5 days Marangu route

Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa. This gorgeous mountain that attracts thousands of trekkers and tourists every year is about 19,340 feet above sea level. Mt. Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania near the border with Kenya. In Mt. Kilimanjaro, there are three peaks which are named Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Among all these three cones, Kibo is the tallest volcanic formation while Mawenzi and Shira are extinct.  As per record, nearly 35,000 to 40,000 trekkers around the globe come to trek the mountain every year. Many of these tourists avail of the 5 day Marangu route to the much-coveted summit at Mt. Kilimanjaro. Hence, adventurers from all over the world seek the thrill of this highest point of Africa to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views.

Some key features of trekking to Mt. Kilimanjaro

Over the centuries, Mt. Kilimanjaro has been attracting trekkers, nature lovers, and tourists. Its landscape is mind-blowing. The following are some key features of trekking to Mt. Kilimanjaro:

  • Diverse routes: In Kilimanjaro, there are several trekking routes. In each of these routes, you will get unique challenges, and scenic landscapes that may cater to different preferences and fitness levels for the level.
  • Altitude gain: The trek has a particular altitude gain that provides some challenging and rewarding experience to the trekkers.
  • Ecological diversity: When the trekkers ascend the mountain they traverse various ecological zones and see the changes in the flora and fauna starting from lush rain forests to alpine deserts.
  • Cultural experience: Most of the time the trekkers interact with the local communities and they get the opportunity to get insights into Tanzanian culture and tradition at the time of their journey.
  • Professional guides: You can also find expert guides who will ensure your safety and provide you with valuable insights that remain in the geology, ecology, and history of the mountain.

    Mt. Kilimanjaro

How the itinerary is arranged through the Marangu route?   

The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This Marangu route is popularly called the “Coco-Cola” route. The itinerary of this route generally spans five days allowing for proper acclimatization. The following is the complete itinerary for 5 days Marangu route:

  • Day 1: On day one, the trekkers have to start at Marangu gate and they need to trek through the dense rainforest to Mandara Hut.
  • Day 2: On day two, the trekkers need to ascend through Moorland to Horombo Hut and gradually gain altitude. Then the trekkers should rest at the Horombo Hut for the rest of the day. Everything is arranged professionally but Ice Rock Trekking also ensures a personal touch to every arrangement.
  • Day 3: On day three, the trekkers should trek to Kibo to enter the alpine desert, and experience the spectacular views. It will be a mind-blowing and unforgettable experience for the trekkers during their 5 days Marangu route.
  • Day 4: On day four, the trekker should travel from Midnight ascent to Uhuru Peak and then he should start descending to Horombo Hut and reach that hut on that day itself.
  • Day 5: On the fifth day, the trekker should descend to Marangu gate and once he reaches the Marangu gate the trekking is completed.

In both the Horombo hut and Marangu hut there are facilities of basic shelter for the trekkers and the Marangu route offers different landscapes starting from rain forests to glaciers. While traveling through this route the trekker experiences more scenic beauty as compared to other routes. That is the reason why most trekkers prefer to trek this mountain through this route. Ice Rock Trekking is a trusted name in the domain of African tourism. They offer unparalleled professional safety and customized itineraries for tourists and trekkers in Tanzania and Kenya.

Kilimanjaro Marangu route

Tekking Mount Kilimanjaro is an unique experience to trekkers. Mt. Kilimanjaro, also known as the “Roof of Africa” is the highest peak of this continent. Standing at 5,895 meters above sea level, the mountain offers awe-inspiring views at every turn. The mountain is popular for its five distinct climate zones with each having its unique ecosystems and landscapes. Hundreds of trekkers follow the Kilimanjaro Marangu route to the peak. The Marangu route is considered a gentle and gradual trekking route to the mountain. Before that contact an experienced safari and trekking organizer to plan your schedule. The best safari organizers will offer you the best experience in this part of the world.

Trek to Kilimanjaro through Marangu route

If you have prepared yourself for the best adventure, you can try the Marangu route. This is regarded as the original route of Kilimanjaro and it seems to be exceptional as trekkers do not camp here but stay in shared A-frame huts. It is not a difficult route and has a higher rate of success as trekkers don’t need to follow any stiff path. The Marangu is regarded as one of the most popular and oldest routes of Kilimanjaro and most often, it is known as the “Coca-Cola route” as the huts where you will stay at night and from time to time, offers different refreshments and Coca-Cola.

If you assess the Marangu route you will find it to be an easy route and it has only some steep climbs. The Kilimanjaro Maraungu route is the only route that offers hut accommodation to everyone because other routes need the trekkers to camp. If you go through this route, you require a dormitory where you can sleep and they are similar to huts where you will find all the basic amenities that include mattresses. It makes this route well-known for various budget operators who lack basic camping equipment. Hence, you must opt for this route only when you do not wish to camp.

5 days Marangu route

Key features of the Marangu route

  • The oldest path to Kilimanjaro

The Marangu route is the most established and most used path to the peak. Being the most popular route for trekking, its trails are well-marked and nicely maintained. Trekkers find it easier and faster to trek.

  • Hut accommodation

It’s one of the most interesting features of this Kilimanjaro Marangu route. At each campsite, dozens of huts exist for refreshment and night stays. All necessary accommodations are available in the camp. Moreover, Ice Rock Trekking ensures that you don’t face any problems in the huts.

  • The shortest route to the summit

The Marangu route enables the trekkers to complete the trekking to the summit in 5-7 days. Ice Rock Trekking arranges 5 days 4 nights trekking through the Marangu route. You have to cover almost 96 Km during that time. The journey is quite comfortable as the route offers gradual and gentle ascent.

Trekking is always fun and adventurous. If you love trekking, you can try the Kilimanjaro Marangu route. Starting from Nairobi till you return after touching the summit, Ice Rock Trekking takes the full responsibility of guiding and providing all necessary articles to the trekkers.