7 Days Marangu (“Coca Cola”) Route
Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing. It is the oldest, most well-established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing given its gradual slope. It is also the only route that offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodations.
The minimum days required for this route is seven, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended when climbing Kilimanjaro using the Marangu route.
A transfer from the airport can be arranged for an extra cost. Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.
Day 1. Arusha (1400m) – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m)
Pick up from your hotel in Arusha at 8.30 am, drive 2.30 hours from Arusha 1400m to Londorossi Park Gate 2100m, then the final 45 minutes of the drive leading up to the gate will be on a bumpy forest track requiring 4×4 vehicles.
At the entrance gate, the guides and porters distribute the supplies and register with the Tanzania National Parks Authority. You are now ready to begin your 3-hour hike into the rain forest.
Be on the lookout for Colobus monkeys! Along the way, you will stop for an afternoon lunch break and arrive at Mti Mkubwa Campsite 2750m in the early evening.
The porters, who arrive at the campsite before the clients, will set up your tent and boil water for drinking and washing. The chef will prepare a snack then dinner for the clients. Dinner and overnight at Mti mkubwa camp
Hiking time for 3 hours.
Day 2. Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m) – Shira 2 Camp (3840m)
After early morning breakfast, you will begin your ascent out of the rainforest and into the heather moorland zone.
You will cross many streams and walk over a plateau that leads to Shira 2 Camp (3840m). At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East.
Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.
Hiking time: 6.5 hours.
Day 3. Shira (3840m) – Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco Camp (3950m)
After breakfast, you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi-desert and rocky landscape. After 5 hours of walking east, you will become face to face with the Lava Tower (4630m).
Packed lunches are served at the Tower and hikers have the option of climbing the massive Lava Tower weather permitting. At this point in the hike, it is normal for hikers to start feeling the effects from the altitude including headaches and shortness of breath.
After lunch, you will descend from Lava Tower (4630m) to the Barranco Campsite (3950m). The 6800m descent gives hikers a huge advantage to allow their bodies to adjust to the conditions of high altitude. The descent to camp takes around 2 hours to reach. It is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”). Drinking and washing water and dinner will be served as hikers view the sun setting.
Hiking time: 7 hours.
Day 4. Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)
This is a short hiking day meant for acclimatization. After early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated.]
At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley.
You will spend the night at Karanga Camp (3950m) and enjoy dinner and washing at the site.
Hiking time: 4-5 hours.
Day 5. Karanga Camp (3959m) – Barafu Hut (4600)
After breakfast, you will begin your ascent. The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut.
This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m). Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark.
An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night.
Hiking time: 2-3 hours.
Day 6. Summit attempt Barafu Camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
At 1.00 am have a cup of coffee, and then begin your summit attempt. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim.
After enjoying the sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m).
Reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.
At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m) for dinner and overnight. Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro Accommodation: Budget camping
Day 7. Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)
Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters.
After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.
Then drive back to Arusha.