7 Day Kilimanjaro Climbing - Marangu route
Tour SummaryMarangu – or “Coca-Cola” – route is rightfully popular amongst Kilimanjaro climbers. It is unique in that it provides extra comfort with its permanent huts. Fabulous vistas of Kilimanjaro’s Mawenzi and Kibo peaks are an added advantage of Coca-Cola Route! Marangu Route offers 6 and 5-day itineraries, the latter being the way to go for experienced trekkers. The 6 days Marangu Route itinerary with its longer acclimatization is preferable if this is to be your first climb.
Transfer from the Airport to your chosen hotel. Our tour Manager will brief you on your forthcoming climb in the evening, answer your questions and make sure you are properly equipped for the climb. . Overnight at Mt Meru Hotel.
We climb up through attractive and un-spoilt forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.). The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby, and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to simply rest and enjoy the beautiful forest around you. [3-5 hours walking]
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest. The path soon opens out into grassy moorland and, in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone to eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo (3,720 m.). [4-6 hours walking]
The day is spent making an excursion towards the base of the seldom visited Mawenzi peak, which affords excellent views of Kibo and our route up to the crater rim at Gillman's Point. Mawenzi is an older volcano than Kibo and so has eroded further into a very jagged ridge with dramatic pinnacles. We spend a second night at Horombo Hut to further improve our acclimatization. [4-5 hours walking]
We climb gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday and the afternoon is free (to contemplate the summit ascent!!). The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! [4-6 hour]
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 12 a.m. so that we can be up at Gillman's Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace should reach Gillman's Point (5,685 m.) in five or six hours. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.). The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo for the night. [11-15 hours walking]
Descent from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate You will be offered a warm breakfast in the morning, after which we will head for the Kilimanjaro National Park's exit: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, and then you will have the chance to share your opinions on the trip in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates and provide you a transfer back to the hotel. [5-6 hours walking from Horombo Hut to Maranru gate]
Day 7. Departure Enjoy the tranquility of your hotel before the airport transfer. Note: while most hotels have an 11:00 AM check-out policy, they also offer late check-out for those with evening or night flights. For the extra fees.
- Park fees.
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- All Meals based on full board
- Local flight.
- Drinking water on all days& soft drinks
- International flights
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
- Alcohol drinks