MARANGU ROUTE - COCA COLA ROUTE

Marangu route Kilimanjaro is one of the most popular routes to Climb Kilimanjaro. It is also the quickest route up Kilimanjaro. This means that Marangu route is busy and if you are traveling alone you can easily join in with another group for company. It is a more moderate ascent making it less difficult to climb than the others. Porters carry all of your equipment and supplies, and a cook prepares all your meals. It is also known as the Coca Cola route

Unlike all other routes on Kilimanjaro, you sleep overnight in dormitory style huts at camps on Kilimanjaro along Marangu route. There are 60 bunk beds at Mandara and also at Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Although you have a bed and mattress, you will need to bring a sleeping bag. The huts have communal dining rooms and basic bathroom facilities, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and bucket water at Kibo Hut.

The route approaches Kilimanjaro from the eastern side through the thick Marangu Forest after a quick 30 minute drive from. Because the climb involves the same ascent and descent paths, scenic variations are restricted. It is also a more direct approach and for this reason an extra day acclimatisation is advised.

Marangu climb can be done in as little as five days but this yields lower success rates. Descent is made via the same route.

Overview

Day-1: Meet at Kilimanjaro International Airport

Day-2: Marangu Gate - Mandara Hut

Day-3: Mandara Hut - Horombo Huts

Day-4: Horombo Huts - Kibo Huts

Day-5: SUMMIT DAY

Day-6: Mandara Huts - Marangu Gate

Day-7: Depart

Fast Facts

Marangu is one of the shortest treks on Kilimanjaro and can be done over as little as 5 days. This means that greater distances are trekked each day than you would do on the other routes. The overall success rate on Marangu is lower than the others because you have less time to acclimitise. Therefore is the best done over 6 days to add on one acclimatisation day and increase your chances of success.
The Marangu or Coca Cola Route is approximately 70 km /42 miles from gate to gate
June to October. Kilimanjaro is equatorial which means minimal variation between the seasons. However, there are two rainy seasons in Tanzania, the first is from March to May (short rains) and November to December (longer rains) which can make the forest track very muddy and of course, snow and/or rain higher up.
There are several streams on the trail and porters will collect water from them. The cook then boils this water for you to fill you water bottles for your days hike. You can also use purifier tablets in stream water or add it to your boiled water however it can also have an effect on the diamox and make you feel nauseous. The higher you climb the less water there is is. On the Marangu trail the last water point is just before the Saddle. For this reason it is essential that you carry enough bottles for at least two litres.
Marangu makes use of huts and is a shorter trek than the other routes. It is also therefore cheaper than the other routes which makes it busier. Marangu is less scenic than other routes because ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. The 5 day version has no chances of acclimatisation so better to do it over 6 days.
Marangu is the only route where you are accommodated in bunk houses or huts. On the Marangu Route, camping is strictly forbidden and while you may see people camping on this route, they are trekkers who took the Rongai Route to ascend and are now descending on Marangu. The huts on Marangu sleep anything from four to twenty beds per room.

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith:. Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 6,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it's your responsibility
to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options

Our grade: Trek Grade: 2c (FP) along the Coca Cola or Marangu. It is often ranked as easier than the others but acclimatisation chances or less.

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive Kilimanjaro

Day-2: Marangu Gate - Mandara Hut (2700m)

Elevation: 1,860m to 2,700m
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
We leave Moshi town at about 0900hrs for Marangu Gate and start hiking between about 10h30 and 12h00. The route quickly heads into a thick rainforest from the park gate. The forest zone, along with the cultivated zone that lies below it, together receive the most rainfall of about 2300mm per year. It can be hot and humid and houses an incredible variety of both fauna and flora. The most pretty is the beautiful flower Impatiens kilimanjari, an endemic fleck of dazzling red and yellow in the shape of an inch-long tuba. In the trees hand drifts of lichen and tree roots are covered in spongy forest moss.  Colobus monkeys with white capes and tails, and blue monkeys can be seen. You'll probably have lunch at the Kisamboni picnic area, which marks half way to Mandara Hut. Mandara Camp consists of a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut. Dinner is served during the early evening in communal dining areas.

Day-3: Mandara Hut - Horombo Huts (3700m)

Elevation: 2,700m to 3,700m
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heath Zone
This morning we start out towards Horombo Huts on a route that will take about 5-6 hours. The climb will take us through the heath zone with small shrubs being the main vegetation. Temperatures can drop below 0C here and most of the moisture comes from the mist that is an almost permanent fixture at this height. Rainfall here is around 1300mm per year. The most distinctive plant in this area indeed, on the entire mountain is the senecio, or giant or tree groundsel. At our lunch stop about half way up, we will get stunning views across to Mawenzi. We will arrive at Horombo Hut around 15h00 with Kibo crater summit already in view.

