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Marangu – Kilimanjaro Route

Route Overview

The Kilimanjaro Marangu route, nicknamed the ‘Coca Cola’ route, has historically been the most popular Kilimanjaro route. Around 12,000 people use it each year, most commonly those on a tight budget. This is because it’s the only Kilimanjaro route offering dormitory-like accommodation (you get mattresses and other basic amenities). This makes it a popular choice for budget Kilimanjaro operators that don’t have camping equipment to offer​.​

The Marangu route also only takes five days to complete, which makes also makes it a cheaper option compared to the other routes. However, the acclimatisation profile is mediocre which leads to a very low success rate, therefore not offering the best value for money. And whilst it offers rewarding views from ‘the Saddle’, it’s less scenic than other Kilimanjaro routes as it uses the same trail for both the ascent and descent. Otherwise, the route itself is easy, with almost no steep sections. The rainforest and moorland sections of the trail are beautiful.

Overnight Stay in Huts

Marangu is the only route on Kilimanjaro with overnight stays in huts. Excellent for rainy season climbs.

Stunning Sceneries

Mesmerizing scenic vistas of Mt Kilimanjaro await you. Visual euphoria and amazing photos guaranteed.

Affordable Route

The easiest, cheapest and most established path out of the seven Kilimanjaro routes.

Bottled Oxygen

Each expedition is supplied with unlimited bottled oxygen for making acclimatization less stressful.

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Marangu Route - Summit Success Rate

We’ve collected lots of data on every route regarding summit success rates. We believe those numbers to be fairly accurate. Below you can see the summit success rates on our Marangu route expeditions:

  • Marangu 5-day itinerary – Uhuru Peak: 83.8%; Crater Rim: 88.0%
  • Marangu 6-day itinerary – Uhuru Peak: 86.6%; Crater Rim: 93.14%

Note that the Marangu route 6-day itinerary has a higher summit success rate than its 5-day variation. Overall, the Marangu route itineraries have a lower summit success rate compared to routes such as Lemosho 7-day or Machame 7-day. This is due to the steeper acclimatization profile. While Marangu 6 is generally suitable for reasonably fit beginners, the 5-day variation is recommended only for experienced high-altitude trekkers or travelers with good prior acclimatization.

Marangu Route - Expert Advice

The Marangu route offers scenic views of the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro. However, the fact that it uses the same path for ascent and descent limits the variety of sceneries and makes the trail fairly crowded. While the 5-day itinerary might sound tempting, it is much more challenging due to harsh acclimatization. So, beginners should consider the 6-day variation or any 7+ day itinerary on other routes.

Your Epic Adventure Awaits

Embarking on a Mount Kilimanjaro hike with Nyamera Treks and Safaris guarantees an unforgettable adventure. With seasoned guides by your side, you’ll navigate diverse ecosystems, from lush rainforests to stark alpine deserts, each step revealing new wonders and challenges. Along the way, camaraderie blossoms among fellow hikers, united in their quest for the summit.

Reaching the pinnacle, Uhuru Peak, stands as a testament to your determination, rewarded by sweeping panoramas and a sense of accomplishment that resonates deep within. As you descend, encounters with local wildlife add a touch of magic to the journey, from playful monkeys to soaring eagles.

Back at base camp, amidst hearty meals and shared stories, you’ll reflect on the profound beauty of nature and the bonds forged on this incredible journey. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with Nyamera Treks and Safaris isn’t just about reaching the summit—it’s about embracing the challenges, relishing the moments of triumph, and connecting with the natural world and your fellow adventurers in a way that stays with you long after the trek is over.

We run our own climbs

In order to give you the very best chance of summiting we operate every aspect of your climb: that means fantastic guides, great equipment and lots of nourishing food.

Tailor made treks for individuals and groups

The whole of your trip can be tailor made to your requirement: your choice of routes, length of trek and dates in a custom made trip.

Great value all-inclusive climbs

Private airport collection, hotels before and after the trek, park fees, guides and porters and all your accommodation and food on the trek. All you need for a great climb.

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