5 Day Marangu Route Climb Kilimanjaro

5 Days

Marangu route which is also known as the coca cola route is the least expensive route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds.

The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow.

There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Mens’ and ladies’ latrines are available at the last camp but are very basic.

All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere.

This route is usually done in 5 days (shortest route to the summit) but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

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    The Marangu route, famously known as the “Coca-Cola” route as you can get a bottle of Coca-Cola at each hut, is the original route established to climb Kilimanjaro. It is often billed as one of the easier walking routes – however, according to KINAPA it suffers from the lowest success rate (42%) as too many climbers try to do it in only 5 days and fail because of poor acclimatisation. Approaching Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast, the Marangu route uses the same ascent and descent route which means it is less scenic than the other routes

      5 Day Marangu Route Climb Kilimanjaro Highlights

      • Dormitory accommodation in mountain huts
      • High guide to client ratio
      • Open group and private climbs available

      Itinerary

      Day 1 :
      Arrival

      All trekkers need to organise their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). From JRO we will arrange a private transfer to your hotel. That night or early the next morning you will meet your local Kandoo representative and have a full pre-climb briefing.

      Transport: Private transfer (0.8 hour, 40 km)
      Accomodation: Hotel

      After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

      Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
      Distance: 8km/5mi
      Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
      Habitat: Montane Forest
      Meals: Lunch and Dinner

      You leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the affects of the altitude.

      Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
      Distance: 12km/7.5mi
      Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
      Habitat: Heathland
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

      Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
      Distance: 9km/5.5mi
      Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
      Habitat: Alpine Desert
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

      Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
      Down to 3700m/12,200ft
      Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
      Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 6-8 hours down
      Habitat: Alpine Desert
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

      A vehicle will be waiting for you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).

      Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
      Distance: 20km/12.5mi
      Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
      Habitat: Forest
      Meals: Breakfast

      After a much needed night’s rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

      What is climbing Kilimanjaro really like?

       

      We have put together a short documentary to show you what it’s really like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Find out what it’s really like to summit the roof of Africa at 5,895 m (19,341 ft) above sea level. No matter where you are in the planning stages, it’s an extremely useful watch as you:

      • Meet the mountain crew who make this magnificent once-in-a-lifetime experience possible.
      • Watch the team trek through five unique ecosystems.
      • And find out what it really takes to conquer one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.

        How do I get to Mt Kilimanjaro?

         

        Tanzania has three major international airports:

        1. Dar es Salaam (DAR)
        2. Zanzibar (ZNZ)
        3. Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)

        The latter is the most convenient for Kilimanjaro, sitting only 42 km away from the mountain town of Moshi and 50 km from Arusha.

        In addition to flights to Tanzania, you may consider flights to Nairobi in Kenya, which is only a five-hour shuttle bus ride to Arusha or a one-hour plane ride to JRO. Note, however, that by choosing to fly to Kenya you may need a multiple-entry Kenya visa (if you’re flying out of Kenya, too, for example, and spend longer than a fortnight in Tanzania), which can cost as much as $122. This would reduce or even eliminate any saving you may have made in airfares.

        In deciding which flights to book, you should take the full trip into consideration. For example, if you’d like to spend a couple of days in Zanzibar after the climb, it might be best to book one-way tickets from your home to Kilimanjaro Airport for the climb, from there to Zanzibar after the climb, and then from Zanzibar back home.

          How many days early should I arrive?

           

          We recommend arriving one day early (what we refer to as “arrival day”). This will give you time to relax, meet your fellow trekkers, and get a proper briefing before the climb starts. More importantly, if there’s any delay to your flight or your luggage goes AWOL, there’s enough wiggle room so that this delay doesn’t derail your climb. Seriously – this extra day really is a good idea, especially with post-pandemic airlines being in a little bit of a pickle right now.

          All that said, we understand that travelling to Kilimanjaro can be a challenge. So we’ll accommodate your arrival time as best we can (for example, if you only arrive late at night the day before the climb starts, we’ll still be there to collect you!).

            Which is the best route?

             

            There are seven different Kilimanjaro routes up the mountain. We recommend the eight-day Lemosho, seven-day Machame and nine-day Northern Circuit routes. These routes offer the best balance of a high success rate and beautiful scenery.

