6 days Marangu route
Mount Kilimanjaro Hike
Mount Kilimanjaro Hike
Mount Kilimanjaro Hike
Mount Kilimanjaro Hike
Mount Kilimanjaro Hike
Mount Kilimanjaro Hike

6 days Marangu route For Fun Experience – Mount Kilimanjaro Hike

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6 days Marangu route

Mount Kilimanjaro Hike 5 days is the absolute minimum duration for a Kilimanjaro trek, 6 days Marangu route is better. For the popular Machame 6 days, the Marangu route is the minimum, seven days is recommended. Taking an extra day for acclimatization will greatly improve your chances to reach the summit.

6 days Marangu route

Route description:

6 days Marangu route   – or “Coca-Cola” – route is rightfully popular among Kilimanjaro climbers. It is unique in that it provides extra comfort with its permanent huts. Fabulous vistas of Kilimanjaro’s Mawenzi and Kibo peaks are an added advantage of the Coca-Cola Route! The 6 days Marangu Route itinerary with its longer acclimatization is preferable if this is to be your first climb.

Day 0: Briefing

If you have opted for the optional airport transfers, we will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha airport and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi.

Pre-trek briefing at your Moshi hotel. You should be planning to arrive at least one day before the start of the trek. Today we will spend in having a pre-trek briefing. We will also review your equipment and rent any equipment which is needed.

Day 1:  Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register, and commence the climb. Walkthrough 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, birdlife, and Colobus monkeys.

  • Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
  • Distance: 8km/5mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and groundsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

  • Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 12km/7.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Heathland
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3Rest day at Horombo Hut

Rest day at Horombo Hut with the optional hike by Mawenzi Peak.

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 0km/0mi
  • Hiking Time: 0 hours
  • Habitat: Heathland
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4 Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest and prepare for the summit climb.

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
  • Distance: 9km/5.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5 Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Horombo Hut to Moshi

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through a lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

A vehicle will be waiting for you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
  • Distance: 20km/12.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: Breakfast.

 

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    All about the 6 days Marangu route For Fun Experience – Mount Kilimanjaro Hike.

    Mount Kilimanjaro Hike

    • Day 1:  Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
    • Day 2:  Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
    • Day 3: Rest day at Horombo Hut
    • Day 4:  Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
    • Day 5 :  Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut
    • Day 6: Horombo Hut to Moshi

     

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Transfers:

    • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
    • Transfer to the trailhead – entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
    • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro park and transfer to the hotel;

    Entry fees:

    • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fees, and everyone other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

    Accommodation:

    • One night at 3* hotel (Aishi Machame Hotel or Altezza Lodge) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay – caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
    • Tented accommodation on Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or  Kilimanjaro Tents).

    Please note:
    All accommodation is on a sharing basis (i.e. you’ll be sharing together with your travel companion a twin/double room within the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we’ll match you with a same-sex adventurer).

    Meals:

    • Breakfast within the hotel before and after the hike;
    • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several sorts of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
    • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, cocoa, and water).
    • Hiking and safety equipment
    • 2-inch (10-cm) thick and cozy sleeping mats;
    • All group equipment (spacious and cozy dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
    • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
    • GPS-tracking service;
    • Complete medical kits.

    Climbing crew:

    • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness care certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
    • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Airline tickets;
    • Visa fee;
    • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
    • Personal gear rentals;
    • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
    • Mountaineering insurance.
    Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

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    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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    The Marangu Route is the busiest of all the routes on Kilimanjaro, especially from January to March and June to September. Because of the sleeping huts, Marangu is less crowded during other months – especially the rainy season. Climbing during the rainy season has its rewards: everything is lush green and the views are spectacular. Marangu maybe you’re the best option if you’re considering climbing from March-June.

    It is one of the most difficult treks on Kilimanjaro, requiring not only excellent hiking skills and stamina but also acclimatization to lower mountains. The 6-day variation is much more reasonable, requiring less physical effort and providing a better acclimatization transition.

    All Machame 7 and 8-day treks and Lemosho 7 and 8-day treks offer significantly easier hikes and have higher summit ratings.

    The best time to hike the Marangu Route depends on what kind of climb you want. Marangu offers a quiet, beautiful trek during the rainy season (March – June) when few others attempt Mount Kilimanjaro. In high seasons (January – March, and June – September) you may be able to get the most bang for your buck and have a busy camp at the end of the day.

    Overall Rating
    5/5
    AriJ-Jokela wrote a review Jan 2017
    Reviewed On 03/06/2021
    5/5

    Mt. Kili Climb My second attempt and 2 sucsess to Kilimanjaro (Jan/16 and Jan/17). Guide John + team at East Africa Travel made my trek fun and comfortable once again. I will be back for shore - Umbue route next! Mr Lewison Omari arranged for me, at short notice, a joined 3 day safari, for a good price - Great! Contact EAT-Company for the best service for your climb or safari. Ari Jokela / Sweden.

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