Marangu Route 6 DaysClimbing Kilimanjaro
Marangu Route 6 Days
The Marangu Route 6 Days is the easiest route to climb to Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a preferred route for many travelers because of the different accommodation facilities that are available on the Route. Tourists can sleep in comfortable huts and in some of them, there is running water. It is possible to reach the summit in 5 days using the Marangu Route, however, for better acclimatization, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu Route 6 days is preferred to give a far better and more enjoyable trip.
Kilimanjaro Bound has taken many of our clients to the summit using Marangu Route 6 Days and we guarantee that you shall be one of the successful travelers to make it all the way to Uhuru Peak, the summit f Mount Kilimanjaro and the second highest point on the planet.
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After completing the Marangu Route 6 Days you will have the choice of booking an incredible Safari of the National Parks of Tanzania, checking out the culture with some of our short tours or taking a well earned rest on the island of Zanzibar.
Kilimanjaro Bound will take care of you and your party and organise everything you need for the trip of a lifetime.
- Nicknamed the “Coca-Cola” route because the route is popularized as easy and cheap. This, however, is a misconception as the route is more difficult due to the ‘not as good acclimatization profile’ as Machame/Rongai/Lemosho routes.
- Often selected by unprepared, inexperienced climbers because of its reputation for being the “easiest” route, attributing to the lower success rate.
- The shortest and cheapest route, but less time to acclimatize, therefore lower success rate.
- Dormitory style accommodation in huts.
- Less scenic due to ascent and descent on same route.
Marangu Route 6 Day Itinerary
Marangu route is used by almost 50% of all climbers and has comfortable mountain huts with solar power lighting. Although the trail is crowded, the views are beautiful and each day of walking progresses through a different climate zone, adding considerably to the interest of the trek.
The real highlight is the walk from Gillman’s point along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area.
The views on a clear morning are absolutely magnificent – The Rift Valley, Mt. Meru, and the Masai Steppes stand out from the plains almost three vertical miles below as the sun rises behind Mawenzi.
We also add an extra day to the standard five day itinerary to ensure maximum acclimatisation and give ourselves the best possible chance of enjoying the magnificent scenery.
National Park statistics indicate that the chance of reaching the summit increases by at least 20% if an extra day is spent acclimatising. This is Our first choice when choosing the Marangu Route and it Takes 6 days Climbing Kilimanjaro.
The climb begins and ends in Marangu
Arriving any time at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), there will be a private transfer waiting at the Airport to pick up you to the hotel in Moshi where is noted for overnight stay.
We will gather in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check.
We will also check and confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
After breakfast at the lodge transfer straight to the gate and after completing the entrance formalities at the National Park gate (1,830 m/ 7,000ft.) we climb up through an attractive and unspoiled forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m/ 8,850ft).
The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to simply rest and enjoy the beautiful forest around you. [3-5 hours walking, Distance 8km/5miles, Habitat-Rain forest zone]
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through the forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and, in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo (3,720 m/ 12,200ft).
Sunrises and sunsets here are often very spectacular, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds. [4-6 hours walking, Distance 12km/7miles, Habitat- Heather and moorland zone]
The day is spent making an excursion towards the base of the seldom visited Mawenzi peak, which affords excellent views of Kibo and our route up to the crater rim at Gillman’s Point. Mawenzi is an older volcano than Kibo and so has eroded further into a very jagged ridge with dramatic pinnacles. The landscape feels more alpine and there is a greater sense of peacefulness than in other locations on this route. We spend a second night at Horombo Hut to further improve our acclimatisation. [4-5 hours walking]
We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m/ 12,200ft) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday and the afternoon is free (to contemplate the summit ascent!!).
The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! [4-6 hours walking, Distance 10km/6miles, Habitat-Alpine desert]
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 12 a.m. so that we can be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace should reach Gillman’s (5,685 m/ 18,600ft) in five or six hours.
We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/ 19,340), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo for the night.
[11-15 hours walking, Distance 20km/14miles, Habitat-Alpine desert]
We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara hut (2,700m/ 8,8500ft) and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates.
[5-6 hours walking, Distance 20km/12miles, Habitat-Rain forest zone]
Transfer back to Kilimanjaro airport and fly back home or join our safari
Moshi is a great city and while you are there, you shall feel the gratitude of being part of something which is bigger.
The people are friendly and welcoming. After your breakfast and depending on the time of departure for your flight; our guide shall drive you and drop you off at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Wave as you say goodbye to Tanzania.
Important Information About Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
- Accommodations the night before and the night after the trek two nights in Moshi
- Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
- Professional, experienced, mountain guides
- All Park fees
- Entry fees, Rescue fees, camping fees or hut fees
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Arrival and Departure transfers
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
- Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
- Transport to the gate on starting day and after the trek
- Clean, purified drinking water
- Private, portable chemical flush toilets
- Fair and ethical treatment of porters
- Portable Summit Emergency Oxygen
- Kilimanjaro National park certificate for successful summit attempt
- Flying Doctor Service
- Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
- Meals not listed above
- Optional Tours (short safari before or after your climb, marangu village day tour, day trip to lake challa, etc)
- Tips and any items of personal nature
- Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended)
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“Fantastic experience! Really well looked after by our porters and our guides Leonard and Aggrey.”
“On summit day, our guides ended up carrying our day bags and motivated us, to make sure we would make it. Can only recommend these guys!”
“Leonard and Aggrey were so knowledgable about everything, that they even made the walking feel easy!! It’s definitely safe to say I would have never reached the summit without the help of my team, I would recommend these guys to anyone, every day of the week.”
“Aggrey & William are real professionals and heroes in guiding us to the top.”