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This route, also known as the "Coca-Cola" route, is the oldest, most well-known route on Kilimanjaro hiking trips. This is the only route which offers overnight sleeping huts in the style of dormitory accommodations instead of camping. There are a total of 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut on Marangu route. Touristswho choose to hike Mount Kilimanjaro through Marangu route, are supplied with pillows and mattresses, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have collective dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut Many prefer to hikeMarangu route because it is considered to be a plain sail path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and [almost] direct path. However, the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly a challenge. Marangu route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the South-East direction. Marangu route unfortunately has less beautiful natural scenery than the other routes because the ascent and descent hiking trips are along the same path. Marangu hiking route is also the most crowded route for the same explanation
Rising:5,500 ft / 1,700 m to 9,000 ft / 2,740 m
Hike time: 4-5 hours
Climatic habitat:Montane Forest Meals: L, D
Shelter: Mandara Hut
After breakfast and briefing, a driverfrom Africa Natural Tours will drive you to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), hiker(s) will be required to register and commence the hiking. Hiker(s) will walk through the rainforest to the Mandara camping area. A side trip to Maundi Crater is an excellentmeans to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for soaring Eucalyptus trees, Colobus monkeys, andbird life.
Rising:9,000 ft / 2,700 m to 12,100 ft / 3,700 m
Hike time:6-8 hours
Climatic habitat:Heathland/ Moorland
Meals: B, L, D
Shelter: Horombo Hut
Hiker(s)will leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo camping area. Visibility of the summit of Kibo and Mawenzi are awesome. Look for groundsels and giant lobelias. Hiker(s) may begin to feel the effects of the gaining of elevation (altitude).
Rising:12,100 ft / 3,700 m to 15,400 ft / 4,700 m Stretch:10 km Hike time:6-8 hours Climatic habitat:Alpine Desert Meals: B, L, D Shelter: Kibo Hut Climbing up on Marangu route, we now pass the last watering point, walking into the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Hiker(s) dine, rest, and prepare for summit climb.
Rising:15,400 ft / 4,700 m to 19,300 ft / 5,895 m 19,300 ft / 5,895 m to 12,100 ft / 3,700 m
Stretch:4 km up / 14 km down
Hike time:10-15 hours
Meals: B, L, D
Shelter: Horombo Camp
Very early in the morning (from midnight to 2am), hiker(s) [commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the craterflange. Continuing on, we now hike and ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are awesome and unbelievable views at every turn. Hikers have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo camping ground. The beginning of this climb to the summit, is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers and jackets. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Hike(s) are best informed going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point inAfrica!
During the climb you will be sleeping in the Huts!
During the climb you will be staying at campsites!