Marangu Route The Marangu route, also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most well-established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route that offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. However, the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is, unfortunately, less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason. Trust Tours And Safaris offers Marangu a five or six-day private climb. The five-day variation does not have an acclimatization day on day three at Horombo Hut.
The package Price includes two nights’ Accommodation.
The price for 3 pax is US$ 2,295 per single occupancy all-inclusive in groups
Price 4-8 Pax US$ 1,855 per single occupancy all-inclusive in groups
.Transfer to the trailhead -entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
.Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;
.All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fees, and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).
.One night at 4* hotel ( SG Premier Resort or The Arusha Hotel) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay – caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, a restaurant, and a swimming pool);
.Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro. Please note: All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).
.Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;
.All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
.All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water).
Hiking and safety equipment
.4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
.All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
.Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
.Complete medical kits.
.Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park.
.All our guides are holders of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications.
.All our guides have 11 years of successful mountaineering experience;
.Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
.Local airfares, International airfares, and departure taxes.
.International Travel Insurance
.Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival.
.Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
.Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
.Meals not listed above on those arrival and departures days
.Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc.)
.Tips for guides 100$ cooks 85$ and porters 50$ per entire trip and any items of personal nature.
Day 1 We leave Arusha to Kilimanjaro gate – Mandara Hut.
Take a short drive from Arusha town to the Kilimanjaro 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, we climb up through the attractive and unspoiled forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.). The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. 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. [3-5 hours walking to Mandara Hut] 5 days Marangu route
Day 2 We leave Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut.
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and, in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach Horombo Hut (3,720 m.). Sunrises and sunsets here are often very stunning, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds. [4-6 hours walking from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut]
Day 3 We leave Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Through Desert Saddle we climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to screed 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 and the afternoon is free (to contemplate the summit ascent!!). The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! [4-5 hours walking from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut]
Day 4 We leave Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut.
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over the loose volcanic screen, but there are some well-graded zig-zag 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. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo Hut for the night. [11-15 hours walking from Kibo Hut to Gillman’s Point]
Day 5 Safari to Kilimanjaro Retrace through Forest
We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates to Moshi or Arusha town. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day, and it really makes you realize how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is. [5-6 hours walking]
We recommend you can extend your stay a little breeze on Zanzibar beaches or Ngorongoro Crater safari from at least 3 days.