5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

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5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route, commonly known as the Coca Cola route is more popular. 5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is the most popular, least difficult and the shortest way to Uhuru Peak. This 5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is also called the Tourist Route or the Coca Cola Route. 70% of all climbers choose this 5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route, because most of the route consists of easy hiking. This 5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is fairly easy but the final part to the summit is still difficult. Although this 5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is the easiest, it has the highest failure rate due to bad preparation. It is advised to take this 5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route seriously enough, to be well organized and to take all possible safety measures. Marangu Route is the most popular of all Kilimanjaro climbing routes. 5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is the only route offering overnights stays in huts, versus tent camping on all other routes. Huts have a significant impact on the overall cost because with fewer items to carry (especially tents), less staff are required in climbing crews, thus reducing the overall cost and making Marangu the most affordable route for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. The Marangu Route is one of the oldest routes on Kilimanjaro, has beautiful scenery throughout, and is especially favored during the rainy season because of the sleeping huts. Further, for those who want to climb Kilimanjaro but are on a tight budget, this is the most affordable climb. The Marangu route is a good six day hike for those who have not trekked much at high altitudes, with an effective extra day’s acclimatization, giving a better success rate. 5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route features a well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones – from tropical rain forest to eternal ice, and will also will treat you to scenic African landscapes. Being the most popular and the least expensive, the 5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route may be crowded in July-September and December – March. A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

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    All about the 5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route.

    5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route features a well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones – from tropical rain forest to eternal ice, and will also will treat you to scenic African landscapes. Being the most popular and the least expensive, the 5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route may be crowded in July-September and December – March. A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

    Marangu Route is the most popular, least difficult and the shortest way to Uhuru Peak. This route is also called the Tourist Route or the Coca Cola Route. 70% of all climbers choose this route, because most of the route consists of easy hiking. This route is fairly easy but the final part to the summit is still difficult. Although this rout is the easiest, it has the highest failure rate due to bad preparation. It is advised to take this route seriously enough, to be well organized and to take all possible safety measures.

    The Marangu route is also the only climbing route that uses the same path up AND down, which contributes to it being the most crowded climb route on Kilimanjaro. The Marangu route is a comfortable walking path with a very steady, gradual slope (at least until you reach the last camp). This gave the Marangu route a reputation as an “easy” climb route. And that’s the other reason for the name “Tourist Route”: because it is supposed to be “easy”, the Marangu route is used by many shockingly unprepared “tourists”, rather than trekkers.

    The name “Coca Cola Route” stems from the sleeping huts along the route. They sell the stuff (as well as bottled water and candy bars). The Marangu route is the only Kilimanjaro climbing route that offers hut accommodation. Camping is not allowed. A climb on the Marangu route is comparatively cheap. You need no camping equipment (no cost for extra porters to carry the equipment) and you can do the climb in five days/four nights. Also, many cut throat budget operators run treks on this route.

    All the camps on this route sale good such as chocolates, beer, soft drinks and mineral water, and they all have a radio contact to the Park Office. This route can be done in 5 days but it is advised to take an extra day for acclimatization at the Horombo hut which is also the only campsite on Kilimanjaro with beds and mattresses.

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    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
    • Full board accommodation in tents/huts whilst on the trek.
    • Two porters are assigned to each climber. Camp crew is responsible for camp arrangements
    • 2 nights hotel accommodations in Arusha before and after the trek and in huts 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/s
    • All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary
    • Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport or Nairobi Return Shutle transfers
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears
    • Medical evacuation, USD 30 per person value
    • International flights and taxes
    • Visas
    • Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.
    1. Day 1: MOSHI – MARANGU GATE – MANDARA HUT

      You’ll be picked up from your Moshi accommodations and make the drive to Kilimanjaro National Park. Here, you’ll liaise with your guides and begin your ascent through the verdant rain forest that clothes the lower reaches of Kilimanjaro. Hiking for 5-6 hours through this ancient jungle, you’ll get to go on a miniature safari as you spot wildlife such as black and white colobus monkeys along the way. You’ll spend your night at the modern Mandara Huts, which boast luxuries such as solar lighting and flush toilets. You won’t be seeing those again anytime soon!

