The Marangu Route
8 Day Kilimanjaro Marangu Route
The Marangu route is warmly known as the Tourist or Coca Cola route, in reference to the trail’s popularity and creature comforts available along the way. This trail carries hikers through the lush montane forests, across the dramatic moorland and into the bare alpine desert before reaching the summit. Renowned for having both the best forest trail rich with waterfalls, and breathtaking views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks throughout the journey, this is an easier introduction to the mountain for novice hikers. There are plenty of detours off the trail which reveal remarkable views of the expansive craters, crevasses and the plains below. Blue monkeys, snack vendors and picnic areas dot the sides of this well-established trail, making for pleasant hiking that cover no more than 12km in a given day.
Approximately 70% of hikers opt to take this trail, given its gentle gradients, short route, lower cost and comfortable accommodation options. Drinks, chocolate and mineral are readily available at the three rest camps, in addition the provisions supplied by the tour. The trail does however have a reputation for higher crowds and litter during the high season. Additionally, due to the quick ascent and the trail’s alleged ease, less experienced and unprepared hikers often select this route. This results in the Marangu Route holding the lowest rate for successful summits. However, with drive and time, a summit is very much attainable for hikers with basic physical fitness and a genuine drive to see Uhuru Peak!
What to pack for Kilimanjaro
Those hiking Kilimanjaro will receive a comprehensive packing list upon booking your tour. The following list will however give you a rough idea of the necessary gear and equipment.
• Layered clothing (wicking material, fleece)
• Light down jacket
• Sturdy hiking boots
• Warm socks
• Trekking socks
• Brimmed hat
• Warm hat
• Trekking poles
• Day pack with rain cover
• Sleeping bag
• Thermal mat
• Water bottle
• Necessary medication
• Small first aid kit (pain killers, band aids etc.)
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