8-DAY ADVENTURE

The Marangu
Route

Kilimanjaro

HIKING KILIAMNAJARO 'S VIEW

The Marangu trail, famously known as the “Coca-Cola” route because you can get a bottle of CocaCola at each hut, is the original route established to trek Kilimanjaro. It is often billed as one of the
easier hiking routes; however, according to KINAPA (KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK), it suffers
from the lowest success rate (42%), to the summit, as too many trekkers try to do it in only 5 days
and fail because of poor acclimatization. Approaching Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast, the
Marangu route uses the same ascent and descent route, which means it is less scenic than the other
routes.
For hikers who do not wish to camp, then Marangu is the only route that offers dormitory-style hut accommodation.
The huts have a communal dining room, simple washrooms and toilets which lower down will be flushable, but as
you move higher up the mountain will be “long drop” loos. Although some climbers like the idea of staying in the huts
rather than camping you need to remember that on the Marangu route you will be sharing the hut with lots of other
climbers in open dormitory accommodation. The hut accommodation also means the Marangu route is one of the
best routes to make the attempt on Kilimanjaro during the rainy season
The Marangu route is a good six day hike for those who have not trekked much at high altitudes, with an effective
extra day’s acclimatization, giving a better success rate. Experienced and already acclimatized mountaineers may
opt for the more difficult 5 day ascent along the Marangu route.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dormitory accommodation in mountain huts
  • High guide to client ratio
  • Open group and private climbs available

ITINERARY

DAY 1

ARRIVAL

All trekkers need to organise their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). From JRO we will arrange a private transfer to your hotel. That night or early the next morning you will meet your local Kandoo representative and have a full pre-climb briefing.

Transport: Private transfer (0.8 hour, 40 km)
Accomodation: Hotel

DAY 2

MARANGU GATE TO MANDARA HUT

After breakfast we will collect you from your hotel for your transfer to Marangu Gate for registration. Our porters prepare and pack our supplies and luggage before we start our ascent on a cleared ridge trail through the rainforest. The forest, covered with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro’s animals are found. We will spend our first night at Mandara Hut, a group of wooden A-framed huts set in a forest clearing.

Transport: Private transfer (1 hour, 40 km)
Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours
Ascent: 720 m
Max. altitude: 2700 m
Accomodation: Hut
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 3

MANDARA HUT TO HOROMBO HUT

From Mandara Hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, skirting the base of the Maundi Crater emerging into the transition zone from rain forest to moorland. After about 6 hours we arrive at Horombo Hut.

Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours
Ascent: 1020 m
Max. altitude: 3720 m
Accomodation: Hut
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 4

ACCLIMATISATION AT HOROMBO HUT

This extra day and night at Horombo is ideal for good acclimatisation. A hike towards Mawenzi, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down) is strongly recommended as it will further assist with acclimatisation.

Hiking time: 4 – 5 hours
Ascent: 300 m
Descent: 300 m
Max. altitude: 4020 m
Accomodation: Hut
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 5

HOROMBO HUT TO KIBO HUT

We continue our ascent into the Alpine desert zone passing the last place where water is available at 4130m. From Kibo Hut, the summit is now a further 1195m of ascent. We will make our summit ascent tonight so we will go to go to bed early to get as much rest as possible.

Hiking time: 5 – 6 hours
Ascent: 980 m
Max. altitude: 4700 m
Accomodation: Hut
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 6

KIBO HUT TO SUMMIT TO HOROMBO HUT

We will wake up around 23:30 hours, and after some tea and biscuits we 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 point (5250m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gilman’s Point (5681m), 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.
From Gilman’s Point we will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long we will be able to spend taking photographs before the 3 hours descent back to Kibo Hut. After a short rest we gather all the gear we left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo Hut, a further 3 hours. Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Hiking time: 12 – 14 hours
Ascent: 1195 m
Descent: 2175 m
Max. altitude: 5895 m
Accomodation: Hut
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 7

HOROMBO HUT TO MARANGU GATE

Your final day on the trek, departing after breakfast we descend a further 1740m to Marangu Gate to pick up your summit certificates from the Park Headquarters. Transfer to your hotel for a well-earned shower and celebration.

Transport: Private transfer (1 hour, 40 km)
Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours
Descent: 1740 m
Max. altitude: 3720 m
Accomodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 8

DEPARTURE

After a much needed nights rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

Transport: Private transfer (0.8 hour, 40 km)
Meals included: Breakfast

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