To climb Mount Kilimanjaro is on many a bucket list – but for a flavor of the mountain, how about a day hike? The highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro is 5,985m, and it can take around a week to climb to the summit, but head for the less-visited western side and it’s possible to do a one-day excursion, with some hiking.
Marangu day hike involves going up to the first camp Mandara hut (2720m) and come back via the same route on the same day. There is a drive about 45km from Moshi town which will take 1 hour. At Marangu gate you have to do some registrations and pay the park entrance fee to get a valid permit to start the hike. Marangu gate is 1879m above sea level and the distance to Mandara hut is 8km (16 km round trip), which will take 3 to 4 hours for each direction.
You will be picked up in the morning at your hotel in Moshi and taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (Marangu Gate, 1860m). The drive will take approximately 1 hour. Once the necessary gate registration has been completed, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense Kilimanjaro rainforest.
Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys and various bird species. Our knowledgeable English-speaking guide will inform you about Kilimanjaro and will explain the different species of plants and animals you will see. You will also meet mountain climbers descending from the top, and perhaps some of them will tell you of their experiences and you can start to dream about a climb of your own!
After a 3-4 hour hike, you will reach Mandara Hut (2720m), where you will have a well-earned rest and lunch. Your guide will then take you on a short hike (15 minutes walking distance) to the Maundi Crater, where you can enjoy wonderful views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern Tanzania and Kenya. Once you have thoroughly enjoyed the views, you will return to the Marangu Gate (2-3 hours walking distance), where your vehicle will be waiting for your transfer back to your hotel. On your return journey you can enjoy the sunset and the day‘s memories.
- All National Park and Forest fees + VAT18%
- Great picnic lunch.
- Professional & Friendly Mountain guide.
- 3lts of mineral water per/person.
- Private transport from & to your Accommodation
- Travel insurance, Medical & Evacuation insurance
- All personal items for trip.
- Tipping for your guide after trek
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