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 favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.
The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended when climbing Klimanjaro using the Marangu route.
However, despite its immense popularity, we avoid leading climbs on the Marangu route. The route has the least scenic variety of all the routes because the ascent and descent are done on the same path and it is the most crowded route for that reason. Marangu is favored only during the rainy season, where the hut accommodations are preferred.
Pick clients from the lodge / hotel after the breakfast and drive to Marangu gate. The climb starts at Marangu Gate (1829m); followed by a 3-4 hours walk through the fast climbing rainforest to reach Mandara Hut (2700m), close by Maundi Crater. Dinner and overnight stay at Mandara hut!
Morning after breakfast, trekking while the last glades of the forest are left behind, when we follow the gently ascending path through the open Alpine Meadow. The altitude begins to make you trek slowly: “pole pole” is the order of the day while enjoying the flora and the magnificent view. Picnic lunch on the way. Horombo Hut (3720m) is reached within 5-7 hours walking. Dinner and overnight in the Horombo hut.
Morning after breakfast, start to acclimatize by walking up to Mawenzi hut via Zebra rocks. Enjoy a panoramic view of Kibo and Mawenzi peak 5149m. Then start descending back to Horombo Hut for the hot lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at Horombo Hut.3720m.
After a good night’s rest, we continue, past the last giant Lobelias and Protease, and move on the lunar landscape of the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi. Kibo Hut (4703m) is reached in 5-6 hours. Picnic lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in Kibo hut.
For about 4 hours you will be climbing the steepest and most demanding part, the route to Gilman’s Point-5685m on the crater rim. Less than an hour is taken to reach Uhuru Peak which is 5895m, the highest point in Africa. Yes From here you descend straight down to Horombo Hut, where you’ll spend the night.
you start descending to Marangu Gate. A waiting car will be there ready for transfer back to Arusha via Moshi town for overnight stay at Rafiki Lodge.