The Marangu Route + Mount Meru Trekking

10 Days kilimanjaro Machame Route climbing

 

Mount Meru

One of the best things about climbing Mount Meru is probably the chance of a phenomenal view of Mount Kilimanjaro. This probably defines Mount Meru in the local mountain mythology, and is the misfortune of a geographic feature that by any standards is a big mountain. At 14980 foot it compares neither in stature nor reputation to Kilimanjaro, and so is sharply overshadowed. However Mount Meru is a unique feature in its own right, and very much worth the effort to climb

 

Marangu Route

Affectionately known as the "Coca-Cola route", Marangu is by far the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier than on the Machame route. This is not always the best way due to a shorter acclimatisation period. The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatisation day on the mountain. This extends the route to a 6-day march, greatly increasing your chances of success. Hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this route. All your equipment and supplies are portered and a cook prepares all your meals.

 

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro airport

On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, met and assisted. Transfer to Mountain Village Hotel / Impala Hotel for an overnight rest on bed and breakfast in readiness for the next day's hit to Mount Meru, climbing and trekking.

 

Day 2: Arusha/Miriakamba Hut

Mt.Meru Park Gate - Mariakamba: 4-5 hours Drive from Arusha to the Mt. Meru park gate where you will be met by our game ranger and porters. Hike for the few hours to Mariakamba Hut at 8,500 ft. From here you may wish to take an evening walk on the slopes to view wildlife at one of the watering holes in the crater. Dinner and overnight rest at Mariakamba Hut, L,D

Day 3: Miriakamba Hut - Saddle Hut

Miriakamba - Saddle Hut: 3-4 hours

After breakfast hike to up to 11,500 ft to arrive at Saddle Hut. If time permits you can climb a little further on Mount Meru for a scenic view of the 'Roof of Africa', Mount Kilimanjaro. This will also be part of more acclimatization. Overnight at Saddle Hut, B, L, D

 

Day 4: Saddle Hut - Summit - Miriakamba Hut

Saddle Hut - Summit: 4-6 hours

An early rise to hike all the way to the summit before the afternoon clouds cover the summit. From the summit, descend back to the 11,500 ft Saddle Hut in time for lunch. After lunch, hike down to Miriakamba Hut for dinner and overnight, B,L,D.

Day 5: Miriakamba Hut - Moshi

Breakfast at the camp and a leisurely morning. Descend to the park gate and then transfer to Moshi and check into a comfortable hotel. Fortune Mountain resort

 

DAY 6 - Kilimanjaro Climb - Moshi to Mandara Hut.

Breakfast, ascend through the alpine meadow, and grassland and moorland to Horombo hut (12,000ft). Both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be viewed easily on the way. Dinner and an overnight stay at Horombo hut, B.L.D.

 

DAY 7 - Kilimanjaro Climb - Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut.

Breakfast, ascend through the alpine meadow, and grassland and moorland to Horombo hut (12,000ft). Both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be viewed easily on the way. Dinner and an overnight stay at Horombo hut, B.L.D.

 

DAY 8 - Kilimanjaro Climb - Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut.

Breakfast, further ascending to Kibo hut (15,000ft). The landscape becomes very stony and eroded. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus, groundswell and lobelia appear on the way. Dinner and an overnight stay at Kibo hut, B.L.D.

 

DAY 9 - Kilimanjaro Climb - Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak.

Wake up at midnight, and after a snack, proceed to the summit through Gilman’s point (18,640ft). It is about 5-6hours and 1-2 hours from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and from Gilman’s point to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft) respectively. Thus reaching the peak in the early morning of the fifth day and start descending after picture taking on the top to Horombo hut for diner and an overnight after a short break at Kibo hut, B.L.D.

 

DAY 10 - Kilimanjaro Climb - Kibo Hut to Marangu Gate - Moshi

Breakfast, Descend from Horombo hut to Marangu gate. The waiting car will take you to Fortune Mountain Resort

 

 

Season: the best times are January to March and June to December.