This hiking trip to the first hut will allow you to have a feel of the mountain for one day and the hike through the rain forest will be breathtaking. One advantage of this day trip is that you will not be required to have any special mountain climbing gears. All that you need for this trek is comfortable clothing, comfortable walking shoes and a rain coat in case it rains on your way up.
Picked up early in the morning at your hotel and taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (Marangu Gate, 1860m). The drive will take approximately 1 or 3 hour depends with your destination either Moshi or Arusha. 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 mountain 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 hour hike, you will reach Mandara Hut (2700m), 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