8 Days Marangu Route

8 Days Marangu Route

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About Marangu Route

The Marangu route, also known as the "Coca-Cola" route, is the oldest, most well established route on Kilimanjaro.

This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. However 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 also the most crowded route for that reason.


Height Height : 5,895 metre(19,341 ft)

Distance Distance : 73.5 Km

Per Year Trekking Per Year Trekking : 12,289

Timing Timing : 7-8days

Success Rate Success Rate : 80%

Highlights Highlights : Cheap

Uniqueness :

  • It is relatively a "simple" and direct course to the top.

  • Accommodation in cabins, which might be a bit of leeway amid the blustery season.

  • Generally, cheap course – even with an acclimatization day included.

  • It is the only route which has accommodation facility on Kilimanjaro.

Weather & Climate :

Marangu course approaches Kilimanjaro from the southwest and clears its path through lively rainforests with high precipitation where the temperatures dive on a stormy night. Proceeding ahead you will enter a desert-like elevated zone in the Saddle, where temperatures dip under freezing point. Pushing ahead to the summit you will top at Uhuru, for the strange dawn where the scene is described by shake and ice.

Success Rate :

It is often considered to be the ‘easiest’ trekking route to the summit, however, almost every summit success rate statistic contradicts this as the rates are by far the lowest of any other route – often below 50%! Marangu route has a medium success route with around 80% success rate.

Direct arrival at a lodge in Moshi at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. This evening you will have a pre-climb briefing with your guide and a consultant.

Depart from Moshi to Marangu gate, upon arrival at the gate complete park formalities ready for your trek. Your trek today will be through rain forest. You may encounter some wild animals such as colobus monkey and some bird species and plant species on your way to Mandara hut. After a rest you will then trek to the rim of Maundi Crater with a spectacular view of Mawenzi peak. Later descend back to Mandara hut.

Proceed with your ascent through rain forest to heather and moorland. If cloudless you may see the views of Kibo and Mawenzi. On this day you will encounter different plant and bird species.

Today’s trek is designated for the acclimatization, while reserving some energy for the summit trek next day. You will hike to Mawenzi peak with your guide passing Zebra Rocks. You will then return to the hut for your dinner and overnight stay.

Continue ascending passed ‘the last water point’ traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi through the alpine desert zone.

Around mid-night start for the summit to Gilman’s Point (5681m) and then continue to Stella point (5685m) and later, proceed to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Spend few minutes on the top by and then descend to Horombo Hut via Kibo Hut.

Continue your descent through the heather and moorland to the forest zone to Marangu Gate (1860m) where your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to Moshi.

After your trekking end or you can transfer to the airport to back home.


  • Transport fees

  • Hotel After & before trekking

  • Gate Fees

  • Guides Fees

  • Professional Guides

  • Hot meals & Water served three times per day

  • Government taxes

  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter

  • Emergency first-aid kit


  • International Flights

  • Visa Fees

  • Vaccination

  • Laundry

  • Gear for your climb

  • A portable flush toilet with a toilet tent. It can be rented at $70 for the entire trek

  • Items of personal nature

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