Marangu Route is also known as the “Coca-Cola” or “tourist” route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the huts have a sponge mattress, pillow, and solar power. All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere.
You will spend 2 nights in Moshi, one night before and one night after trekking. The room in the hotel is to be shared with 2 persons in each room. During the trekking, you will spend your nights in the hut. One Hut is to be shared per 4 persons each depends with the number of clients will be in a park at a particular day.
Day 1: Arrivals day
You will meet Eastland Adventures representative who will drive you from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to your hotel in Moshi to rest for a while and later meet your guide for gear checking and briefing about the mountain. Furthermore, the guide will go through the group camping gear and demonstrate the use and operation of all equipment especially emergency oxygen cylinder and pulse ox-meter, your guide also will explain signs and symptoms of various mountain sicknesses which might happen while trekking.
Day 2: Hike to Mandara Hut, 2227 meters
You will start by driving from your hotel in Moshi and cross cultivation zone, Marangu village, heading to Marangu Gate, 1890 meters for about 1 hour’s drive. You will do registrations and meet your crew and you will start hiking to cover 8 kilometers about 3 – 4 hours crossing rain forest. Picnic lunch and drinking water will be provided on the way.
Day 3: Hike from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut, 3727 meters
This is a bit long day, about 10 kilometers’ walk and estimated time will be 5 – 6 hours. Lunch and drinking water will be provided on the way. Also, you will get to moorland zone and you will be able to view Kibo and Mawenzi peak from far.
Day 4: Hike from Mandara Hut Kibo Hut, 4727 meters
Today you will be in the alpine desert and cross the saddle area between Kibo and Mawenzi. You will cover the distance of 9 kilometers for 4 – 6 hours. Lunch and water will be provided. Also, from this day is when some hikers start to experience some mountain sickness.
Day 5: Hike from Kibo Hut to Uhuru peak and descend to Horombo Hut, 5895 meters
At 11pm you will wake up and provided with some tea, snacks and dress warm. At 12:00am you will start hiking heading to the summit. It will take 6 – 8 hours’, about 6 kilometers to get to Uhuru peak. The first peak will get at Gilman’s point at 5685 meters which located at the crater rim and then Stella point at 5756 meters. Then, you will join other hikers from other routes heading together to Uhuru peak and you will be able to see the sunrise on your way or at the summit. You are recommended to stay at the peak for 10 – 15 minutes for view and pictures after you descend via the same trail to Kibo Hut for resting. After resting for 1 – 2 hours, you pack your stuff. Have brunch and start to descend down to Horombo Hut.
Day 6: Descend to Marangu gate
Soon after breakfast, you will meet your Kilimanjaro Eastland Adventures crew for group pictures and Kilimanjaro songs. After, you will keep descending down to Mandara Hut where you will stop for hot lunch and then descend to Marangu gate. The total distance to cover will be 18 kilometers and estimated time will be 6 – 8 hours. At Marangu gate, you will sing out to the Kilimanjaro National Park log book. Your Kilimanjaro expert officer (guide ) will collect your certificate for those who manage successful summit then drive you back to your hotel in Moshi for a long hot shower and Kilimanjaro beer.
DAY 7: Join us for the Safaris
- What Will You DoKilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world and highest mountain in Africa, by trekking and summit it you will be already done one of the 7 summits of the world, Also while hiking you will get t o know the local people and meet them directly and also you will get cross to various mountain ecological zones while experiences the various climate change.
- What To ExpectExpect the following while hiking
Crossing various ecological zones
Meeting the local people such as guides, cook and porters
Summit the highest mountain in Africa 5895m
Sleep in the hut
Various delicious meals
- What Is Included4 nights’ accommodation
Crews’ salaries, guide / cook / porters
Kilimanjaro entry and accommodation fees
Kilimanjaro rescue fees
Hotel accommodation in Moshi, one night before trek and another night after trek
Meals and water while trekking
Oxygen cylinders for emergencies
Amref flaying doctors
Service of an English speaking guide
Transfers from Moshi to Marangu gate and back to Moshi in comfortable vehicle
Airport transfers on arrivals and departures
- What Is Not IncludedExtras at the hotel such as drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
Extra hotel accommodations
Immunization papers (yellow fever recommended)
International and local flights
Tipping for the guides, cook and porters (recommended)
Travel insurance documents
Visa fees (100 USD for American citizens and 50 USD for non-American
Excess luggage above 15 kgs