Day-4: Horombo Huts - Kibo Huts (4700m)

Elevation: 3,700m to 4,700m
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heath Zone
Wake to breakfast as usual. Pack and begin the hike to Kibo Huts. The first half of the day's hike traverses the upper heath zone while the second half crosses the vast saddle that connects Mawenzi and Kibo. The saddle is an alpine desert that resembles a lunar landscape. It is here that you may begin to feel the first effects of altitude with shortness of breath and irritability, assuming it had not taken effect earlier. The day's hike should take 6 to 7 hours, stopping half way for lunch.

Day-5: SUMMIT DAY

Elevation: 4,700m to 5,895m to 3,700m
Distance: 24 km/14 miles
Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
Habitat: Alpine Arctic to Heath Zone
Wake around midnight and prepare for the summit ascent. This part of the hike is carried out during the early morning before dawn so that the climbers reach Kilimanjaro Uhuru Peak at around sunrise. Leave at about 1:00am and reach Gilman's Point at about 7:00am. The climbers are met with views of the crater from Gilman's Point. Another 2 hours of hiking will bring you to Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft) at about 8:30 am. From there you descend back to Kibo Hut, collect your possessions and cross the saddle again at Horombo Huts where you spend the night.

Day-6: Mandara Huts

Elevation: 3,700m to 1,860m
Distance: 20 km/12 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest Wake as usual, pack and then descend along the same route to Mandara Huts for lunch, before hiking down Marangu park gate where you will be met by your transport back to Moshi. You should reach the park gate around 14h00. Those climbers who climbed to Gilmans Point (5700m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates for your Marangu Route climb on Kilimanjaro.

Day-7:

After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for you flight home.

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What's Included

Price includes


Return Kilimanjaro airport transfers
Return transfers to the park gate
Three meals a day on trek except for last day of trek
All park entry fees
All porter, guide and cook fees
Kilimanjaro emergency rescue fees
Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Park permit for 5 days
Hut fees for the Marangu Route
Eating utensils etc.
Two night's bed and breakfast at Moshi Springlands Hotel twin share

Price Excludes


Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Laundry
Bottled water
Meals other than those indicated
Visa's and vaccinations
International flights
Costs for giving up the expedition (no refunds applicable)
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $70 per night)

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.Overview of other routes
6 - 7 days trekking
40 minutes drive to Machame Gate
Scenic but steep
Good for acclimatisation
Starts in forest and joins Lemosho and Shira routes
Summit via Barafu Hut and Stella Point
Sleep in Tents
Descend via Mweka Route
Click here for the Machame Route
6 - 7 days trekking
3 hour drive to Park Gate
Scenic and quiet
Good for acclimatisation
Starts in forest and joins Lemosho and Machame
Summit via Barafu Hut and Stella Point
Sleep in Tents
Descend via Mweka Route
Click here for the Shira Route
7 - 8 days trekking
3 hour drive to Park Gate
Scenic, quiet, longer approach
Good for acclimatisation
Starts in forest and joins Machame and Shira routes
Summit via Barafu Hut and Stella Point
Sleep in Tents
Descend via Mweka Route
Click here for the Lemosho Route
6 - 7 days trekking
4 hours of driving to Park Gate
Very quiet
Need to add a day for acclimatisation
Starts near Kenyan Border
Route joins Marangu
Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
Sleep in Tents
Descend via Marangu Route
Click here for the Rongai Route
8-9 days trekking
4 Hour drive to Shira Gate
Very Quiet
Less scenic but longer approach
Start higher but route is good for acclimatisation
Route joins Rongai and Marangu Routes
Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
Sleep in Tents
Descend via Marangu Route
Click here for the Northern Circuit Route
5-7 days trekking
40 Minute drive to Umbwe Gate
Very Quiet
Very steep and fast approach
Poor chances for acclimatisation
Route joins Shira, Lemosho and Machame
Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
Sleep in Tents
Descend via Mweka Route
Click here for the Umbwe Route
Kilimanjaro Short Treks
These treks are designed for people with less time available or who do not want to go for summit. They range from 1 to 4 days on the mountain
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Mt Meru
Mt Meru is a great pre-acclimatisation trek before Kilimanjaro or a stand alone trek. These treks are 3-4 days
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