The Marangu Route, popularly known, as the “Coca-Cola Route” is one of the most unique and popular routes mainly due to the fact that it is the oldest existing route on Mount Kilimanjaro and the only one that uses huts instead of tents, eliminating camping as a way of accommodation.
How long does the Marangu route trek take? it takes 5-6 days to climb and descend Mount Kilimanjaro using the Marangu route. However, you can also take a one-day hike to Mandara Huts, along the Marangu Route. Mandara huts is the first accommodation point on Kilimanjaro’s Marangu Route.
The Marangu Route is the original and pioneer route created to access the summit and climb Mount Kilimanjaro. This route can also be confirmed as one of the easier hiking routes with many favouring Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct trail. It can be done perfectly with extra time for acclimatization increasing the summit success rate to around 80%. Unfortunately, it has a dented reputation of a low 42% summit success rate mainly because climbers usually opt for the shorter 5 days Marangu Route itinerary, which doesn’t give enough time for acclimatization. At Tranquil Kilimanjaro, we are behind your successful Mount Kilimanjaro climb that is why we have a better 6 days Marangu Route option with an extra acclimatization day.
Marangu route distance
- Distance: The Marangu route is 72 kilometres (45 miles) long.
- Location: The route proceeds towards the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeastern side of the mountain. The hike begins from the Marangu gate.
- Height: The route approaches Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru peak summit standing at a staggering height of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet).
- Trail conditions: During the Marangu Route climb, you will bypass a variety of vegetation zones including misty forests, moorlands, alpine desert area in the Saddle, and paths with rock outcrops and snow as you near the Uhuru Peak
Planning your Marangu Route Climb
The Marangu Gate, located at an altitude of 1870 meters (6,137 ft.), on the Southeastern side of Mount Kilimanjaro is where the Marangu Route trek begins on the first day. You will take a one-hour drive from Moshi to the gate or 2 hours from Arusha town, following a scenic road on your way there.