5-6 Days: Climbing
Marangu Route “CocaCola Route”
Day 1 – Arrival Day
On your arrival you will be picked by our representative then heading to the hotel for dinner and hotel. Later in the evening you will gather for a pre-climbing briefing and climbing equipments check. You will also confirm that you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance as well.
Day 2 – Mandara Hut
The National Park Gate (1,830 m) lies at the edge of Marangu, which is an attractive village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, you climb up through attractive and unspoilt forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.), a group of comfortable ‘A’ frame wooden huts. The largest cabin has a downstairs dining area and an upstairs dormitory and mattresses. Smaller huts sleep eight persons. The total capacity is sixty persons. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is a rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well. It takes about 3–5 hours walk.
Day 3 – Horombo Hut
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through the forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. You climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heathers and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo (3,720 m).Sunrises and sunsets here are often spectacular and the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo. There is a real sense of being above the clouds here. It takes about 4–6 hours walk.
Day 4 – Kibo Hut
Today you climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday. There is no water here so one has to bring an ample supply from the ‘last water’ supply above Horombo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night. It takes about 4–5 hours walk.
Day 5 – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut
Today you will start your ascent by torchlight at about 1:00 am, aiming to be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig–zags and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo for the night. It takes about 11–15 hours walk.
Day 6 – Marangu Park Gate – Back to Arusha:
After breakfast, a steady descent takes you down through moorland to Mandara Hut (8,900 ft). You then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Marangu (6,000 ft) where you are transferred to Lodge to stay overnight on Bed and Breakfast.
Day 7 – Departure Transfer (optional) as you can depart on your own:
Today after breakfast our team will organize a private departure transfer on request to Arusha Airport or to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home or flying to Zanzibar Island.
Cost Per Person : $1,600,
- Two nights accommodation (before and after the climb)
- First night includes Dinner and breakfast
- Last night includes dinner & breakfast
- Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
- Qualified guides with mountain crew
- National park fees
- Hut accommodation
- Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
- Rescue Fees
- Pulse oximeters
- First aid kit
- Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
- Boiled water on the mountain
- All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
- Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
- Meals and drinks not specified
- Gear for your climb
- Items of personal nature
- Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
- Emergency oxygen