Commonly called the Tourist Route or Coca-Cola trail; due to the fact that it provides luxuries such as huts, bunk beds, flushing toilets and bottled drinks, it also involves an ascent up the mountain via the gentle eastern slopes, which is said to be far less demanding than the route followed on other Routes such as Machame, Mweka and Shira. Marangu is by far the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Typical duration is either 5 or 6 days depending upon whether you elect to spend an extra day for acclimatization to the altitude (which is highly recommended). This is the only route that offers huts versus tents.
Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro air port
Arrive at the air port and then transfer to out post lodge on time for an evening meal and to check your mountain gear and to discuss the trip, especially any queries you may have about it.
DAY 2: -Arusha to Marangu gate – Mandara hut
After completing the entrance formalities at the National Park gate (1,830 m.) we climb up through attractive and unspoilt forest to reach the clearing containing (2,700 m.). 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. Camp at Mandara Hut [3-5 hours walking]
DAY 3: Mandara hut to Horombo hut
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through 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.). 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]
DAY 4: Acclimatization day at Horombo hut
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 acclimatization. [4-5 hours walking]
DAY 5: 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 (4,700 m.) 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]
DAY 6: Kibo hut to Summit to Horombo hut
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 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 will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here 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. [11-15 hours walking]
DAY 7: Horombo hut to Marangu gate
We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day, and it really makes you realize how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is. [5-6 hours walking]Accommodation and food
The accommodation is in good huts, either dormitory or smaller four bed A-frames. The lower huts have spacious dining rooms, where you will be served meals cooked by your guide. All food and kitchen equipment will be carried by the porters and cooked by an experienced cook. It will be plentiful and wholesome, but may be limited by the circumstances. Beer and soft drinks are available at the huts. Your own supply of chocolate and high energy snacks is a good idea. Dinner and overnight at out post lodge
Tanzania Safari on the Northern Circuit Parks:
The best game life is visible and experienced in no other country than Northern Tanzania. Here are the wonderful game view which you will visit on your safari, Tarangire N/P, Lake Manyara n/p and Ngorongoro conservation area. Wild life here is abundance with vast areas that have not been declared as national parks – thus now allowing for the other specie to inhabit the earth, the humans, to put structures that are often referred to as “developments”. Combine your safari with a cultural will enable you to learn and discover unforgettable experience of your life time for three days safari in Tarangire N/P and Ngorongoro Conservation area.
and Ngorongoro crater
Day 8: Arusha to Tarangire National Park
After breakfast at the lodge you leave early to the Tarangire National park. This is the third largest park in Tanzania and it is characterized by the amazingly large herds of elephants that can be encountered in this park. The Baobab trees are one of the other highlights of Tarangire and the Tarangire River that flows all year round is the life blood of the park. Many animals; predators and the preys alike gather around the river where you can do excellent game viewing. Overnight is at roika tented lodge and dinner included.
Day 9: Tarangire to Lake Manyara National Park
Drive from Tarangire to Lake Manyara National Park for game drive, have a picnic lunch in the Park, followed by an afternoon game drive, a great opportunity to see its marvelous concentration of game, including 350 species of birds, not to mention the glistening soda lake itself where you’ll catch glimpses of grazing Pink Flamingoes. Dinner and overnight stay at Migunga tented camp FB, just outside Lake Manyara National Park
Day10: Ngorongor crater
this day we will start early morning at 06:00 for the game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. Your Driver/Guide will be in contact with other safari drivers and will amaze you with his skill at locating the hidden animals. After great all exploration in crater the drive will drive back to Arusha. For overnight at the out post lodge or drive to Kilimanjaro air port for your flight back home.
Tour Price quoted for a minimum of 2-4persons sharing a private tour
Kilimanjaro included on the price
Park fees, two nights at hotel, all land transfer, potter’s salary, three meals each day on mountain, rescue fees, 1.5 litter of water each of you in first day, etc All you have to do is to concentrate on enjoying your trek to Uhuru, The summit of Kilimanjaro.