Kilimanjaro Marangu Route 5 Days

Kilimanjaro Marangu route photo

Brief Description

If you are the first time climber and you want to climb Kilimanjaro in few days, we suggested you climb Kilimanjaro via the easy Marangu route. The 5 days trek itinerary is the only easygoing to Uhuru peak on Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing because of its gentle slopes but need optional acclimatization day that one can reschedule to 6 days. The Marangu route is known as Coca-Cola Route meaning simple like Coca-cola. However, it is the only route on the mountain which offers accommodation in sleeping huts and serves beverages like Coca-Cola on the way.

Day 01: We leave Moshi to Kilimanjaro gate - Mandara Hut.

We will have a short drive from Moshi or Arusha town to Mount Kilimanjaro Park Gate (1,830 m.) lies at the edge of Marangu, which is a beautiful village with many small coffees and banana plantations. After finishing the entrance procedures, we climb up through a gorgeous and pristine forest to reach the clearing encompassing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.). The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. Another option is to rest and enjoy the elegant forest. There is a rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well. [3-5 hours walking to Mandara Hut]

Day 02: We leave Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through the forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and, in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach Horombo Hut (3,720 m.). Sunrises and sunsets here are often very stunning, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds. [4-6 hours walking from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut]

Day 03: We leave Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut through Desert Saddle

We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday and the afternoon is free (to contemplate the summit ascent!!). The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! [4-5 hours walking from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut]

Day 04: We leave Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up at Gillman's Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over the loose volcanic screen, but there is some well-graded zig-zag and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman's (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours.

We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hours round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo Hut for the night. [11-15 hours walking from Kibo Hut to Gillman's Point]

Day 05: Horombo - Marangu Gate

Safari to Kilimanjaro Retrace through Forest We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates to Moshi or Arusha town. The greenness and lushness of the forest are quite a stunning contrast to the summit day, and it really makes you realize how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is. [5-6 hours walking]

We recommend you can extend your stay a little breeze on Zanzibar beaches or Ngorongoro Crater safari from at least 2 days.

Includes

  • 2 Nights Accommodation At Keys Hotel In Moshi
  • All Nights Accommodation In Huts
  • Professional, Experienced, Mountain Guides
  • All Park Fees And Rescue Fees. 5 Days
  • All Meals While On The Mountain
  • Arrival And Departure Transfers
  • Guides, Porters, Cook Salaries And Park Fees
  • Large Portions Of Fresh, Healthy, Nutritious Food:
  • Clean, Purified Drinking Water:
  • Fair And Ethical Treatment Of Porters:
  • Sleeping Mattress

Excludes

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 Per Person On Arrival
  • Personal Expenses (E.G. Laundry, Telephone, Beverages, Etc.)
  • Optional Tours (Short Safari After Your Climb Etc)
  • Tips And Any Items Of Personal Nature.

Tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro is recommended for group sharing as follows;

  • Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
  • Cook $10 – $15/day
  • Porters $8 – $10/porter/day.

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