- Date 2018 - 2019
- Departure Kilimanjaro
Marangu Route is one of the oldest and most preferred routes on Kilimanjaro. It is the easiest path on the mountain due to its gradual slope and direct path.
It is the only route on Kilimanjaro as it has hut accommodations for the hikers making it popular among the tourists. Marangu Route is therefore also known as “tourist route".
Marangu Route has three hut accommodations: Mandara Huts, Kibo Huts, and Horombo Hut. These hut accommodations provide bunk beds. There are 60 bunks beds each at Mandara huts, Kibo huts, however, there are 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut.
The success rate is comparative low on this route. Sadly, the route has less striking view than the other routes on Kilimanjaro.
The route is crowded with tourists, due to which professional trekkers don't take this route.
Popote Africa provides two tour packages along the Marangu Route.
Reportedly the 5 day and 6 days tours are similar. The main difference between the Marangu route 5 days tour and 6 days tour is that you get to acclimatise at Horombo Hut on a six days tour which is not included in the five-day tour.
Marangu or the Coca-Cola route is considered the easiest trek of all of the routes. No, the geological features don’t undergo any drastic change on this route. The lava cones, porous volcanic rocks steep ridges, craters, desert and heather zones, glacial sheets etc all make their presence felt.
As the oldest and a well-established route, Marangu has a long history with proven credentials that make it a tourist favourite. While the chorus screams “easy trek”, it definitely not that easy as it is made out to be and definitely lacking in scenic beauty.
Marangu route approaches Kilmanjaro from the southwest and makes its way through vibrant rainforests with high precipitation where the temperatures plummet on a rainy night. Continuing ahead you will enter a desert-like alpine area in the Saddle, where temperatures drop below freezing point. Pushing ahead to the summit you will peak at Uhuru, for the surreal sunrise where the landscape is characterised by rock and ice.
The coca cola route has a lot going for it despite the lack of scenery on the trails. The wide, direct and comfortable paths and gradual slopes make it less challenging for even the rookie can take a shot at it. Accommodation is not an issue with numerous huts dotting the route which reduces your load as no camping equipment is needed. Also, it’s the cheapest route!