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Climbers’ Mount Kilimanjaro 5 Days Marangu Route

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CLIMBERS ON MOUNT KILIMANJARO MARANGU ROUTE

There are six established routes for climbers on Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe route all approach from the south of the mountain. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north near Kenya. All routes except Marangu and Rongai descend via Mweka.

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Climbers on  Mount Kilimanjaro via The Marangu Route

Climbers Marangu Route, commonly known as the Coca-Cola route is more popular because it can be done in fewer days and has permanent sleep huts at the campsites.

Climbers on Summit night from Kibo Hut are steep and pass Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. It is a shorter route with a steeper incline and less time for acclimatization. This is the only route where the ascent and descent route is shared, thus creating more traffic.

Duration: 5 or 6 days
Difficulty: Medium
Scenery: Good
Traffic: High

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred for overnight accommodation at Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel 4 stars  B&B. Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check, and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.

 

DAY 1: MARANGU GATE – MANDARA HUTS: 7K /MI | 4-5 HRS | RAINFOREST

Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2740m/9000ft

Departing from Moshi a 45-minute drive will take you through the Village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.

 

DAY 2: MANDARA HUTS – HOROMBO HUTS: 11KM/3MI | 6-8HRS | MOORELAND

Elevation: 2740m/9000ft to 3690m/12,100ft

After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, through heathland, looking for giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, to enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts late afternoon beneath the spectacular Kibo Summit viewpoint. Temperatures begin to drop.

 

DAY 3: HOROMBO HUTS- KIBO HUTS: 10KM/6MI | 6-8HRS | SEMI-DESERT

Elevation: 3690m/12,100ft to 4695m/15,400ft

After breakfast, we continue on through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. Here while we stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours.

DAY 4: KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT: 4KM /2.5 MI UP | 5-7HRS | – HOROMBO HUTS: 14KM /9MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW-CAPPED SUMMIT

Elevation: 4695m/15,400ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Descent to 3690m/12,100ft

Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

We continue our way to the summit in a switchback formation by trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion, we ascend through heavy scree and possibly snow towards Gillman’s Point on the crater rim.

You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.

Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!

After photos, celebrations, and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.

 

DAY 5: HOROMBO HUTS – MARANGU GATE – MOSHI: 18KM/11MI |6-7HRS | RAINFOREST

Elevation: 3690m/12,100 to 1830m/6000ft

After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down stopping at the Mandara Huts for lunch. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. You return back to the Marangu Park Gate and receive your summit certificates.

As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy, and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles. From the gate, a vehicle will meet you to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 45 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner, and celebrations!!

Overnight Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel. before being transferred to your journey home, safari, or a relaxing trip to Zanzibar.

 

CERTIFIED ETHICAL CLIMBING:

We believe the tourism industry has an obligation and a great opportunity to protect the world’s natural habitats, cultural heritage sites, and communities. We actively promote environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

As a Partner for Responsible Travel, we are proud members and active supporters of the
The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, (KPAP) an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection, (IMEC).

KPAP raises public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and assists climbing companies with implementing procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters.

Every climb is audited to ensure crewmembers are provided proper salaries, tips, food, equipment and sleeping conditions. We think it’s pretty great and our clients do as well, check out our Tripadvisor profile to see what people are saying about us.

 

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    All about the Climbers’ Mount Kilimanjaro 5 Days Marangu Route.
    5 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route
    • MOUNT KILIMANJARO MARANGU ROUTE. …
    • DAY 1: MARANGU GATE – MANDARA HUTS: 7k /mi | 4-5 hrs | Rainforest. …
    • DAY 2: MANDARA HUTS – HOROMBO HUTS: 11km/3mi | 6-8hrs | Mooreland. …
    • DAY 3: HOROMBO HUTS- KIBO HUTS: 10km/6mi | 6-8hrs | Semi-Desert.
    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.
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    Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

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    Overall Rating
    5/5
    James S wrote a review Jun 2017
    Reviewed On 03/06/2021
    5/5

    Great experience with East Africa Travel company..... Each day among 6 days spent in Marangu route was better than the other. Starting from the welcoming day in Moshi Town by Lewis all the way to the last day out of Marangu gate!. My trek was fantastic and memorable, great guiding by John, he really know his Job. trekking Mt Kilimanjaro is one of the greatest activity one should do, it is really fun and worth it. I would recommend East Africa Travel, they are more than professional. Thanks to the all team for making my dream come true in a memorable way.

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