Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Climb – 6 Days Trek + 2 Travel Days
Kilimanjaro is among the most diverse and rewarding of the world’s great climbs. Climb Africa’s highest mountain and one of the Seven Summits. Experience the thrill and challenge of high altitude climbing.
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The Marangu route, also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most well established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. 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. ………..Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. However the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is unfortunately less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason…………..WE offers Marangu as five or six day climb. The five day variation does not have an acclimatization day on day three at Horombo Hut.
Location – Tanzania, East Africa
Season – April – February
Length – 8 Days
Trekking Kilimanjaro distance – 62Km – (39Miles)
Starting point altitude – 1980M (6496ft)
Highest point – 5895M – (19343 F)
Age – 8-82 yrs old (Contact us if your children’s are below 8yrs old)
Tours type – Guided tours
Trip starts – Moshi/Arusha town
Trip ends – Moshi/Arusha town
Kilimanjaro difficulties – Moderate to difficult trekking at 14000+feets, high altitude – extreme high altitude
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1 Nights at Hotel in Arusha/Moshi
6 Days Kilimanjaro Climb
1 Night at Hotel in Arusha/Moshi
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Departure dates and time
The departure dates for all of our east African safaris, tours and travel and other trekking packages are totally flexible according to your own personal needs. Please contact us for further and more detailed information, as well as information on all our safaris tours, travel and trekking Kilimanjaro packages into Tanzania and east African in general.
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Day 2: Arusha to Kilimanjaro
- Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)
- Accommodation: hut/cabin
- Hiking time: 3-5 hours
- Distance: Approximately 12 km
- Habitat: Montane forest
Mandara Hut (Full board) After having your breakfast we will make a short journey from your Hotel in Arusha/Moshi to National Park gate for the necessary formalities at the gate. We start the climbs through fascinating tropical rain forest; we reach the first hut at Mandara for dinner and overnight. An alternative is to simply rest and relax the beautiful forest around the camp.
Day 3: Kilimanjaro
- Mandara Hut (2700m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)
- Accommodation: hut/cabin
- Hiking time: 5-6 hours
- Distance: Approximately 14 km
- Habitat: Moorland
Horrombo Hut (Full board) Today the first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into moorland and, in clear weather, there are great views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We arrive at Horombo Hut mid-afternoon, where you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery around the camp.
Day 4: Kilimanjaro
- Horombo hut (3720m) to further improve our acclimatization day. 2 hours hike.
Horrombo Hut (Full board) Today we will have the option of doing a 2-3hrs hike to Mawenzi Hut (4600m), passing the Zebra Rocks, this extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. We recommend drinking enough water and walking slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the Horrombo hut.
Day 5: Kilimanjaro
- Horombo Hut (3720m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)
- Accommodation: hut/cabin
- Hiking time: 5-6 hours
- Distance: Approximately 15 km
- Habitat: Alpine desert
Kibo Hut (Full board) Today we climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. These 6-7 hours walking will be taken at a slow pace until we reach Kibo Hut (4,700m), where we will spend the night in a comfortable hut.
Day 6: Kilimanjaro
- Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)
- Hiking time: 5-8 hours to Uhuru Peak
- Distance: Approximately 6 km
- Discent back to Kibo (4700m)
- Distance: Approximately 6 km
- Hiking time: 2-3 hours to Kibo
- Accommodation: hut/cabin
- Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Kibo Hut to Summit to Horrombo Hut (Full board) Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Gillman’s 5,685 m. continue slowly to make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru peak 5,895 M. which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Kibo Hut is amazingly fast, and we stop at Kibo Hut for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Horrombo Hut.
After eating, you will continue descending down to Horombo Hut (3720m). You will have a dinner, wash, and sleep soundly at the hut after a strenuous day.
Day 7: Kilimanjaro
- Hiking time: 6 hours
- Habitat: Moorland and forest
- Distance: Approximately 26 km
Horrombo Hut (Full board) Today we will descend past Mandara hut to Marangu National Park, successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. From here you will be transferred to Arusha/Moshi for dinner and celebrations.
