Kilimanjaro Marangu Route, Marangu Rroute

Marangu Route

The Marangu route is popular with its unique name Coca Cola route. Many people prefer using this Kilimanjaro Marangu Route since it's the easiest on the mountain due to its gentle slope. It's the only Kilimanjaro route that offers huts accommodation where clients sleep in dormitories.

 

You can get to summit with minimum of 5 days, though successful rate of reaching to the top is low. We recommend spending an extra day for acclimatization while climbing Kilimanjaro which makes 6 days for this route.

 

Kilimanjaro Climbing Marangu Route Packages

 

5 days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

 

Description

Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is also known as the Coca Cola or tourist 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.

There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Mens and ladies latrines are available at the last camp but are very basic.

This  Kilimanjaro Marangu Route  is usually done in 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut

  • Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft

  • Distance: 8km/5mi

  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

  • Habitat: Montane Forest

  • Meals: LD

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

Day 2 : Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

  • Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft

  • Distance: 12km/7.5mi

  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

  • Habitat: Heathland

  • Meals: BLD

You leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

Day 3 : Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft

  • Distance: 9km/5.5mi

  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Meals: BLD

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into moonscape. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

Day 4 : Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft

  • Down to 3700m/12,200ft

  • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down

  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Meals: BLD

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly pole pole and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Day 5 : Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Arusha or Moshi

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft

  • Distance: 20km/12.5mi

  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

  • Habitat: Forest

  • Meals: B

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Bestday Safaris vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel.

 

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Marangu Route 6 days itinerary

Description

Known as the Coca-Cola route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favour the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, due to its more gradual slope.

It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts with dormitory style accommodation.

There are 60 bunk beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut

  • Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
     Distance: 8km/5mi
    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
     Habitat: Montane Forest
     Meals: LD
     Budget Lodging: Mandara Hut

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the trek. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara Huts. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

Day 2 : Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

  • Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
     Distance: 12km/7.5mi
    Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
    Habitat: Heathland
    Meals: BLD
    Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut

You leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo Huts. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

DAY 3 Acclimatization Day

Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge
Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 14,400 ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Heath

Mawenzi Ridge to Horombo Hut
Elevation (ft): 14,400 ft to 12,205
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
Habitat: Heath

This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Horombo Hut

Day 4 : Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
     Distance: 9km/5.5mi
     Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
     Habitat: Alpine Desert
    Meals: BLD
     Budget Lodging: Kibo Hut

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heath-land but then disappears into moonscap. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

Day 5 : Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
     Down to 3700m/12,200ft
     Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
    Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
     Habitat: Alpine Desert
     Meals: BLD
     Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman's point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo Huts.
The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Day 6 : Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Arusha or Moshi

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
     Distance: 20km/12.5mi
     Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
     Habitat: Forest
     Meals: B

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Bestday Safaris vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel.


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Marangu Route Advantages

 

  • It has low cost compared to other routes

  • The accommodation for this route is in huts with dormitory style.

  • It's one of the easiest route for Climbing Kilimanjaro. 

Marangu Route Disadvantages

  • It has high traffic of tourists

  • Its one of the route with lowest success rate to summit. 

  • Climbers use the same way up and down which make it too crowded.


All Kilimanjaro routes ascent and descent is with different routes exception of Marangu Route. For climbers who use this Marangu route ascent and descent is within the same route.

 

Accommodation at Marangu Route 

 

This is the only route among all other routes at Kilimanjaro that climbers stay comfortably at Huts. The huts do have beds with mattress but its not luxury. 

 

You will sleep at dormitory huts with upto 20 persons, depending on the camp along the route. The smaller dormitory are at Mandara and Horombo and the larger one are located at Kibo Huts which takes 20-persons.

 

The dormitories don't have en suite toilets, hot showers, electricity or any other luxuries. 

 

No bed covers, blanket or heater. We advise packing all your warm gears with you i.e quality sleeping bag

 

Sometimes at night it can be noisy as you share the hut with other members. Some group can chatting loudly for long time or others snoring, we advise bringing earplugs for comfortable sleeping.  

 

Since the accommodation is in Huts, its fits very well during rainy seasons.


Is Marangu Route busy?


Marangu route is one of the busiest route compared to all routes for climbing Kilimanjaro. It has very high traffic from January to March and June to September. It's the shortest route and easiest to the summit. During rainy season the it becomes less busy. If you plan to climb during rainy season especially March to May, Marangu route is the best option.


Scenery of the Marangu route?


When climbing Kilimanjaro through Marangu Route you will pass through all climatic zones. You walk through tropical rainforest, to moorland and from alpine desert to artic climate at the summit. The walking from the Marangu gate to the summit is like passing through climate from the equator to the south pole. You will be capable to have amazing views of landscapes along the way.


Difference between Marangu Route and Machame Route.


Marangu Route

Machame Route

Accommodation at huts, dormitory style

Accommodation at tents, comfortable and private

Ascent and descent in the same route

Ascent and descent in different route

Approaches crater Rim at Summit from Gilman's point

Approaches crater Rim at Summit from Stella point

Don't have good acclimatization

Better acclimatization

Low success rate at summit

High success rate at Summit

Easy and Shorter route to the summit

More days to the summit





Best Time to Climb Marangu route

 

Marangu Route is accessible throughout the year since it has better accommodation that favor all weathers. The best time for climbing this route is June to October when its dry season. The route becomes highly populated with tourists

 

However, if you prefer less traffic you can plan to do it during rainy season November to May. The scenery is green and beautiful throughout the way. 



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