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5-Day Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Summit Special

Overview

Marangu Route, commonly known as the Coca Cola Route is more popular because it can be done in fewer days and has permanent sleep huts at the campsites. Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. It is a shorter route with a steeper incline to the summit from the Kibo base camp. This is the only route where the ascent and descent routes are shared, thus creating more traffic. Duration: 5 or 6 days Difficulty: Medium Scenery: Good Traffic: High.

Itinerary

  • You’ll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel in Moshi. A 45-minute drive will take you through the Village of Marangu to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. You will wait for your permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead. You will enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.
7k /mi | 4-5 hrs. | Rainforest Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2740m/9000ft.

Main Destination:
Mount Kilimanjaro
Accommodation:
Mandara Hut
  • Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, you will emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, through heathland, looking for giant lobelias and groundsels. You will continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. You will stop halfway for lunch, to enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. You will arrive at the Horombo Huts later in the afternoon beneath the spectacular Kibo Summit viewpoint. Temperatures begin to drop at this point.

Main Destination:
Mount Kilimanjaro
Accommodation:
Horombo Hut
  • Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

After breakfast, you will continue through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. Here while you stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit, and climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours.

10km/6mi | 6-8hrs | Semi Desert Elevation: 3690m/12,100ft to 4695m/15,400ft.

Main Destination:
Mount Kilimanjaro
Accommodation:
Kibo Hut
  • Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2:00 am. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. You will continue your way to the summit in a switchback formation trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion, you will ascend through heavy scree and possibly snow toward Gillman’s Point on the crater rim. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.
Congratulations, one step at a time. You have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa! After photos, celebrations, and maybe a few tears of joy you will take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. You will begin your steep descent down to Horombo huts, stopping at Kibo for lunch and a very brief rest.

Main Destination:
Mount Kilimanjaro
Accommodation:
Horombo Hut
  • Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. You will continue the descent down stopping at the Mandara Huts for lunch. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. You will return back to the Marangu Park Gate and receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles.
From the gate, a vehicle will meet you to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 45 minutes). You will enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!

Main Destination:
Mount Kilimanjaro
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

Tip: You can get gears for rental 

Tip: insurance recommend is one covering you to 6000m above the sea level as with this you are eligible for helicopter medical evacuation learn more

Tip: about the Kilimanjaro trail learn more

These prices include:

  • Transport to and from Moshi to the trail head
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, rescue fees (totaling 1165$ per person)
  • Value Added Tax (VAT) – 18% of the tour price
  • Expert guide, assistant guide, cook & porters 
  • Bottled oxygen, for emergency rescue only. Other equipment’s with the guide, radios, oximeters for oxygen level checks
  • Four season, 3-person mountain tents, double occupancy
  • Sleeping pad, foam, 1.5 inches thick
  • Mess tents, tables, chairs, lanterns
  • Free storage of excess baggage not required on the mountain hike.
  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain. (can be catered for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free & Halal)
  • Breakfast at hotel

Not included in price:

  • Airfare
  • Personal gear & equipment – packing list 
  • Tips –tipping guideline
  • Private toilet at extra cost 150$ as will require an extra porter

Tip: a mobile power bank can be useful. As there are no chargers on the mount with exception to ranger posts which they will charge you 2$ for a go.

Price

-2450$ per person – we understand prices vary a lot from 1600$ – 5800$ learn why our price is a great deal & ethical (crew are fairly paid, as most companies’ exploit crew especially the hard working porters) – see price breakdown 

Why should you consider companies paying porters fairly, example? Porters categorically are low income individuals, porters are hired per hike, porters carry 20kg along with about 5 – 8kg of their personal gear up the mountain, at higher altitude last camp porter will descend to the previous camp to take water supply, for all this work the minimum required wage by law is 10$ a day but companies will exploit porters mostly to price compete. With us porters are paid fairly & when you tip, its received as a tip & not a wage correction you are not aware of. & we recommend tipping as it goes a long way in the daily lives of the crew.

See crew size & roles to understand on our crew size

Booking terms 

Booking is with 10% deposit – 245$ per person which can be paid online via card or by bank transfer, final payment 90% is expected on arrival in cash preferably USD (Euro, Gbp & Tshs also accepted). Card payments will have a 3.5% surcharge 

Online payment link below

https://payments.pesapal.com/safarisolestours

Bank transfer details

Bank account – Safari soles company ltd

Bank – NMB BANK PLC

Branch name – Arusha business center

Account number – 42810007704

Bic/ swift code – NMIBTZTZ

Currency – USD

Note: Our Tanzania banks don’t use IBAN in place of Iban use the account number 

Cancellation policy 

Fully flexible cancelation policy is maintained on circumstance of cancelation as a result of multiplier effects of COVID crisis) Meaning we now offer a fully flexible cancellation policy.

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