Marangu, also referred to as the ‘Coca-Cola’ route is the most popular and oldest approach for climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. Serviced by huts only, climbing on this route can be done in 5 days but an extra day for acclimatization is recommended.
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On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport our driver will be waiting to take us to Marangu for dinner and overnight stay at the Nakara Hotel. During dinner in the evening, our mountain guide provides us with a detailed briefing about the mountain hiking adventure ahead of us.
After breakfast, we transfer to Marangu Gate (1km) where our hike starts at an altitude of 1850m after an introduction to our crew. Today’s hike takes about 4 to 5 hours through the natural forest to the Mandara Hut at 2774m. Those who feel strong enough can hike to the to the nearby Maundi Crater rim which provides spectacular view of the Kibo Summit. Dinner and O/night will be at the hut where up to 4 people share a room.
Today’s hike takes a little longer (6-7 hours) over a stretch of 15km. This will lead us from the shadows of the natural forest to grassland where for the first time; we can get a view of the sprawling plains below and the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi above us. After a lunch break at "Kimangi Marangu", which was once an important rain making site, we walk on to Horombo Hut at 3550m in the midst of Giant Lobelia and Groundsels. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the Hut where up to 4 people share a room.
We leave Horombo after an early breakfast at approximately 7.30am. The day’s 13km hike takes us through the alpine desert, leaving the moorland at the last water point behind us. The trail leads up to the Schoolhut Hut, set at an altitude of 4750m. Here, we shall have a chance to rest and enjoy the view over the saddle to the majestic Mawenzi Peak. We retire to bed early in the bunk beds of the dormitories in preparation for the midnights ascend to Kibo.
After a short nights rest, the summit challenge begins at about 1.30am after a hot drink. The path gradually gets steeper as we head towards the Gillman’s point (5685m). From here we can watch the sunrise over Mawenzi in the East illuminating the magnificent ice fields in the North. After a short break, we proceed along the crater rim to the Uhuru Peak (5895m), reaching there at about 8.00am to 9.00 am. After celebrating our success and a summit photo session, we descend to Kibo Hut for lunch and return to Horombo Hut in the afternoon where the crew is waiting for us with a delicious welcome back dinner. Overnight stay will be in hut.
A final glance of the Kibo summit sets us off after breakfast. A 6-hour hike takes us from the moorland into a beautiful natural forest characterized by giant ancient trees. After lunch at Mandara, we get to the Marangu Gate (1800m) at around 1.00-3.00pm. Here, we attend a small award ceremony and get achievement certificates. Afterwards we bid the crew goodbye and return to Nakara Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, depending on the timing of our departure flight, we transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport or our next safari destination.