MARANGU ROUTE – COCA
Total hiking distance:
About 96 km's
Marangu is by far the
most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. The Marangu route does however
offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatisation day on the mountain.
Hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences,
compared to the other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able
to sleep in huts along the entire route. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates
and beers are also available at all the camps on this route. All your equipment
and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals.
6 Days/5 Nights -
Itinerary for the Marangu route.
Day 1: Marangu Gate
(1980m) - Mandara hut (2700m).
Hiking time: 5
Distance: About 12
The drive from Arusha to
the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 2hrs. In Moshi the journey
passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of
the mountain.This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth
and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either, after 1½ hours
hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut.) Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a
group of wooden A-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.
Day 2: Mandara hut
(2700m) - Horombo hut (3720m).
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Distance: About 15
From Mandara hut the
trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the
Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to
moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi
Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear
day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in
the morning sun. 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 (Senecia
kilimanjari), which can reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours from here
you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight.
Day 3: Horombo hut
(3720m) - Acclimatisation day.
Horombo hut is a village
of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with
a total capacity of 120 climbers! Normally bustling with hikers, guides,
porters and with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both
ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo is
for additional acclimatisation. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the
Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down), is strongly
recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatisation.
Remember to drink enough water and move slowly! All meals for the day are
provided at the hut. Retire to bed early and get a last good night's rest.
Day 4: Horombo hut
(3720m) - Kibo hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Distance: About 15 km's.
Habitat: Alpine desert.
After breakfast you now
continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two
trails to the "Saddle" (which refers to the area located between the
peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower
route (left hand fork) to choose from. Once again remember to slow down and
drink enough water!! Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Horombo hut, a
stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams
with water nearby. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a
thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get as much rest and
sleep as possible.
Day 5: SUMMIT ATTEMPT,
Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m).
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
You will rise around
23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this
is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists
of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The
path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on the
crater rim. From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way
up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and
satisfaction - you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how
long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent
back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear you left behind
for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The
return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The
total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a
very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft
drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned
sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.
Day 6: Horombo hut
(3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m).
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Distance: About 27 km's.
After breakfast you
continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu
gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is
also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those
climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates
and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. You now
drive back to Arusha for a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!
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price includes these services:
- Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro Airport
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi/Arusha
(before & after climb)- good hotel.
- Breakfast at hotel
- Group transport to and from Moshi to the trail/route head
- Kilimanjaro National
- All meals on the mountain
- Accommodation in the Mountain
Costs of additional
- Bottled oxygen, only for rescue/emergency use $30
- Extra acclimatization day $180
- Extra hotel night, per room $60
- Mount Meru climb (3 nights/4 days), per person $625
Not included in price:
- Airfare From Your Country to Kilimanjaro Airport
- Lunch or dinner at hotel
- Personal gear and equipment