Marangu Route 5 Days Climbing Safari – Being the second most popular route to climb Kilimanjaro, Marangu route is nicknamed “Coca-Cola” route as its climb is easy as ones drinking Coca-Cola.
According to our annually research and report journals, the average summit successful rate across all climbers using that Marangu route is 65%. However summit success rate depends heavily upon climate (rainfall & snow) and person fitness. The climate however in this route is not that much conducive, expects the acclimatization problem at Kibo and Horombo camp (low oxygen as altitude increases).
The hike via Marangu route can be done for 5 or 6 days.
The arrival day. 5 Days Marangu Route
The arrival day you will be picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport to the hotel in Moshi town where you will be staying for dinner and overnight. At the hotel you will meet a mountain guide who will briefly explain to you the itinerary for the next day and all the essential information about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro including the route, hiking equipment and other important information.
Day 1: hiking from Marangu gate to Mandara Hut.
After breakfast in your hotel a car with driver and guide will be waiting you outside. A journey to Kilimanjaro Mountain, Marangu gate starts and it will take a maximum of 1 hour. After you get to the Kilimanjaro gate park you will register you name, nationality, age, passport and other required information. There after the guides, cook and porters will be ready to commence the journey hiking to the first point Mandara Hut.
Elevation: 1860m/ 6100ft to 2700m/ 8875ft
Distance: 8km/ 5mile
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: mountain Forest.
Day 2: Hiking from mandara to Horombo hut after breakfast at Mandara hut, you will be ascending to Horombo Hut. The altitude begins to change and slows down your pace while enjoying the flora and the view of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at the Horombo hut 12km from Mandara, and lunch box will be provided on the way. At Horombo Hut you will have a rest, dinner and overnight.
Time: 5 hours, elevation 12335 ft (3,780m)
Day 3: From horombo hut to Kibo hut and summit at night.
After breakfast at Horombo Hut, the hike to Kibo Hut begins. Ascending, passing the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heath land but then disappears into “moonscape”. Lunch box will be provided on the way. At Kibo hut you will have a rest, dinner and overnight while preparing yourself for UHURU PEAK summit at night around 1:00 am
Day 4: Descend from the summit.
The beginning of day 4 might caught you still at the UHURU PEAK of mount Kilimanjaro, you can take a beautiful picture while sun rising and slowly starts to hike down to Kibo hut for breakfast, rest and later on start to descend again to Horombo hut where you will have lunch, rest, dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Final day of the tour
Descend from Horombo hut to Marangu Gate for exit. Driver will pick you from the gate to the hotel in Moshi for lunch and rest but if the departure is the same day then driver will drop you to airport for depart.
Machame Route 6 Days Kilimanjaro Trek
Machame Route 6 Days – the Machame route is nicknamed the “Whiskey” route because the route is popularized as less difficult and economical than Marangu route. On an overall comparison of the routes to scale Kilimanjaro, Machame route takes large share as for more than 50% of all climbers use this route for 6 and/or 7 days climb.
The summit successful rate for overall climbers is 85%, where the 15% fails due to several reasons like bad weather (heavy rainfall) diseases or personal weakness.
- Good for acclimatization
- Steeper walking and hiking
- Tents camping accommodation
The trek begins at Machame Gate, located in the southern base of Mount Kilimanjaro which is an hour drive from Moshi or 2hrs from Arusha. The hike starts within Kilimanjaro’s lush, fertile, mountain rainforest. As you might expect, the lower slopes receive quite a bit of precipitation. The trail may be steep and slippery, so trekking poles are advised.
The route passes through several points, (camps where you might spend an overnight) day to day before reaching a summit.
- Machame Gate to Machame Camp
- Shira Camp
- Barranco via Lava Tower
- Karanga Valley
- Barafu base Camp
- Mweka camp/Millenium camp
- Mweka Gate for exit.