Day 8: Arusha
END OF TOUR-Flying Back Home In the Afternoon/Evening.
TRIP EXTENSION: Continue to uncovering the secrets of Africa on one of our exciting optional extensions.
Motorcycle safari, Mountain biking safari.
Magic Ireland of Zanzibar.
Maasai boma visit.
Upon arrival in Arusha/Moshi you will have Dinner and then we will end our climb. The group should tip the guides and porters, around $250-400 (Per clients) per trip, this will depends on number of climbers.
Please note this itinerary is subject to change with or without prior notice according to local conditions or national park rules.
|Airport pickup & drop off1 night before and 1 night after the climb BB.
Mountain Guide, Cook, Porters
Air rescue fees, in case of an evacuation
All food and Catering equipment’s, breakfast, lunch and dinner
Certificate of Achievement
Free storage of excess baggage not required on the Mountain
Fully equipped High Altitude and Wilderness First Aid Kit/S
Summit-Trails Complimentary T-shirt
|EXCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE||All Drinks/waterLaundry at hotel
Any excess luggage more than 15 KG per client
Any amendments to the above itinerary
Understanding Altitude Symptoms and how to avoid it
Our itineraries are designed to provide participants with a positive high altitude experience.
Altitude sickness can easily be avoided. The best way to prevent altitude sickness is to take your time climbing Kilimanjaro. Opting to save money by climbing the mountain as quickly as possible is a false economy: the chances are you will have to turn back because of altitude sickness and all your efforts (and money) will be wasted. According to our experience and the Mountain experts and Expedition Advisory Committee at the Royal Geographical Society, the recommended acclimatization period for any altitude greater than 2500m is to sleep no more than 300-500m higher than your previous night’s camp, and to spend an extra night at every third camp.
Take a pre-acclimatization climb before tackling Kilimanjaro or Choose longer route to give your body enough time to acclimatize.
As anyone who has ventured thousands of feet above sea level can attest, altitude sickness can be a real and uncomfortable (sometimes dangerous) condition.
It packs such a punch, in fact, that most people who vacation in the high country are assaulted with tips to avoid altitude sickness.
Trust me. Even though I have summited Mt. Kilimanjaro (114) times to the top and my body is relatively acclimated, I always experience a change when i go to the mountains.
I follow my own tips to ease my body through the physical shock of oxygen deprivation, aridity, and a powerful sun.
The higher you go, the thinner the air. Get too high too fast, and your body doesn’t get the oxygen it needs.
Most people can reach 8,000 feet without experiencing altitude sickness. But the ailment can strike as “low” as 5,000 feet above sea level.
Common altitude sickness symptoms can strike anyone—regardless of their fitness level, or where they are coming from.
- Slight+ headaches
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue/loss of energy
Without further ado, I present my perennial tips to avoid altitude sickness in the mountains:
This is one of the best way to help your body adjust to high altitude. Generally the low humidity at altitude keeps the air dry, so you should drink twice as much water as you would at home.
Also keep in mind that you want to add water to your body, not deplete it. At least initially, avoid caffeine and alcohol 🙂
Foods rich in potassium are great for acclimating. Some good staples to eat include broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, bran, chocolate, granola, dates, dried fruit, potatoes and tomatoes.
Do your body a favor and decrease salt intake.
Additionally, complex carbohydrates are great for stabilizing your blood sugar and maintaining energy. Eat plenty of whole grains, pasta, fruits, and vegetables.
3. Easy does it
You’ve been planning an epic winter/high altitude vacation for months. But this is the first time you’ve login above 6,000 feet.
You will feel the effects of exercise more at altitude than at home. By all means, get after it. But dial back the effort if you’re short of breath, sore, or consistently fatigued.
4. Shade yourself
The big sky country of the mountains isn’t a figment of your imagination. There’s less water vapor in the air here, which makes the color of the sky bluer than the sky at home.
That’s pretty hah!. It also means there’s 25 percent less protection from the sun. If you don’t lather up with sunscreen 35+SPF—a proper amount to apply is a shot glass worth each time you burn. This is true regardless of your complexion.
