7Days Kilimanjaro trekking Marangu Route

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Overview

The Marangu Route, famously known as the “Coca-Cola Route,” holds a distinguished status as the oldest and most established trail for trekking Mount Kilimanjaro. Renowned for its unique feature of hut accommodations, it provides trekkers with a more comfortable and convenient experience amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of the mountain. This route’s enduring popularity is a testament to its reliability and the allure of its historical significance in the realm of Kilimanjaro trekking adventures

Included/Excluded

  • Park, rescue and hut accommodation fees
  • Professional English speaking guide(s); porters & cook
  • Water; tea and coffee with meals
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate
  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder
  • International and domestic flights
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
  • Travel insurance
  • Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary

Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrival in Moshi Moshi

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha Airport, if you have opted for the optional airport transfers, our team will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi.

Pre-trek Briefing: You should aim to arrive at least one day prior to the start of the trek. Today, we will conduct a pre-trek briefing at your hotel in Moshi. During this session, we will review the trek itinerary, discuss safety protocols, and ensure all necessary equipment is in order. Any required equipment can also be rented at this time.

Main Destination: Moshi Accommodation: Your selected hotel in Moshi Meals & Drinks: None included on this day

Day 2: Moshi to Mandara Hut Mount Kilimanjaro

After a hearty breakfast and the pre-trek briefing, we embark on our journey to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate, which is approximately a 1-hour drive from Moshi. Upon arrival, we register and begin the climb. The trail leads us through the lush rainforest to the Mandara encampment. Along the way, we may opt for a side trip to Maundi Crater for stunning views of Northern Tanzania and Kenya. Keep an eye out for towering Eucalyptus trees, diverse birdlife, and playful Colobus monkeys amidst the rainforest canopy.

Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft Distance: 8km/5mi Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Montane Forest Meals: Lunch and Dinner provided

Day 3: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut Kilimanjaro Mountain

We bid farewell to the rainforest and ascend through the open moorlands towards the Horombo encampment. The journey offers panoramic views of Mawenzi and the majestic summit of Kibo. Keep an eye out for towering lobelias and impressive grounsels amidst the alpine scenery. As we gain altitude, you may begin to notice the effects of the elevation.

Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft Distance: 12km/7.5mi Hiking Time: 5-6 hours Habitat: Heathland Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner provided

Day 4: Rest Day at Horombo Hut Kilimanjaro Mountain

Today is designated as a rest day at Horombo Hut, offering an opportunity to acclimatize to the altitude. You may opt for an optional hike near Mawenzi Peak to further explore the surrounding area.

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft Distance: 0km/0mi Hiking Time: 0 hours Habitat: Heathland Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner provided

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut Kilimanjaro

Continuing our ascent, we pass the last watering point and traverse the saddle between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. The landscape transitions into a rugged alpine desert as we approach Kibo Hut. Here, we prepare for the final push towards the summit.

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft Distance: 9km/5.5mi Hiking Time: 5-6 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner provided

Day 6: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut Kilimanjaro mountain

In the early hours of the morning, we commence the summit climb, ascending steep scree or snow to reach Gilman's Point on the crater rim. From there, we continue to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Enjoy breathtaking views before descending to Kibo Hut for lunch. Afterward, we descend further to the Horombo encampment for a well-deserved rest.

Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft (Summit) - Down to 3700m/12,200ft Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner provided

Day 7: Horombo Hut to Moshi Kilimanjaro

Following breakfast, we descend through the moorland to Mandara Hut and continue through lush forest to Marangu gate. A vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to your hotel in Moshi, where you can reflect on the incredible journey.

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft Distance: 20km/12.5mi Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Forest Meals: Breakfast provided

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