Mount Kilimanjaro Hiking Via Marangu Route
Marangu route, Nickname “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most well-established route on Mount Kilimanjaro Hiking. This is the only route that offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. However, the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is, unfortunately, less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason.
Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut Elevation (L, D)
Habitat: Rain Forest We depart Moshi for Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, tropical rain forest. At the upper edge of the forest line, we have the opportunity to see blue monkeys. The trail then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until we reach Mandara Hut.
(ft): 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft
(Overnight at Mandara Hut)
Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut Elevation (B, L, D)
We start the day continuing through the forest until the trail opens into high moorland. We may get our first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks – two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.
(ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft
Day 3: Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge Elevation (B, L, D)
Habitat: Heath This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent a day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Horombo Hut.
(ft): 12,205 ft to 14,400 ft
(Overnight at Mawezi Ridge)
Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut Elevation (B, L, D)
We climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.
(ft): 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft
(Overnight at Kibo Hut)
Day 5: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak Elevation (B, L, D)
Habitat: Arctic Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft Distance: 16 km/10 miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Heath Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
(ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
(Overnight at Horombo Hut)
Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate. Elevation (B, L)
Habitat: Rain Forest On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.
(ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
Specification: Mount Kilimanjaro Hiking Via Marangu Route
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