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Africa Mountain Climbing, Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking, Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Safaris, Tanzania, East Africa
ACKT1A: [5 Days] Marangu Route - 'The Coca Cola Route'
Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. This immense mountain is made up of three volcanoes: Shira, Mawenzi, and our goal, Kibo, the tallest one in the middle. Of the famous seven peaks in the world, this is the easiest to get to and to climb, and it requires no technical climbing experience. Any moderately fit person can summit Mt. Kilimanjaro with the assistance of our guides and porters. AfriChoice! takes climbers up Kilimanjaro every day of the year. Our treks start from either Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport and we have daily departures up the mountain.

AfriChoice! has a small-group policy of mountain climbing and we limit the number of climbers to not more than 8. We do combine groups up to this limit if they are starting the same route on the same day. We also arrange for private groups at no extra cost. We take in single travelers to a group though we also arrange trekking for individuals. There are two main routes on the mountain: the Marangu and Machame but we also offer treks through the less traveled routes of Rongai, Shira, Umbwe and Lemosho. Learn More >

Mt. Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route - Trekking Itinerary
Marangu Route is also known as the "Coca Cola" or "tourist" route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Mens' and ladies' latrines are available at the last camp but are very basic.

All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer are for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (prices increase with elevation). This route is usually done in 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi. Here is the standard itinerary available for climbing Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route;

Day 00: Arrival in Tanzania (Via Arusha, Namanga or Kilimanjaro Airport)
Transfer from Arusha or KIA (Kilimanjaro International Airport) for Marangu, at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at the Kibo Hotel, Marangu Hotel or Mountain Inn.

Day 01: To Mandara Hut, 5500ft to 9000ft, 7 km, 4-5 hours, Montane Forest
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment located at 9000 ft / 2740 m. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colubus monkeys.

Day 02: To Horombo Camp, 9000ft to 12,100ft, 11 km, 6-8 hours
Heathland After about 1 hour, you will leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You will start to feel the affects of the altitude. If you wish to extend you trek, here you can spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

Day 03: To Kibo Camp, 12,100ft to 15,400ft, 10 km, 6-8 hours
Alpine Desert Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into "moonscape". Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

Day 04: To Summit and Horombo, 15,400ft to 19,300ft (Uhuru Peak!!!)
We Climb 15,400ft to 19,300ft, (and descend to 12,100ft), 4 km up / 14 km down, 10-15 hours. Alpine Desert Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman's point located on the crater rim at 18640 ft / 5861 m (4-7 hours). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa: 19340 ft / 5895 m (1-2 hours). Unbelievable views at every turn. Get your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. From here, we now descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment for dinner and a tired but happy overnight (1-2 hours).

NOTE: This beginning of climb on day 4 is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. "Pole pole" and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Day 05: To Moshi, 12,100ft to 5500ft, 18km, 5-7 hours
After breakfast, A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m.). At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to the Springlands Hotel in Moshi. Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration! Dinner and overnight at the Kibo Hotel, Marangu Hotel or Mountain Inn.

Day 00: Depart / Onward Travel Arrangement
After breakfast, depart for your next destination to either:
(a) The National Parks for a wildlife safari
(b) Kilimanjaro International Airport for for home-bound / onward flight
(c) Arusha Town by road, or
(d) Namanga if proceeding to Nairobi, Kenya by road.

NOTES: All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer are for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (NB: Prices increase with elevation). This route is usually done on 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

PRICE GUIDE: 2016-2017 (Tanzania Travel Planner)
NO. OF
PAX
PER PERSON
SHARING TENT
SINGLE TENT
SUPPLEMENT
EXTRA
NIGHT
2-4
USD 1295
USD 265
USD 175
5-8
USD 1245
USD 265
USD 175
8-12
USD 1175
USD 265
USD 175
15+
USD 1125
USD 265
USD 175
ABBREVIATION KEY: NO. Of Pax = NO. Of Participants, USD = U.S. Dollar
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INCLUDED In The Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Price
Transport in a 9-seater safari minibus (Arusha-Kilimanjaro-Arusha)
All park entrance fees to the mountain
All campsite ground fees
All campsite equipment
Roomy two-person tents where there are not permanent huts
Foam mattresses in the tents / huts
Benches / Simple Tables and Chairs
Three well-balanced hot meals a day
NB: Government taxes and levies are EXCLUDED
Temporary Membership to AMREF's Flying Doctors & Rescue Services
EXCLUDED In The Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Price
International airfares in and out of Tanzania
Travel Insurance and Personal Accident Cover (Highly Recommended)
Tourist Entry VISA fees to the specific country
Accommodation whist in Arusha before of after Mt. Kilimanjaro Trekking
Climbing gears, sleeping bags and all items of personal use
All expenditure of personal nature such as phone calls, internet and laundry
Tips and gratuities to driver guides, porters, or hotel staff.
ADDITIONALS: Other Optional Items You Need To Bring
General Items & Notes:
The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds)
Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $5/day
Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags
Wrap clothing in plastic bags
In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day.
You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters or donations to the Mt. Kilimanjaro Porters Society
Extra luggage can be left at the base hotel for no charge.
Valuables can also be left in a safe deposit box at the base hotel ($1/day).

Kilimanjaro Climbing Baggage
Day pack, for you to carry
Large duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry
Plastic bags

Clothing for Kilimanjaro Climbing
You want your inner layer to be wicking -- no cotton. Next layer should be insulating and warm, and the top layer should be water proof but breathable. You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping. Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly. Mt. Kenya may be on the equator, but it gets cold up there!
Shorts, for first and last day only
Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
Short-sleeved or t-shirts
Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
Long underwear
Fleece jacket or wool sweater
Fleece pants
Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)
Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
Warm Underwear
Sport bras, for women

Cold Heights Kilimanjaro Climbing Accessories
Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
Wool or pile hat
Balaclava or neck gaitor
Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)

Kilimanjaro Climbing Footware
Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!
Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferrably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support -- not too light and not too heavy
Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
Gaitors
Hiking socks for warmer conditions
Wool socks for colder conditions
Sock liners to wick away moisture

Sleep Gear for Hikers / Climbers

Sleeping bag (Rated -10 degrees F/-25 degrees C or colder is recommended)
Sleeping pad and repair kit
Tents are supplied by AfriChoice! at no charge
Foam sleeping pads are provided by AfriChoice! at no charge (Thermarest is highly recommended, however)
Further Information and Getting Started...
We would be happiest to hear from you. Our dedicated Kilimanjaro Trekking Department will only be too glad to put together a package especially for you, your group or your family. Your safari consultant will always be at your assistance in all stages of planning your Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Safari in Tanzania, Africa. For more information regarding Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Adventures or Tanzania wildlife safaris, feel free to contact us. We shall listen and ensure to provide for trekking needs. For more information feel free to Contact Us >
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