5-Days Marangu Route

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A 6 days trek is strongly recommended on this route by our team experts as it allows one day of acclimatization at Horombo on the third day.

The Marangu route, also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most well established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations in lieu of camping. Despite the route being considered to be the easiest route up Kilimanjaro, a good preparation is required for a successive climb. Unlikely other routes, Marangu being the only route where soft drinks, mineral water, chocolate bar & beer can be purchased at the camps but trash-in trash-out is closely observed.

Amazing Gallery Expeditions offers Marangu route as five or six day private climb. The five day variation does not have an acclimatization day on day three at Horombo Hut.

Below is an example itinerary, all our programs are flexible and tailored to the individual groups so please let us know if you would like to make any changes. The day before your climb you will receive a full briefing from our climbing team, all your equipment will receive a final check and we will be able to answer any of your questions.

Arrival Day

Welcome to Tanzania! Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), our friendly driver will be waiting outside the arrival lounge with a personalized sign to greet you. Sit back and relax during the 40-50 minute drive to your accommodation in Moshi. Enjoy a delicious meal and unwind before embarking on your exciting adventure the following day.

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge in Moshi

Tour Plan

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Day 1 Mandara Hut (2,700 m)

In the Morning our Mountain Guide & Crew support will arrive and meet you up at the hotel for a quick briefing and after you will be transferred by a vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park’s Eastern entrance: Marangu Gate (1,860 M). Here, your head guide arranges all necessary permits and registration for rescue and search services before you start hiking towards Mandara Huts at 2,700 M. The trail takes you through the rain-forest with its high probability of rain showers, a raincoat is advised.

This being your first day at high altitude we strongly recommend the following:

  1. Abstain from taking any caffeine or alcohol.
  2. Drink water often, at least 3 liters per day from time to time.
  3. Ensure to take Diamox for relief from altitude sickness symptoms. It is usually taken in the morning before the day’s climbing. Consult your physician before undertaking the trip to check for possible contraindications.
  4. Heed your body’s warnings and promptly inform your guide of any adverse symptoms.

Acclimatization-associated discomfort is common at night when your body gets less oxygen than during the day. This is normally expressed in the form of nausea and headaches.

Change in Elevation: Marangu Gate (1,860 M) – Mandara Hut (2,700 M)
Hiking Distance: Approximately 11 Km
Hiking Time: 5-7 Hours
Habitat: Rain-forest

Day 2 Horombo Hut (3,720 M)

After an early breakfast, you will depart Mandara Hut with the group to start a moderate hike towards the second high altitude camp: Horombo Hut (3,720 m). Your arrival at the camp will be rewarded with the beautiful views of two volcanoes at once that are Kibo and Mawenzi.

Several hours after lunch you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Kibo Hut with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then hike back down to Horombo Hut where dinner will be prepared for you.

Change in Elevation: Mandara Hut (2,700 M) – Horombo Hut (3,720 M)
Hiking Distance: Approximately 10 Km
Hiking Time: 5-6 Hours
Habitat: Grassland

Day 3 Kibo Hut (4,700 M)

On this day, right after breakfast the group will be trekking to the Kibo Hut (4,700 m). Take it easy, this trekking is not very difficult; just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to keep up your strength for the summit attempt. When you arrive at the camp you will be served lunch and the team will help you to prepare your equipment and clothing for your summit attempt. You will go to bed at round at about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep.

Change in Elevation: Horombo Hut (3,720 M) – Kibo Hut (4,700 M)
Hiking Distance: Approximately 10 Km
Hiking Time: 4 - 8 Hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 4 Uhuru Peak (5,895 M)

At around midnight you will be awoken to some light tea and biscuits and will make a move into the night from Kibo Hut (4,700 m) towards Uhuru peak (5,895 m), the highest point of Africa. The trekking will be moderate from a physical standpoint, but the altitude presents a much more serious problem. For the entire length of the trekking each pair of climbers will be accompanied by their own guide, who will be monitoring your stamina and mental resolve.

After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Kibo Camp, here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Horombo hut continue your descent to Horombo Hut (3,720 M).

Change in Elevation: Kibo Hut (4,700 M) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 M) – Horombo Hut (3,720 M)
Hiking Distance: Approximately 16 Km
Hiking Time: 9-12 Hours
Habitat: Arctic

Day 5 Marangu Gate (1860 M)

After an early and well-deserved breakfast, you will continue your descent passing Mandara hut, and down to the Marangu gate (1860 M). Here you will receive your certificates; those climbers who reached Gillman’s point (5,681m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5,895m) receive gold certificates. After you will be transferred back to your hotel for relaxation

Change in Elevation: Horombo Hut (3,720 M) to Marangu Gate (1,860 M)
Hiking Distance: Approximately 18 Km
Hiking Time: 5-6 Hours
Habitat: Rain-forest

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge in Moshi

Day 6 Departure

"After an unforgettable adventure with AMAZING GALLERY EXPEDITIONS, it's time to bid farewell to Tanzania. From Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), you'll board your international flight back home. We thank you for entrusting us with this incredible journey and hope to have the pleasure of hosting you again on your next visit to Tanzania. Asante sanaaa!"

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