5 Days Marangu route
Marangu Route is the most common ascent.Its relatively easy 5, 6 days trip ascends Kilimanjaro from leads to the foot of Kibo, Marangu Route is also the oldest Route and most popular, at one time drawing over 80% of trekkers on Kilimanjaro,it also came to be known as Coca – Cola route, from where the final summit bid is undertaken via the Normal Marangu Route. This is the only route on which all overnight stops are made in purpose built huts. It’s advisable for you to pay and book in advance to secure yourself a room if you plan to use this route. Marangu route passes to the south of Mawenzi before it crosses to the desolate Saddle of heading to Kibo Hut. Most of the people complete the route in only 5 days and as a consequence it has a surprisingly low success rate for getting trekkers to the top. In order to increase your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak you should try to factor in an extra day for acclimatization purposes. This should be taken at Horombo Hut from where you can enjoy a number of fascinating side trips to explore various features of the Mountain.
Day 1 : Moshi – Mandara
Pick Up from your hotel in Moshi at 8.00 am drive to the Marangu Park Gate the set of point for your three hour hike to Mandara Hut in which you cover 9 km. Here we are at 2,774m above sea level on your first overnight on Kilimanjaro.
Day 2: Mandara – Horombo
Begin your trek to Horombo Hut in an average hiking time of 8 hours, lunch en route. In clear weather Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be seen.
Dinner and overnight at the hut, 3,761m.
Day 3: Horombo – Kibo
After breakfast, hike 13 km to Kibo hut, 4,732 m above sea level in an average hiking time of 6 hours. You will now encounter spectacular mountain vegetation like Lobelia, giant cactus and groundsel.
Day 4: Kibo – Horombo via Gilman’s Point and Uhuru Peak.
Wake up at 02.00 a.m. for a pre – down attempt of the summit. It takes 5 hours to Gillan Point 5,681 m above sea level. From Gilman’s it takes 1 hour to summit Uhuru Peak, the highest point in African at 5,896 m above sea level. Descend to Horombo hut for overnight.
Day 5: Horombo – Moshi
After breakfast, descend to the Marangu Park Gate via Mandara.You will be transferred to Moshi for lunch,the rest of the day you relax in the hotel as you wait to head on to the next destination the following morning.