The Marangu Route is considered the most straightforward and, therefore, popular, of routes, and traditionally known as the "Tourist Route" or "Coca-Cola Route”. Consequently, it is the only one that has mountain huts to sleep in, serving the proverbial Coca Cola along the way. It takes five days minimum to ascend, albeit on a more gradual collection of contours.
Starting in the small town of Marangu on the southeastern side of the mountain, you trek through luscious fauna and flora-filled rainforest from the minute you leave the foot of the mountain. After your first night in the Mandara huts, the landscape opens up into stunning fields of heather. The landscape is so different it feels as if you have just switched channels on the telly. En route to your next stop at Horombo Huts, you can scramble up to the rim of the Maundi Crater to get your first view of the main Kibo Crater, dripping with glaciers all glistening in the distance. This alpine landscape is the big pull for many on this route. The target on your fourth day is the “Saddle”, which straddles the land between the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks, with Kibo hut your last stop before the top. En route to the summit, usually undertaken in the middle of the night, you pass Hans Meyer Cave, with a steep, slow zig zag climb to Gillman’s Point, with snow laying the path all the way to Uhuru peak. The descent is using the same path.