If you are looking for a one-day hike, you can consider taking a 1-day Kilimanjaro Trek to Mandara Hut via the Marangu Route which is A-shaped. This gives you the chance to trek to the first stage of the legendary Marangu Route, through a rainforest teeming with wildlife and chattering, curious blue monkeys.  The Marangu Route is the easiest ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro, although any ascent can be challenging. The distance of the Marangu route is approximately 82 km or 50 miles.

Kilimanjaro Climb via Marangu Route typically can be done either in 5 Days or 6 Days but a 7-day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb variation is significantly better. It is recommended that climbers take an extra day to acclimatize at Horombo Hut. The ascent begins at Marangu Gate up the southeast side of Kilimanjaro through the beautiful forest and moorland before passing to the south of Mawenzi and crossing the desolate saddle on route to Kibo Hut. You then ascend to the summit on scree slopes to Gilmans Point and then onto Uhuru Peak.

Please note that this one-day Trek is not a climb to Kilimanjaro’s summit. Visitors can embark on a 1-day Kilimanjaro Trek to Mandara Hut via the Marangu Route, which is the only route on Kilimanjaro where huts are used for accommodation instead of tents. This one-day trek is more of a day hike and does not reach the summit of Kilimanjaro.

This one-day trek allows you to experience a part of the Marangu Route and get a taste of the mountain without attempting to reach the summit. It’s suitable for those with limited time or who want a less strenuous experience.

However, it’s crucial to note that proper acclimatization is a key factor for a successful Kilimanjaro climb. Attempting to ascend to higher altitudes too quickly increases the risk of altitude sickness. Climbers typically take 5 to 6 days on the Marangu Route to reach the summit gradually, allowing their bodies to acclimatize to the high altitude.

If you are considering climbing Kilimanjaro, especially to the summit, it’s highly recommended to follow a longer and more gradual itinerary to ensure your safety and increase your chances of successfully reaching Uhuru Peak. Always consult with our Safari Expert for personalized advice based on your fitness level and time constraints.


Day 1: Arrival

Marangu Gate (1,800 m) – Mandara Hut (2,800 m )
Hiking/Ascent time: 4 – 5 hours
Habitat: Montane forest

Leave Moshi town at about 08:00 a.m. and drive about 45 minutes to Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro. Do the necessary paperwork at the park gate such as registrations. Begin hiking at about 10:00 a.m. Hike through the rain forest from the park gate (1,800 m) to Mandara Hut (2,800 m), taking about 4 – 5 hours. Stop halfway for lunch. Reach Mandara Huts at about 02.00 p.m. After a short tour at the hut start coming down to Marangu gate and you may reach the gate around 04:45 pm. A side trip to Maundi Crater (about 15 minutes away) is a good way to see the surroundings as well as views of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Return to Moshi and will arrive in the late evening around 06:45 pm, overnight at Kilimanjaro Resort.

Price includes:

Half board accommodation at One Night Accommodation Kilimanjaro Resort Dinners included

Transfer to and from Moshi/Marangu Gate/Moshi, Driver, Car, Guide and porter, Park fees, Rescue fees, and Lunch box + bottle of water or bottle of Juice for your day trip trek.

Price does not include:
Personal nature expenses, medication, or tipping to any Loraadventure Staff.

Mnadara Hut - Day Trip
Marangu Huts in Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Climb

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