6 Days Marangu Route 

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MARANGU ROUTE

This is the easiest route to the summit of Kilimanjaro, sometimes called the Coca-Cola Route. The Marangu route takes you at a gentle pace through forests, moorlands and then across The Saddle, a high-altitude desert separating the main summit, Kibo, 5896m, from craggy Mawenzi, 5149m, to Kibo Hut. From here an early start is made for the ascent to Uhuru Point (the highest top of Kibo). The path zig-zags up steep scree which is easier to climb when frozen. The views from the crater rim at Gillman's Point at dawn can be spectacular.

Accommodation on the mountain is in comfortable huts. You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles. This is a tough walking trip but within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas. An extra day for acclimatization to the altitude is recommended at Horombo from where there are various walks to enjoy.

ITINERARY

DAY 1.  ARRIVAL

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet an Emandy Adventures representative, and pick you up and transfer to the hotel. The hotel will provide all the essentials for comfortable stay, in the evening you will meet with the director for briefing, and who will also make sure you are ready to start the climb.

DAY 2. TREKKING FROM MARANGU GATE TO MANDARA HUT

After breakfast, transfer to Marangu gate and once the necessary documents has been completed, you trek start, and soon you will be hiking through fascinating rain forests. Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to Mandara Hut. Meals and overnight at the hut.

Change in elevation: Marangu Gate (1860m) - Mandara Hut (2700m)

Hiking time: 7h

Hiking distance: Approximately 11km

DAY 3. TREKKING FROM MANDARA HUT TO HOROMBO HUT

After breakfast, follow the ascending path through the alpine – meadow. The altitude begins to change and slowdown your pace while enjoying the flora and the view of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at the Horombo Hut 10km from Mandara. Meals and overnight at the hut.

Change in elevation: Mandara Hut (2700m) - Horombo Hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 6h

Hiking distance: Approximately 10km

DAY 4. TREKKING FROM HOROMBO HUT TO KIBO HUT

After breakfast, resume the climb, the landscape becomes rugged and rocky. Lobelias begin to appear. This nearly vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. The actual trekking is not very difficult, just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to keep up your strength for the trekking. Meals and overnight at the hut.

Change in elevation: Horombo Hut (3720m) - Kibo Hut (4700m)

Hiking time: 8h

Hiking distance: Approximately 10km

DAY 5. TREKKING AND ASCENT TO UHURU PEAK AND DESCENT TO HOROMBO HUT

Night departure from Kibo Hut and the start of your trekking to the Kilimanjaro summit UHURU PEAK (5895m). Climb the very steep part of the route to GILMANS POINT (most difficult and tiring part). UHURU PEAK is reached within an hour's walk along the crater rim. (19,344ft). Start the walk along the craters rim. (19,344ft). After your successful ascent to Uhuru peak, you can descent to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will start the descent to Horombo hut for overnight

Change in elevation: Kibo Hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 12h

Hiking distance: Approximately 16km

DAY 6. DESCENTING FROM HOROMBO HUT TO MARANGU GATE

In this day you will pass through the health and moor zone to the Mandara Hut, then you will pass to the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours hiking, you will back at the Marangu gate. Will follow a transfer return you to a hotel in Moshi. After lunch, have a good rest, meals and overnight at your hotel.

Change in elevation: Horombo Hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1860m)

Hiking time: 6h

Hiking distance: Approximately 18km

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