MOUNT KILIMANJARO MARANGU ROUTE
There are six established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north near Kenya. All routes except Marangu and Rongai descend via Mweka.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via The Marangu Route
Marangu Route, commonly known as the Coca Cola route is more popular because it can be done in fewer days and has permanent sleep huts at the campsites.
Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. It is a shorter route with a steeper incline and less time for acclimatization it tends to have a lower summit success rate. This is the only route where the ascent and descent route is shared, thus creating more traffic.
Duration: 5 days
6 Days / 5 Nights On The Mountain, 2 Nights In Moshi Hotel | Private Tour
Your Kilimanjaro adventure begins as you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. From there, you’ll be transferred to your accommodation in Moshi, a charming town nestled at the base of the mountain. Take this time to acclimate to the elevation and prepare for the exciting climb ahead.
- Day 1 – Kilimanjaro International Airport To Moshi
- Day 2: MARANGU GATE – MANDARA HUTS
- DAY 3: MANDARA HUTS – HOROMBO HUTS
- DAY 4: HOROMBO HUTS- KIBO HUTS
- Day 5 – Horombo Hut– Kibo Hut
- DAY 5: KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT: 4KM /2.5 MI UP | 5-7HRS | – HOROMBO HUTS: 14KM /9MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW CAPPED SUMMIT
- DAY 6: HOROMBO HUTS – MARANGU GATE – MOSHI
- Day 7: Departure / Safari destination in Tanzania/ Zanzibar Holiday
Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport, where you will be greeted by your Royal Climb and Safaris private guide. Upon arrival at your first lodge in Moshi, take the rest of the day to relax, restore and enjoy your first taste of Africa. Your private safari guide is an expert on all things Tanzania
Meals: Bed & Breakfast
Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2740m/9000ft
Departing from Moshi a 1-hour drive will take you through the Village of Marangu to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Elevation: 2740m/9000ft to 3690m/12,100ft
After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, through heathland, looking for giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, to enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts late afternoon beneath the spectacular Kibo Summit viewpoint. Temperatures begin to drop.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Elevation: 3690m/12,100ft to 4695m/15,400ft
After breakfast, we continue on through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. Here while we stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Elevation: 4695m/15,400ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Descent to 3690m/12,100ft
Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
We continue our way to the summit in a switchback formation through trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion, we ascend through heavy scree and possibly snow towards Gillman’s Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.
Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!
After photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Elevation: 3690m/12,100 to 1830m/6000ft
After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down stopping at the Mandara Huts for lunch. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. You return back to the Marangu Park Gate and receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles. From the gate, a vehicle will meet you to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 45 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner, and celebrations!!
Meals Included: Breakfast
ater in the evening or the next day you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport to board your home bound flight. Also Royal Climb and can organize an affordable safari trip to one of the best wildlife parks in Tanzania such as: Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Park.
INCLUDED IN TREKKING PACKAGE:
- Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
- Private transport from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi.
- Private transport from accommodations in Moshi to your Kilimanjaro International
- Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
- Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
- Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
- Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Drinking water and Full Board Meals
- All National Park & Camping Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
- Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
- Gate Transfers
- Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder
- Quality Imported Equipments
- 18% VAT on tour fees & services
EXCLUDED FROM TREKKING PACKAGE:
- Visa fees
- Travel or Medical Insurance
- Gamow Bag, Medication
- Tips for porters and mountain crew
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.
Depending on your medical history, certain vaccines may be required (such as yellow fever). We recommend getting vaccinated at least 4-6 weeks before your trip. Make sure to bring proof of vaccinations to Tanzania and keep a copy of the documentation at home in case you need it. Additionally, be sure to get any recommended boosters before traveling. Taking these precautions can help protect you from severe illnesses and ensure that your Kilimanjaro climb is a safe and enjoyable experience.
The most convenient way to get to Kilimanjaro is by plane. A couple of international airports serve the region, including Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro International Airport near Arusha and Moshi. If you organize a trip with us, we will arrange transportation to and from the airport as part of the package.
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the dry season, which runs from June to October. This time of year has good weather conditions with less rain and snow. The temperature is mild enough for an enjoyable climb but not too cold that it will become challenging. It’s also important to remember that the altitude can make it colder no matter what season you’re climbing in. So be sure to prepare with appropriate clothing and gear.
When climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, you need the right gear and clothing to ensure a safe and enjoyable climb. A good rule of thumb is to dress in layers to easily adjust to the changing conditions as you ascend the mountain. You will also want to bring adequate protection from the cold, rain, and wind, like warm gloves, hats, and jackets. A good pair of hiking boots is also essential for the rocky terrain, as well as trekking poles and a day pack to store essentials. Finally, ensure you have plenty of water and snacks to keep yourself fueled throughout the climb.
Preparing and asking questions in advance can make your Kilimanjaro climb a safe and unforgettable experience. With the right equipment and adequate knowledge of what to expect, you will have everything you need for the adventure of a lifetime!
Ensure your Kilimanjaro climb is safe and successful; it’s essential to be in good physical shape. Getting used to the altitude is also important before attempting a summit. You can gradually increase your elevation while doing day hikes or even staying overnight at a high-altitude camp. You should also train your body with a regular exercise regimen of walking, running, and stair-climbing several weeks before the climb. You will have the best chance at summit success with proper preparation and physical conditioning!
The highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro is Uhuru Peak, which stands at an impressive 19,341 feet above sea level. Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro is no small feat and a great accomplishment for any climber! Taking on this challenge will provide you with an experience unlike any other as you make your way to the top of Africa’s tallest peak
While there are always risks associated with any outdoor activity, with the proper preparation and precautions, climbing Kilimanjaro can be a safe and enjoyable experience. Before you go, get travel insurance covering medical expenses in an emergency. You should also ensure your vaccinations are up-to-date a few weeks before you go. Additionally, it’s important to ensure you are properly hydrated and nourished throughout the climb, as altitude sickness can be a real danger.
By taking all of these precautions, you can rest assured that your Kilimanjaro climb will be an enjoyable experience with minimal risk! So what are you waiting for? Climb Kilimanjaro and take on the adventure of a lifetime!
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is an achievable goal for anybody with the proper determination, preparation, and training. While it can be physically and mentally challenging, you will have the best chance at summit success with proper research and physical preparation!
Trekking Kilimanjaro has unique challenges, but it is generally considered easier than Everest. This is because Kilimanjaro does not require technical climbing skills as Everest does and because you can complete a summit on Kilimanjaro in just five or six days, while Everest typically takes double that time.
Although Kilimanjaro is considered easier than Everest, it should still not be taken lightly. Altitude sickness and unpredictable weather can make climbing difficult and dangerous. With sufficient preparation, however, you will have everything you need to conquer this majestic mountain! So take on the challenge of Kilimanjaro and experience an adventure you’ll never forget!
Yes, it is possible to hike Kilimanjaro in five days (even though we recommend six days). The route and number of days needed for the summit depend on your fitness level and acclimatization strategy. Ideally, it would help if you tried to get used to the altitude slowly by doing day hikes or an overnight stay at a high-altitude camp before attempting the summit.
The time it takes to hike Kilimanjaro will depend on your chosen route and acclimatization strategy. Generally, a six-day itinerary is recommended for most climbers, although some advanced climbers may be able to summit in five days. It would help if you got used to the altitude slowly before attempting the summit, so an overnight stay at a high-altitude camp is highly recommended.
Kilimanjaro is a physically and mentally challenging endeavor that should not be taken lightly. That being said, with the proper preparation and acclimatization strategy, most climbers can reach the summit of Kilimanjaro successfully. The difficulty level may also depend on your chosen route; some routes are easier than others due to length and elevation changes.
No matter which route you choose, make sure that you are physically and mentally prepared for the challenge of Kilimanjaro.
The cost of a Kilimanjaro trek will depend on the length of your climb, the route you choose, and any additional services you opt for, such as guides or porters.
No matter your budget, make sure that you research and pick the best options for a safe and enjoyable trip. Proper preparation is essential when it comes to conquering Kilimanjaro!
Yes, Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed by beginners. However, it is essential to make sure that you are physically and mentally prepared for the challenge. Research different routes before deciding on one and gradually get used to the altitude by spending some time at a high-altitude camp before climbing.
The best month to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is from January to February and June to October.
It’s important to remember that the weather on Kilimanjaro can be unpredictable at any time of year, so make sure that you are prepared with the right gear and knowledge
The amount of time you spend hiking each day on Kilimanjaro will depend on your itinerary and route. Generally, it would help if you planned to hike between 5-7 hours per day, with breaks in between. It’s important to pace yourself and not overexert yourself while climbing the mountain.