Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. This makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season. The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base in Moshi. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.
This route features a well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice, and will also will treat you to scenic African landscapes. Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March. A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet Back To Eden Adventures representative, and transfer to the hotel under the rate. The hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay: cozy rooms, hot water, polite staff, a swimming pool, and Internet access. In the evening there will be a briefing with your Kilimanjaro guides for a general trek briefing as well as gear check to make sure that you are ready to begin the climb.
Day 2 Trekking From Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
Your guide/s and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's eastern entrance: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Mandara Hut (2,700 m). The trekking route includes passage through the rainforest (where tropical showers are highly probable), so we recommend you take not only spare clothes, but also your raincoats. When you reach the camp, our mountain support crew will take care of the necessities, pitch the tents, and prepare lunch.
Throughout the entire Marangu route, you will be spending your nights in special huts. They offer a great alternative to those who do not want to sleep in tents.
This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:
At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.
ELEVATION: 1,860 m to 2,700 m
HIKING TIME: 5-7 hours
DISTANCE: 11 km
Day 3 Trekking From Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Early in the morning after breakfast, the group will depart Mandara Hut to start a moderate trek towards the second high altitude camp: Horombo Hut (3,720 m). When you reach the camp on this day, you will be treated to views of two volcanos at once: Kibo and Mawenzi.
Several hours after lunch you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Kibo Hut with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then hike back down to Horombo Hut where dinner will be prepared for you.
Note: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.
Change in Elevation: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) — Destination point en route to Kibo Hut (3,920 m) Hiking distance: 2.5 km
Hiking time: 1–2 hours
ELEVATION: 2,700 m to 3,720 m
HIKING TIME: 5-6 hours
DISTANCE: 10 km
Day 4 Trekking From Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
On this day, right after breakfast the group will be trekking to the Kibo Hut (4,700 m). The actual trekking is not very difficult, just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to keep up your strength for the trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit. When you reach the camp you will be served lunch, after which we recommend you sleep as much as you can, avoid any strenuous activity, and drink lots of water.
ELEVATION: 3,720 m to 4,700 m
HIKING TIME: 4-8 hours
DISTANCE: 10 km
HABITAT: Alpine desert
Day 5 Trekking To Uhuru Peak and Descent to Horombo Hut
Night departure from Kibo Hut (4,700 m) and the start of your trek to Kilimanjaro's summit: Uhuru peak (5,895 m). The trekking will be moderate from a physical standpoint, but the altitude presents a much more serious problem. For the entire length of the trekking each pair of climbers will be accompanied by their own guide, who will be monitoring your stamina and mental resolve. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Kibo Camp and after a two-hour rest continue your descent to Horombo Hut (3,720 m).
Note: Don't forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.
ELEVATION: 4,700 m to 5,895 m then 5,895 m to 3,720 m
HIKING TIME: 9-12 hours
DISTANCE: 16 km
Day 6 Descent from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
You will be offered a warm breakfast in the morning, after which we will head for the Kilimanjaro National Park's exit: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, and then you will have the chance to share your opinions on the trip in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates (in our office) and provide you a transfer back to the hotel.
ELEVATION: 3,720 m to 1,860 m
HIKING TIME: 5-6 hours
DISTANCE: 18 km
Day 7 Departure
Wake up and have breakfast with the team. You have options today. You can to go for a message at the hotel, sit by the pool, play golf or visit the local market before your transfer back to Kilimanjaro International for your flight home. If you have chosen one or our quality safari’s you will start the journey today.
English Speaking & Wilderness First Responder Trained
Assistant Guide(s), for 2+ people
personal client luggage (15 kg per client)
Sleeping tent, 3-person size for 2 people Sleeping mat, 2-inch foam Pillow Walk-in dining tent and table Backed chairs Wash basins with hot water each morning and evening Private portable toilet with toilet paper
FOOD & DRINKS
Three meals per day & afternoon snack during the trek Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free upon request Treated drinking water (minimum of 3L per day while trekking with additional water available at camp) Coffee and tea during the trek
HEALTH & SAFETY
Pulse oximeter Altitude sickness checklists First aid kit Emergency oxygen
PREPARATION & FEES
Kilimanjaro National Park fees Camping/hut, rescue, conservation and taxes Pre-trek briefing with your guide
ACCOMMODATION & TRANSFERS
Roundtrip airport transfer between Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and Moshi Roundtrip transfer between Moshi and the park gate Hotel stays in Moshi pre- and post-trek (2 nights total) on bed & breakfast basis at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
Personal trekking gear such as sleeping bag and clothing
Favored beverages (water, soda and alcohol at hotels)
Additional accommodation or meals resulting from early descent
Tanzania entry visa
Domestic or international flights
Expenses of a personal nature
1,800 per person