Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on the Marangu Route

Marangu Route  starts from the south-east giving you an opportunity to sleep in the Huts.  Only of its kind in the entire Kilimanjaro Routes. The locals and tourists call it the Coca-cola route as it is cheaper and easier to climb than the Machame route. Spending an extra day is highly recommended for proper acclimatization. You will ascend to the summit and descend back to the gate on the same path.

Many favour Marangu Route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain. Gradual slope and direct path. However, the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is, unfortunately, less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason.

Why Choose Marangu Route?

Location: The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast.  Considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. It also offers you the hut accommodation which is the only of its kind in Kilimanjaro routes. You will not need to add more porters as there is no need of carrying tents via the Marangu Route. If you add an extra day to the Marangu route, you have a success rate of 70% to the summit of Kilimanjaro and enjoy the scenic view in Uhuru Peak.

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route is easier compared to the other routes.   Marangu route for 5 days will not give you more time for proper acclimatization and you may get back due to altitude sickness. However, the recommended is; Marangu Route 6 Days, which gives you an additional day for acclimatization and also allows you to sleep in the lower elevation and spend more time on the mountains.

How Difficult Is Marangu Route?

Marangu Route is the easiest route of all the Kilimanjaro routes. It has a direct path and you can ascend and descend by the same path. The only difficulty level in the Marangu route is, there is no proper time for acclimatization and the Marangu route of 5 days will not allow you to sleep in the lower elevation. This makes you not get adjusted to the higher altitude and ultimately you will be back to the gate. Hence, it is recommended to have an additional day for proper acclimatization and have a successful Kilimanjaro Summit via the Marangu route.

How Long Is Marangu Route?

The total distance of the Marangu route is 72 kilometres (45 miles) from gate to gate. Here you can find the Day-wise kilometre calculation from the gate to the top.

  • Day 1: From the Marangu Gate, it is 8 km to the Mandara Hut.
  • Day 2: It will be a hard day and you will travel for 5.5-6 hours covering 11 km.
  • Day 3: Today is a meant for acclimatization. You will take a short-day hike to the Mawenzi Ridge. After spending a few moments in the area, you will descend back down to Horombo Hut.
  • Day 4: Keeping drinking water to avoid dehydration as you will climb 9 km.
  • Day 5: You will start at midnight with hot tea and biscuits as you will need to cover the distance of around 22 km.
  • Day 6: This is the final day on the mountain and you will need to travel 20 km.

What Is The Success Rate of  the Marangu Route?

Compared to other Kilimanjaro routes, Marangu Route Success Rate is low which is between 60% to 70%. The reason for this you will not get time for proper acclimatization and suffer from altitude sickness which will forcibly get you back to the gate. However, if you have an additional day for proper acclimatization, the Marangu route can give you a success rate of 80%.

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The Marangu Route begins at Marangu Gate (1,870 meters) on the South-East side of Mount Kilimanjaro (see map above). Takes approximately an hour and passes through the village of Marangu. If approaching from Arusha it takes over two hours to reach Marangu gate.