2 Routes - Marangu

Marangu Route

Itinerary Code:          STTK1
Itinerary:                    Marangu Route
Days on trek:             5
Mountain Inn ➜ Mandara Hut ➜ Horombo Hut ➜ Kibo Hut ➜ Horombo Hut ➜ Mountain Inn

 

Itinerary Code:         STTK1+1
Itinerary:                   Marangu Route
Days on trek:            5
Mountain Inn ➜ Mandara Hut ➜ Horombo Hut ➜ Horombo Hut ➜ Kibo Hut ➜ Horombo Hut ➜ Mountain Inn

 

Marangu route, commonly known as the “Coca Cola” route due to its popularity is to date one of the most selected and utilised route choices. A misconception of Marangu route being the easiest option has been widely assumed’ however do not underestimate any route on the mountain! This idea may have developed for several reasons such as there being a well-defined path where obstacles have been modified to be more ‘ climber friendly’ in comparison to the other routes. The major different between this route and the others, is the option of staying in wooden built mountain huts. Additionally no scrambling over loose rock is encountered unlike on other routes. Nevertheless from the minimum 5 days required to complete this trek, we would highly recommend an additional day for acclimatisation to make it a 6 day climb.
Marangu Route: 7 days, 6 nights (5 days on trek)

1

Direct arrival at Mountain Inn, Moshi. Pre-climb briefing on trek and final preparations.
Overnight: Mountain Inn [D]

2

Start climb at Marangu Gate (1860m) through montane forest.
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 7km (approx.)
Overnight: Mandara Hut (2720m) [B,L,D]]

3

Trek through grassy moorland and heather.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 11km (approx.)
Overnight: Horombo Hut (3720m) [B,L,D

4

Continue ascending passed ‘ the last water point’ traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi through the alpine desert zone.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 12km (approx.)
Overnight: Kibo Hut (4700m) [B,L,D]

5

Around mid-night, start for the summit to Gilman’ s Point (5681m) and then continue to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Descend to Horombo Hut.
Trekking time: 12-16 hours
Distance: 21km (approx.)
Overnight: Horombo Hut (3720m) [B,L,D]

6

Continue your descent through the heather and moorland, and the forest to Marangu Gate (1860m).Transfer to Moshi.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 12km (approx.)
Overnight: Mountain Inn [B,D]

7

Check-out. Proceed for: wildlife safari | Zanzibar | airport |end of our services [B]
Marangu Route: 8 days, 7 nights (6 days on trek)

1

Direct arrival at Mountain Inn, Moshi. Pre-climb briefing on trek and final preparations.
Overnight: Mountain Inn [D]

2

Start climb at Marangu Gate (1860m) through montane forest.
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 7km (approx.)
Overnight: Mandara Hut (2720m) [B,L,D]

3

Trek through grassy moorland and heather.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 11km (approx.)
Overnight: Horombo Hut (3720m) [B,L,D]

4

This is an additional day for acclimatisation, trekking towards Mawenzi peak, passing via Zebra Rocks.
Trekking time: 3-5 hours
Distance: 5-8km
Overnight: Horombo Hut (3720m) [B,L,D]

5

Continue ascending passed ‘ the last water point’ traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi through the alpine desert zone.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 12km (approx.)
Overnight: Kibo Hut (4700m) [B,L,D]

6

Around mid-night, start for the summit to Gilman’ s Point (5681m) and then continue to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Descend to Horombo Hut.
Trekking time: 12-16 hours
Distance: 21km (approx.)
Overnight: Horombo Hut (3720m) [B,L,D]

7

Continue your descent through the heather and moorland, and the forest to Marangu Gate (1860m).Transfer to Moshi.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 12km (approx.)
Overnight: Mountain Inn [B,D]

8

Check-out. Proceed for: wildlife safari | Zanzibar | airport |end of our services [B]
Bronze package includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation at Mountain Inn on half board (sharing)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) conservation fees (entry fees)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park compulsory rescue fees
  • Kilimanjaro National Park hut fees
  • KINAPA trained and certified English speaking guide/s
  • KINAPA trained and certified porters (1 porter per person for personal mountain luggage 15kg max.)
  • KINAPA trained and certified cook / chef, utensils, cutlery, crockery etc.
  • All meals indicated in the itineraries [B,L,D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]
  • 1 transfer from Moshi to park gates per group
  • 1 transfer from park gates to Moshi per group
  • Safe and luggage storage at Mountain Inn while on trek
  • Boiled drinking water on trek
  • Basic first aid kit per group
  • Additional day for acclimatisation (for STTK1+1)

Silver package includes:

  • Bronze package
  • 3 x mountain equipment of own choice (from our rental store)

Gold package includes:

  • Bronze + Silver package
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Flying Doctor’s Society Evacuation Service
  • Gold food menu items

Tour excludes:

  • Tips / gratuities
  • Additional transfers from park gates to Moshi
  • Additional day for acclimatisation (for STTK1)
  • Extra nights’ accommodation at Mountain Inn
  • Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, mattresses, duffel bags etc. (please request prices)
  • Specialized trekking equipment such as Oxygen cylinders (please request prices)
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol etc.
  • Metal water bottles, water bladders etc. (please note: no soft plastics are permitted on the mountain)
  • Airport or road transfers
  • International & domestic flights
  • Items of personal nature
Accommodation: The only route with overnight accommodation in wooden huts (built in the 1980’ s). Remember if you wish to book this route, availability of space in the huts has to be checked and pre-booked. We highly recommend trekkers to have 4 season sleeping bags* during the overnights.
*4 season sleeping bags can be rented: please check our equipment rental list
 
Ascent & descent: the same
 
Length: the summit via this route can be attempted in a minimum of 5 days, making it one of the shortest routes available, however an additional day for acclimatisation is highly recommended. Shorter hikes are possible on this route for example: 1 day trips to Mandara Hut, please see the ‘ Short treks’ section in our website.
 
Price: lowest priced route in comparison to others. Please contact us for price quote.
 
Success rate: for the summit the success rates on this route is one of the lowest which could be for a number of reasons including lack of acclimatisation to the altitude due to the fast ascent; or the route’ s reputation of being easy may appeal to those with less experience and training.
 
Acclimatisation: poor acclimatisation, known to be one of the routes with the least altitude acclimatisation.

 
Level: beginners – intermediate
 
People traffic: very high, as this route is additionally used as a descent route for those who have ascended via Marangu or Rongai