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The Marangu Route also known as the "Coca-Cola" route, is the oldest, most well-established route on Mount Kilimanjaro hiking. This is the only route that offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodations instead of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. However, the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is, unfortunately, less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Arusha (1400 m) – Marangu gate (1,980 m) – Mandara Hut (2700 m)

• Rising (ft): 6,046ft to 8,858ft • Stretch: 8 km • Climate: Rain Forest • Hiking time: 4-5 hours • Shelter: Mandara Hut Hiker(s) and Africa Natural Tours driver will head to the Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The track climbs through a tropical rain forest near the upper edge of the forest line where we sometimes see playful blue monkeys. The track then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until we reach Mandara Hut campsite.

Day 2

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

• Rising (ft): 8,858ft to 12,205ft • Stretch: 12 km • Hiking time: 6-8 hours • Climate habitat: Heath / Moorland Our second day on the Marangu hiking route trail will begin with a steep ascent through the forest and opens into high moorland. If the sky is clear and with no clouds, we may get our first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks, two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Day 3

Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Hut to Horombo Hut

• Rising (ft): 12,205ft to 14,160ft to 12,205ft • Stretch: 10 km • Hiking time: 3-5 hours • Climatic Habitat: Heath This extra day is used for acclimatization. We hike towards or all the way to Mawenzi Hut and back. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi

Day 4

Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Rising (ft): 12,205ft to 15,430ft • Stretch: 10 km • Hiking time: 6-8 hours • Climatic habitat: Alpine Desert On day four hiker(s) will climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach our campsite which sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once at camp hiker(s) rest enjoy an early dinner and prepare for the summit hiking day.

Day 5

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Point to Horombo Hut

Rising (ft): 15,430ft to 19,341ft to 12,205ft • Stretch: 22 km • Hiking time: 10-13 hours • Climatic habitat: Arctic Hiker(s) and the team wake in the middle of the night and begin the final push to reach the Roof of Africa, The trail to Gilman’s Point is very steep and the ascent will be slow and steady. From Gilman’s, it is a traverse along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak. Hiker(s) and the team stay at the summit for a short time to take photos and enjoy the views before retracing all the way back to Horombo Hut.

Day 6

Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

• Descend (ft): 12,205ft to 6,046ft • Stretch: 20 km • Hiking time: 5-7 hours • Climatic habitat: Rain Forest A long trek is in store for today, however, it is mostly downhill. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu Gate hiker(s) pick up our certificate that proves our achievement and catch our car drive transfer to hotel in Moshi.

  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel

  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides

  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents (on twin sharing basis)

  • Sleeping Mattress

  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder

  • All meals while on the Mountain

  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

  • Clean, purified drinking water

  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)

  • Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)

  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)

  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)

  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate

  • Tanzania Visa

  • International and domestic flights

  • Hotel (available as an optional addon)

  • Transfers (available as an optional addon)

  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary

  • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages

  • Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

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