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This is definitely the easiest and probably the most popular route for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It's often called coca cola route because this is the only one where climbers can buy soft drinks and snacks at each stop on the way up. You can do Marangu in 5 or 6 days, and just as with the other routes, people tend to have a much greater rate of success if they choose the longer option. Having that extra day on the mountain to acclimatize can make the summit on that final grueling day. All the routes require camping in a tent except Marangu route where you will sleep in a huts and make for a much different experience.
ARRIVE IN TANZANIA
You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged hotel in Arusha. You will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.
MARANGU GATE – MANDARA HUT
Hiking: 5h (approx 12kms)
After breakfast, we will drive from Arusha to the Marangu Park gate. All hikers are required to sign in at the park entrance while the guides and porters make the final preparations. Once complete, the hike will commence through the Park gate into a beautifully green rainforest. The rainforest is full of wildlife and if you’re lucky enough, you might be able to spot a few animals along the way to our first camp, Mandara Hut.
MANDARA HUT – HOROMBO HUT
Hiking: 6h (approx 15km) In the morning, we will commence our hike through more forest area, towards the rim of the Maundi Crater. The area turns into moorlands here and you can see an array of Tanzania’s vast wildlife and nature along the journey to the next camp at Horombo Hut.
HOROMBO HUT – KIBO CAMP
Hiking: 6h (Approx 15km) This is a rest and acclimatization day and we will walk to either Zebra Rocks or Mawenzi Hut. We will walk through the moorlands across The Saddle towards Kibo Hut.
KIBO CAMP – UHURU PEAK – HOROMBO CAMP
Hiking time: 14h (27km) Our journey to the Summit will begin at around midnight. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path and steep scree towards Gillman’s point which is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. We will continue towards Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro before descending back to Kibo Hut for lunch and a rest before heading to Horombo hut.
HOROMBO CAMP – MARANGU GATE
Hiking: 6h (approx 27km) Descend to Marangu gate via Mandara Hut and commence our drive back to Arusha.