The Marangu or “Coca-Cola” Route is a
relatively easy route up the mountain. Climbers sleep in dormitory style
huts and also descend on the Marangu Route, so the scenery is less
varied. This route is considered one of the easier routes due to gradual
slopes, however acclimatization is more difficult due less days on the
mountain. accommodations are in dormitory style huts, so this route is
good for the rainy season treks. This route can be climbed in 5 or 6
days. 6 days is recommended.
Register at Marangu Gate (6,045ft/1,843m),
the climb then starts out in the rain forest of the lower slopes where
we may encounter animals, such as black & white colobus monkeys and
several varieties of birds. Hike to edge of forest Mandara Hut
(8,850ft/2,700m). Duration 4-5hrs.
Day 02: After breakfast leave Mandara Hut and climb to Horombo Hut
(12,205ft/3,720m). Most of the hike is through heather climate zone.
After breakfast, head up towards Mawenzi Hut(14,160ft/4,315m). This is
the high point of the day and you will have lunch before descending back
to Horombo Hut(12,205ft/3,720m) where snacks will be waiting. Duration
Horombo Hut behind and head up to Kibo Hut (15,430ft/4,703m). Enjoy the
stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi. Early dinner and early to bed,
leave for the summit at midnight. Duration 6-7hrs.
Wake up around 11pm and get ready for summit hike. Leave for the summit
at midnight and after a very steep ascent, reach Gillman’s
Point(18,745ft/5,681m) after 3-4hrs. Another 3-4 hrs of gradual sloping
ground and you are at the summit! Return to Horomobo Hut for the night.
After breakfast start the hike down through heather and forest to
Marangu Gate (6,045ft/1,843m). You will receive your summit certificate
and say good bye to your new friends. Duration 5-7hrs.
INCLUDED: All park entry fees, hut fees, rescue fees, transport to/from the gate, food, drinking water, guide,cook and porters.
NOT INCLUDED: Sleeping bag, tips for your guide,cook and porters and other personal things of nature.