Marangu or “Coca-Cola” course is the most famous course on Kilimanjaro today. It is the main course where short term visits are in cottages. This makes Marangu a decent choice for climbing during the blustery season. The course takes its beginning at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entry to the course, Marangu Gate, is very near our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there requires around 90 minutes. This course includes a very much trampled trail going through all the environment zones – from tropical
rainforest to timeless ice, and likewise will get you picturesque African scenes. Being the most famous and the most economical, the course might be packed in July-September and December – March.
A 6-day choice is unequivocally suggested over the 5-the very first moment for better acclimatization.
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟎 | 𝐀𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet an Kiliholidays representative, and transfer to Weru Weru River Lodge (https://www.weruweruriverlodge.com/ ) or Similar. The hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay: cozy rooms, hot water, polite staff, a swimming pool, and Internet access. In the evening there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb. 𝐁𝐞𝐝 & 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭
Note: Check-in starts at 1:00 PM.
DAY 1: TREKKING FROM MARANGU GATE TO MANDARA HUT.
A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's eastern entrance: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Mandara Hut (2,700m). The trekking route includes passage through the rainforest (where tropical showers are highly probable), so we recommend you take not only spare clothes, but also your raincoats. When you reach the camp, our mountain support crew will take care of the necessities, pitch the tents, and prepare lunch. Throughout the entire Marangu route, you will be spending your nights in special huts. They offer a great alternative to those who do not want to sleep in tents.
This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following
instructions from this point on:
. Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine
. Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently)
. Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take
Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies. At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡; 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫
𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 1,860 m to 2,700 m
𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 5-7 hours
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 11 km
DAY 2: TREKKING FROM MANDARA HUT TO HOROMBO HUT.
Early in the morning after breakfast, the group will depart Mandara Hut to start a moderate trek towards the second high altitude camp: Horombo Hut (3,720 m). When you reach the camp on this day, you will be treated to views of two volcanos at once: Kibo and Mawenzi. Several hours after lunch you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Kibo Hut with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then hike back down to Horombo Hut where dinner will be prepared for you.
𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness. 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭; 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡; 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫
𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) — Destination point in route to Kibo Hut (3,920 m)
𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: 2.5 km
𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞: 1–2 hours.
𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 2,700 m to 3,720 m
𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 5-6 hours
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 10 km
DAY 3: TREKKING FROM HOROMBO HUT TO KIBO HUT
On this day, right after breakfast the group will be trekking to the Kibo Hut (4,700 m). The actual trekking is not very difficult, just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to keep up your strength for the trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit. When you reach the camp you will be served lunch, after which we recommend you sleep as much as you can, avoid any strenuous activity, and drink lots of water.
𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭; 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡; 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫
𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 𝟑,3,720 m to 4,700 m
𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 4-8 hours
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 10 km
𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐓: Alpine desert
DAY 4: TREKKING TO UHURU PEAK AND DESCEND TO HOROMBO HUT.
Night departure from Kibo Hut (4,700 m) and the start of your trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit: Uhuru peak (5,895 m). The trekking will be moderate from a physical standpoint, but the altitude presents a much more serious problem. For the entire length of the trekking each pair of climbers will be accompanied by their own guide, who will be monitoring your stamina and mental resolve. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Kibo Camp and after a two-hour rest continue your descent to Horombo Hut (3,720 m).
𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞: don’t forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.
𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭; 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡; 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫
𝟒,𝟕𝟎𝟎 𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝟓,𝟖𝟗𝟓 𝐦
𝟓,𝟖𝟗𝟓 𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝟑,𝟕𝟐𝟎 𝐦
𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 𝟗-𝟏𝟐 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 𝟏𝟔 𝐤𝐦
DAY 5: DESCEND FROM HOROMBO HUT TO MARANGU GATE.
You will be offered a warm breakfast in the morning, after which we will head for the Kilimanjaro National Park’s exit: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, and then you will have the chance to share your opinions on the trip in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates and provide you a transfer back to the
Graneland hotel. 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭; 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡
𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 𝟑,𝟕𝟐𝟎 𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝟏,𝟖𝟔𝟎 𝐦
𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 𝟓-𝟔 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 𝟏𝟖 𝐤𝐦
𝐃𝐀𝐘 𝟔: 𝐃𝐄𝐏𝐀𝐑𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐄.
Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport.
𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗲: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight,
there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.
The climb cost includes:
- Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
- Transfer to the trailhead – entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
- Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;
- All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).
- One night at 3* hotel (Weru Weru River Lodge or Similar) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay – caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
- Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern comfortable 4-season North Face VE-25 tents).
All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).
- Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike
- All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-
free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
- All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).
𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞𝐭𝐲 𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭:
- 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
- All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
- Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
- Complete medical kits.
- Climbing crew:
- Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 10+years of successful mountaineering experience;
- Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐛 𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐬:
- Airline tickets;
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
- Personal gear rentals;
𝐓𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐊𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐣𝐚𝐫𝐨 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝!! 𝐀 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐛: 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐢𝐩 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝟏𝟎% 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐛 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐞.
𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐞: $𝟐𝟎-$𝟑𝟎 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲
𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐬: $𝟏𝟓-$𝟐𝟓 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲
𝐂𝐨𝐨𝐤: $𝟏𝟎-$𝟏𝟓 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲
𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬: $𝟖-$𝟏𝟐 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲 *
𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬: $𝟔-$𝟏𝟎 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