Marangu Route, commonly known as the Coca-Cola route is more popular because it can be done in fewer days and has permanent sleep huts at the campsites. Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. It…
Marangu Route, commonly known as the Coca-Cola route is more popular because it can be done in fewer days and has permanent sleep huts at the campsites. Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. It is a shorter route with a steeper incline and less time for acclimatization it tends to have a lower summit success rate. This is the only route where the ascent and descent route is shared, thus creating more traffic.
Hotel accommodation before and after your climb
Transfers to and from the mountain
National Park entry, huts, climbing, and rescue fees
A fully supported climb (average ratio of support staff to climbers is 4:1)
All meals and drinking water on the mountain
Access to emergency oxygen and first aid kit
A certificate documenting your summit ascent
Tour not Included:
International flights and visas
Tips for your guide and crew
Travel insurance (you must be insured for trekking up to 6000m)
Your personal trekking gear
Snacks on the mountain
Meals and drinks not on the mountain
You can cancel this tour for 30 days free for 15 days with a 15% surcharge or you can cancel this tour and jump it to upcoming days
To book this tour you can deposit 20% via online payment or bank transfer and 80% on arrival day by cash or credit card with dancing Simba Safaris Company
6 DAYS KILIMANJARO MARANGU ROUTE
DAY 1: MARANGU GATE (1,800M/5,905FT) TO MANDARA HUT (2,743M/9,000FT)
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Elevation Change: +3117ft/+950 m EstimatedDistance: 4.35 miles / 7 km Habitat: Montane Forest. Depart Arusha/Moshi around 0800hrs to Marangu Gate for the Mountain Climb Registration. Begin your Kilimanjaro trek by walking 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 Mahundi Crater. The views to the east over Taveta and to the northwest to Mawenzi Peak are striking on a clear day, making the short hike well worth the effort DAY 2: MANDARA HUT (2,743M/9,000FT) TO HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT)
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours ElevationChange: + 3379ft/+1030 m Estimated Distance: 6.84 miles / 11 km Habitat: Moorland. After breakfast, depart Mandara Hut and Kilimanjaro forests to Horombo Hut. Most of the day’s hike will be through Kilimanjaro moorland, a rocky landscape with desert-like plants. Have your picnic lunch at Kambi ya Taabu before continuing to Horombo Hut. If the day is clear, enjoy beautiful views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at Horombo Hut at around 1500hrs and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing.
DAY 3: HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT) TO MAWENZI HUT (4,600M/15,100FT) TO HOROMBO HUT
(3,720m/12,200ft) Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Estimated Change: +2395ft/+730 m Estimated Distance: 4.35 miles / 7 km Habitat: Moorland. This extra day and night at Horombo is ideal for body acclimatization. A hike towards Mawenzi, passing through Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down), is strongly recommended as it will further assist with acclimatization.
DAY 4: HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT) TO KIBO HUT (4,750M/15,580FT)
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours Elevation Change: +3018ft/+920 m Estimated Distance: 7.46 miles Habitat: Alpine desert. After breakfast continues your ascent into the Alpine desert, passing the last water point at 13550 ft/4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all the water you will need until your return to Horombo hut in two nights’ time (unless you are willing to buy Mineral water at Kibo hut). The summit is now a further 3921ft /1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. Go to bed around 1830hrs and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible.
DAY 5: KIBO HUT (4,750M/15,580FT) TO SUMMIT (5,895M/19,340FT) TO HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT)
Hiking Time (Ascent): 6-8 hours / (Descent): 5-6 hours Estimated Distance (Ascent): 4.35miles /7 km / (Descent):7.46 miles /12km ElevationChange: Gain; +3757ft /+1145 m/Loss; -7136ft/-2175m Habitat: Stone screed and ice-capped summit Around 2330hrs, you will wake up and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer point (17225ft/5250m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (18639ft/5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone screed, requiring a great physical and mental effort.
From Gillman’s Point, you will normally come across snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (19341ft/5895m), the highest point in Africa. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs before the 3 hours descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest, you gather all the gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. Later in the evening, you enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.
DAY 6: HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT) TO MARANGU GATE (1,800M/5,905FT)
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Elevation Change: -6161. 42ft /-1878 m Estimated Distance: 11.20 miles /18 km Habitat: Montane Forest After breakfast, end the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last trek on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. At Marangu Gate, you will sign for departure. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (18652ft/5685m) are issued with silver certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (1 9341ft/5895m), receive gold certificates. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Moshi/Arusha.