              When is the best time to climb?

               

              Kilimanjaro is climbable all year round. Yippee!

              The best months to clim, however, are July to October and December to February, as these are the warmest and driest months respectively.

              July, August and September tend to be the busiest months on the mountain.

              Another factor to take into consideration is the full moon. Summiting Kilimanjaro on a cloudless evening with the moon as your guide instead of headlamp is without a doubt an unforgettable experience. Also imagine seeing the glaciers glitter in the moonlight – absolutely stunning! Learn more in our post Kilimanjaro full moon climbs.

              You can also summit the mountain to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Why not join us on a New Year’s Eve climb, a unique once-in-a-lifetime adventure?

                What equipment and clothing do I need?

                 

                In our detailed Kilimanjaro packing list we identify a variety of mountaineering clothing and gear you need for your climb.

                he two most critical pieces of equipment that you might need to buy are:

                • hiking boots
                • a winter jacket

                You might like to learn about bringing the right sort of boots in The best hiking boots for Kilimanjaro.

                Most of the other clothing that you need is part of many people’s winter or skiing wardrobe already (like long underwear and a fleece jacket).

                We also have cosy down winter jackets that you can rent for your climb for a flat fee of US$60. And you can rent trekking poles from us for US$15.

                  What if I get injured or sick on the climb?

                   

                  All climbers pay a rescue fee to the Kilimanjaro National Park (included in our package price). If you cannot continue the climb because you get injured or sick, the guides and porters will gladly assist you on the way down.

                  There is no extra charge for coming down and being taken back to the lodge early, but we will not be able to refund you for the days you missed on the mountain. Moreover, we ask all of our travellers to purchase a special adventure travel insurance that covers any possible medical expenses and evacuation costs – just to be safe!

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                    Hotels

                    We offer the following hotel options

                      • Lindrin Lodge (Single Room) – USD 55 per night
                      • Lindrin Lodge (Double Room) – USD 70 per night
                      • Lindrin Lodge (Triple Room) – USD 105 per night
                      • Keys Hotel (Single Room) – USD 69 per night
                      • Keys Hotel (Double Room) – USD 94 per night
                      • Keys Hotel (Triple Room) – USD 122 per night
                      • Parkview Inn (Single Room) – USD 81 per night
                      • Parkview Inn (Double Room) – USD 91 per night
                      • Parkview Inn (Triple Room) – USD 170 per night
                      • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Single Room) – USD 140 per night
                    • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Double Room) – USD 160 per night

                    Please note that if any hotel is booked out or is otherwise unavailable, we will book you in an alternate equivalent hotel.

                    If you are booking a hotel directly, please do check with us before booking, to make sure we can meet you and pick you up from the hotel.

                    Gear

                    We offer the following addons to your gear

                      • Private Toilet – USD 150
                      • Private Tent – USD 5 per day
                      • Thicker sleeping mattress – USD 10 per mattress
                    • Thermarest – USD 15 per thermarest

                    Our packages by default include a foam sleeping mattress of 2 inch thickness, if you want a thicker alternative you can opt a 4 inch foam mattress with above mentioned extra cost.

                    Transfers

                    We offer the following transfer options

                      • Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) to Moshi (one way) – USD 50 per vehicle
                      • Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) (one way) – USD 50 per vehicle
                      • Arusha to Moshi (one way) – USD 100 per vehicle
                    • Moshi to Arusha (one way) – USD 100 per vehicle

                     

                    Private Trek


                    Please find below the prices for organizing a private trek. The prices are based on your group size.

                      • Solo Trekker – USD 1500 per person
                      • Group of 2 – USD 1490 per person
                      • Group of 3 – USD 1450 per person
                      • Group of 4 – USD 1438 per person
                      • Group of 5 – USD 1400 per person
                      • Group of 6 – USD 1400 per person
                      • Group of 7 – USD 1399 per person
                      • Group of 8 – USD 1395 per person
                      • Group of 9 – USD 1390 per person
                    • Group of 10 and above – USD 1385 per person

                      You can send your enquiry via the form below.

                      5 Day Marangu Route Climb Kilimanjaro
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