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Marangu Route
Travel Style

Travel Style : Active

Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.

Service Level

Service Level : Hut Accommodations

Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout.

Physical Rating

Physical Rating : 5 - Challenging

Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

12+ Age Requirement

Age requirement : 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Marangu Route Overview

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The Marangu Route is one of the oldest routes on Mt. Kilimanjaro. While the Machame route is also known as Whisky Route. Marangu is known as the “Coca Cola” route of Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is the second most popular route after Machame Route.

The mountain offers a great view. The crater rim on the Gilman's Point at an elevation of 18,600 ft is the best scene of the mountain. Hence, it’s considered as the jewel of Kilimanjaro.

Due to being the oldest route, Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is the most established route of the country. Another reason for being the popular route is the low cost. It’s the cheapest route option for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa Region.

Due to being the popular route, the route meets 12 to 13 thousand people every year. Due to high traffic, it’s called the “Tourist Route”.

The route takes only 5 Days To Reach the Uhuru Peak; hence the acclimatization is very poor. The ascending is though very easy. The trail is direct, not steppe and offers a gradual easy climbing.

Due to less number of days and cheap amount the route is preferred by many trekkers. Most of them are inexperienced and aspiring trekkers. Hence the Marangu Route offers the lowest success rate among all Kilimanjaro routes.

Covering 72 km, Kilimanjaro Marangu Route approaches from the south-eastern side of Kilimanjaro. The route starts at the Marangu gate. What make the route unique from all other route are the huts to sleep. While rest 5 routes of Kilimanjaro offer camping route only Marangu came with huts. While trekkers choose to climb to the Summit of Kilimanjaro via Marangu they get to rest more comfortably. The huts of Marangu come with bunk beds equipped with mattresses and pillows.

The huts are quite comfortable and come with bunk beds and mattresses. However, you will still need your sleeping bags as the temperature became really chilly at night.The huts also come with the dining room and toilets. You can find flushing toilets at the huts too.

The journey starts as you land at Kilimanjaro International airport, and then you will pick by the trekking company’s staff. After that, you will be shifted to your hotel in Moshi. From Moshi to the Marangu Gate takes about a 1-hour drive passing through local villages of Marangu.

The hike to the Uhuru peak starts from the foothill and continues through the cultivation zone. The rest of the hiking goes through 4 more different zones such as;


Heath zone & Mooreland

Alpine desert


The huts on Marangu Route offer a great view of the sides of the mountain. Usually the hiking is for 5 days but usually it is advised to add one extra day to acclimatize more. Kilimanjaro Marangu Routeis the most crowded routeof Kilimanjaro compared to other routes.

However, the route surprisingly doesn’t offer a high success rate due to poor acclimatizing opportunities.

The first stopover of the trekking is at Mandara hut at the height of 2720m. Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut covers 8km and it takes 4 to 5 hours to cover the distance.

The next stop through Marangu is horombo hut at an elevation of 3720m. Traversing through heath zone the hike takes further to the Kibo hut. From Kibo, the final hike starts at the mid-night to the Uhuru Peak.

Crossing Lava tower is the hardest part of Climbing. 

Why To Choose Marangu Route?

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5-7 days trekking

The Marangu Route is one of the most popular routes for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Many trekkers believe that Marangu is the easiest route to summit Uhuru Peak as it can be hiked in 5 days. However, the Marangu Route has one of the lowest summit success rates of all routes up the mountain.


Mostly trekkers add one extra day as the acclimatizing day. However, it’s hard to acclimatize properly as the hike starts at a relatively high peak. So the body gets less time to cope with the elevation and AMS makes it worst to continue with the climb.


Many trekkers believe it as the easiest route. The actual truth is though it is quite a difficult one as it starts at a very high elevation. This is especially true on the 5-day itinerary where numerous people suffer from the absence of acclimatization. The multi-day alternative is easier; however, a great level of fitness is as yet required.

Best Trail To Climb Kilimanjaro Via Marangu Route

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Marangu Route is one of the most established and most favored courses on Kilimanjaro. It is the most effortless way on the mountain because of its steady slant and direct way.

It is the main course on Kilimanjaro as it has cottage housing for the climbers making it famous among the travelers. Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is consequently otherwise called a "visitor course".

Marangu Route has three cabin lodging: Mandara Huts, Kibo Huts, and Horombo Hut. These cottage housings give cots. There are 60 bunks beds each at Mandara, Kibo.Also 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut.

The achievement rate is relatively low on this course. Unfortunately, the route has a less striking perspective than alternate courses on Kilimanjaro.

Marangu Route is swarmed with voyagers, because of which proficient trekkers don't take this course.

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Marangu Route Itinerary For Kilimanjaro

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5 Days Marangu Route

73% Success Rate

This is the easiest route to the summit of Kilimanjaro, sometimes called the Coca-Cola Route. The Marangu route takes you at a gentle pace through forests, moorlands and then across The Saddle, a high-altitude desert separating the main summit, Kibo, 5895m, from craggy Mawenzi, 5149m, to Kibo Hut.From here an early start is made for the ascent to...

Summit Success Chance - Average
Altitude Profile - Poor
Difficulty - Doable
Scenery - Good

5 days

Group Trek Price $1,399

6 Days Marangu Route

80% Success Rate

Our 6 days Marangu route is an extraordinary method to investigate and enjoy Mt Kilimanjaro climb and view. Marangu route is known as "Coca-Cola" route, Marangu approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast of the Mountain. It is the most established built up route. Many support the Marangu route since it is viewed as the simplest...

Summit Success Chance - Good
Altitude Profile - Poor
Difficulty - Doable
Scenery - Good

6 days

Group Trek Price $1,549

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