6 Days Marangu Route

The Marangu Route, often called the “Coca Cola” or “tourist” route, is the simplest and shortest path to the summit. It is the only route that offers the comfort of sleeping huts equipped with solar lights and cozy beds. These communal huts feature bunks with sponge mattresses and pillows. Climbers from various countries gather to share meals in the dining huts, creating a lively and social atmosphere. Typically, this route is completed in 5 days, but it can be extended to 6 days for better acclimatization. The additional day can be spent resting at Horombo Huts or hiking the smaller peak of Mawenzi.

 

Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts

  • Elevation: 1,870m to 2,720m (6,135ft to 8,923ft)
  • Distance: 8km (5 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

The journey kicks off at Marangu Gate after registration. The trail meanders through lush rainforests, offering glimpses of wildlife, and concludes at Mandara Huts for the night.

Day 2: Mandara Huts to Horombo Huts

  • Elevation: 2,720m to 3,720m (8,923ft to 12,205ft)
  • Distance: 12km (7.5 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Exiting the rainforest, the path winds through heath and moorland, granting panoramic views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. The day culminates at Horombo Huts, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 3: Acclimatization Day at Horombo Huts

  • Elevation: 3,720m
  • Distance: Variable
  • Hiking Time: Variable
  • Habitat: Moorland

This day is dedicated to acclimatization at Horombo Huts. You can explore the surrounding area or opt for a short hike to Zebra Rocks to aid in the acclimatization process.

Day 4: Horombo Huts to Kibo Huts

  • Elevation: 3,720m to 4,703m (12,205ft to 15,430ft)
  • Distance: 10km (6 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Continuing the ascent, the trail traverses through the moorland, gradually transitioning into the alpine desert as you approach Kibo Huts, situated at the base of the Kibo crater.

Day 5: Kibo Huts to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts

  • Elevation: 4,703m to 5,895m (15,430ft to 19,341ft) (Uhuru Peak), then down to 3,720m (12,205ft)
  • Distance: 15km ascent, 20km descent (9.3 miles ascent, 12.5 miles descent)
  • Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic to Moorland

The summit push begins in the early hours of the morning, with a challenging climb to Gilman’s Point before continuing to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. After capturing memories at the summit, descend to Horombo Huts for a well-deserved rest.

Day 6: Horombo Huts to Marangu Gate

  • Elevation: 3,720m to 1,870m (12,205ft to 6,135ft)
  • Distance: 20km (12.5 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland to Rainforest

The final leg of the journey takes you back through the moorland and lush rainforests to Marangu Gate, where you’ll complete the necessary formalities, receive your summit certificates, and bid farewell to Kilimanjaro.

Summary

The 6-day Marangu Route offers a comfortable yet exhilarating trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. With well-appointed sleeping huts and scenic landscapes, it’s an ideal choice for those seeking a slightly gentler ascent.

  • Price Include:
    * All transfers

    * Accommodation
    * all trekking fees,
    * All meals while on the Mountain
    * Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
    * Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
    * English speaking guide
    * Sleeping bags
    * Porters salary
    • 3 meals in a day
    • Mineral drinking water.

    Price Exclude:

    * Tips,
    * medical insurance cover
    * all trekking personal gears
    * alcohol
    * all things of personal nature

    1. What is Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa, located in Tanzania. It is a dormant volcano and one of the most iconic mountains in the world.
    2. How tall is Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, called Uhuru Peak, stands at an elevation of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level.
    3. How long does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The duration of a Kilimanjaro climb varies depending on the route chosen. Most climbs typically range from 5 to 9 days.
    4. What are the different routes up Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • There are several routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro, each with its own characteristics and scenery. Popular routes include the Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Rongai, and Northern Circuit routes.
    5. Is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro difficult?

      • Climbing Kilimanjaro is challenging due to its high altitude, but it doesn’t require technical climbing skills. However, climbers should be physically fit and prepared for the rigors of high-altitude trekking.
    6. Do I need a guide to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Yes, it is mandatory to have a registered guide accompany you on your Kilimanjaro climb. Guides are essential for safety, navigation, and providing support throughout the trek.
    7. When is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The best times for climbing Kilimanjaro are during the dry seasons, which are typically from late June to October and from December to March. These months offer clearer skies and better trekking conditions.
    8. What should I pack for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Essential items for climbing Kilimanjaro include proper clothing for varying temperatures, sturdy hiking boots, a good quality sleeping bag, trekking poles, personal medications, and other necessary gear as recommended by your tour operator.
    9. What are the risks of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The main risks of climbing Kilimanjaro include altitude sickness, which can affect anyone regardless of fitness level, as well as other potential hazards such as extreme weather conditions and physical exhaustion.
    10. Do I need to train before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Yes, it is highly recommended to undergo physical training and preparation before attempting to climb Kilimanjaro. This can include cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking to build endurance and fitness levels.
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