The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier compared to the Machame route. This is not always the best way, due to a shorter acclimatisation period.
The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatisation day on the mountain. This extends the route into a 6-day trek, greatly increasing your chances of success. Shared hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route. All your equipment and supplies are portered and a cook prepares all your meals.
Arrive Arusha – stay overnight at Pamoja Expedition Lodge
Depart for Marangu via Moshi town and on to the Marangu gate (1800m). The trek begins through the lush tropical forests along cool mountain streams before reaching the Mandara Hut. You may chance upon the black & white Colobus monkeys in the rain forest.
Camp at Mandara Hut (3000m)
Acclimatization day: This is an important aspect of your climbing and we strongly recommend that you take this day to properly acclimatize for the tough climb ahead.
Trek continue to Kibo Hut via the Saddle, a wide, barren and comparatively flat area lying between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi.
Camp at Kibo Hut (4703m)
Around midnight the trek begins up a steep, scree slope to Gillman’s Point, Stella Point and the summit at 5895m. From the summit the trek descends to
Horombo Hut for the final night. (3720m)
Cover the final part of the mountain and trek down to the park gate where your vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to Arusha. Overnight at New Safari Hotel Bed & Breakfast
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