The Marangu Route also known as the ‘Coca-Cola’ or the ‘Tourist Route’ is a popular and commonly used route by tourists attempting the Mount Kilimanjaro Climb. And also, this is the only route that offers accommodation in huts and beverages such as Coca-Cola are served as you make your way to the summit.
This is the easiest route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, as its ascent profile is gradual offering painless and less straining climbing for most of the route. Unfortunately, because of its status as an easy route, many unexperienced and unprepared climbers select it on their attempt to summit the mountain. As a result, approximately just thirty five percent (35%) success rate to the summit has been registered along this route.
The climb along this route begins on the south eastern side of the mountain at the Marangu Gate, and can be completed in just five (5) days although recommend that you take six (6) days as they are more practical. Along this route, accommodation will be provided in sleeping huts and these have bunk beds fitted with a mattress plus a pillow, and also have a shared dining hall where meals are served. The descent follows the same route as the ascent a thing that really crowds the Marangu Route. Considering that it is a short route taking very few days and also because of the closeness of the Marangu gate (the starting Point) from Moshi (which is the gateway town), it is generally a cheaper Route.
When we talk about the scenery, it’s sad to mention that the views along this route are not as breathtaking as those on other routes, and this is mainly because it limits climbers to just one side of the mountain thus reducing on the variety of what to see. On a brighter side, the Marangu route has the best trail within the section of the rain-forest. You will definitely enjoy sights of the Mawenzi.
The Marangu route is perfect for climbers who aren’t confident of the hiking ability especially over a steeper terrain. It also works well for those not comfortable with sleeping in tents. The huts on this route offer nice shelter and warmth especially against the harsh weather on the mountain; so it’s the best option when climbing in the rainy season. This is the perfect route for those who don’t mind crowds but wish to spend less on the trek.