TREKKING KILIMANJARO

Marangu Route- Difficulty : EASY

PRESENTATION OF THE CIRCUIT

Marangu route, also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest and most well established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut.
Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. However the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is unfortunately less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason.

Fronny Expeditions offers Marangu as five or six day private climb. The five day variation does not have an acclimatization day on day three at Horombo Hut.

ITINERARY

The day starts with transfer from town to Marangu gate where the chef and porters will sort the equipment to be carried up the mountain. Much in the same way as the other routes, when arriving at the gate you must report to the office to complete your particulars in the parks register, including your passport details. After all the formalities have been taken care of you trek through the rainforest and begin your ascent to Mandara Hut (2740m).

You will get to stop for a breather and have some lunch Upon arrival at Mandara Hut the chef will prepare your dinner and you can get your head down for a good nights sleep.

Breakfast is served for you before you start todays trek to Horombo Hut. After a short time you will leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands. We hope that you will get to see the giant lobelia and groundsels on your way. The view of Kibo summit and Mwenzi are both stunning and shining on a clear day.

Horombo hut is a good place to spend an extra day for acclimatization giving climbers a better success rate of reaching the summit. We will discuss this with you when planning your trek.

After breakfast you will begin your trek passing the last watering point towards the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mwenzi. The vegetation begins with heathen moorland which disappears into desert.
As on other days, the chef will prepare you well earned evening meal, giving you the perfect opportunity to prepare your equipment for the summit trek, which we will do around midnight tonight. Ensure you change the batteries in your camera and headlamp. Get your head down early for some rest as it won;t be long till your guide wakes you up for the big one!

Your guide will wake you around 11.30pm with a hot drink and snack and at around midnight you will commence your trek to the summit. You are heading towards Gilmans point (5861m) before your final ascent to the summit (5895m). Remember, if you don’t feel right then tell your guide. You will reach the ‘roof of Africa’ with the most amazing sense of achievement and also get to view one of the most breathtaking sunrises (subject to weather conditions). You won’t spend too much time here as it is so cold.

From here you will descend back to Kibo hut (4799m) for some breakfast and then onto Horombo Hut (3700m) wher you will enjoy your last meal and night on the mountain.

After breakfast you will continue your descent to Marangu Gate where you will be met by a car to take you back to Moshi/Arusha for a well earned shower and celbratory Drinks.

Kilimandjaro lever de soleil
Kilimandjaro lever de soleil
Alpine deset

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Packing List

  • • Sun hat or scarf
    • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • • Under garments
    • Hiking shorts
    • Lightweight cotton long pants
    • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
    • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • • T-shirts
    • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
    • Down jacket
  • • Lightweight gloves
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • • Thin and lightweight inner socks
    • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
    • Hiking boots with spare laces
    • Camp shoes (sneakers / sandals
    • Gaiters for protecting you from the stones entering your shoes on the summit night

Personal small first aid kit

  • • Pain Killers (Ibuprofen)
    • Diamox (Acetazolamide) if you are climbing Kilimanjaro – Paracetamol
    • Zinc oxide tape and small scissors.
    • Compeed Blister Pads
    • Imodium / Loperamide anti-diarrhea tablets
    • Any medication you normally use
    Dioralyte sachets or similar re-hydration packs.

  • Note that your guide or safari liaison will carry a more comprehensive medical kit containing additional Acetazolamide, Ibuprofen, Anti-inflammatory gel, bandages, Loperamide, Amoxicillin, Oral Dexamethasone, and several other items.

Miscellaneous

  • • Headlamp with spare batteries
    • Camera and film / digital camera & spare memory cards & charger / batteries
    • Day pack 30-40 litres for personal use while on the mountain /safari
    • Rack sack or duffel bag to contain everything you will need while on the mountain / safari
    • Sleeping bag rated to – 10C if climbing Kilimanjaro with us / +5C if only doing safari
    • Sleeping mat
    • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your rack sack
    • Trekking poles
    • Water bottles
    • Water purification tablets / Iodine drops
    • Binocular
    • Ear plug – cause there’s some in the camp are snoring
    • Spare contact lenses and fluid – if worn /watch
    • Reading book
    • Journal and pen
    Personal Hygiene
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste & deodorant – Flat packed wet ones / travel wipes
    • Medium sized quick drying towel
    • Multipurpose soap
    • Face and body moisturizer
    • Small mirror
    • Hairbrush / comb
    • Tissue / toilet roll
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Lip bum with UV protection
    • Vaseline to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters
    • High energy snacks (Cereal bars, dried fruits and nuts
    Mobile phone. There is signal reception in much of the national parks and safari areas. Note: It is a very good idea to unlock your phone before you come out so that a local SIM card can be used. This will make calls home very inexpensive.

Documents

  • • Passport (with additional 6 months’ validity after proposed trip return date)
    • Tanzanian Entry Visa. (If flying to Nairobi and taking the bus to Arusha, Kenyan visas can be bought on arrival at Nairobi airport.)
    • Air Travel Documents – Cash in US dollars in denominations of $10 and $20 (tipping allowance and local purchases, taxis, meals, etc)
    • Credit Cards (recommended for eventualities only & obtaining extra cash from ATMs)
    • Travel Insurance Documents
    • Vaccination Certificates (where applicable) – Traveler’s Cheques are not recommend as they are subject to extremely poor conversion rates in Arusha.

Health

  • Malaria Tablets (if you choose to take these. Most will seek advice from their GP. Note: some anti-malarial courses need to commence several weeks before departure
    Sun cream Note: some argue that most sun creams are carcinogenic and either organic sun barriers or loose fitting clothes that cover the skin are regarded by many as preferable.

INSCRIPTION

Prices

1 PAX : 1999$

2-5 PAX : 1749$

6-10 PAX : 1629$

Includes

• Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and Park fees
• Transport to and from mountain’s gate
• 1 Night hotel accommodation before and after the climb
• All Kilimanjaro National Park entry fees, camping fees and climbing permit
• Kilimanjaro rescue fees ( Kilimanjaro Rescue Team )
• Emergency Oxygen Cylinder ( for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
• Basic first aid kit ( for use in emergencies only)
• Camping equipment’s ( tents, chairs and tables)
• Qualified mountain guides, assistant guides, porters and chef
• Salaries for mountain crew as per guidelines set by Kilimanjaro National Park
• Large portion of fresh, health and nutrition food based on three meals per day
• Acclimatization walk and coffee tour before the actual climb
• Water for washing up daily
• Airport pick up

Excludes

  • • International flights
    • Tips, drinks and food in Moshi / Arusha town and all items personal nature
    • South African passport holders do not require a visa for Tanzania, however, most other Nationalities require a visa for Tanzania
    • Health requirements (yellow Fever Compulsory if traveling to Tanzania recommended)
    • Highly recommended travel and medical insurance
    • All mountain gears (winter closes) we can also arrange for hiring