6 Days Marangu Route

6 DAYs Marangu ROUTE      

Overview    

MARANGU ROUTE this is the most popular route known as the ‘coca-cola route’, Due to their uniqueness is the oldest and one of the most preferable routes. Many agree that, this is the easiest and shortest route to Kilimanjaro summit point, given its gradual slope. Although is the easiest route because no technical skills are required for this five-day trek. It is not as scenic as other routes. However, some prefer this route because it is the only route on the mountain that has huts provided for hikers.

There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. During peak season these huts can be very overloaded so as advance booking of hut accommodation is required to avoid any inconveniences. The Marangu route is usually done in 5 days; we would highly recommend all to add an additional day for better acclimatization.

ITINERARY  

Arrive in Tanzania

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be meet Boko Explorers representative, picked up there and transfer to hotel in Moshi town. Then you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

Hotel: Bed & Breakfast

Day 1: Marangu Gate (1860m) to Mandara Hut (2700m).

Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2mi

Approx. time taken: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

After breakfast, you will be picked up at the hotel around 8:00 am and transferred to the Marangu gate. After arriving at Marangu gate, Boko Explorers will handle all pre-hike formalities and once complete you will start your Kilimanjaro climb through the dense rainforest. As we head to the Mandara Hut we will see impressive vegetation and if lucky we will catch a glimpse of some of the local primates. Once arrived we will have time to settle in and relax before embarking on a stroll to the  Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior.

Day 2: Mandara Hut (2700) to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Distance covered: 12.5km / 7.8mi

Approx. time taken: 9 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after leaving the Mandara Hut, we will reach the timberline entering the heath and moor zone. Approximately 4 – 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, standing at an altitude of 3700m. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.

Day 3: Acclimatization Day

Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi

Approx. time taken: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Today serves as an acclimatization day. This should not be underestimated and is critical in your success of reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, a 4-hour trek leads 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.

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3700m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9mi

Approx. time taken: 7 hour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Today’s path is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. 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 5: Kibo Hut (4700m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) then, down to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi

Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Today is “The Big Day” – the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 – 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 – 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

Day 6: Horombo Hut (3700) to Marangu Gate (1860m)

Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi

Approx. time taken: 8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Continuing through the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, we will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a private car will then take you back to your hotel where you can enjoy the warm shower you have been craving. It’s definitely time to celebrate!

End of The Trip

PRICING.

Prices (quoted in USD/per person)  

6 DAYS CLIMB + 2DAYS IN HOTEL

1 Person

2-4 Persons

5-7 Persons

8-10 Persons

11+ Persons

MARANGU ROUTE

$ 1,650

$1,580

$1,495

$1,410

$1,390

 

Included Services

Pick up at International Airport;
Transfer to your hotel in Moshi
Professional mountain crew. Each participant will be provided with a porter (who can carry up to 15 kg of personal baggage);
Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
Kilimanjaro National Park permits.
Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees
Camping/hut fees
3 meals daily while on the mountain. The menu includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian options are available upon request
Modern tents
First aid kit
Warm and comfortable sleeping pads (2 inches thick)
Portable flush toilets can be provided for free upon clients request
Group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery)
Meeting the group at the National Park exit and transfer to the hotel
Accommodation after the climb
International certificates for a successful ascent
Return transfer to Kilimanjaro airport.

Excluded Services

Flights tickets
Visa fee
Personal gear rental
Items of a personal nature
Laundry services
Tips for the mountain
TIP ON MOUNTAIN KILIMANJARO IS RECOMMENDED FOR GROUP SHARING AS FOLLOWING:
Guide $15 – $20 per day
Cook $10 – $15 per day
Porter $8 – $10 per day

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