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Marangu Route

The Marangu Route is also known as the “Coca Cola” or “tourist” route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit and many people in a hurry try to make the summit via this overcrowded route, although less than 50% will make it.

Day 1
To Mandara – 1700m to 2740m
After breakfast, briefing, and drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate, register and commence the climb. Walking through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment located at 9000 ft / 2740 m. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2
To Horombo Camp – 2700m to 3700m
We now leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment located at 12000 ft /3700 m. Dinner and overnight. If you wish to extend you trek (recommended), here you can spend 1 or 2 extra days resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

Day 3
To Kibo Camp – 3700m to 4700m
Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation all but disappears into “moonscape”, but the views of the mountain are incredible. Arriving at the Kibo encampment located at 15000 ft / 4700 m. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

Day 4
To Summit and Horombo – 4700m to 5895m (and down to 3700m)
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow/ice up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim at 18640 ft / 5861 m (4-7 hours). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa: 19340 ft / 5895 m (1-2 hours). Unbelievable views at every turn. Get your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. From here, we now descend, stopping for lunch and a rest before continuing on to the Horombo encampment for dinner and a tired but happy overnight (1-2 hours). This beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. “Pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Day 5
To Moshi – 3700m to 1700m
The descent continues past the Mandara encampment (lunch) back down to the Park Gate. This is where successful climber may now collect their well-earned certificates. Drive to Moshi for overnight.

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Trekking Mt.Kilimanjaro

There are seven official trekking routes by which to ascend and descend Mount Kilimanjaro: Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai, Shira, and Umbwe. Of all the routes, Machame is considered the most scenic, albeit steeper, route. It can be done in six or seven days. The Rongai is the easiest and least scenic of all camping routes. The Marangu is also relatively easy, but this route tends to be very busy, the ascent and descent routes are the same, and accommodation is in shared huts with all other climbers.