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Conquer the "Roof of Africa" with our 5-day climb of Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route. This iconic trek offers an incredible adventure, breathtaking landscapes, and the opportunity to stand atop Africa's highest peak.
The Marangu Route, also known as the "Coca-Cola Route," is one of the most popular and well-established paths to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It provides a relatively more comfortable and straightforward ascent, making it suitable for climbers of various experience levels.
As you begin your journey, you'll be immersed in the stunning beauty of the mountain's lower slopes. Trek through lush rainforests, filled with a vibrant array of flora and fauna. Along the way, you might even spot unique wildlife, such as monkeys and tropical birds, adding to the enchantment of the climb.
As you ascend higher, the landscapes transform into moorlands and alpine meadows, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. The air becomes crisper, and the terrain more challenging, but with determination and the support of our experienced guides, you'll steadily progress towards the summit.
Reaching Uhuru Peak, standing at an impressive 5,895 meters above sea level, is an indescribable moment of triumph. The panoramic views from the summit extend as far as the eye can see, with the vastness of the African plains spread out before you. It's a truly awe-inspiring experience that will leave an everlasting imprint on your memory.
Descending back along the Marangu Route, you'll have the chance to reflect on your incredible achievement and appreciate the diverse ecosystems and unique geology that make Kilimanjaro a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Throughout the climb, our team of experienced guides and support staff will ensure your safety, comfort, and well-being. They possess extensive knowledge of the mountain and will be there to assist and motivate you every step of the way.
The 5-day climb via the Marangu Route is a remarkable adventure that offers a taste of the awe-inspiring beauty and exhilaration of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a journey that challenges your limits, ignites your spirit of adventure, and leaves you with a profound sense of accomplishment.
Join us on this extraordinary expedition and experience the majesty of Mount Kilimanjaro as you push your boundaries and create memories to last a lifetime.
- Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
- Marangu route trek as itinerary depicts
- Full board accommodation whilst on the trek.
- All park entrance fees to include government taxes
- Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook
- All services begin and end in Arusha as per the itinerary
- Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears
- Medical evacuation, USD 30 per person value
- International flights and taxes
- Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.
DAY 1: MARANGU GATE – MANDARA HUTS: 7K /MI | 4-5 HRS | RAINFOREST
Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2740m/9000ft
Departing from Moshi a 1-hour drive will take you through the Village of Marangu to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.
Meal: Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2: MANDARA HUTS – HOROMBO HUTS: 11KM/3MI | 6-8HRS | MOORELAND
Elevation: 2740m/9000ft to 3690m/12,100ft
After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, through heathland, looking for giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, to enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts late afternoon beneath the spectacular Kibo Summit viewpoint. Temperatures begin to drop.
Meal:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3: HOROMBO HUTS- KIBO HUTS: 10KM/6MI | 6-8HRS | SEMI-DESERT
Elevation: 3690m/12,100ft to 4695m/15,400ft
After breakfast, we continue on through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. Here while we stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours.
Meal:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4: KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT: 4KM /2.5 MI UP | 5-7HRS | – HOROMBO HUTS: 14KM /9MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW CAPPED SUMMIT
Elevation: 4695m/15,400ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Descent to 3690m/12,100ft
Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
We continue our way to the summit in a switchback formation through trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion, we ascend through heavy scree and possibly snow towards Gillman’s Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.
Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!
After photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5: HOROMBO HUTS – MARANGU GATE – MOSHI: 18KM/11MI |6-7HRS | RAINFOREST
Elevation: 3690m/12,100 to 1830m/6000ft
After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down stopping at the Mandara Huts for lunch. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. You return back to the Marangu Park Gate and receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles. From the gate, a vehicle will meet you to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha/Moshi. Enjoy a long overdue hot shower.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch