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6 Days Marangu Route

Route Overview

The Marangu route stands out from other routes on Mount Kilimanjaro due to its option for hut accommodation throughout the entire trek. This provides a relative luxury of sleeping in huts instead of tents. However, it’s important to note that this shorter acclimatization period may not be the best approach for everyone.

The huts along the Marangu route offer shelter, beds, and basic amenities, providing a more comfortable sleeping arrangement compared to camping in tents. This can be appealing to climbers who prefer the convenience and the experience of sleeping indoors.

However, it’s crucial to consider the potential drawbacks of the shorter acclimatization period on the Marangu route. Adequate acclimatization is essential for a successful and safe ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. The rapid ascent on the Marangu route may increase the risk of altitude sickness and reduce the body’s ability to adapt to the high altitude.

It’s important to carefully assess your own fitness level, previous altitude experiences, and ability to acclimatize when choosing the Marangu route. If you are prone to altitude sickness or prefer a more gradual ascent, other routes with longer itineraries and camping options may be more suitable.

Ultimately, the decision to choose the Marangu route with hut accommodation should be based on your personal preferences, physical condition, and understanding of the potential risks associated with a shorter acclimatization period. Consulting with a reputable tour operator or a medical professional can provide valuable guidance in making the right choice for your Kilimanjaro climb.

Why this Route?

A 5 or 6-day ascent starts from the south eastern side of the Mountain. Marangu is by far the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be because of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier than on the Machame route. This is not always the best way due to a shorter acclimatization period.

Highlights of the Route?

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.

Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. It is a shorter route with a steeper incline and less time for acclimatization it tends to have a lower summit success rate. This is the only route where the ascent and descent route is shared, thus creating more traffic.

Route Itinerary

Arrival Day

You will be greeted on arrival by our friendly JAMBO MAASAI TOURS team who will transfer you to your hotel in either Moshi or Arusha. After meals or refreshments, mountain climbing briefing and climbing equipment inspection. Overnight at your Hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 1 – Moshi – Marangu To Mandara Hut

After an early breakfast you leave the lodge and drive to Marangu gate for registration and start ascend through the rainforest with full of trees where you can see Colubus Monkeys and Blue Monkeys. There is occasional rainfall during certain times of the year. You will take your lunch packet halfway before reaching Mandara Hut. After lunch proceed to Mandara Hut where you have to sign on your arrival. After a short rest, you can have a walk to the nearby Maundi Crater where you can view spectacular plains of Kenya and then back for Dinner and overnight at Mandara Hut.

Day 2 - Mandara Hut To Horombo Hut

After Breakfast, you leave Mandara to ascend through the forest for at least 20 minutes, and then proceed to an open area, grassland and moorland up to Horombo hut (12,000ft). Both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be viewed easily on the way. Dinner and an overnight stay at Horombo hut.

Day 3 - Extra Day for Acclimatization

A leisurely walk to The Saddle by the right hand path takes you close to Mawenzi. This is an extra day of acclimatization and it is an ideal day to rest as well as walk high and sleep low. You then return to Horombo for a hot lunch, leisure, dinner and overnight.

Day 4 - Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

After Breakfast further ascending to Kibo hut (15,000ft). The landscape becomes very stony and eroded where there is grassland – spectacular mountain vegetation as giant lobelias, groundsel and cactus appear on the way, moorland up Mawenzi ridge 4,000m then alpine desert to Kibo hut. Early dinner and early sleep for final preparation for the summit.

Day 5 - Kibo Hut - Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

Wake up at midnight, after tea and snacks, start for the summit at 12.00 midnight through Gilman’s point (18,640ft). It is about 5 – 6 hours from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and from Gilman’s point it is about 2Hrs to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft), the highest point of Kilimanjaro where you will be given enough time at the top of Africa taking some photographs and admiring the beautiful views, and not forgetting signing a special book kept at the top of the mountain for visitors. The temperature range from just below freezing at midnight at the summit. As dawn nears, we will summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet. After breathtaking you will start to descend straight to Kibo Hut for breakfast, then proceed down to   Horombo Hut for dinner and where you will spend a night resting and memorizing.

Day 6 - Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate Via Mandara– Moshi / Arusha

From Horombo Hut it is a 7 – 8 hours descent through the forest to Marangu gate            (depending on individual fitness) to sign out, collect certificates, meet the Crews for a word and meet the vehicle ready to be ferried to Moshi or Arusha for night at your Hotel for a day at leisure, overnight or evening transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.