Marangu route

Marangu Route Overview

The Marangu Route, commonly referred to as the “Coca-Cola Route,” stands as the oldest and most established trekking route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Its enduring popularity is primarily attributed to being the sole route on the mountain offering hut accommodation for trekkers. The approach to the summit via the Marangu route is from the southeast of the mountain. In general, it is a comparatively straightforward route with minimal steep ascents. However, the acclimatization profile of the Marangu route is moderate, as it provides limited time for acclimatization. Consequently, the summit success rate tends to be lower when compared to other routes, with fewer individuals reaching the top.

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Why Choose Marangu Route?

You have the option to choose the Marangu route, known for being the easiest path on the mountain due to its gradual slope and straightforward trajectory. Unique among Kilimanjaro routes, it provides hut accommodation, eliminating the need to carry tents, and thus, additional porters. By extending your journey with an extra day on the Marangu route, you can achieve a 70% success rate in reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro and revel in the scenic views from Uhuru Peak.

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What is the Marangu Route's success rate?

Being one of the shorter Kilimanjaro routes, the Marangu route is associated with a relatively subpar acclimatization profile, resulting in a low summit success rate. Although there are no official statistics available, the average success rate across all Kilimanjaro operators it stands at 50%. This indicates that the likelihood of reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route is not particularly high.

How Hard is Marangu Route?

The Marangu route is often perceived as an ‘easy’ climb, but this characterization can be misleading. Despite offering amenities like hut accommodation and being a relatively shorter route, it requires a rapid ascent. Consequently, many climbers on this route experience poor acclimatization and fail to reach the summit. In fact, the Marangu route boasts the lowest success rate among all seven Kilimanjaro routes. This highlights the importance of not being swayed solely by the label of ‘easy.’ That being said, while the Marangu route may not be our top recommendation, it remains achievable with proper Kilimanjaro preparation, emphasizing an understanding of the associated risks.

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