The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier compared to the Machame route. The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain. This extends the route into a 6-day trek, greatly increasing your chances of success. Shared hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this route. All your equipment and supplies are pottered and a cook prepares all your meals.
Marangu is the only route on Kilimanjaro with solar-powered sleeping huts. You will also find comfy beds at every camp. The huts are shared by all climbers on the route and their bunks are equipped with a sponge mattress and pillow. The huts at Mandara and Kibo each have 60 beds and the busiest camp, Horombo Hut, has 120 beds. The lower two huts have bathrooms and running water. Basic outhouses are available at the last camp.
The dining huts are a communal melting pot of trekkers from all over the globe.