Kilimanjaro trekking Marangu route 6 days itinerary is what we recommend as it allows one day of acclimatization at Horombo on the 3rd day. Named cocacola route & considered to be the easiest rout of all, this has proved wrong as we have encountered a high failure rate on this route. This is due to that perception which leads to poor preparation and untimely attempt. Despite of being fairly easier the final part to the summit is hard. Marangu is the only route offers hut accommodation with beds & mattress. Soft drinks, mineral water, chocolate bar & beer can be purchased at the camps but trash in trash out is closely observed.
Marangu route 6 days itinerary is advisable though you can still hike for 5 days and miss the acclimatization day at Horombo which may sometime be the reason of not making it to the top. Short Tanzania safari or beach holidays in Zanzibar can be combined with your Kilimanjaro hiking upon request.
After breakfast at your lodge in Arusha, we pick you up and drive be Marangu gate. It will take you about 2.5 to 3 hrs of driving along chagga villages, and farms of sweet potatoes, cassava, beans, maize & through coffee & banana plantation. On arrival at the gate you will sign in at the park office and your guide will work on park formalities. The actual number of potters to support you will depend on things to be carried but from the office we will weigh all the luggage and have a rough idea of the number of porters. According to park rules & regulation each potter should carry not more than 20 kg, you will carry your lunch box, drinking water, some clothes and all your valuable. Potters are hiking first so once they carry any of your things you will meet them at the camp.
Today, your Kilimanjaro climb on Marangu route 6 days starts by trekking up to Mandara hut at (2700 m), your will hike through beautiful landscape of the mountain forest & along little streams and water falls. Kisamboni picnic area the place for lunch can be reached after 1.5 hrs walk from the park gate. From Kisamboni another 1.5 hrs will be needed to reach Mandara hut (2,700). The vegetation type at the campsite is of low alpine zone and moorland, with shrub and trees accompanied with lots of lichens.
Mandara hut is placed at a clear forest with wooden A-shaped framed and here is where your will first night on Kilimanjaro Mountain will be spent here. Mandara huts is having a capacity 60 people sleeping in bunks, each hut has 6-8 sleeping bunks. Water around this area is from the spring and can be used for cooking, drinking & flushing toilets. At the camp you will have hot water to wash, tea/coffee & snakes before changing the clothes that you have been hiking with & put on dry cloth, on the mountain we say stay warm all the time. This procedure will be carried out in almost all camps.
You can have a short walk to the Maundi crater where you can enjoy a good weather and possibly a great view Mawenzi peak. Blue Monkeys, black and white coloubus Monkeys can be spotted around this place.