Marangu Route 5 days or 6 days climbing on Kilimanjaro mountain.
This is the most popular and oldest route. It’s relatively quick and is the most direct way to the summit, with a steady rate of climb.
Often referred to as the ‘Coca Cola Route’ because soft drinks are usually available at every hut! The Marangu attracts considerably more climbers than all the other routes put together, being the quickest and most direct route. It takes 5 days to climb, covering about 80 kilometres via the east side of the mountain.
In order to help with acclimatisation we recommend that you add an extra day at Horombo Hut which is at 3,700 metres before continuing with the ascent. This would make it a 6 day climb.
Marangu Route is the only trail which uses the park huts for accommodation which have dormitory style rooms. It is also the only two-way route meaning that you ascend and descend by the same path.
You start and finish at Marangu Gate and summit via Gilman’s Point. This route doesn’t have the same success rates as some of the others, but is fine if you are on a budget, if you’d prefer to be in huts than camping, and are very determined to have a go!
The park huts have dormitory rooms. There are flush toilets and running water at lower huts while at higher altitude there are long drop toilets and buckets of water for ablutions. You’ll be able to buy soft drinks, bottled water and sometimes beer.