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Marangu Route – 6 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing

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  • 5 to 6 Days
  • Max People : 30
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 18’ - Dec 21'
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Pickup: Airpot

The Marangu climbing is also known as the “Coca Cola” or “tourist” route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every campsite with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow.

There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Mens’ and ladies latrines are available at the last camp but are very basic.

All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer may be for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (prices increase with elevation).

This route is usually done in 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

Departure & Return Location

Arusha town (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Airport Pickup & Transfer
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Arusha
  • Kilimanjaro Tour Guide
  • Entrance Park Fees
  • Transport to and from the airport
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • Emergency Oxygen (2L canister)
  • Oximeters
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Camping fees
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Rescue fees (as required by national park)
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Salaries for all crew members

Price Excludes

  • International and domestic flights
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Beverages and alcohol

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Kilimanjaro Coffee
  • T-Shirt
What to Expect

Marangu Route is the most popular of all Kilimanjaro climbing routes. This is the only route offering overnight stays in huts, versus tent camping on all other routes.

Huts have a significant impact on the overall cost because with fewer items to carry (especially tents), fewer staff are required in climbing crews, thus reducing the overall cost and making Marangu the most affordable route for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Marangu Route is one of the oldest routes on Kilimanjaro, has beautiful scenery throughout, and is especially favored during the rainy season because of the sleeping huts. Further, for those who want to climb Kilimanjaro but are on a tight budget, this is the most affordable climb.

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Itinerary Day by Day

Day 0Optional pre-trek night and briefing

Today, after the arrival to Moshi and transfer to your hotel, you will meet with the representative for your pre-trek meeting, where you’ll have a chance to arrange for any required equipment to be rented locally.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 1Rainforest trek and Maundi Crater

Your tour begins with an hour’s drive from your hotel in Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. After completing the necessary registrations your trek begins! The trail through the rainforest is lush and can be wet. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may see some of the local monkeys! If you have the energy, a quick side trip to Maundi Crater is well worth the effort. Otherwise, you can relax at your first camp, Mandara Hut.

Overnight Location: Mountain hut on Mount Kilimanjaro (2,700m / 8,858ft)
Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 8 km, 840m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 2Moorland trek to Horombo Hut

Shortly after you begin your trek today, you will begin seeing fewer trees and more of the moorland heather. On a clear day, you should have a great view of Mount Kibo and Mawenzi. Today is a long day on the trail, and you’ll be gaining quite a lot of elevation before finally arriving at Horombo Hut.

Overnight Location: Mountain hut on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,720m / 12,204ft)
Distance: 5 to 6 hours, 12 km, 1000m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3Alpine desert trail to Kibo Hut

Today you’ll trek past the final spot to collect water, which your porters will do on your behalf. You’ll notice less vegetation as you climb onto the saddle of Mount Kilimanjaro, where the rocky expanse of the alpine desert looks like you’re walking on the moon. It’s best to get lots of rest when you arrive at Kibo Hut as it’s a very early wake-up call in the morning!

Overnight Location: Mountain hut on Mount Kilimanjaro (4,703m / 15,429ft)
Distance: 5 to 6 hours, 9 km, 1192m of ascent, 2175m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4Summit Uhuru Peak

Your trek this morning will begin again sometime around midnight. You’ll need your warm clothes and headlamp before you attack the first stretch of heavy scree and switchbacks. Once you’ve reached Gilman’s Point, the sun will be up and hopefully will give you a necessary burst of energy for the final push along the crater’s rim and up to the summit. At the snowy peak, you will be treated to incredible views from the highest point in Africa. You’ll have a chance to rest and have lunch once you’ve made it down to Kibo Hut, but then you will be hiking all the way back down to safer altitudes at Horombo Camp for the night.

Overnight Location: Mountain hut on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,720m / 12,204ft)
Distance: 6 to 8 hours, 21 km, 1000m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5Trek down and return to Moshi

Today you’ll be able to spend the day trading memories of the summit with your fellow trekkers as you descend back into the warmer climate. You’ll pass by the Mandara Camp on your way down, and will start to see wildlife again as you return through the forest. Once you’ve reached the Kilimanjaro Park Gate, your vehicle will be waiting to drive you back to Moshi.

Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi
Distance: 4 to 5 hours, 20 km, 2000m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6Departure

Today is the day when you say ‘Goodbye’ to the Moshi and Mount Kilimanjaro.

Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Kilimanjaro Route Map

kilimanjaro route map

FAQ

1) How much time do I need to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

We recommend a minimum of eight days from the USA and Europe, although some people may wish more time for the trip. We can customize itineraries or routes to offer more days in the park(s). Some people may wish to climb nearby Mount Meru as well. If you have more than eight or nine days, you can choose any of the main routes on the mountain and still have time for a wildlife safari before or after your trip.

2) What is the best time of year to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

You can climb any month of the year. At lower elevations, April, May, and November are quite wet while March and June are transitional months. August and September are the coldest and driest months. January, February, July, August, and September are all popular climbing months.

3) How far do I hike each day?

We can measure each day in walking hours rather than kilometers. Most days, other than the summit day, will begin with breakfast around 6:30 AM and departure at 7 AM. You will walk four to five hours with a break for lunch followed by another hour or two of hiking in the afternoon. These days are not long or difficult and you will be advised to walk slowly.

4) Why do we make the final ascent in the pre-dawn darkness?

Most groups will start for the summit on ascent day around 11 PM to midnight, depending on the perceived fitness of the group, the weather, and the route. The pre-dawn hours are ideal to start the ascent to the summit as it is cold but also calm and clear. It is rare to find cloudy weather at the summit at dawn any time of year and at dawn, you have the best view.

