5 Days Marangu Hiking Trip
Marangu is also known as the Coca-Cola Route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro with views of the Kibo and Mawenzi volcanoes. 5 Days Marangu Hiking Trip is the only route equipped with sleeping huts, which come in handy in the rainy season.
This route is recommended for beginners and those who appreciate comfortable conditions. The distance of the Marangu Route is about 64 kilometers. You have the option to spend an extra day at Horombo Hut (3,720 metres) for better acclimatization.
This 5 Days Marangu Hiking Trip trek is the fastest (five days) hike for skilled trekkers. Hiking on the Marangu Route for five or six days will be fine if you’re climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for the first time, as extra days are good for altitude acclimatization.
Day 1: Moshi – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut
Day 2: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut
Day 3: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut
Day 4: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut
Day 5: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate – Moshi
DAY 01: Moshi – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut
You’ll be picked up from your Arusha accommodations and make the drive to Kilimanjaro National Park.
Here, you’ll liaise with your guides and begin your ascent through the verdant rainforest that clothes the lower reaches of Kilimanjaro.
Hiking for 5-6 hours through this ancient jungle, you’ll get to go on a miniature safari as you spot wildlife such as black and white colobus monkeys along the way.
You’ll spend your night at the modern Mandara Huts, which boast luxuries such as solar lighting and flush toilets. You won’t be seeing those again anytime soon!
DAY 02: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut
You’ll set off bright and early today, as you’ve got a long day of hiking ahead of you!
Today’s hike takes you from the verdant rainforest into the stark alpine zone, as you’ll cover more than 11 kilometres on your way to the Maundi Crater.
If the weather is clear, you’ll find stunning views of Kibo Glacier from here before settling down for the evening.
DAY 03: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut
It’s another big day of hiking today, as you’ll make your way to Kibo Hut to set up camp ahead of your summit attempt.
Climbing almost 1,000m, you’ll pass your last watering point at the 4,130m mark before arriving at Kibo Hut in the afternoon.
Remember to drink plenty of water during your early dinner, as you’ll be up bright and early tomorrow to begin your ascent to the summit!
DAY 04: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut
You’re starting your day early today – just after midnight, in fact!
Your climbing team will wake you with a cup of hot tea and a light snack for energy as you get dressed and prepare your daypack for the adventure ahead.
You’ll be hiking in utter darkness for the next 5-7 hours, so take it slow and you’ll arrive at Stella Point a few hours before dawn. From here, there’s another two hours of intense hiking before you reach your ultimate goal: Uhuru Peak.
Standing at 5,985m, you’ll be able to experience a spectacular sunrise and take in the panoramic view. You’ve done it
You’ll then descend back to Horombo Hut via Kibo Hut. At anywhere between 12 and 16 hours of hiking, this is sure to be one of the longest, most gruelling days of your life!
DAY 05: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate – Moshi
It’s a day of celebration today, as you’ll enjoy one last breakfast on the mountain before descending to the Marangu Gate.
It’s an almost 20km walk today, but the steady downhill makes it a lot easier than the ascent. Upon arrival at the gate, you’ll get to celebrate with your porters and guides, provide them with their tips for their hard work, and collect your certificate of completion.
Your driver will then whisk you away to your Arusha hotel to get some well-earned rest.
Before the safari starts the next day.
End of 5 Days Marangu Hiking Trip.
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