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Mt. Kilimanjaro - The Marangu Route
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The Marangu route on Kilimanjaro is the most comfortable route of all, due to the fact that you will not have to camp in tents at each end of the day. The distance covered on each day, except for the summit attempt, is shorter compared to the other routes. Three permanent hut installations accommodate hikers on this route. The huts are communal, and each bunk has a sponge mattress and pillow. Solar panels installed at the huts providing light for the evening.
There are 60 beds at the Mandara and Kibo hut and 120 beds at the Horombo hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts (Mandara and Horombo) and basic latrines at the last hut (Kibo).
All climbing groups on the Marangu route share breakfast and evening meals in a dining hut adding a great atmosphere. Soft drinks and beers (not recommended for drink while ascending) are sold at the huts. Prices increase the higher up you are.
The Marangu route can be done in a minimum 5 days, but is recommended to be used as a six day route for more acclimatization. Due to the comfort up to base camp at Kibo huts, this route is also known as the Coca-Cola route.
 

 

 

The Marangu Route itinerary
Total hiking distance about 82km.
The Marangu route is the shortest route up and down Kilimanjaro, but when it comes to high altitude mountaineering a shorter route is not the best for acclimatization. Our years of experience in promoting Kilimanjaro Adventures trip has thought us that the shorter 7 day package (5 days on Kilimanjaro + 2 days travelling) is not enough for a normal person to acclimatize, that is why we DO NOT promote the shorter trip as what is offered by other novice operators. On our 6 day route you will spend 4 and a half day ascending and 1 and a half day descending.
 
Kilimanjaro The Marangu route itinerary by Dream World Adventures
 

 

Day one on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route itinerary
Travel day to Moshi in Tanzania
The first day of your itinerary will be for travelling to Moshi in Tanzania. Your adventure itinerary will start and finish in Moshi. If you will be travelling by Air your arrival Airport will be at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a representative of our Tanzanian counterparts and be transferred to Hotel Springlands in Moshi.
This hotel offers great views of mountain Kilimanjaro on a clear day. You will overnight at Hotel Springlands.
Marangu route kilimanjaro Day one itinerary

 

Day two on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route itinerary
Day 1 on Kilimanjaro
Starting point The Marangu Park gate at +/- 1830m
End point The Mandara Huts at +/- 2740m
Terrain Rain forest / Montane forest
Distance to walk +/- 8 Km
Hiking time About 5 hours
Marangu route kilimanjaro Day two itinerary From Moshi it will be on average 45 minutes drive to Marangu Gate, the starting point for your hike situated on the eastern side of the National park. After signing yourself in at the gate you begin your hike. The first day you will be hiking though the rainforest belt that is found around the park. Lunch will be provided to you in a form of a lunch packet at the gate, and the first day will take you approximately 5 hours. A good idea is to go for a short hike after settling in your hut. A good look-out point will be found about 15 minutes from the huts at the Maundi Crater. Dinner is normally served around 7pm in one of the dining huts.
Soda’s and beer will normally be available to purchase, but preferably do not consume any alcohol as this dehydrates a person which leads to altitude related problems. Bathrooms with running water are available (unfortunately no warm water) and all the huts have solar-powered lights.

 

Day three on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route itinerary
Day 2 on Kilimanjaro
Starting point The Mandara Huts at +/- 2740m
End point The Horombo Huts at +/- 3690m
Terrain Heathland / Moorland
Distance to walk +/- 12 Km
Hiking time About 8 hours
Wake up around 07h00, with breakfast to follow shortly after. Start hiking around 08h30 to the next stop, the Horombo Huts. This day should take you around 6 hours to complete. Lunch will be served half way through the day and you will have great views of Mawenzi (the second highest volcano on Kilimanjaro). Magnificent views of Kibo (the highest of the 3 volcanoes) can be enjoyed from the Horombo huts as well. Dinner is normally served around 7pm in one of the dining huts. Soda’s and beer will normally be available to purchase, but preferably do not consume any alcohol as this dehydrates a person, which leads to altitude related problems. Marangu route kilimanjaro Day three itinerary
Bathrooms with running water are available (unfortunately no warm water) and all the huts have solar-powered lights.

