This is the most famous route to the summit among other routes by far which sometime they call COCA COLA ROUTE. The greatest advantage of it is that it does not require any professional equipment as it offers accommodation in the mountain huts containing proper beds and other basic necessities like washrooms, toilets and communal dining halls. It is advisable that, climbers should additionally bring their sleeping bags as they will be supplied only with mattresses and pillows. Our team of professional Cook and Guides will accompany our Client for the entire duration 6 days (5 nights) of climbing the mountain through this route. The 6-day duration is the safest way.that we generally recommend.
The Marangu route is usually the crowded route since it uses the same path to ascent and descent. There are 60 bunk beds for 60 people each at Mandara Hut (2700m and Kibo Hut (4700m, and 120 bunk beds for 120 people at Horombo Hut (3720m) which is also used for descent. In the Huts, they offer for sale mineral water, soft drinks and beers in either of Tanzanian Shillings, USD, GBP or Euro Currencies.
7 DAYS TRIP ITINERARY
|Arrival Day||Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, meet and transferred to Hotel of Choice in Arusha City preferred Mount Meru Hotel for relaxation, trip briefing, dinner and overnight|
|Day 1||Breakfast in the morning at the Hotel in Arusha City and after that around 8.00am start a 3 hours safe driving to Marangu Gate in Kilimanjaro, Moshi for entry registration, payment of fees and do a final parking ready for climbing, this will take around 2 hours at the gate. We will then start the climbing through dense semi-tropical forest on the way to Mandara Hut (9,000 ft / 2,759m), an approximately 4-hours hike (8.1 km) for dinner and overnight.
The Mandara hut, consisting of a group of wooden framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut. However, dinner is prepared by our cook and served in a communal dining mess.
|Day 2||In the morning after heavy breakfast, we continue ascend to Horombo Hut (6 hours hike – 12,000ft/ 3705m and 11.6km) through the alpine meadow, grassland and moorland. While on the way, you can easily view the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo Mountain.
Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants – the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel (SeneciaKilimanjari), which can reach heights of 5m.
After about 6 hours of trek from here, you will reach the Horombo hut, where you will have a hot bowl of washing water, relaxation, dinner and overnight.
|Day 3||After breakfast, we continue ascending to Kibo Hut (4,000m attitude) approximately 5 hours hike for dinner and overnight|
|Day 4||Wake up in the midnight and after snakes continue ascending to the Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peaks) via first point (Gilman’s Point) in the morning (approximately 6 hours hiking, 5,720m attitude). The descending will start thereafter to Kibo Hut for lunch and a short break and later on to Horombo Hut for dinner and last overnight (approximately 7 hours)|
|Day 5||After breakfast at Horombo Hut continue descending to Marangu gate for heavy lunch box and check out logistics, and then start a drive back to Arusha City for dinner, certificate awards and overnight.|
|Day 6||Transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for flight back home.
NB: Depending on the flight schedule, we can organize either a day Safari Trip to Arusha National Park or extensive visit at the local cultural market for an extra cost before taken to the airport for flight back home
Route Mark Points and Estimated Time Frame (Ascending)
|Route Point||Estimated Time Frame|
|Arusha International Hotel – Hotel of Choice in Arusha City||1 hour|
|Hotel in Arusha – Marangu Gate||3 hours|
|Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut||4 hours|
|Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut||6 hours|
|Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut||5 hours|
|Kibo Hut – Gilman’s Point||6 hours|
|Gilman’s Point – Uhuru Peak||2 hours|
- Transfer fro and to Kilimanjaro International Airport on arrival and during departure
- Ground local Transport
- All park fees (including Mountain entrance, rescue and hut fees)
- All applicable government taxes
- Accommodation in both Hotel and Mountain (Huts and Tents) and meals as indicated in the confirmed itinerary
- Services of English-speaking mountain guide and assistants,
- Cook service and adequate porters to carry both trip provisions and passenger private bags.
- Purified drinking water while on trekking
- Hot meals (except first day) served in the mess tent
- Comprehensive First aid Medical Kit.
- Emergency Oxygen at no extra charge
- Fingertip Pulse Oximeter, to measure client’s oxygen saturation and pulse rate daily.
- 24/7 radios/ phones communication
- Certificate of Appreciation for Climbing Achievement
- Climb briefing conducted by our Office Staff and Leading Guide prior to climb
- AMREF Flying Doctors cover for medical evacuation which last for 30 days effective arrival date
- International and domestic airfare
- Tips/ gratuities to guides ($25), porter ($15) and Cook ($10) per guide per day per group, porters and Cook
- Items of personal nature such as passport, visa, traveler’s insurance, hard drinks e.t.c
- Personal climbing gears which can be rented e.g sleeping bags
- Medical equipment which can be rented well in advance for the following costs: $250/group for hyperbaric chamber, $210/group for an emergency oxygen cylinder and $140/group for a stretcher. Please note these prices include a porter to carry the equipment.
- The luggage that porters are allowed to carry is limited to 15 kgs. Any excess /overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at a rate of $15 per bag per day
- You can leave extra luggage at your hotel in Arusha or register at our office in Arusha. We strongly advise not to leave any valuables at the hotel like cash, electronics, jewelry, etc instead you can register them at our office for free charge.
- Our Guides are highly trained on High Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS), signs and treatment, High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) signs and treatment as well as High altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) signs and treatments.
- Qualification of our Guides compiles with the International Wilderness First Air Rescue procedure.
- It is advisable prior to departure from your base hotel to leave and register your extra luggages and valuables for safe keeping as we have an official agreement with them to avoid extra charges while on hiking except for huge Cash which you will register with our office.