Marangu Route, This is a short route among six established routes and famous one up to Kilimanjaro, Know as Coca Cola route which accommodate climbers on Huts, with such nice facilities just like at home, 5 days may be enough to summit but we highly recommend six days for those who would like to acclimatize.
Day 1 : Arrival Day
Up on your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport / (JRO), Our driver guide will be there a hour before your landing awaiting to pickup and drive you to the hotel in Arusha for overnight.
Day 1: MARANGU GATE- MANDARA HUT
You will be picked up from the hotel and a drive to Marangu gate follow as you drive towards the gate you will be enjoying excellent views of the mountain, you will meet your team of guides and porters at the gate.
Whilst in the forest you could see bright cultured birds, colobus monkeys and other species of monkey as well as mosses, lichens and flowers and delicate orchids. Once registrations finished you will start ascending leave the park buildings the walk is 4-5 hours through areas of coffee plantation and thick rain forest to Mandara Hut for Dinner and overnight.
DAY 2: MANDARA HUT to HOROMBO HUT 3,720Mts
The second day on the mountain starts just after breakfast with a steep climb through the last swathe of rain forest, though this soon gives way to rolling alpine meadow dotted with giant heather. Once you leave the forest sunshade, Kilimanjaro’s two peaks snow covered Kibo and rocky Mawenzi – lie straight ahead overlooking the skyline.
Further on you cross a zone of open moorland with diminutive vegetation, today you gain roughly 1,000m altitude; the walk can take five to seven hours depending on your pace but always POLE POLE. Tonight for Dinner and overstay at Horombo Huts.
DAY 3: HOROMBO HUT to KIBO HUT
The scenery turn out to be more rocky and rough as you leave behind kibo ,everlasting flower and other bizarre alpine plants Massive groundless and lobelias appear in the sparse moorland. The trail up to Kibo will take between five and seven hours. Skirting Mawenzi Peak ass you pass the Last Water point then you cross a stark, almost lunar landscape to the Saddle which is a wide tundra desert between the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo.
Here you will start getting fantastic views of the upper ranges of the mountain before arriving at Kibo Hut (4,705 m), a dry-stone-walled hut with dorms and limited facilities. Tonight you prepare for tomorrow’s final assault – THE SUMMIT – re-packing to leave any non-essential items with the porters; you need to summon all your energy to get to the summit so there’s absolutely no point in carrying anything you don’t need! An early night is imperative as you must make a midnight start in order to reach the summit in the morning before the cloud cover settles, and then have time to get back down to the hut. Overnight stay at Kibo Hut for 1 night (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
DAY 4: UHURU PEAK to HOROMBO HUT
This is a long and demanding day! The guides wake you soon after midnight and you start out in darkness, zigzagging up a long scree slope by the light of your torch in the extreme cold. At this time of day the scree is still frozen – which makes it easier to walk on, After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave – named after the German geologist who made the first successful ascent in 1889 – where he found the remains of a frozen leopard. The gradient gets steeper and three hours on (this is the hardest stretch of the climb! you should reach the crater rim at Johanne’s Notch. From here it’s a short scramble to Gillman’s Point (5,685 m) in time for dawn. Your reward is the dramatic spectacle of the sun rising over the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi – the profusion of colors and shapes make all the suffering seem worthwhile! For those who still have the energy and drive, it takes another couple of hours along the crater rim to reach Uhuru (Freedom) Peak (5,896 m). Your descent (approx. 3 hours) retraces the route back down past Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut for a well-deserved rest.
DAY 5: Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut
The pace quickens as you continue your triumphant way back down across alpine meadow and past Mandara Hut through the rain forest to Marangu Gate where you board the vehicle for the journey back to Arusha for a day room or overnight stay before depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania.
Tour Price Include:
- Transfers from Kilimanjaro Airport to Peace Hotel in Arusha.
- Transfer from Marangu gate to Peace Hotel.
- Transfers from Hotel to gate entrances (starting point of climb).
- All meals while on Climb
- 2 liter water on a daily basis on Safari on Mountain Guides will filter
- Transfer to/from Arusha
- Staff fees
- Hotel accommodation where noted
- International airfares and departure taxes
- All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc
- Trips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, porters, camp staff and driver – guide(s)
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- Laundry services
- Visa and International flight tickets fees.