The Marangu route was the original route offered to all trekkers and commonly referred to as the ‘Coca cola’ route due to its popularity throughout the years (and the soda’s popularity locally).
The route is the only one to offer permanent mountain huts as accommodation (over the other camping routes). This (and the fact the ascent/descent routes are the same and don’t offer a huge variety in scenery) does mean that you may experience more traffic than other routes, especially in the peak season.
The route approaches from the South-east, summiting via Kibo / Gilmans point and the path is well maintained with major obstacles modified to make this a more climber-friendly route.
That being said the acclimatization profile is not excellent and even the 6-day option (which includes an extra acclimatization day) is quite a short hike and doesn’t maximize chances of reaching the peak.
For non-experienced climbers we recommend at least this minimum of 6 days to offer the best acclimatization profile and maximize your chances of reaching the summit, however, we definitely prefer the camping routes and only recommend Marangu to those who don’t want to spend nights in tents.
Witnessing the Great Migration in the Serengeti, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, relaxing on Zanzibar’s soft-sand beaches