The Marangu route, otherwise called the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most settled route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers hut accommodation in residence style lodging in lieu of camping. Famously known as the “Coca Cola route” – the Marangu route is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. It is considered the easiest route as the ascent on this route is constant and moderate with only the final leg to the summit slightly more challenging. Marangu is the only route that offers communal sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses at every overnight site. The Marangu route uses the same ascent and descent route. The route has the least beautiful assortment of the considerable number of routes on the grounds that the rising and plummet are done on a similar way and it is the most packed route, therefore.
Marangu is the most popular route for Mt Kilimanjaro hiking. Marangu Route 5 days is best for first time climber and Marangu route is the easiest route up Kilimanjaro summit compared to other routes. The Marangu Route is just known as the “Coca Cola” route due to the truth that drinks are for sale in the huts.
Elevation (ft): 5,500 ft / 1,700 m to 9,000 ft / 2,740 m
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.
Elevation (ft): 2,700 m — 3,720 m
Hiking Time: 5–6 hours
Habitat: Kibo Hut
Early in the morning after breakfast, the group will depart Mandara Hut to start a reasonable trek towards the second high altitude camp: Horombo Hut (3,720 m). When you reach the camp on this day, you will be treated to views of two volcanos at once: Kibo and Mawenzi.
Several hours after lunch you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Kibo Hut with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then hike back down to Horombo Hut where dinner will be prepared for you.
Elevation (ft): 3,720 m— 4,700 m
Hiking Time: 4-8 hours
Habitat: Kibo Hut
Today’s stage is long and tough. The trail passes the “last water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly plant less plateau links the summit of Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is Kibo Hut and it should be reached in about 5 to 6 hours. Tonight is an early night to get enough rest, for you will be woken at approximately 23:00 hours.
Elevation (ft): 4,700 m — 5,895 m- 3,720 m
Hiking Time: 9-12 hours
Habitat: Uhuru Peak
Today is the “big day” – the summit stage. You will start in the middle of the night when the lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier. You will begin the long and strenuous trek to the summit in the dark. Passing the Hans Meyer cave at 5,200 m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gilman’s Point (5,715 m) on the crater rim. Soon you will have forgotten the cold of the night and after another 1 to 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m. Now you are standing on the “Roof of Africa”. The descent follows the same path and the lava ash will now have thawed and allows for a fast descent. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you and you can rest a while to regain your strength. After the 1 to 2 hour break, you will be on your way down to the Horombo Hut (3,700 m) where you will arrive in the afternoon. After an evening meal, it is early to bed for most.
Elevation (ft): 3,720 m to 1,860 m
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
You will be offered a warm breakfast in the morning, after which we will head for the Kilimanjaro National Park’s exit: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, and then you will have the chance to share your opinions on the trip in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates (in our office) and provide you a transfer back to Arusha.
After breakfast and rest, we will Transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for those returning home.
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