It’s just an hour drive from Moshi Town to Kilimanjaro National Park’s Marangu Gate (starting point) and three hours walking from the gate to Mandara Hut (2700 m). Walking starts from the gate at (1970m). Enjoy walking in the Montane forest where Mandara Hut is situated on the forest belt border just below the Maundi Crater. Walking in the montane forest and shortly in the heath and moorland vegetation with beautiful endemic flora to Maundi Crater you will enjoy the breathtaking view of magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro, also you can get the chance to see varieties of birds, primates i.e. Black and White Colobus Monkey and varieties of trees and beautiful flowers.
Day 1 : Hike to Mandara Hut and back to park gate
After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your guide, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, 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 rain-forest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.
After lunch, hike back to park gate and drive back to Moshi.
• Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
• Distance: 8km/5mi
• Hiking Time: 3-4 hours up / 2-3 hours down
• Habitat: Montane Forest
• Meals: L
• National Park gate fees
• Transport from Moshi to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi
• Certified, experienced, English-speaking guide
• Tips for guide
• Airport transfers
• Accommodation and meals in Moshi
• Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)