The Marangu Route (also known at the ‘Coca-Cola’ route) is considered as the easiest route for kilimanjaro climbing. It crosses The Saddle, a 5 km wide, high-altitude, semi-desert that separates craggy Mawenzi from the main summit Kibo.
Climbers sometimes spend an extra day to acclimate to the altitude at Horombo Hut. Also, climbers often start the final ascent to Uhuru Peak early from Kibo Hut, since the scree is easier to climb when frozen, and dawn views from the crater rim are often spectacular.
Day to day climbing Kilimanjaro schedule is below.
Day 1: Drive to Marangu Gate for park formalities. Walk through the rain forest to Mandara hut (2743 m), about 3 hours.
Day 2: Leave the forest and cross open moor land to Horombo hut (3760 m).
Day 3: Rest and acclimatization day at Horombo Hut. Day walk to Zebra Rocks or to Mawenzi Hut.
Day 4: When hiking you will pass through moorland then alpine desert to “The Saddle” between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. From here you will walk for about an hour to reach Kibo hut (4730 m).
Day 5: Very early start for the summit on steep scree up to Gillman’s Point (5681 m) which is on the crater rim. Continue around the rim (which will take about two hours if you are fit) to Uhuru Peak (5895 m) the highest point in Africa. Descend to Kibo Hut for tea and biscuits or soup and then down to the thicker air and relative warmth of Horombo hut.
Day 6: After breakfast, descend to Marangu gate for certificate awarding on successful climbing.