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Kilimanjaro Climb - 7 Days Marangu Route

KilimanjaroClimb - Marangu Route

Kilimanjaro Marangu route it is known as “Coca-Cola” route or “tourist route” this is because Marangu is the most common route on the mountain and thus is considered popular touristy and because is the only route that provide sleeping huts. Marangu approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast of the Mountain. It is the oldest established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest route on the mountain. The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time is a bit low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended, maximizing the chance of reaching to the summit. Marangu is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.

There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts, but at Kibo hut running water is not available because its dry camp.

All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere.

This route is usually done in 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or conduct nature walk to Zebra rock.

 

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi
  • Day 2: Moshi to Marangu gate to Mandara huts
  • Day 3: Mandara huts to Horombo huts
  • Day 4: Horombo huts to Kibo huts
  • Day 5: Summit Day, Kibo huts camp to Uhuru peak to Horombo huts camp
  • Day 6: Horombo huts camp to Marangu gate to Moshi
  • Day 7: Departure – Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by our driver who will pick you up and transfer to Moshi town to your designated hotel for overnight.

 

Day 2: Moshi to Marangu gate to Mandara huts

Elevetion: 1200m to 1860m to 2700m, Distance: 8km, Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Montana forest

You will be transferred to Marangu gate from the hotel and do a registration at the gate. Afterwards, you will begin trekking though the rainforest to Mandara hut. Here you will have an acclimatization opportunity of visiting Mound Crater. Dinner and overnight at Mandara hut.

 

Day 3: Mandara huts to Horombo huts

Elevation: 2700m to 3720m, Distance 12km, Hiking Time: 5-6 hours, Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast you will out climb the rainforest and continue trekking to Horombo hut where you will trek through rolling moorlands and get your fist clear view of towering Kilimanjaro.

 

Day 4: Horombo huts to Kibo huts

Elevation: 3720m to 4703m, Distance: 9km, Hiking Time: 5-6 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.

This is the day when you would trek past the last water point to reach Kibo saddle: a great desert between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo. An early dinner and overnight at Kibo hut.

 

Day 5: Summit Day, Kibo huts camp to Uhuru peak to Horombo huts camp

Elevation: 4703m to 5895m, Down 3720m, Distance: 6km up, 15km down, Time: 6-8 hours up, Habitat: Alpine Desert.

Wake at midnight for a light breakfast then prepare for your summit ascent. Be aware of that as you have to climb to the summit in dark; hence you need to keep your headlamps /flashlights with you. It would be too cold till descending, hence pack up all the warm clothes you have. See, your goal is to reach at Uhuru shortly before or after sunrise: yet you need to proceed slowly, so that you can do it easily. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek because you have to pass through the steep scree or possibly the snow and you would have to reach at the Gilman’s point on the crater rim at 5685m between 4 and 6 a.m. At this point you will have a view of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Another 2 hours trekking along the Kibo crater rim would take you to the true summit “the Uhuru peak” where you will spend some times for taking photos. When your photo session is over, now it is the time to descend to the Kibo huts where you would have your lunch and rest. After taking rest you collect your equipments and continue down trough re-cross the saddle to the Horombo huts. Have dinner and overnight at Horombo Camp.

 

Day 6: Horombo huts camp to Marangu gate to Moshi

Elevetion: 3720m to 1860m to 1200m, Distance: 20km, Descending Time: 4-7 hours

In the morning after a long sleep and after having breakfast you would start descending through the moorland to Mandara huts. Here you will have lunch then proceed trough lush forest to Marangu gate. After the gate sign out, a vehicle will take you back Moshi at the hotel where it is definitely time for your certificate presentation and celebration!

 

Day 7: Departure – Kilimanjaro International Airport.

After a good night rest and breakfast at the lodge, our transfer vehicle will be ready to pick you up and take you to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect with your flight back home. But if you wish to extend your program and proceed with safari kindly let us know so that we can arrange it in advance.

 

Proper equipment is real extremely important to the success, comfort and safety of your trip.

Recommended clothing has four features;
Manages moisture
 – Wicks perspiration from your skin, use for the base layers.
Should be a durable – comfortable, insulating, breathable, soft fabrics are polarity wind, Gore-Tex wind stopper.
Windproof – waterproof and breathable like Gore-Tex or similar (outer layers)
Insulating material – should be down fill or synthetic-fill and fit cover all layers like, down, prim aloft and polar guard.

For sleeping:

3-4 season sleeping bag and silk liner(optional), on the mountain temperature can get down to zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18° C) at night, so bring a warm bag.
Sleeping pad, a closed cell form camping mattress is OK; an inflatable Thermo-Rest is more comfortable.

