Kilimanjaro Marangu route

The oldest route on Mount Kilimanjaro, the Marangu route, is also known as the “Tourist Route” or “Coca Cola Route”.

And you may have heard that “of all routes up Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Marangu route is the easiest, cheapest and by far the most popular.”

Only one of the statements is true: climbing Kilimanjaro on the Marangu route is the cheapest option.

The Marangu route is not the most popular route any more. It has been surpassed by the Machame route.

And I disagree with the statement that the Marangu Route is the easiest because it is misleading. It maybe the easiest trip to organise, have the widest, most comfortable path to walk on and offer hut accommodation, but that does NOT make it easier to reach the summit.

Of all climbing routes on Kilimanjaro, the Marangu route has the lowest success rate!

Keep that in mind. Don’t fall for the promise of “easy”!

(If you think your fitness leaves to be desired and are looking for easy, I recommend you tackle Kilimanjaro on the Rongai route.)

Having said that, as long as you are aware of the aspects that lead to the high failure rate you can avoid them to some degree.

Starting Point: Marangu Gate (1860 m/6100 ft)

Duration: 5 days (acclimatization day can be added at Horombo)

Day 1 – Marangu Gate (1860 m/6100 ft) – Mandara Huts (2700m/8860 ft)

Walking distance: 8 km/5 miles

Walking time: 3-4 hours

Altitude gain: 840 m/2760 ft

Day 2 – Mandara Huts – Horombo Huts (3700 m/12140 ft)

Walking distance: 12 km/7.2 miles

Walking time: 5-7 hours

Altitude gain: 1000 m/3280 ft

Day 3 – Horombo Huts – Kibo Huts (4700 m/15420 ft)

Walking distance: 9.5 km/5.7 miles

Walking time: 5-7 hours

Altitude gain: 1000 m/3280 ft

Day 4 – Summit attempt via Gilman’s Point (5700 m/18700 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5895 m/19340 ft) and descent to Horombo Huts (3700 m/12200 ft)

Walking distance: 5.5 km/3.5 miles ascent + 15 km/9.5 miles descent

Walking time: 5-6 hrs + 1-2 hours up, 5-6 hours down (the overall walking time may vary from 10 – 16 hours)

Altitude gain: 1000 m/ 3280 ft (Gilman’s Point) or 1195 m/3920 ft (Uhuru Peak)

Descent: 2195 m/7200 ft

Day 5 – Horombo Huts – Marangu Gate

Walking distance: 20 km/12.5 miles

Walking time: 5 hours

Descent: 1840 m/6040 ft

Experiences:
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Languages spoken: English , Germany,
Recommended gear: 4-5 Pairs of Underwear Top and Bottom Base Layer 3-4 Short Sleeve and 1-2 Long Sleeve Trekking Shirts 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers 1 Polartec Fleece Jacket 1 Insulated Winter Jacket 1 Insulated Trekking Pants 1 Hard Shell Jacket ,Lightweight Raingear, Sun Hat, ideally with a neck cover Warm Beanie or Fleece Headband Buff or Neck Gaiter Headlamp Sunglasses, Lightweight Inner Gloves Warm Outer Gloves / Mitts Adjustable Trekking Poles,
Included in price: Meals, Transport from hotel to gate, Porters, gate fees.
Not Included in price: Alcohol,
Refund policy : 30% must be deposited to keep booking forward
Cancellations : One moth before arrival
Availability : every day