This is the route they give you if you have a limited time. Marangu is allowed in 5 days, all other routes require more days even if you are faster - park regulations. The success rate on Marangu is 72% per my guide. Yes, you sleep in the huts, but ascend the elevation pretty fast.
And you can no longer buy coca cola on route…
Arranged the climb within 2 hours after arriving in Moshe from Nairobi. Originally I was quoted $695 for a 3-day climbing package on Marangu (gate to Horombo, Horombo to Kibo, Kibo to summit to gate). I doubt the agent believed I would be able to actually make it. Shortly after paying, the agent realized that the park requires payment for at least 5 days so the fees increased to $1000+. He tracked me to my hotel and I paid the balance.
Pick up from hotel at 8:45am and drive to Marangu gate. Registration at the entrance took some time, then I finally started the leisurely hike up to Mandara and eventually arriving at Horombo. Despite every team is required to have their own cook, it seems there is a single kitchen because all the guests had basically the same meal (which was ample and tasty). There was some difference in condiments and side dishes such as fruits.
I was feeling good so when I left camp I thought I might skip Kibo and go straight for the summit. I actually went off trail and made straight for Barafu camp, which is on the Machame trail, where I had lunch. I arrived at 5pm so it took less than 4 hours to the summit (Barafu-Uhuru) and an extra one hour down to Kibo.
Easy day from Kibo back out to Marangu gate. I was hoping to take a different route off the mountain but it was against the regulations. I'd already been reprimanded for taking a route that 'was not on my itinerary' and 'climbing without a guide', so I figured I should behave at least one day while I was on the mountain. Besides, Marangu is actually very scenic as it gradually ascends thru the montaine forest, moorland and alpine desert, etc.
Third time on the summit of Kilimanjaro!!!More Pictures of KILIMANJARO JUNIOR 2008 SPANISH EXPEDITION
A good friend convinced me to give another go to Kilimanjaro, and after seven years I finally got to the summit of Uhuru Peak. I enjoyed the feeling, and we did a good acclimatization work.
Despite acclimatising on Mount Kenya just days before, found this pretty tough. But for someone who is use to sleeping in a tent; carrying and cooking all their own food; and digging a hole whenever I go to the toilet, this was pure luxury...
Coca-Cola or not it was still tough. I am so proud of my wife for toughing it out and summitting.
i have climbed it for 6 time though it the highest i have done but it the imezing mountain among those i have challeng if you wish to im doing the whisky route on 15th of march
Dad and I climbed with guides from the Marangu Hotel. 5 day trip. Probably saw a lot more glacier in the crater than climbers today!
Because of reasons I already explained in my trip report , we withdrew from Hans Meyer's Cave to Kibo Hut. Two members of our team made it to Uhuru Peak, though