6 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Trekking – Marangu route
The Marangu route is known as Coca-Cola Route meaning simple like Coca-cola. It is the only easy going to Uhuru peak on Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing because of its gentle slopes but needs optional acclimatization day that one can reschedule to 6 days. However, it is the only route on the mountain which offers accommodation in sleeping huts and serves beverages like Coca-Cola on the way.
Day 1: Arrival
After your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be transferred to Arusha Town by our guide to the hotel of your choice then He will do the trek briefing and equipment check. Dinner and overnight will be at Arusha Town.
Day 2: Arusha - Mandara Hut.
We will have a short drive from Arusha town to Mount Kilimanjaro Park Gate lies at the edge of Marangu, which is a beautiful village with many small coffees and banana plantations. After finishing the entrance procedures, we climb up through a gorgeous and pristine forest to reach the clearing encompassing Mandara Hut. The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. Another option is to rest and enjoy the elegant forest. There is a rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well.
Day 3: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
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 reach Horombo Hut. Sunrises and sunsets here are often very stunning, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds.
Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
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 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.
Day 5: Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut
we will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 AM so that we can be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over the loose volcanic screen, but there is some well-graded zig-zag and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s in about five or six hours.
We will rest there and spend some time enjoying the sunrise. Then continue trekking along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.) passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo Hut for the night.
Day 6: Horombo – Marangu Gate - Arusha
Safari to Kilimanjaro retrace through Forest - the greenness and lushness of the forest are quite a stunning contrast to the summit day with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates to Arusha town. You can spend another day exploring Arusha town or for other cultural excursions.