The Marangu way, also identified as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the eldest, most deep-rooted route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only way which provides slumbering huts in residence style lodgings in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Visitors are abounding with mattresses and pillows, but slumbering bags are still obligatory. The huts have collective dining rooms and basic restrooms, extending from flushing toilets and running water at the inferior huts to long drop toilets and stacks of water at Kibo Hut.
Several favor Marangu because it is well-thought-out to be the calmest trail on the mountain, given its steady slant and direct trail. However, the short time frame of the path makes height adaptation fairly hard. The path approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is unfortunately less picturesque than the other paths because the climb and descent are along the similar trail. It is also the most teeming path for that reason.
Top Kilimanjaro® provides Marangu as five or six-day private ascent. The five-day difference does not have an adaptation day on day three at Horombo Hut.
Marangu Entrance to Mandara Hut

Elevation (ft.): 6,046 ft. to 8,858 ft.

Remoteness: 8 km/5 miles

Climbing Time: 4-5 hours

Territory: Rain Forest

We proceed from Arusha to Marangu Entrance for the essential formalities before opening our hike. The climbing path begins by climbing a lovely, tropical rain forest. At the higher edge of the woodland line, we have the chance to spot blue primates. The path then extends to expose lovely hillsides until we grasp Mandara Hut.

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft.): 8,858 ft. to 12,205 ft.

Remoteness: 12 km/7 miles

Climbing Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Heath

We start the day ongoing over the forest until the path opens into high heath. We may get our first sights of Kibo and Mawenzi summits – two of the three volcanic summits that make up the conference of Kilimanjaro.

Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge

Elevation (ft.): 12,205 ft. to 14,400 ft.

Remoteness: 5 km/3 miles

Climbing Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Heath

Mawenzi Ridge to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft.): 14,400 ft. to 12,205

Remoteness: 5 km/3 miles

Climbing Time: 1-2 hours

Habitat: Heath

This is an additional day meant for adaptation and can be spent day mountaineering on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique scenery offers inspiring sights of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending some moments discovering the area we get back to Horombo Hut.

Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Elevation (ft.): 12,205 ft. to 15,430 ft.

Remoteness: 10 km/6 miles

Climbing Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We hike slowly, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” in the mid of Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the lowest part of the Kibo crater wall. Once here we break, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the high-level meeting day.

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

Elevation (ft.): 15,430 ft. to 19,341 ft.

Remoteness: 6 km/4 miles

Climbing Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft.): 19,341 ft. to 12,250 ft.

Remoteness: 16 km/10 miles

Climbing Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Heath

Very early in the a.m. (about midnight), we start our push to the summit. This is the most psychologically and actually stimulating portion of the hike. The wind and cold at this raise and time of day can be thrilling. We climb in the night for some hours while taking regular, but short, pauses. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft.), you will be content with the most wonderful sunrise you are ever expected to spot coming over Mawenzi Peak. Lastly, we arrive at Uhuru Summit- the uppermost point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

After spending some moments captivating in the plains of Africa and your achievement, we slope to Horombo Hut. Later in the twilight, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-deserved slumber.

Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Elevation (ft.): 12,205 ft. to 6,046 ft.

Remoteness: 20 km/12 miles

Climbing Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we have a long hike typically downhill through the tropical forest. When at the park headquarters at Marangu entrance, we collect our peak certificates. A car will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel in Arusha.

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Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
3 meals daily while on the mountain
Filtered water throughout the trek
Pre-& Post trek accommodation at Arusha
2 Way private airport transfers
Tips to mountain crew
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