Tourist Route or Coca-cola Trail
Marangu is the easiest route. It has been said so because it is the only route where you sleep in huts, rather than under a canvas. Don’t be misled though, all treks are tough and should be taken seriously.
Day 1: Depart from your country. Arrive Arusha, Tanzania.
At the airport, our well trained English speaking guide(s) with warm hearts and excited smiles, will welcome and transfer you to the hotel. Before dinner, your guide will sit with you and brief you on the climb ahead. Stay overnight at Arumeru River Lodge.
Day 2: Marangu Gate- Mandara Hut.
After breakfast, leave Arumeru River Lodge and head to Kilimanjaro, 128 km (80 miles) from Arusha. At Marangu Gate, you will sign the registration book at the park office and make your final preparations for the climb. All your equipment and supplies are carried for you by a team of porters. Also, a cook will prepare all your meals. Porters always ascend ahead of you with all supplies needed. You will not see your backpack from the moment you hand it to the porter in the morning, until lunch time. It is therefore necessary to pack everything that you may need during the day in your day pack that you carry with you. Some of those items are water purifiers, camers, spare film\ batteries, a sunhat, sunglasses, sun screen, toilet paper, a towel, walking sticks, knee supports, a medical kit, chap stick and rainwear. Lunch will be supplied by your crew.
Distance: 8 km (5 miles)
Hiking time: 3 hrs
Habitat: Rain forest
Stay overnight at Mandara hut
Day 3: Mandara hut- Horombo hut.
Distance: 15 km
Hiking time: 6 hrs
Spend the rest of the day at Horombo. The more time spent acclimatizing, the more likely you are to succeed.
Stay overnight at Horombo hut.
Day 4: Horombo hut- Kibo hut.
Distance: 15-16 km
Hiking time: 6 hrs
Habitat: Alpine desert
Stay overnight at Kibo hut.
Day 5: Kibo hut, Uhuru Peak, and Horombo hut.
After a few hours of hiking, the exciting moment has arrived! What you once dreamed of is now coming true. It’s time to take the best pictures ever from Uhuru Peak, then descend to Kibo hut. Another 3 hours of hiking your guide will take you back to Horombo hut, where you will spend the night. Enjoy your last dinner on the mountain. No doubt you will feel good for the achievements you have made.
Day 6: Horombo hut and Marangu Gate.
Leave Horombo hut in the morning for the hike down to Mandara hut. The hike from that point down to the Marangu Gate, takes approximately 6 hours. For all of your hard work, you will receive a summit certificate. If you reached Gillman’s Point you will be presented with a green certificate. If you make it all the way to Uhuru Peak you will have earned yourself a gold certificate. Our guide will then transfer you to Arusha town.
Stay overnight at Impala hotel or continue on a safari extension if one has been selected.
Day 7: Shopping\ Depart.
Shopping and lunch at Arusha town and an early farewell dinner before your departure late that evening.