Welcome to Coca cola route/Marangu
hiking distance: About 96 km's
(Excluding any acclimatisation hikes on day 3)
Affectionately known as the "Coca-Cola route", Marangu is by
far the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly
be as a result 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 acclimatisation
period. The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending
an extra acclimatisation day on the mountain. This extends the route to
a 6-day march, greatly increasing your chances of success. Hut accommodation
on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the
other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep
in huts along the entire route. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates
and beers are also sold at all the camps on this route. All your equipment
and supplies are portered and a cook prepares all your meals.
6 day - Itinerary for the Marangu route
For the 5-day route, simply exclude the additional acclimatisation day
at Horombo hut - day 3 on the itinerary below.
Day 1: Marangu Gate (1980m) - Mandara
Hiking time: 5 hours.
Distance: About 12 km's.
Habitat: Montane forest.
The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about
50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is
located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate,
all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their
final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging and loading
their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of
your equipment. Make sure that you have all your daypack items (containing
at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) with you
as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers. Our guides will be
available to assist with any additional information or needs you might
have. You now leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail
through the rain forest. The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with
beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro's animals are found.
(An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail, branches off to
the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of
a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the
main trail either, after 1½ hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara
Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a group of wooden A-framed huts
in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar
generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water
is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets
behind the main hut.
Day 2: Mandara hut (2700m) - Horombo hut (3720m).
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Distance: About 15 km's.
From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then
skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition
from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble
up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view
of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance,
showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in
the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro's
most spectacular plants - the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to
3 m in height and the giant groundsel (Senecia Kilimanjari), which can
reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo
hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and
Day 3: Horombo hut (3720m) - Acclimatisation day.
Horombo hut is a village of huts perched
on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total
capacity of 120 climbers! Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters
and with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both
ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo
is for additional acclimatisation. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut, passing
the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down), is strongly
recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatisation.
Remember to drink enough water and move slowly! All meals for the day
are provided at the hut. Retire to bed early and get a last good night's
Day 4: Horombo hut (3720m) - Kibo hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Distance: About 15 km's.
Habitat: Alpine desert.
After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat.
From Horombo there are two trails to the "Saddle" (which refers
to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an
upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose
from. The upper route (right hand fork) will be very familiar, as you
will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It
is very stony and eroded.
The recommended lower route (left hand
fork) is much easier and nearly an hour and it also passes the last watering
point at 4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all the
water you will need until your return to Horombo hut in two night's time
(unless you are willing to buy Mineral water at Kibo hut). Once again
remember to slow down and drink enough water!! Situated in the barren
Alpine desert is Horombo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk
beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however
possible to buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office.
There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit is now a further
1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. Prepare your
equipment, ski-stick and thermal clothing for your summit bid. This should
include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make
sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will
be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about
19h00 and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible.
Day 5: SUMMIT ATTEMPT, Kibo hut
(4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m).
Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru - 6 hours to descend to Horombo.
Distance: 6 km's ascent - 21 km's descent.
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.
You will rise around 23h30, and after some
tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the
going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a
rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The
path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on
the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree,
requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding
section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly.
From Gillman’s Point you will normally
encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point
in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. Weather
conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend,
taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After
a short rest you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and
head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo
hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time
spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very
tough day. .
Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and
beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep,
filled with memories and stirring emotions..
Day 6: Horombo hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m).
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Distance: About 27 km's.
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara
hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and
details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive
their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point
(5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru
Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Arusha
for a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!
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Services includes the following :
• Return airport transfers between Kilimanjaro Intl Airport and
• 2 Nights accommodation in the hotel in Moshi/Arusha, with breakfast
• Transfer from your hotel to starting point for your climb, and
return to your hotel after your climb
• All National Park gate fees
• All camping fees
• Rescue fees (Kilimanjaro rescue team fees)
• Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cooks
• Salaries for mountain crew
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the mountain
• Hot drinks on the mountain
• Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs & sleeping mat) Toilet
tent can be hired
• Climbing permit
• Certificate for your successful summit attempt
• Emergency Portable oxygen (for the duration of your climb)
• Government climbing taxes
• Travel info pack
• Hiking/trekking gear
NOT INCLUDED IN OUR PACKAGES PRICES
Excluded from above package rates:
• Items of personal nature
• Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport)
• All health requirements (Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever, Meningitis)
• Optional travel insurance (contact our office for further information)
• Airfares and departure taxes
• Dinner on your arrival evening (can be arranged on request)
• Complimentary meet and greet on arrival at Kilimanjaro Intl Airport
• Pre and post climb basic tourist class accommodation in Arusha/MOshi
– Tanzania’s famous Safari town - offering so much more in
terms of tourist attractions, restaurants and nightlife
• Upgrade to luxury class accommodation (5*)available at supplementary
• Food of a superior quality and variety offered for the duration
of your climb
Management of your climb and tour
• Your overall climb will be managed by a well respected safety
and Altitude sickness consultant Mountain Guide for the Tanzania- and
Kilimanjaro National Parks, with many years of leadership and climbing
experience in the Kilimanjaro, Meru and Oldonyo Lengai.
Guides and Porters
• Salaries paid to your guides and porters as recommended TANAPA
• Senior guides extensively trained by TANAPA.
• Guides have knowledge and experience
• Guides have a good record of success on all routes of Kilimanjaro
• Hire of specialist mountaineer clothing designed by our team manager
• Lunch tents & storm proof mountain mess tents
• Storm proof sleeping tents, waterproof sleeping mat, camp table
and camping chairs (Toilet tent can be hired as a supplementary extra)
Additional safety precautions
• Uniquely advantageous acclimatization procedures developed from
our operational manager's pioneering projects in Kilimanjaro, Meru and
• Superior logistical arrangements that promote optimal hydration,
digestion and rest for the duration of your climb
• First Aid kit (for the duration of your climb)
• Three litre of mineral water for the first day of your hike
• Energy drink on your summit evening
• Celebration dinner (evening after your climb)
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