Marangu Route Is the oldest and most popular trail. It is the only route where camping is not necessary with the trekkers sleeping in huts along the way. Trekkers climb up to the summit via Gilman`s point. The average trekkers will take 6 days and 5 nights to complete the trails. The route starts on the southeast side of the mountain.
This route descends on the same route that you ascended on, whereas some of the other routes like Machame, Rongai and Lemosho descend on other routes which expose you to more of the mountain scenery.
Day One – Welcome.
We will meet you upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, we will then transport you to your overnight accommodation at “Mrefu Farm Lodge” This is approximately 70kms about an hour’s drive from the airport, the lodge is located at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, here we will check in, have dinner and spend the night.
Day Two – Walking and acclimatisation.
After breakfast at Mrefu Mountain Lodge, we will invite your for a walk around the Marangu village for some cultural activities, witness and practice at the blacksmiths forge, we will then have a tour around to see how the “Banana Beer” a traditional local brew is made, have a little taste or enjoy a long drink. We will also visit the Chagga Tribes underground caves, these are underground tunnels used for hiding during the Maasai and Chagga tribal wars. Also whilst in Marangu we will go along to the Kinukamori water falls from the snow of Mount Kilimanjaro. We will also see the site of a traditional Chagga house and finally no visit would be complete without visiting the local village gift shop.
Day Three – Walking and acclimatisation.
After breakfast we will continue walking around the village and be able to see the beautiful agro forestry of Kilimanjaro and the Chagga coffee growing. In the afternoon we will have a tour walking around Mrefu Farm Lodge, the house is built on six acres of coffee land. It is complex organic farm with many things to see including many varieties of Birds we may also get the chance to see some Bush-babies, Sting-less Bees. We will also look at the Fruits, Coffee, Bananas, local Yams, Corn, Beans, Raspberries, local Tomatoes, Avocados, Guava all grown on the farm. Once again spending the night at Mrefu Farm Lodge.
Day Four – Marangu Gate to Mandara.
Hut After breakfast will meet with the porters and the guides and then we will be transported to the Marangu Gate the altitude ranges from 1970 m 6400ft up to 2710m 8900ft. The habitat we will be walking through will predominantly be rainforest. We will be walking for between 3 to 4 hours. When we reach the station we will have our meals and stay the night.
Day Five – Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut.
We will continue to ascend for between 5 and 7 hours to reach Horombo Hut. We will be walking about 14km the altitude ranges from 2710m 8900ft up to 3725m 12200ft where we then reach Horombo Hut. The habitat will be alpine desert.
Day Six – Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut.
In the morning we will start off walking in the cool clear air up to an altitude of 4703m 15429ft here the porters will remain while we complete the ascent to Uhuru peak at an altitude of 5895m 19340ft from Horombo to Kibo hut our altitude will range from of 3725m 12200ft up to 4710m 15400ft. The habitat here will be snow.
Day Seven – Descent to Horombo Hut.
In the morning and after breakfast, we will start to make our descent to Horombo Hut here we will take our meals and spend the night.
Day Eight – Marangu Gate to Mrefu Mountain Lodge.
After breakfast once again we will start our descent down to Marangu Gate once there we will be transported back to Mrefu Farm Lodge for lunch and there stay overnight.