On the other hand, if you leave in the early morning, it could be very windy and the ascent becomes more difficult. The ascent day is a long hiking day, so it is better to start early and walk slowly. It can take up to 15 hours to reach the summit and descend to the camp for that night.

5) How much weight will I have to wear and where can I leave unnecessary luggage?

You will simply carry a day pack of about two to four kilograms, although some people carry more or less. Your gear (not to exceed twelve kilograms) will be placed inside a waterproof duffle at the trailhead and a porter will carry this for you. If you have things that you do not need on the climb, you may leave a bag behind at Arusha.

6) What kind of staff will accompany me on the climb?

The usual ratio is three or four local staff for each climber, although small groups may have four or five staff per climber. The staff usually consists of an English-speaking guide or guides, a professional cooker, and gear-carrying porters. We encourage you to interact with your staff. They are all trustworthy, local people who have grown up in the shadow of the mountain. Many of them have climbed the peak a hundred or more times.

7) What is provided and what do I have to bring?

We provide tents, camping gear, food, utensils, and leadership. You should bring your own sleeping bag, water system, personal clothing, light duffle bag, and day pack. Hiking poles can be rented.
A packing list is provided to all climbers, along with our pre-departure packet:

• 1 mountaineering sleeping bag (usually a below 10-degree rating or better is recommended)

• 2-3 liters water canteen (sturdy plastic or steel)

• 1 LED flashlight with spare batteries

• 1 Pair of comfortable trekking boots

• 1 towel

• 2 pairs of thick thermal socks and several pairs of regular socks

• 2 fleece jackets

• 1 down jacket or long-sleeved wind-breaker (down jacket is unnecessary if you have good fleece jackets)

• 1 set of thermal underwear (i.e. thermal vest and long jeans)

• 2 pairs of trekking trousers

• 1 waterproof jacket

• 1 pair of waterproof trousers

• 1 balaclava or ski-mask

• 1 sun hat

• 1 pair of sunglasses

8) What kind of tents will I sleep in? What are the huts on the Marangu Route like?

Your tents are mountain-style, double-walled, mosquito-netted, and durably-floored with waterproof material. While technically rated as three-person tents, they accommodate two people very comfortably. Tents are erected and packed up by the portering staff. There is enough space for tall people to stretch out and room for your gear within the tent. On the Marangu Route, the huts are just large enough for four bunks built against the walls of A-frame cubicles. Tall hikers will feel cramped. Gear is stored on the floor. Wash and toilet facilities are shared and are outside of the bungalows.

9) What is the food like?

Breakfast includes tea, coffee, milk, eggs, toast, porridge, cereals, bread, fruits, bacon, sausages, etc.
Lunch is a picnic lunch on the way the first day while it is hot lunch the next day with hot soups, bread, vegetables, fruits, salad, cookies, beef, chicken or fish, potatoes, pasta, or rice with sauce.
Dinner starts with hot soups, followed by the main course (pasta or rice, meat), desserts, and ends with hot drinks.

10) Drinking water—is it safe and is there enough for all climbers?

You will have enough drinkable water during the trip. To keep your system running normally, we recommend you bring two bottles and use tablets to purify water (you can buy tablets in Arusha).

11)What happens if some members of the party need to turn back before the summit?

No one is forced to go on. There is always enough staff to split the group according to needs and regroup later at the camp. Most people have no trouble reaching the highest campsite. If some party members decide not to climb the final distance to the peak or cannot proceed at any point in time, they can wait for the other group climbers to come back or can go down with a guide following the same way or take a lateral path to the descent route.

12) What are the health issues on Mount Kilimanjaro?

You must arrive healthy and fit. A simple cold or another respiratory sickness can become worse during trekking. There is no malaria risk on the mountain and insect bites are very rare.

13) What kind of help is available in case of an emergency?

We always have a first aid kit with us and guides are well trained on first aid. Serious injuries are very rate and Kilimanjaro National Park has a rescue team in case of emergency.

14) Is bottled oxygen necessary or available on the climb?

Bottled oxygen is not routinely available on this climb and is not included in the price of the trip. The most immediate treatment for serious altitude sickness is rapid descent, which is always possible on Mount Kilimanjaro. Virtually no climbers on the mountain carry oxygen. If upon reaching the final campsite before the ascent your guide judges you to have serious symptoms of altitude sickness, you will not be permitted to attempt the final climb. Oxygen may be available on an emergency basis or at an added cost, but not as an aid for climbers who have not acclimatized adequately on their own.

15) Do I need to get any vaccinations before I leave?

Check with your doctor and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for current recommendations. None are required for entry to Tanzania from the USA and Europe or for re-entry to the USA and Europe. If you come from a yellow fever endemic country by road, proof of vaccination is required.

16) Will I need a VISA?

Yes, you can obtain it in advance or on arrival in Tanzania at the international airport.

17) Why can I find cheaper prices for the same route?

The major sources of cost variations are the money spent on food, off-mountain accommodation, porter and guide wages, tents, and the cost of getting to the mountain.

Safari Nuggets is determined to provide the best food, best guides, and porters, best tents and equipment, top quality before-and-after-climb accommodation, a full professional pre-climb orientation, insurance for all staff, and inclusion of all park permits, meals, transfers, and local hosting costs. On some of the least expensive trips, food is minimal and often prepared by frying. As guides and porters are expected to cover part of their wages with tips, these companies cannot attract the best staff. Often, they do not provide full warm clothing to staff. The mountain is hard on tents which are expensive in Tanzania, meaning that tents on cheap trips are often worn or dirty.

Our approach is not to provide the cheapest trip, but rather to do everything we can to increase the likelihood you will reach the summit and enjoy the overall experience with a staff of people who are well qualified and compensated for the extraordinary assistance they provide to you.

We invite you to report your issues/requests/questions to the Safari Nuggets office or your guide during the hiking.