 

Day four on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route itinerary
Day 3 on Kilimanjaro
Starting point The Horombo Huts at +/- 3690m
Highest point Mawenzi basecamp at +/- 4600m
End point The Horombo Huts at +/- 3690m
Terrain Alpine Desert
Distance to walk +/- 10 Km
Hiking time About 5 hours
Marangu route kilimanjaro Day four itinerary After breakfast start your hike up to the Mawenzi Hut. Just outside the Hut area you will find a split in the road. For today you will go right and pass the Zebra rock, one of the many landmarks found in the Kilimanjaro National Park. This day must be used to walk high and sleep low (the best way to acclimatize). Although this day can be excluded from your itinerary, it is highly recommended to increase your chance of reaching Uhuru Peak. After reaching the Mawenzi Hut, return to Horombo Hut for dinner and rest.
   

 

Day five on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route itinerary
Day 4 on Kilimanjaro
Starting point The Horombo Huts at +/- 3690m
End point The Kibo Huts at +/- 4695m
Terrain Alpine Desert
Distance to walk +/- 10 Km
Hiking time About 8 hours
As this will be a long day, it is recommended to wake up earlier than on previous mornings. After breakfast start your hike up to your final overnight point prior to your summit, at the Kibo Huts. On the second part of the day you will cross the saddle that links Mawenzi with Kibo. It is of utmost importance to ascend very slowly here to avoid altitude related problems. This part is also normally very warm and dry so remember to cover up with sun block and to drink water regularly. This day should take you around 8 hours to complete. Dinner is normally served around 7pm in one of the eating huts. The huts have lights powered by solar energy, but no running Marangu route kilimanjaro Day five itinerary
water is available. Please remember to stock up on water at the previous hut, but the guide will also remind you of this.

 

Day six on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route itinerary
Day 5 on Kilimanjaro
Starting point The Kibo Huts at +/- 4695m
First major landmark Gillman’s Point at +/- 5150m
Second major landmark Uhuru Peak at +/- 5895m
End point The Horombo Huts at +/- 3690m
Terrain Alpine Desert scree slope with ice/snow and Glaciers
Distance to summit +/- 6 Km
Total distance to walk +/- 22 Km
Hiking time About 10~15 hours
Marangu route kilimanjaro Day six itinerary Uhuru peak Around midnight you will have to start your final ascent to the summit. You will be woken with tea/coffee and biscuits. This part of your hike will be done at night to be able to reach Gillman’s Point around first light (+/- 6 hours from Kibo huts). This will be by far the most difficult part of your hike, as you will not only be hiking on a slope of loose gravel, but also be doing so at altitude. Remember to constantly be on the move, and only take short breaks every 2 hours or so to avoid getting cold. Your equipment that you have on should be able to assist your body to warm itself, and to keep cold wind out, but when not moving this becomes more
difficult. Once arriving at Gillman’s Point, people tend to stay too long and often choose to turn around at this point. Do not spend more than 10 minutes here as you still have the last leg of your trip to complete. Another +/- 2 hour’s hike and you will have reached Uhuru Peak – the highest point in Africa! After this amazing and emotional experience you will return to Kibo Huts via Gillman’s Point. This will go a lot faster than when you summated. You should arrive back at Kibo Huts just before lunch time for a light lunch and a short break. After that you will continue down back to the Horombo huts for dinner and a well earned rest.

 

Day seven on the Kilimanjaro Marangu route itinerary
Day 6 on Kilimanjaro
Starting point The Horombo Huts at +/- 3690m
End point The Marangu Park gate at +/- 1800m
Terrain Heathland / Moorland and rains forest at end
Distance to walk +/- 20 Km
Hiking time About 7 hours
No need for walking slowly anymore, yet it is also not necessary to run. Enjoy the scenery as you walk from the Horombo Huts via the Mandara huts down to the Marangu gate. Lunch will be served en-route and you should be back at the Marangu gate in the late afternoon. From the gate you will be collected and returned to Hotel Springlands. All successful mountaineers that have reached Uhuru Peak or Gillman’s point will be presented with a unique certificate to commemorate your achievement. Marangu route kilimanjaro Day seven itinerary
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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