5 – DAYS MARANGU ROUTE

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Route Overview:

Marangu Route is the most popular route known as the ‘coca-cola route’, Due to their uniqueness is the oldest and one of the most preferable routes. Many agree that, this is the easiest and shortest route to Kilimanjaro summit point, given its gradual slope.

Although is the easiest route because no technical skills are required for this five-day trek. It is not as scenic as other routes. However, some prefer this route because it is the only route on the mountain that has huts provided for hikers.

There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. During peak season these huts can be very overloaded so as advance booking of hut accommodation is required to avoid any inconveniences

The Marangu route is usually done in 5 days; we would highly recommend all to add an additional day for better acclimatization.

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Arrive in Tanzania:

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be meet with Goldfish Tours representative, picked up there and transfer to hotel in Moshi town. Then you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

Hotel: Bed & Breakfast

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DAY 1: MARANGU GATE (1,870 METERS) TO MANDARA HUT (2,700 METERS)

Location:Mandara Hut
Approx. trekking time:7 hours
Distance:8km / 5 mile
Zone:Rainforest
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast and briefing from your guide you will be collected from your hotel in Moshi and you will be driven to the gate from Moshi, which takes approximately an hour and passes through the village of Marangu gate. Once the necessary paper work and registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities has been completed your trek can begin. Day one is a gradual trek through the Kilimanjaro rainforest. Within the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and monkeys. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy so trekking poles will help.

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DAY 2: MANDARA HUT (2,700 METERS) TO HOROMBO HUT (3,720 METERS)

Location:Horombo Hut
Approx. trekking time:6 – 8 hours
Distance:11.5km / 7 miles
Zone:Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day two on the Marangu Route begins with an early start. You will be served breakfast and should be on your way by latest 08:30. The trek continues through the rainforest, around the base of the Maundi Crater and then transitions rather rapidly into the low alpine moorland zone. If the weather is clear you should definitely take the opportunity to scramble up the Maundi Crater to get your first full view of Kibo. During the trek you will also see giant lobelias which are scattered throughout the landscape at this altitude. At Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) you will be served dinner and shown to your sleeping quarters for the night.

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DAY 3: HOROMBO HUT (3,720 METERS) TO KIBO HUT (4,700 METERS)

Location:Kibo Hut
Approx. trekking time:5 – 7 hours
Distance:10km / 6 miles
Zone:Low alpine zone / High alpine zone
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day three on the Marangu Route is long and tough. There are two routes to Kibo. The first, or upper route, forks to the right. You will most likely take the lower left hand route as it is easier and nearly an hour shorter. On the left hand route you will pass the last water point at 4,130 meters. This nearly vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut that is usually reached in about 5-6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short. Make sure that you have all your gear ready for a prompt departure.

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DAY 4: KIBO HUT (4,700 METERS) TO UHURU PEAK (5,895 METERS) AND THEN HOROMBO HUT (3,720 METERS)

Location:Uhuru Peak
Approx. trekking time:6-8 hrs to the summit and then 5-8 hrs to Horombo Hut
Distance:22km / 13.7 miles
Zone:Glacial zone, high alpine zone and low alpine zone
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

Day four begins with summit night. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) the crater rim of Kilimanjaro where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1-2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1-2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

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DAY 5: HOROMBO HUT (3,720 METERS) TO MARANGU GATE (1,870 METERS)

Location:Marangu Gate
Approx. trekking time:6 – 8 hours
Distance:20km / 12.5 miles
Zone:Low alpine zone and rainforest
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

Day five is the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220meters, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681meters) the crater rim of Kilimanjaro where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1-2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895meters. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed hours break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

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DAY 6: DEPART TANZANIA

Location:Moshi
Meals:Breakfast

This day left for your next destination. A vehicle will take you back to the Hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration. Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania. If you have safari, then might be used to beginning your safari or fly to beaches in Zanzibar so as we can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris around Moshi and the Kilimanjaro region. If you fly back home our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

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Inquiry About This Tour

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 3 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the hotel in moshi
  • 2- way private airport transfers

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • FlightsTips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Any service not mentioned above
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$65 per toilet + toilet tent)