut. Most of the day’s hike will be through Kilimanjaro’s moorland, a rocky landscape with desert-like plants. Eat a picnic lunch at Kambi ya Taabu before continuing to Horombo Hut. If the weather is clear, enjoy beautiful views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at Horombo Hut at around 3 pm and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing. Although extremely busy, the Horombo Huts are considered to be the nicest on Kilimanjaro. The small, A-frame buildings can accommodate up to eight people each and provide lodging for hikers ascending, descending, and acclimatizing. Horombo can accommodate up to one hundred hikers and many more porters, cooks, and guides. Overnight stay at Horombo Hut (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
Day 3: Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Hut
Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Mawenzi Hut (4,600m/15,100ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft)
Elevation Gain and Loss: 880 meters, 2,900 feet
Day three is an acclimatization day. We suggest hiking all the way to Mawenzi Hut to allow for maximum acclimatization. The hike will increase your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak and also reward you with magnificent views of Kibo. Return to Horombo for a late lunch. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing at Horombo.
Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Kibo Hut (4,750m/15,580ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,030 meters, 3,380 feet
Leave Horombo Hut after breakfast to hike through the moorland and alpine desert of Kilimanjaro’s upper altitudes. After hiking for about an hour arrive at Maua River, a small mountain stream. After Maua, the terrain becomes flatter and the vegetation begins to disappear. Break for lunch at Middle Red Hill. After lunch, continue on a steady incline for another two hours through Kilimanjaro’s Saddle. Although the environment on the way to Kibo is a bleak desert with little vegetation, you will see many stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Reach Kibo Hut around 3 pm to rest and prepare for your midnight climb.
Day 5: Kibo Hut to Summit
Kibo Hut (4,750m/15,580ft) to Summit (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, 3,760 feet Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters, 7,140 feet
Around midnight, I awake for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. The hike begins with a demanding five-hour hike to Gillman’s Point on the crater rim. Although this is considered to be the easiest of the three crater ascent paths, it is still extremely difficult. The first major rest stop, William’s Point, lies at 5000 meters and is approximately a two-hour hike from Kibo Hut. Continue on for thirty minutes before beginning the rocky switchbacks that will continue to Gillman’s Point (5,681 meters). The hike from Gilman’s to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut. On the way down from the summit, you will see all of the magnificent views you could not see on the way up. Stop for a short break and snacks at Kibo Hut before continuing on to Horombo Hut. Reach Horombo Hut in the afternoon and enjoy your last night on the mountain.
Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Moshi town
Elevation Loss: 1,920 meters, 6,295 feet
After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Moshi. You will be able to buy T-shirts and sodas at the gate.
Overnight at Kilimanjaro Resort: Dinner & Breakfast
- All transport by private vehicle to and from the mountain
- Accommodation is detailed on the itinerary.
- Services of a private mountain guide, cook, and adequate porters to carry both trip provisions and the client’s private bags.
- National Park entrance, accommodation, and camping/hut fees.
- All food and catering equipment – breakfasts, lunches (packed when necessary), and evening meals prepared by our own cook.
- Special dietary requirements are catered for with prior arrangements at no extra cost.
- Certificate of Achievement /appreciation from us.
- Free storage of excess baggage is not required on the mountain hike.
- Crisis management apparatus – VHF 2-way radio/mobile phone, basic first aid kit, and an on-call vehicle.
- 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 evening meals are included.
- Travel and personal accident insurance.
- Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines.
- Personal Mountain equipment.
- Recommended tipping: USD 20 to 30$ per day.
- Expenditure on alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, and other personal items.
- Optional excursions are not detailed in the itinerary.
- Additional optional accommodation added at the base hotel or extra days on the mountain added.
- Treated drinking water other than boiled.
- Extra costs are incurred in case of own intentional change of itinerary while already on the trek.