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Marangu Route

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Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, Marangu approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest route on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended.

 

Marangu is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accomodations. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut (because only Horombo Hut is used on descent). Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Also available for consumption are soft drinks, bottled water, and beer.

The Marangu route is a classic trek to the top of Kilimanjaro. However, it has the least scenic variety of all routes (ascent and descent are done on the same path) and is the most crowded for that reason.

Marangu Route Itinerary

 

DAY 1 
Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Marangu for the first section of the climb through the montane forest to Mandara Hut at 9000ft/ 2750m. taking 3 to 4 hours. Overnight Mandara hut

DAY 2
Leaving the forest, you trek along a good path through open grassy moorland to reach Horombo Hut at 12000ft/3700m. taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight Horombo hut

DAY 3
Continue ascending past the last water point’ traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi to Kibo Hut at 15000ft/4700m. taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight Kibo hut

DAY 4 
An early start for the summit on steep and heavy scree up to Gilman’s Point at 18640ft / 5681m. on the crater rim to arrive in time for sunrise. Continue on to Uhuru Peak the highest point in Africa at 19340ft / 5896m. Descend to Horombo Hut for overnight taking 7 to 8 hours ascent and 4 to 7 hours descent. Overnight Horombo hut

DAY 5
Descend the mountain to the Park Gate taking 5 to 7 hours to be met and transferred to local accommodation for overnight stay.

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5 Day Marangu

# People in Group:

1

2-3

4-6

7-19

20+

Price per Person:

$1400

$1300

$1200

$1150

$1100

Prices include:

  • Lodging before and after the trek
  • Transport to and from National Park Gate
  • Camping fees or lodge accommodation
  • All meals
  • Camping equipment, not including sleeping bag
  • National Park gate fees
  • Park commission
  • Government tax

Not included:

  • Tips for guides and cook
  • Bottled water and drinks
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks at your hotel in Moshi/Arusha

Tips for your guide and cook:

  • $15-20/day for driver/guide and $10/day for cook (basic camping) for the whole safari group.
  • All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, double occupancy.
  • For the Lemosho and Rongai routes, add $150 per group of 6 for transport
  • For extra days on the mountain add $250 per person
  • Tips should be dependent on whether they were professional and had your best interests in mind.
  • If your guides and porters have not met your expectations, please inform us at our office immediately, and don’t feel obligated to give a tip.If they press you for a tip during your trek, inform us as well, as this is against company policy.

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