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Marangu Route

The Marangu Route is the most popular route up Mount Kilimanjaro, and also considerably easier than any of the other trips to the summit.

Route and Acommodation


Climbers usually cover the 34km each way over a period of at least four or five nights on the mountain, making use of three stages of wooden huts for overnight accommodation en route. These three stages provide shared accommodation for a number of climbers in rather close wooden quarters, but they are at least dry and sometimes warm.  The standards of accommodation and privacy are not the reasons you are here!

The first two of these huts are manned by permanent staff, and the easy climb and sales of soft drinks along the way have given this path a reputation as the Coca Cola route. This climb is the least strenuous (although it's by no means a merry dance!), and follows excellent gravel pathways recently laid out through the Forest Reserve to Mandara Huts at 2700m at the end of the first leg. The second day continues through the heather to the edge of the short cropped moorland plains to Horombo Hut at 3,760m, from where Moshi township and the Pare ranges can be seen on a clear night.

On day three walkers press on across a clear and fresh expanse of moorland for around a three-hour stretch, and then the landscape changes again beyond the last water point at 4200m, from where the walk continues across the barren stretch of alpine desert to Kibo Huts.

The fourth day final ascent from Kibo is the most arduous part, including a hard climb of about 6km with little oxygen under fierce climatic conditions. The final ascent is normally timed in order to arrive at the summit (Uhuru peak) for dawn. Thereafter there is a descent for the night at Horombo hut, and finally a morning's descent to the Marangu Gate. 

Then while you're here, you might as well extend the trip of a lifetime to incorporate an iconic Tanzanian safari...

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