Marangu Route

Marangu Route

This is the most popular route, also called the "Coca Cola Route". The path is straight forward and accommodation is in wooden chalets. The Marangu Route is one of the better known routes and gives the novice hiker a good opportunity to reach the summit. The paths are clearly defined and top mountain guides, porters and safari chefs look after you.

The 6-night/7-day Marangu Route climb starts and ends in Moshi including two nights' accommodation at Keys Hotel (dinner, bed and English breakfast), 4-night/5-day Marangu Route climb, hut fees, rescue fees, all food on the climb, transfers to/from the gate, guides and porters.

Day 1: Overnight at Keys Hotel in Moshi.

Day 2: After an early breakfast, a senior guide will do your climb briefing. You will then be driven to the Marangu Gate (approximately 1.5 hours drive) where you will meet the rest of your guides and porters. Start your walk through the spectacular tropical rain forest for about 4 hours. Overnight at Mandara Hut (2,700 metres).

Day 3: A steep, sometimes wet, 20 minute walk through the upper part of the rainforest begins today, followed by a 2 kilometre section of tall giant heather interspersed with large clumps of tussock grass, around 15 kilometres or 5 hours from Mandara Hut. Overnight at Horombo Hut (3,700 metres).

Day 4: Climbing through moorland forest, then alpine desert, you will reach "The Saddle" between the twin peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. Before Kibo, you will come to "Jiwe la Ukoyo". From here, walk for approximately an hour to reach Kibo Hut (4,703 metres).

Day 5: Today you will be heading for the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres). You will be woken at around midnight to commence the 5 hour hike on heavy scree up to Gillman's Point (5,686 metres). Continue another 1 or 2 hours to Uhuru Peak, along the wide paths of the crater rim. Overnight at Horombo Hut.

Day 6: After breakfast, descend to Marangu Gates. You will be transferred to the Keys Hotel.

Day 7: The tour ends after breakfast.

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