7-Day Mt Kilimanjaro Marangu Route (Hut Accommodation)

$2340/ Per Person

Duration

8 Days

Min Age

12+

Tour Type

Mid Range

Location

Arusha

Posted 73 Days ago

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This is a hiking tour to the highest point in Africa through the Marangu route also known as the "Coca-Cola" route, which is the oldest and most established route. The only route offering sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodations in lieu of camping, Many favors this route because it is considered to be the easiest, given its gradual slope and direct path but prepare for a challenging summit attempt.

Why you will love this trip?

  • If budget is the ultimate consideration and you don’t care about larger crowds or scenery
  • Marangu is the cheapest option
  • The only Kilimanjaro route offering hut accommodation
  • Slightly and comparatively cheaper because you need no camping equipment
  • Offers a superb personal accomplishment,

Day 1 : Pick up from the airport

 Mt Kilimanjaro

On this day you will be picked up from the airport either the Kilimanjaro or Arusha airport, will then drive to Tulia spa & boutique hotel once you arrive & settled in, your guide will arrive briefly after to brief you on the hike, what to expect day by day as well as checking if you have all necessary gears for the hike.

  Accommodation:

  • ✓  Name: Tulia boutique & spa
  • ✓  Type: Hotel
  • ✓  Level: Mid-range

Day 2 : Marangu gate to Mandara hut

 Mt Kilimanjaro

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 2 hours), 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.

  Accommodation:

  • ✓  Name: Mandara hut
  • ✓  Type: Bush Camp
  • ✓  Level: Budget

Day 3 : Mandara hut to horombo hut

 Mt Kilimanjaro

You leave the glades of the rainforest 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 effects of the altitude.

  • Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 12km/7.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Heathland.

  Accommodation:

  • ✓  Name: Horombo Hut
  • ✓  Type: Bush Camp
  • ✓  Level: Budget

Day 4 : Horombo Hut (3720m) – Acclimatization

 Mt Kilimanjaro

At Horombo Hut, you will spend the day allowing your body to acclimate to high altitude. You will have the option of doing a day hike to Mawenzi Hut (4600m) for further acclimatization with your guide. Breakfast and dinner will be at the hut and lunch will either be packed or at the hut depending on your preference for the day.

  Accommodation:

  • ✓  Name: Kibo Hut Camp
  • ✓  Type: Bush Camp
  • ✓  Level: Budget

Day 5 : Horombo hut to kibo hut

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

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
  • Distance: 9km/5.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert.

  Accommodation:

  • ✓  Name: Kibo Hut Camp
  • ✓  Type: Bush Camp
  • ✓  Level: Budget

Day 6 : Kibo hut to summit/ summit to kibo hut

 Mt Kilimanjaro

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 to the Horombo encampment.

The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks.  and an optimistic attitude will get you there

  • 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 / 15km/9mi down
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert.

  Accommodation:

  • ✓  Name: Kibo Hut Camp
  • ✓  Type: Bush Camp
  • ✓  Level: Budget

Day 7 : Horombo hut to trail head

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Hike Horombo Hut to the trailhead, drive to Arusha/Moshi
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through the moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through the 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 meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to Arusha/Moshi or airports in these regions. Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!

Should you stay in Arusha or Moshi a transfer back to the airport is available for you on the next day

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

  Accommodation:

  • ✓  Name: Tulia Boutique & Spa
  • ✓  Type: Hotel
  • ✓  Level: Mid-range

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