The Marangu route is also referred to as the "Coca-Cola" route, as it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope, direct path and the most comfortable route to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.
It is the oldest and the most well-established route on the Kilimanjaro. The route is well-developed and the climb is constant and moderate. Only the approach to the summit is the exception as it is slightly more demanding. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style. The accommodation on this tour is in simple mountain huts, which might be an advantage compared to the camping routes.
Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls, basic washrooms and toilets. The short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is unfortunately less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is one of crowded route for that reason
The main itinerary difference between the Marangu 5-days and 6-days Marangu route is the additional acclimatization day at Horombo on day three.
Day 0: Kilimanjaro Airport – Moshi/ Arusha
Day 1: Moshi/ Arusha - Marangu gate – Mandara Hut
Day 2: Mandara hut – Horombo Hut
Day 3: Horombo Hut – Mawenzi - Back to Horombo Hut (full day Acclimatization Day)
Day 4: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut
Day 5: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak (summit point) -Back to Horombo Hut
Day 6: Horombo Hut – Mandara hut - Marangu gate - Back to Moshi/Arusha
You will be picked up from the hotel and a drive to Marangu gate follow as you drive towards the gate you will be enjoying excellent views of the mountain, with your team of guides and porters you will then proceed to check in the park at the gate. You will get in the rain forest which is the first zone of the mountain. Whilst in the forest you could see bright coloured birds, colobus monkeys and other species of monkey as well as mosses, lichens and flowers and delicate orchids. If the skies are clear you can see the town of Moshi lying at the edge of the plain further down. You will continue ascending in this 4-5 hours through the areas of coffee plantation and thick rainforest to Mandara Hut for Dinner and overnight.