Also known as the Coca Cola Route , Marangu is the easiest, cheapest and by far the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Although there is a high amount of hiker traffic, this is a fun and comfortable route. The Marangu Route can be accomplished in 5 days by any normal fit person but - we recommend taking the 6 day route so that you can acclimatize properly on Day 4 to increase your chances of making it to the summit. It would be unwise to think that everyone makes the summit because this is the easiest route – in fact this route has the highest rate of failure. You could put this down to the high number of bad operators on this route, or due to bad personal preparation on the part of the hiker who thinks that this route is nothing more than a walk in the park.
A nice feature on the Marangu route is that all accommodation is in huts. This is a much softer option than sleeping in tents which is the only option you will have on the other routes. You will sleep in bunk beds with fairly comfortable mattresses. Other creature comforts such as mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are sold at all the camps on this route. Under the leadership of your guide, all your equipment and supplies are carried for you by a team of Porters and a Cook will prepare all your meals. All you will need to carry will be your daypack items such as drinking water, your lunch pack and some additional clothing.
The overall height difference between Marangu Gate, National Park entrance and the summit of Uhuru peak is 4100 meters (13,450 ft) and the distance is 32 km (20 miles). In all a good 64 km (40 miles) trek with the bonus of an ascent of one of the worlds finest 5000 meter peaks