    2. Day 2: MANDARA HUT – HOROMBO HUT

      You’ll set off bright and early today, as you’ve got a long day of hiking ahead of you! Today’s hike takes you from the verdant rain forest into the stark alpine zone, as you’ll cover more than 11 kilometers on your way to the Maundi Crater. If the weather is clear, you’ll find stunning views of Kibo Glacier from here before settling down for the evening.

    3. Day 3: HOROMBO HUT – KIBO HUT

      It’s another big day of hiking today, as you’ll make your way to Kibo Hut to set up camp ahead of your summit attempt. Climbing almost 1,000m, you’ll pass your last watering point at the 4,130m mark before arriving at Kibo Hut in the afternoon. Remember to drink plenty of water during your early dinner, as you’ll be up bright and early tomorrow to begin your ascent to the summit!

    4. Day 4: KIBO HUT – UHURU PEAK – HOROMBO HUT

      You’re starting your day early today – just after midnight, in fact! Your climbing team will wake you with a cup of hot tea and a light snack for energy as you get dressed and prepare your daypack for the adventure ahead.

      You’ll be hiking in utter darkness for the next 5-7 hours, so take it slow and you’ll arrive at Stella Point a few hours before dawn. From here, there’s another two hours of intense hiking before you reach your ultimate goal: Uhuru Peak.

      Standing at 5,985m, you’ll be able to experience a spectacular sunrise and take in the panoramic view. You’ve done it. You’ll then descend back to Horombo Hut via Kibo Hut. At anywhere between 12 and 16 hours of hiking, this is sure to be one of the longest, most grueling days of your life!

    5. Day 5: HOROMBO HUT – MARANGU GATE – MOSHI

      It’s a day of celebration today, as you’ll enjoy one last breakfast on the mountain before descending to the Marangu Gate. It’s an almost 20km walk today, but the steady downhill makes it a lot easier than the ascent. Upon arrival at the gate, you’ll get to celebrate with your porters and guides, provide them with their tips for their hard work, and collect your certificate of completion. Your driver will then whisk you away to your Moshi or Arusha hotel to get some well-earned rest.

    Hotels, Tea Houses and Camps

    Mandara Huts

    The Mandara huts campsite is an accommodation point used by climbers scaling Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route. It is also worth noting that this campsite is the first one you come across along the Marangu route and one of the few sites that boast of A-shaped huts, wooden cabins as a form of accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro what the capability to house 6-8 people per cabin and a total of 60 climbers at one go

    Mandara Huts facilities

    One of the facilities on Mandara includes a mess hall that acts as the dining hall on Mount Kilimanjaro where meals are taken. Another notable feature on Mandara hut campsite is the ranger’s office that acts as the administration block for registration formalities, for climbers entering or leaving the campsite.

    Mandara huts campsite also has another house set aside for porters and guides. The rooms are not self-contained, meaning the bathroom en-suite rooms are not available and the toilets have to be shared. The style for building the W.C.s is similar to other campsites on Mount Kilimanjaro with the W.Cs structures standing at the center of the camp. the middle of the camp with a mix of a few pit latrines.

    The Mandara huts campsite is usually used to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route since most climbers don’t stay overnight during descent as the proceed to the park’s exit gates.

    Kibo Hut

    Kibo Hut is a high mountain hut at an elevation of 4.750m (15,520ft) above the sea level, located in the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania, near the border with Kenya. It’s one of the highest roads of Africa.

    The track is unpaved in the middle of a desert that resembles a lunar landscape. The hut is a stone built block house with a small dining-room and a number of dormitory rooms leading off a main corridor has bunk beds and mattresses for 60 people. This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. This route is not suitable for normal cars. If you dare to take the risk and travel along this dusty and bumpy route, then make sure to be driven by someone who has experience of the road.

    Be careful to notice signs of altitude sickness. Do not take this drive if you have respiratory problems or any type of heart condition. Notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Extremely low oxygen for engine combustion.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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    Mandara Huts
    Kibo HutKibo Hut
    Kibo Hut
    Kibo Hut

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