Marangu Route

Marangu Route

Travel Style

Travel Style : Active

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Service Level

Service Level : Camping

Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.

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 on Mt. Kilimanjaro is the oldest route on the mountain. Many also know it as the “Coca Cola” route. Many people mention that it is the most popular and the cheapest Kili route. Find More On The Overview Experience Of MaranguTrail.

Distance: The Marangu route is 72 kilometres (45 miles).

Location: The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. The trail itself starts at Marangu gate.

Height: The route reaches the summit of Kilimanjaro at the Uhuru peak reaching a height of 5,895 metres (19,341 feet).

Trail conditions: During the hike, you will travel through misty forests, moorlands, a desertlike alpine area in the Saddle, and rocky paths and snow when you are near the summit.

Why To Choose Marangu Route?

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5-6 days trekking

The Marangu route is the most popular route for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Since this route can be hiked in 5 days, many trekkers believe that this is the easiest route to Uhuru Peak. However, the Marangu route has one of the lowest summit success rates of all routes up the mountain. You may add an additional acclimatization day, but unfortunately the additional night is spent at an altitude that is too low in order to have a significant acclimatization impact.

Although many people are led to believe this is one of the easiest routes, it’s actually considered difficult because of the speed by which you ascend. This is especially true on the 5 day itinerary where many people suffer from lack of acclimatization. The 6 day option is easier; however, a good level of fitness is still required.

80% Success Rate

The Marangu route, or the Coca-Cola route, is known to be one of the least expensive routes to complete due to the shorter time allocated to reach the summit. Because it has one of the shortest itineraries on the mountain, the Marangu Route has the lowest summit success rates. As hikers tend to rush to reach the top, the lowest success rates come in place. Skipping one additional acclimatization day can significantly lower the average success rate of 50%.Here we only take the 6 day option which means that our summit success rate on the Marangu route is over 80%!

12289 Travellers Per Year

We have a good Kilimanjaro successful summit rate; Ascend Tanzania will get you to the top!

We have good successfully rate over Kilimanjaro summit via Marangu Route. Our Kilimanjaro overall statistics shows that, almost all clients climbed with us made to the top (Uhuru peak). We prepare well our trip, and we have good strategies over Kilimanjaro summit on all routes.

Normally 12289 Travellers Per year have been climbing the Mount Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route.

High Traffics

The medium success rate of the Marangu route is due to its one day extra acclimatization day, which allows Trekkers to better acclimatization by climb high.

Trekkers are attracted to this route because it is significantly cheaper than other routes. It is also the only route that provides communal sleeping huts at every overnight site. Most of the huts also sell soft drinks, beer, and chocolates. However, the large number of trekkers can be overwhelming.The route uses the same path for the ascent and dissent; it is dirty, and overcrowded.

So in Marangu Route, there is high no of traffics to and give the successful way to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Immense Popularity

As for scenery, of course, the Marangu route is still breathtakingly beautiful. However, it is considered to be less scenic, as the ascent and descent travel along the same path and is sometimes crowded.

The trail is well maintained due to its popularity and will have you travelling through forests or the Saddle (a high-altitude desert) before reaching the Kibo Hut.

Good Kilimanjaro Scenery

Scenically, Marangu is not a desirable route compared to all the other routes because it confines climbers to one area of the mountain, thus limiting the variety. However, Marangu has the best trail in the rainforest section of the trek. Of course, there are still great views of the Mawenzi and it’s equally spectacular for everyone at Uruhu.

The Marangu Route ascends through rainforest, moorlands and alpine areas before finishing in the glacial zone. Whilst the trek is very beautiful, this is the only route in which you descend back down the same trail.

Sleeping Huts Accommodation

The route itself also attracts novice hikers or trekkers who are looking to enjoy the luxury of sleeping in dormitory-style hut accommodation, and this is the only trail which offers this type of comfort.

The Huts In This Route Are:

  • Mandara Hut
  • Horombo Hut
  • Kibo Hut

Before you start planning your trek, don’t be tricked into thinking that a solid roof over your head makes this journey any easier. In the huts, everything is communal; from the basic washrooms to the showers and the dining halls.

Best Tips For Success

  • If time and budget allow, aim for at least a 6-day hike and avoid the 5-day option, as this will allow your body to acclimate to the altitude and will help you succeed in reaching the summit.
  • Prepare a 'Kilimanjaro playlist' to listen to during your hike to help break the mental and physical exhaustion you will likely face during your hike – especially on the summit night!
  • Take it easy and don't try to rush to the top.
  • Take a close look at your packing list to make sure you have all of the right gear, including footwear, clothing, snacks, and equipment.
  • Remember: water is a hiker's best friend, and staying hydrated could be the difference between reaching the summit or not.

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. Marangu Route is consequently otherwise called "visitor course".

Marangu Route has three cabin lodging: Mandara Huts, Kibo Huts, and Horombo Hut. These cottage housing give cots. There are 60 bunks beds each at Mandara cabins, Kibo hovels, be that as it may, there are 120 cots at Horombo Hut.

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

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

Marangu Route Itinerary For Kilimanjaro

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5 Days Marangu Route

80% 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

Starting from $1,445

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

Starting from $1,650

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