Marangu route - Kilimanjaro - 5/6 days
Also known as the "Coca Cola route", the Marangu route is the most popular one leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Approximately 80% of the people trying every year to get to the top uses this way, also called the "tourist" route. Lots of hikers think Marangu route is the easiest one to get to Uhuru peak, since it is the only route that can be done in 5 days. But if you choose it, we still recommend you to do it in 6 days, including one for acclimatization with the objective of successfully reaching the top. The third day on this proposal is planned for a better acclimatization, being invested on going up to the vicinity of Mawenzi crater and back to sleep in Mandara Hut. Those who wish trying get to the top in five days can skip this stage. This is the only route offering shelter for sleeping, at either Mandara Hut, Horombo Hut or Kibo Hut - equipped with beds and mattresses, and where you can also find mineral water, soft drinks, beer and chocolate. The Marangu route uses the same path for the ascent and descent. More experienced mountaineers usually avoid this circuit for being less attractive and busiest, being recommended for people with less experience and training. On the downside, it must be considered that both ascent and descent are made down the same road, which is always duller. The key day of this tour is the fourth where you start walking at night from Kibo Hut to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro Uhuru Peak at dawn. The climbing of the Kibo crater, as in the Rongai route, is done by Gilman's Point at 5,681 m, from where you can already see the inside crater Reusch. After enjoying the summit we descend to Horombo Hut on the same day.