Mount Kilimanjaro Climb 6 Days Marangu Route

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Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, beautiful and often mysterious, is one of the great...

The Marangu Route (also known as the ‘Coca-Cola’) is considered the easiest Kilimanjaro ascent. It crosses The Saddle, a 5 km wide, high-altitude, semi-desert that separates craggy Mawenzi from the main summit - Kibo.


Climbers sometimes spend an extra day to acclimatize to the altitude at Horombo Hut.  It is recommended that the final ascent to Uhuru Peak is started early from Kibo Hut, since the scree is easier to climb when frozen, and dawn views from the crater rim are often truly spectacular.

Day 1: Drive to Marangu Gate for park formalities. Walk through the rain forest to Mandara hut (2743 m), about 3 hours.

Day 2: Leave the forest and cross open moor land to Horombo hut (3760 m).

Day 3: Rest and acclimatization day at Horombo Hut. Take aday walk to Zebra Rocks or to Mawenzi Hut.

Day 4:Hike through moorland then alpine desert to “The Saddle” between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. From here, walk for about an hour to reach Kibo hut (4730 m).

Day 5: Very early start for the summit over steep scree up to Gillman’s Point (5681 m) on the crater rim. Continue around the rim (which will take about two hours if you are fit) to Uhuru Peak (5895 m) the highest point in Africa. Descend to Kibo Hut for tea and biscuits or soup and then down to the thicker air and relative warmth of Horombo hut.

Day 6: After breakfast, descend to Marangu gate and receive the much-deserved SuccessfulAscent of Kilimanjaro Certificate!

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