6 Day Kilimanjaro Climbing Marangu Route
This is the most common ascent.Its relatively easy 5 – 6 days trip ascends Kilimanjaro from leads to the foot of Kibo, Marangu Route is also the oldest Route and most popular, at one time drawing over 80% of trekkers on Kilimanjaro,it also came to be known as Coca – Cola route, from where the final summit bid is undertaken via the Normal/Marangu Route. You descend this route by retracting your steps.This is the only route on which all overnight stops are made in purpose built huts. Since this is the shortest and cheapest route on the mountain, it is frequently very busy and there is risk that the facilities along the trail can become stretched. It’s advisable for you to pay and book in advance to secure yourself a room if you plan to use this route. The route passes to the south of Mawenzi before it crosses to the desolate Saddle of heading to Kibo Hut. The Summit ascent is then conducted via the Normal Marngu Route on an arduous scree slope that culminates in the arrival at Gil man Point on the crater rim.Most of the people complete the route in only 5 days and as a consequence it has a surprisingly low success rate for getting trekkers to the top. In order to increase your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak you should try to factor in an extra day for acclimatization purposes. This should be taken at Horombo Hut from where you can enjoy a number of fascinating side trips to explore various features of the Mountain.
Day 1 : Moshi – Mandera
Pick Up from your hotel in Moshi at 8.00 am drive to Moshi then on the Marangu Park Gate the set of point for your three hour hike to Mandara Hut in which you cover 9 km. Here we are at 2,774m above sea level on your first overnight on Kilimanjaro.
Day 2: Mandara – Horombo
Begin your trek to Horombo Hut in an average hiking time of 8 hours, lunch en route. In clear weather Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be seen.Dinner and overnight at the hut, 3,761m.
Day 3: Horombo Acclimatizing
The whole day will be spent here acclimatizing, wake up call trekk up for 3 hours, then start descend for lunch, after lunch relax for the whole day, in the evening have a small walk along the valley, return to the Banda for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Horombo – Kibo
After breakfast, hike 13 km to Kibo hut, 4,732 m above sea level in an average hiking time of 6 hours. You will now encounter spectacular mountain vegetation like Lobelia, giant cactus and groundsel.
Day 5: Kibo – Horombo via Gil man Point and Uhuru Peak.
Wake up at 02.00 a.m. for a pre-down attempt of the summit. It takes 5 hours to Gilman’s Point 5,681 m above sea level. From Gilman’s it takes 1 hour to summit Uhuru Peak, the highest point in African at 5,896 m above sea level. Descend to Horombo hut for overnight.
Day 6: Horombo – Moshi
After breakfast, descend to the Marangu Park Gate via Mandara.You will be transferred to your Arusha or Moshi to connect your shuttle bus back to Nairobi arriving early evening where end your safari.
Inquire Package Cost:
Included in the above price:
1.Pick -up from the airport upon arrival Airport
2.Moshi hotel accommodation at day of arrival on BB
3.Accommodation while on expeditions
4.All park fees
6.Three meals per day
8.Guide, cook & porter fees
9.English speaking and knowledgeable lead guides, cooks & porters
What to bring on trekking either Kilimanjaro
- Waterproof rucksack with day pack
- Sleeping bag (covering at least 3 seasons)
- Roll mats and insulation pads
- Comfortable hiking boots, light walking trainers thongs (flip – flops)
- Gaiters (useful when encountering snow)
- Wooden walking stick / ski pole
- Sunglasses or snow – goggles, sun hat, balaclava or woolen hat
- Warm scarf, gloves, mittens and thermal underwear
- Sweaters / jumpers, anorak / raincoat, water and windproof pants, jackets, t-shirt, several pairs of socks
- Long sleeved shirt with collar, small towel, toiletries and toilet paper
- Sunscreen and lip salve
- Flash light (head mounted preferable) and spare batteries
- Water bottle