Marangu route is one of the old routes on Mountain Kilimanjaro. This route is located on the southeast of Mountain Kilimanjaro and is popularly known as the Coca-cola route. On the Marangu route, the ascent and descent are on some path. It is the only route that offers a sleeping hut to the climber, whereby the climber will sleep inside the designed house called a hut in a dormitory-style. These huts have beds with mattresses and pillows, but the climber will have to use their sleeping bag. The huts also have dining facilities and washing rooms. Most climbers who don’t like to camp prefer to use this Marangu route due to these huts. The minimum number of days offered on the Marangu route is five days, and the maximum is six days. The following are the huts found on the Marangu route, Mandara Huts, Hrormbo Huts, and Kibo Huts. The best months to climb the Marangu route are January, February, March, Mid June, July. August, September, October, and December.
The below is the Six-day Marangu Route itinerary.
Day 1: Moshi drive to Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
We will pick you from your hotel and drive to the start point of the Marangu route, which is the Marangu gate. At the Marangu gate, which is 1843 m from above sea level. After all the Climb formality is done at Marangu gate and obtains our Kilimanjaro permit, we will start the trek. We will pass through the rain forest zone and heading to Mandara Hut, which is 2700 m from above sea level. We walk for 4-5 hours on this day, and we will cover 8 km from the Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut; this Mandara Hut will be our first hut to sleep on this Marangu route.
Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
We will start climbing in the rain forest zone for some hours; then we will enter the moorland zone and view the Kibo and Mawenzi Peak, then reach the Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight. We walk for 6-8 hours on this day, and we will cover 12 km from the Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut; this Horombo Hut will be our second hut to sleep on this Marangu route.
Day 3: Horombo Hut
You will spend this day do acclimatization at the Mawenzi Ridge throughout the day. We walk for 2-3 hours on this day, and we will cover 5 km from the Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge; then, we will return to Horombo Hut.
Those who will opt for the five-day Marangu route will skip this acclimatization day and continue to climb up to Kibo hut overnight and prepare for the summit.
Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
We will climb through the saddle, which is situated between Kibo peak and Mawenzi peak, then we will head to Kibo hut, which is at the bottom of the Kibo crater, and we will prepare for the summit.
We walk for 6-8 hours on this day, and we will cover 10 km from the Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut; this Kibo Hut will be our third hut to sleep on this Marangu route.
Day 5: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak then descend to Horombo Hut
We will wake up at midnight and begining our journey to the Kilimanjaro summit as the climb will be a steep climb with the darkness. We will trek at a steady pace in a single line heading to Gilman point, which is 5,685 m above sea level, and we will have a coffee break there while enjoying the sunrise from Mawenzi Peak. Then we will continue ascending until we reach our summit peak, the “Uhuru peak,” which is 5895 m above the sea level, which is the Roof of Africa. Then we will have photos and a celebration for our achievement; then, we will descend to Kibo Hut for lunch, then descend to Horombo Hut, which is 3720m above sea level for dinner and overnight. We walk for 10-14 hours on this day, and we will cover 18 km from Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak then descend to Horombo Hut.
Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
After reaching Marangu Gate, you will collect the certificate of summit Mountain Kilimanjaro and checkout Kilimanjaro National Park; we will have lunch and celebration here for conqueror Mountain Kilimanjaro. Then later, our vehicle will take you to the hotel, which will be the end of your climb. We walk for 5-7 hours on this day, and we will cover 20 km from the Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate, and this Marangugate will be the endpoint of our climb.