1 Day Hike Marangu Route


Kilimanjaro 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.

Day By Day Itinerary

  • Marangu Gate (6000 ft) – Mandara Hut (9,000 ft),
  • Hiking/Ascent time: 3 – 4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane forest

Leave Moshi town about 08:30am and drive to 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 9:30 am. Hike through rainforest from the park gate (6000 ft) to Mandara Hut (9000 ft), taking about 3 – 4 hours. Stop half way for lunch. Reach Mandara Huts at about 01.30 pm. After short tour at the hut and start coming down to Marangu gate and you may reach at 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 Moshi and will arrive in the late evening around 06:45 pm.

  • Private transport to and from Moshi/Marangu gate & Gate/Moshi,
  • Driver
  • Professional English speaking Guide
  • Park entry fees,
  • Government tax
  • Rescue fee
  • VAT 18%
  • Lunch box
  • 3 Liters bottled drinking water
  • Flight
  • Insurance
  • Tipping for guide ($ 20/group)
  • Personal nature expenses like drinks etc.