Monday, 22 October 2012
Africa’s highest Mount Kilimanjaro is a relatively easy climb against an incredible savannah backdrop. Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest free standing mountain at 5,895 meters or 19,340 feet
Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu route

The Marangu Route is the main route and by far the most popular way up Kilimanjaro. The majority of the route is a wide graded trail. The accommodation is also the "best"., i.e. bunk beds are provided in "A" frame huts (all other routes are tent only).  The forest is very beautiful and Maundi Crater is worth a visit just for the flowers and scenery.  The route also affords wonderful views of Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks. 
This route is the easiest and should be taken by those who feel less confident with their climbing ability.  However the trail is the most heavily used trail and one may not feel alone in the wilderness.  This is a benefit in some situations as this is the only route with emergency evacuation.  The Marangu Route often books out in the high season, pre-booking is therefore necessary.   It generally takes five days for the round trip:
Day 1:Kilimanjaro Marangu to Mandara Hut
Day 2:Kilimanjaro Mandara to Horombo Hut
Day 3:Kilimanjaro Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Day 4:Kilimanjaro Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut
Day 5:Kilimanjaro Horombo Hut to Marangu
The schedule, trails and accommodation are designed to allow visitors to acclimate. An extra day at Horombo, Mawenzi or Kibo Huts is recommended for additional altitude acclimatization.