For the head and face:

  • Pile or a wool hat-Bring one that covers ears, a balaclava
  • Shade hat or cap and scarf to cover your neck
  • Dark sunglasses with strong UV protection (glacier glasses)
  • Sunscreen-30 SPF
  • Lip salve
  • Head torch(flashlight) with spare batteries

For the upper body:

  • T-shirts-Synthetics are the best approx 4.
  • Upper body layers-long sleeved thermal tops, a fleece/warm jumper (thick winter fleece) and a pile jacket.
  • Rain gear-Bring a good of Gore-tax or waterproof clothes.
  • Wind stopper (optional you can use rain gear)
  • Gloves for summit night (e.g. ski gloves with silk liner or down Mittens are ideal)
  • 25-35 liters day sack/rucksack with good waist strap to carry water, camera, snacks etc.

For the legs:

  • Quick dry hiking short.
  • Long underwear bottoms
  • Warm trousers/for the evening and summit day
  • Rain paints and wind paint as well.
  • Undergarment (enough for duration of the trek)

For the feet: 

  • Thin socks-Three pair of synthetic socks.
  • Thick socks-3/4 pairs of specialist trekking socks, one warm pair for summit day.
  • Hiking boot (one pair medium weight)
  • Gaiters-To keep dirt, scree and snow out of your boots.
  • Tennis shoes (to wear in the camp after a day of hiking)

For hydration:

  • Water bottles(minimum 2 liters) Camel back packs(with dust cup) Nalgene bottles, aluminum Sigg, Ideally one bottle should be able to contain hot liquids(optional)
  • Water treatment-Bring a water treatment. We will filtrate the water before you use.
  • Water flavoring (optional)

Additional Items:

  • Trekking poles
  • Camera/film or memory card, extra batteries
  • Casual clothes for traveling, spare day and celebration dinner.
  • Isotonic drink powder or tablets (optional)
  • Energy bars/chocolate/nuts or energy tablets
  • Plastic bags (to protect clothes from rain, for dirty washing, etc)
  • Sunglasses (spare)
  • Swiss army knife (optional)
  • Credit card (in case of emergencies) – let your credit card company know you are traveling to Tanzania
  • Money belt to be worn inside trousers or skirt
  • If you wear contact lenses it is advisable to also bring your glasses
  • Playing cards, reading material etc.

Health and Hygiene

  • High-factor sun cream (30SPF) and lip salve (mountain sun can be very strong)
  • Wet wipes
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Biodegradable nappy sacks (optional, but useful to store rubbish)
  • Personal toiletries (please only bring biodegradable products)
  • Earplugs (in case of snorers!)
  • Toilet paper (will be provided)
  • Lightweight trekking towel
  • Vaseline/talcum powder

Small Medical Kit

Although you will have a team Medically Trained Guide in your trip, it is advisable bring along a small personal medical kit.

  • Dimox (Accetomalozide) for altitude adjustment

Dexemethasone (Emergence medicine)

  • Antiseptic cream
  • Plasters (band-aids)
  • Lint wound dressing
  • Knee support
  • Crepe bandage
  • Safety pins
  • Pain killers (Paracetamol and ibuprofen)
  • Insect repellent
  • Deep heat ointment
  • Diareze/Imodium, Cipro and Pepto-Bismol
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Compeed blister plasters (Moleskin)
  • Malaria tablets /Malaron

Note: Malaron, Dimox and Dexamethasone are prescription medicine we highly recommending you to discuss with your Doctor. We are not carrying this medicine in our First Aid Kit.
Hiring any additional clothing upon booking we will provide equipment hiring price list, upon arrival in Moshi we will check over any clothing/equipment you have.
COTTON clothing must be avoided, because its dries very slowly, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that wicks the sweat and moisture from your skin.

Mountain medication (A few drugs that help AMS)

Note: Malaron and Dimox are prescription medicine we highly recommending you to discuss with your Doctor. We are not carrying this medicine in our First Aid Kit

Group Expeditions

 The price per person for group expeditions are fixed based on a group size. However, we have optional arrangements for individual private and tailor-made preferences best suited for you, your family and friends.

Group Booking Prices

SNGROUP SIZEPRICES
1SOLO (1) PersonUS$ 1,855
22 PeoplesUS$ 1,799
33 PeoplesUS$ 1,499
44 - 5 PeoplesUS$ 1,350
56 - 8 PeoplesUS$ 1,310
69 - 10 PeoplesUS$ 1,250

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