Marangu (“nicknamed as Coca Cola”) Route
Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route regarded as a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well-established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations. The minimum days required for this route is five, although can be added to six days.
Marangu gate to Mandara Hut 3-4hrs
Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut5-7hrs
Horombo Hut-Kibo Hut-5-6hrs
Kibo Hut –Gilliman’s Point 5-6hrs
Gillman’s Point to Uhuru Peak 1-2hrs
Note: To allow more acclimatization additional day at Horombo and Kibo Huts is recommended to allow even more time of summit this gorgeous mountain in the world.
Day – Arrival.
Pick up at Kilimanjaro International Airport met on arrival and transfer to Arusha for dinner and overnight at hotel in Moshi/Arusha town (BB).
Day 01: Marangu+9- – Marangu Gate (1860m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)
After breakfast, you will be taken from your hotel and transferred to the park headquarters at Marangu gate for clearing summits formalities. It is recommended that you start this route in the morning to allow you to have a leisurely walk to Mandara, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of the black and white colobus monkeys. Approximately 4 hrs later, you will reach your destination of the day – the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior. Evening meal and overnight stay at the Mandara Hut (2650m).
Day 02: Mandara Hut (2700m) – Horombo Hut (3700m)
Breakfast; continue with acclimatization from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut, Mandara Hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest and skirts the base of Maundi Crater, crosses a meadow and a wooded stream, then emerges into grassland. It is well worth the short detour to scramble up to the rim of Maundi Crater for a superb view of the mountain and its surroundings. The trail crosses numerous moorland ravines before ending at Horombo Hut, which is set in a rocky valley with a fine stand of giant senecios or groundsels. Overnight at Horombo Hut.
Day03: Horombo Hut – Zebra Rocks (4020m) – Horombo Hut (3700m)
Today serves as an acclimatization day. This should not be underestimated and greatly improves your chance of success in reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, a 4-5 hour trek follows to the Zebra Rocks (4020m). The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a warm lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day. Overnight and evening meal at Horombo Hut.
Day 04: Horombo Hut (3700m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)
Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut that is usually reached in about 5 – 6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short.
Day 05: Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut
Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru 6 hours to descend to Horombo distance: 6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent. Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit, the trail to the summit lies directly behind Kibo Hut, to the west. It is normal to start this day’s climb at 2 am or earlier. (You can view the sun rise over Mawenzi from the top of Kibo, the loose stone scree is frozen —making it easier to climb, and you can get back in good time). The first part is an uneven trail which leads to the Hans Meyer Cave, a good rest point.
After that, the trail makes more regular switchbacks most of the way to the top, with a last scramble over rocks to Johannes Notch and Gilman’s Point. From there, the trail continues along the rim past Stella Point to Uhuru Peak. As you descend the scree from the rim back to Kibo Hut, it is tempting to run fast, but this can result in clouds of irritating dust and even unpleasant falls. The return to Horombo Hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent.
Day06: Horombo Hut (3700m) – Marangu Gate (1860m) – Marangu
The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to Arusha for shower/ overnight at Arusha (BB).
Day-: Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for taking in a flight and back home. End of our service.