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    $1300 p/p in USD
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Burigi Chato Safaris

  • Tanzania



Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Camping

Tour Overview

The Marangu route is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. It is also the oldest and the most well-established route. Start in the rain forest where you will see towering eucalyptus trees, bird life and colobus monkeys, before passing through heathland with giant lobelias and groundsels, reaching alpine desert and continuing on up to Uhuru Peak with its panoramic views.

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Colobus Monkey
  • Activities:
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Moshi/Arusha
  • Minimum age:
    5 years

The Marangu Route

The Marangu Route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. It is slightly less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason, hence its sometimes referred to as the ‘Coca-Cola route’. The short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. This is the only route that offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls, basic washrooms, and toilets.

Rates – Per Person USD

From USD 1,300 per person

What's Included

  • Professional, experienced guides
  • Fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • High guide to client ratio of 1:2
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Hard-working, team-oriented support staff
  • Fair wages to our employees
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain hardware tents
  • Solid safety and crisis management procedures
  • Roomy dining tents with table and chairs
    Emergency oxygen and medical kits ( upon request)

What's Excluded

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in Moshi/Arusha
  • Tanzania visa
  • Gratuity
  • Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages etc)
  • Meals not listed in Includes
  • Optional tours (short safari after your climb etc)


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Burigi Chato Safaris
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Burigi Chato Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering eucalyptus trees, bird life and colobus monkeys.

  • 5,500 ft / 1,700 m to 9,000 ft / 2,740 m
  • 7 km
  • 4-5 hours
  • Montane Forest
  • Meals: L, D
  • Budget Lodging: Mandara Hut


You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and groundsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

  • 9,000 ft / 2,700 m to 12,100 ft / 3,700 m
  • 11 km
  • 6-8 hours
  • Heathland
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest and prepare for the summit climb.

  • 12,100 ft / 3,700 m to 15,400 ft / 4,700 m
  • 10 km
  • 6-8 hours
  • Alpine Desert
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Budget Lodging: Kibo Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

  • 15,400 ft / 4,700 m to 19,300 ft / 5,895 m
  • 19,300 ft / 5,895 m to 12,100 ft / 3,700 m
  • 4 km up / 14 km down
  • 10-15 hours
  • Alpine Desert
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Budget Lodging: Horombo Camp

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through a lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for a celebration!

  • 12,100 ft / 3,700 m to 5,500 ft / 1,700 m
  • 18km
  • 5-7 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
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