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 over wet ground, or for those who only have five days to climb Kilimanjaro (which we do not recommend anyhow). Otherwise, the Marangu route is a poor choice.
Drive to Marangu gate in Moshi from Arusha for registration formalities. After completing the entrance formalities, start climbing through the natural forest to reach Mandara Hut. Overnight stay at the hut.
Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone
Start hiking at 8:00 through grassy moorland catching a glimpse of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather to reach Horombo Hut. Get a beautiful view of and being above the clouds. Take the rest of the time resting and recuperating for the next day. Hot dinner and sleep at the hut.
Hike towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to screed and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. The trail leads to Kibo Hut at the bottom of the crater wall by midday. Take the rest of the day off resting, sleeping and drinking as water as you can. Retire to bed early in preparation for the summit ascent.
Zone: Glacial zone, high alpine zone and low alpine zone
Wake up at 23:30 hours to add warm layer of clothes and have cup of hot coffee and biscuits. Start climbing by 00:30 over loose volcanic screen to reach Gilman’s (5,685 m) by sunrise. Enjoy the beautiful sunrise and taking time to rest. Make the final step to reach Uhuru Peak (5895m), the roof of Africa (optional for those interested). At the top get some pictures feeling accomplished and a little rest. Start descending which is quite fast to reach Horombo Hut in late afternoon. Have a hot dinner and a good night sleep at the hut.
Zone: Low alpine zone and rainforest
After breakfast, continue descending through moorland and passing through the beautiful forest. This is the time to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Kilimanjaro. Arrive at the gate for certificate awards, green certificates are awarded to hikers who reached Gilman’s and golden to the ones who reached Uhuru peak. Drive back to Arusha for a good bath and much sleep.
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