7 Days Mt Kilimanjaro Mt Climbing – Maranga Route is an epic 7-day Mount Kilimanjaro climbing adventure via the Marangu Route, a journey that combines the thrill of conquering Africa’s highest peak with the breathtaking beauty of diverse landscapes. The Marangu Route, often referred to as the “Coca-Cola” route, provides a unique experience with hut accommodations along the way.
Commencing in lush rainforests, the trail ascends through moorlands, alpine deserts, and glaciers, culminating in the summit attempt at Uhuru Peak. This comprehensive 7-day expedition offers gradual acclimatization, ensuring a higher chance of success, and provides an unforgettable journey through Kilimanjaro’s various ecological zones, making it a remarkable adventure for those seeking both challenge and natural splendor.
7 Days Mt Kilimanjaro Mt Climbing - Maranga Route
Day 1: Nairobi/Arusha
Depart for Arusha aboard the shuttle bus, arriving in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon organizing any gear you may require for the trek. Overnight at an Arusha budget hotel on bed and breakfast basis. Lunch and dinner at extra cost.
Day 2: Arusha/Mandara
After breakfast, drive to Moshi then on to the Marangu Park Gate, the set off point for your three hour hike to Mandara hut in which you cover 9 km. Here we are 2,774 m above sea level.
Day 3: Mandara/Horombo
Begin your trek to Horombo hut in an average hiking time of 8 hours, lunch enroute. There are good views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks in clear weather. Dinner and overnight at the hut, attitude 3,761 m.
Day 4: Horombo/Kibo
After breakfast, hike 13 km to Kibo hut, 4,732 m above sea level in an average hiking time of 6 hours. You will now encounter spectacular mountain vegetation like lobelia, giant cactus and groundsel. Meals and overnight at the hut.
Day 5: Kibo/Horombo via Gilman’s Point and Uhuru Peak
Pre-dawn attempt of the summit. It takes 5 hours to Gilman’s Point 5, 681m above sea level. From Gilman’s., it takes one and a half hours to the summit Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5, 896m above sea level. Descend to Hormbo for meals and overnight.
Day 6: Horombo/Arusha
Descent is rapid. After breakfast, walk down to Marangu park gate for a transfer to your Arusha hotel for overnight. Dinner at extra cost.
Day 7: Arusha/Nairobi
After breakfast depart for Nairobi on the morning or afternoon shuttle.