Mount Kilimanjaro

(19,340 FT / 5,895M)

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About Marangu

Known as the "Coca-Cola" route, Marangu approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast. It is the most established, most settled course. Many support the Marangu course since it is viewed as the most straightforward way on the mountain, given its progressive slant and direct way. The base days required for this course is five, in spite of the fact that the likelihood of effectively arriving at the top in that time span is very low. Spending an additional acclimatization day on the mountain is profoundly suggested. Marangu is the only route which offers hut accommodation facilities. The Marangu course is an exemplary trek to the highest point of Kilimanjaro. However, it has the least grand assortment everything being equal (rising and descent are done on a similar way) and is the most swarmed hence. We will do Pre-Trip preparation and hardware check multi day prior, our guide will meet you anyplace inside an hour of Arusha/Moshi for the instructions and gear check. He will organize with you the takeoff time for the beginning of your Kilimanjaro climb.

Travel Tips

  • Choose longer days of the trek as your body needs time to adjust with the high altitude acclimatization.
  • Prepare a 'Kilimanjaro playlist' to listen to during your hike which helps to break your mental stress and physical exhaustion.
  • Take it easy and don't try to rush to the top.
  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
  • The amount of Oxygen on the top is only 50% as compared to the amount of Oxygen you are used to have. So pay attention to your body signals and inform your guide as soon as possible.
  • Choose the dry season to experience your trek the most.
  • If possible avoid taking pills like Diamox. It may show harmful side effects.
  • Pack the necessary gears and double-check the complete list.


Kilimanjaro is placed on the northern border of Tanzania. The tallest mountain of Africa has a peculiar geological structure. The free-standing mountain is actually made up of three volcanoes namely Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Shira erupted around 500,000 years ago. Soon after Shira’s extinction, a further eruption happened in Shira caldera, thus Mawenzi started to form. Kibo was formed with a massive eruption happened just west of Mawenzi.


The weather of Kilimanjaro is unpredictable throughout the year. The temperature on the mountain varies widely depending upon the altitude. June to October to the beginning of March offers the best time to climb the mountain. Different climatic zones offer different atmosphere. The temperatures and precipitation levels and vegetation drops as hikers move to a high altitude. As the weather varies, so the hikers should be ready to experience the hot, wet or cold conditions.

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  • The route is most popular, easiest and oldest route of trekking Kilimanjaro.
  • Being one of the least expensive routes, Marangu Route is popularly known as Coca-Cola route.
  • A shorter time is allocated to reach the summit, so hikers tend to rush to the top. So the success rate is lower as compared to other routes.
  • The sleeping huts found in Marangu Route are quite comfortable.
  • Because of the popularity and relative ease of ascent, Marangu is the most “Tourist Route”
  • Marangu Route is much cheaper than other routes as well.

Pro & Cons

  • Marangu is the only route providing the dormitory-style accommodations throughout the climb.
  • Marangu is the shortest route up Kilimanjaro.
  • The route is perfect for first-time climbers.
  • Follows the climb high and sleep low profile.
  • As the route is shorter, so offers poor acclimatization.
  • Less scenic as compared to the other routes.
  • Despite being the easiest route, the success rate is low.

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