Known as the "Coca Cola Route," this is the easiest, cheapest and most popular route to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. Although there is a higher amount of hiker traffic, this is a fun and comfortable route. The Marangu Route can be accomplished in 5 days by any normal fit person but - we recommend taking the 6-day route so that you can acclimatize properly on Day 4, and increase your chances of making it to the summit. It would be unwise to think that everyone makes the summit because this is the easiest route – in fact this route has the highest rate of failure. The reason for this is due to the high number of bad operators on this route, or due to bad personal preparation on the part of the hiker who thinks that this route is nothing more than a walk in the park.
A nice feature on the Marangu route is that all accommodation is in huts. This is a much softer option than sleeping in tents which is the only option you will have on the other routes. You will sleep in bunk beds with fairly comfortable mattresses. Other creature comforts such as mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are sold at all the camps on this route. Under the leadership of your Guide, a team of Porters will carry your equipment and supplies and a Cook will prepare all your meals. All you will need to carry will be your daypack items such as drinking water, your lunch pack and some additional clothing.
The overall height difference between Marangu Gate, National Park entrance and the summit of Uhuru peak is 4100 meters (13,450 ft.) and the distance is 32 km (20 miles). In all a good 64 km (40 miles) trek with the bonus of an ascent of one of the world's finest 5000 meter peak.
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This climb is great for those wanting more privacy; a slower climb with beautiful scenery. The traverse across the Shira plateau can be especially spectacular. We traverse some of Kilimanjaro's most striking and least traveled landscapes, including the base of Kibo Peak's dramatic south-facing glaciers.
The overall height difference between Lemosho Gate, National Park entrance and the summit of Uhuru peak is 4200 meters (13,776 ft.) and the distance is in total a good 68 km (42.50 miles) trek with the bonus of an ascent of one of the world's finest 5000 meter peaks.
A steep and fine route providing superb views on the traverse below the Southern Ice fields. An extra day can be spent either at Shira, where you could walk to the Shira Needles, or camping in the Karanga Valley. The final ascent is made very early in the morning from the Barafu Hut or Arrow Glacier camp. The Mweka Route is used for the descent. Accommodation on the mountain is in tents; you will need a sleeping bag. The Porters will pitch the tents for you. This is a strenuous walking trip but within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountainous areas. Ski sticks or ice-axe are useful when ascending to the summit and help you on the descent.
The Rongai route begins its ascent of Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. Experienced guides consider the Rongai route to be both easier and more scenic than the Marangu Trail. Summit attempts begin in the pre-dawn hours, with climbers usually reaching Gillman's Point at sunrise. For those who feel strong enough, an approximately three hour round trip hike will take you from Gillman's Point to Uhuru Peak.
The Umbwe Route provides the shortest route to the Southern Glaciers and Western Breach of Kibo. An ascent of Kibo by Umbwe route is one of the finest non-technical mountaineering expeditions. It is a serious route, unsuitable for the solitary or the inexperienced.
Our climb was an amazing challenge. We hiked for three days to the Kibo Hut base camp, slept for just a few hours, and then began our climb at 11 p.m. We hiked through the night, under the full moon, reaching the summit around 7 a.m. The air was thin and our bodies were exhausted. People on the summit seemed to be delusional from altitude and lack of oxygen. As we walked the last hour on the summit ridge, the light of the full moon faded and the sun rose illuminating the African sky. Hiking above the clouds, on a dormant volcano, looking out on glaciers, we could see the world below us, just a sea of clouds. Mountains have an amazing healing power, which remind us just how small we are in the grander scheme of things. I am thankful to have spent time on this mountain and in this dynamic country.Lindsay Yost