This isn’t just a technical term mountain climbers throw around to sound cool. Adjusting to higher altitude can take a few days. If you have the time, consider spending a night or two at an intermediate altitude—say, spend a night or two in Moshi/Arusha town as it is your base town of Mt. Kilimanjaro before heading up to the high altitude
The days might be warm. But when that big ball of fire goes down in the sky, mountain nights are cold+
7. Seek help
Whether your symptoms are consistently mildly uncomfortable or they’re acute, altitude sickness is real and can be debilitating.
Talk to us about Diamox options;
DEPARTURE DATES AND TIME
The departure dates for all of our east African safaris and treks tours and travel and other adventure packages are totally flexible according to your own personal needs. Please contact (us) for further and more detailed information, as well as information on all our adventure packages into Tanzania and east African in general.
Short history of Mt. Kilimanjaro
East Africa and the nearby Olduvai Gorge in the Great Rift Valley is thought to be the cradle of mankind. A native Wachagga legend tells of Mawenzi (now one of the lesser peaks of Kilimanjaro) receiving fire for its pipe from his younger brother Kibo (another lesser peak). The Wachagga who live on the fertile volcanic soils around the base of the mountain probably only came to the area about 3000 years ago thus this legend suggests very recent activity. Another of their legends talks of demons and evil spirits living on the mountain and guarding immense treasures. Stories are told of a king who decided to go to the top, few of his party survived and those who did had damaged arms and legs.
Arab and Chinese traders and historians make mention of a giant mountain lying inland from Mombasa or Zanzibar but few early traders ventured into the interior of the continent. Slave traders passed below it and sometimes raided the villages of the Wachagga but it was not till the middle of the 19th century that a more serious interest was taken in the mountain and attempts were made to scale it.
In 1848 Johann Rebmann a missionary from Gerlingen in Germany while crossing the plains of Tsavo saw Mount Kilimanjaro. His guide talked of baridi – cold, and of tales how a group of porters were sent up the mountain to bring back the silver or other treasures from the summit.They came back only with water. Rebmann’s report stimulated great interest in Germany and in the following years several expeditions were organised; first by Baron von Decken then later by Dr. Hans Meyer who finally stood on the highest point on the 5th of October 1889.
The origins of the name Kilimanjaro presents somewhat of a dilemma. Many people believe the name is derived from the Kishwahili tribal name, Kilima meaning mountain. The local Wachagga people claim to have no name for Kilimanjaro, but did name the dual peaks Kipoo and Kimawenzi.
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Tipping on Kilimanjaro – the breakdown looks like this.
1 climber – 1 guide / 2-3 porters / 1 cook
2 climbers – 1 guide / 5-6 porters / 1 cook / 1 assistant guide
3 climbers – 2 guides / 8-9 porters / 2 cook / 1 assistant guide
4 climbers – 2 guides / 11-12 porters / 2 cook / 2 assistant guides
5 climbers – 3 guides / 14-15 porters / 2-3 cook / 2-3 assistant guides
6 climbers – 3-4 guides / 17-18 porters / 2-3 cook / 2-3 assistant guides
Note: numbers vary depending on the tour company you use. The best companies have a high guide to client ratio.
Tipping on Kilimanjaro – when and who do you pay your tip to?
Tips are usually paid at the end of your hike, after you have reached your final checkpoint and signed out with the authorities. It is customary to pay tips individually in separate envelopes, unless advised otherwise (some tour companies suggest you pay your lead guide who then re-distributes the money). Please check with your operator what their preferred practice is.
Also, some operators suggest that you give your tips at the last meal on the mountain. Unless expressly asked to do this by your tour operator we suggest waiting to distribute tips at the end of your trek.
Tipping amounts are as follows. These numbers are per group, not per climber.
Per main guide – US$20-25 per day
Per assistant guide – US$15-20 per day
Per cook – US$15 per day
Per porter – US$10 per day
Tipping on Kilimanjaro example
For a 6 day trek the total tipping value per group and climber would look as follows.
We hope you now have more clarity about tipping on Kilimanjaro.