5 Days Kilimanjaro Treks

5 Days Kilimanjaro Treks Marangu Route is also known as the Coca Cola 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.5 Days Kilimanjaro Treks5 Days Kilimanjaro Treks

Day 1: Treks from Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts
After finishing the entrance procedures, we hike up through striking and un spoilt forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.). View the volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are adjacent, and make a good afternoon expedition. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest while watching birdlife and monkeys around the hut. [3-5 hours walking]

Day 2: Climb from Mandara Huts to Horombo Huts
The first fragment of the walk is a vertical rise through forest, but the trail soon opens out into grassy moorland and, in perfect weather, there are perfect sights of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We hike gradually over the moorland zone, comprising huge heather and irregular stands of groundsel, to ultimately reach Horombo Hut (3,720 m.). Sunrises and sunsets here are often very remarkable, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is an actual sense of existence above the clouds. [4-6 hours walking]

Day 3: hike from Horombo Huts to Kibo Huts
We ascent very slowly on the way to the lunar desert of the Saddle located between Mawenzi and Kibo. The landscape changes to talus and there is an intense sense of high altitude wilderness. We typically reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the lowest part of the crater wall by noontime and the afternoon is free (to contemplate the summit ascent!!). The rest of the day is consumed relaxing and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! [4-5 hours walking]

Day 4: Treks for Summit attempt to Uhuru Peak and descent to Horombo Huts
We will start our climb by lamplight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The early ascent is steep over loose volcanic talus, but there are some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but balanced step will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the remarkable glaciers that still occupy most of the peak area. The descent is amazingly fast and we return to Horombo Hut for the night. [11-15 hours walking]

Day 5: descend from Horombo Huts – Marangu Gate
We go back over our steps with an enjoyable moorland walk to Mandara and then a beautiful forest walk to the National Park entrances. The greenness and lushness of the forest is fairly a magnificent difference to the peak day, and it truly makes you appreciate how diverse the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is. [5-6 hours walking]