Affectionately known as the “Coca-Cola route”, Marangu is by far the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier than on the Machame route. This is not always the best way due to a shorter acclimatization period. The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain. Hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences.
Day 1 : Nairobi Arusha
Pick up from your hotel in Nairobi at 7.30 am drive to Arusha with a stopover at the border post for imigration formalities, arrive in Arusha to be met by one of our staff followed by safari briefing, overnight in Arusha Hotel or in Moshi
Day 2 : Arusha or moshi– Mandera
Pick Up from your hotel in Arusha or Moshi at 8.00 am drive to Moshi then on the Marangu Park Gate the set of point for your three hour hike to Mandara Hut in which you cover 9 km. Here we are at 2,774m above sea level on your first overnight on Kilimanjaro.
Day 3: Mandara – Horombo
Begin your trek to Horombo Hut in an average hiking time of 8 hours, lunch enroute. In clear weather Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be seen.
Dinner and overnight at the hut, 3,761m.
Day 4: Horombo – Kibo
After breakfast, hike 13 km to Kibo hut, 4,732 m above sea level in an average hiking time of 6 hours. You will now encounter spectacular mountain vegetation like Lobelia, giant cactus and groundsel.
Day 5: Kibo – Horombo via Gilman’s Point and Uhuru Peak.
Wake up at 02.00 a.m. for a pre-down attempt of the summit. It takes 5 hours to Gilman’s Point 5,681 m above sea level. From Gilman’s it takes 1 hour to summit Uhuru Peak, the highest point in African at 5,896 m above sea level. Descend to Horombo hut for overnight.
Day 6: Horombo – Arusha
After breakfast, descend to the Marangu Park Gate via Mandara.You will be transferred to Arusha or Moshi to connect your shuttle bus back to Nairobi arriving early evening. The safari ends in Nairobi with sweet memories.
Trek price includes:
-Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
-Full board accommodation in whilst on the trek.
-1 night hotel accommodations in Moshi before the trek and in tents on the mountain as per the itinerary
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes
-Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook
-All services begin from Nairobi and end at as per the itinerary
-Nairobi Return Shuttle transfers
Trek price Excludes:
-Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears
-Travel insurance with evacuation fee
-International flights and taxes
-Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.
1. Sleeping bags
2. Hiking boots
3. Water proof jackets and pants(trousers)
4. Hand gloves
5. Warm clothing
6. At least 5 t –shirts
7. Extra Sport shoes or sandles
8. Warm fleece
10. Thermal suit
12. Hiking stick
• Please note; Number 1 can be hired at Ksh 500 per day
• Number 2-5 can be hired at Ksh 200 per day
• Number 5 to 9 – you can carry them with you
B. Personal effects
• c. Lunch on last day
Note that a resident must present a resident card or alien card, they never consider waiting letter.