The Marangu route, otherwise called the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most settled route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers hut accommodation in residence style lodging in lieu of camping. Famously known as the “Coca Cola route” – the Marangu route is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. It is considered the easiest route as the ascent on this route is constant and moderate with only the final leg to the summit slightly more challenging. Marangu is the only route that offers communal sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses at every overnight site. The Marangu route uses the same ascent and descent route. The route has the least beautiful assortment of the considerable number of routes on the grounds that the rising and plummet are done on a similar way and it is the most packed route, therefore.

Description

The seven day Machame variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 7 day Machame route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt.

This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep deprived going into the toughest day on the machameain. By having a short day beforehand, climbers can be better rested.

1. Arrival

Marangu is the most popular route for Mt Kilimanjaro hiking. Marangu Route 5 days is best for first time climber and Marangu route is the easiest route up Kilimanjaro summit compared to other routes. The Marangu Route is just known as the “Coca Cola” route due to the truth that drinks are for sale in the huts.

2. Kilimanjaro National Park Gate to Mandara Hut

Elevation (ft): 5,500 ft / 1,700 m to 9,000 ft / 2,740 m

Distance: 7km

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), 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.

3. Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 2,700 m — 3,720 m

Distance: 10km

Hiking Time: 5–6 hours

Habitat: Kibo Hut

Early in the morning after breakfast, the group will depart Mandara Hut to start a reasonable trek towards the second high altitude camp: Horombo Hut (3,720 m). When you reach the camp on this day, you will be treated to views of two volcanos at once: Kibo and Mawenzi.

Several hours after lunch you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Kibo Hut with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then hike back down to Horombo Hut where dinner will be prepared for you.

4. Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Elevation (ft): 3,720 m— 4,700 m

Distance: 10km

Hiking Time: 4-8 hours

Habitat: Kibo Hut

Today’s stage is long and tough. The trail passes the “last water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly plant less plateau links the summit of Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is Kibo Hut and it should be reached in about 5 to 6 hours. Tonight is an early night to get enough rest, for you will be woken at approximately 23:00 hours.

5. Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 4,700 m — 5,895 m- 3,720 m

Distance: 16km

Hiking Time: 9-12 hours

Habitat: Uhuru Peak

Today is the “big day” – the summit stage. You will start in the middle of the night when the lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier. You will begin the long and strenuous trek to the summit in the dark. Passing the Hans Meyer cave at 5,200 m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gilman’s Point (5,715 m) on the crater rim. Soon you will have forgotten the cold of the night and after another 1 to 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m. Now you are standing on the “Roof of Africa”. The descent follows the same path and the lava ash will now have thawed and allows for a fast descent. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you and you can rest a while to regain your strength. After the 1 to 2 hour break, you will be on your way down to the Horombo Hut (3,700 m) where you will arrive in the afternoon. After an evening meal, it is early to bed for most.

6. Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Elevation (ft): 3,720 m to 1,860 m

Distance: 81km

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

You will be offered a warm breakfast in the morning, after which we will head for the Kilimanjaro National Park’s exit: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, and then you will have the chance to share your opinions on the trip in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates (in our office) and provide you a transfer back to Arusha.

7. Departure

After breakfast and rest, we will Transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for those returning home.

INCLUDE

  • Transport fees to and from Kilimanjaro Airport and your accommodation in Arusha
  • 2 nights of stay at a hotel in Arusha
  • Transfer to and from the Kilimanjaro Gate
  • Machameain guides, cooks, and porters who are both professional and friendly
  • Hot meals served three times per day
  • Ample amachame of treated and filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Set fair wages for the machameain crew which are approved by the Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO), and Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit

EXCLUDE

  • Lunch, dinner, and drink at your hotel both before and after your climb
  • International Flights
  • Visa Fees
  • Vaccination
  • Laundry
  • Gear for your climb
  • A portable flush toilet with a toilet tent. It can be rented at $70 for the entire trek
  • Items of personal nature

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