1 Day Short Kilimanjaro Trek - Marangu Route
Mount Kilimanjaro 1-Day Hiking trip is an affordable & safe, guided Tanzania one-day hiking tour of Mt Kilimanjaro using the Marangu (Rain forest) route located inside of Kilimanjaro National Park. This one-day Mt Kilimanjaro Marangu route trip includes an expert Mountain guide and allows you to experience the thrill of climbing Africa’s highest mountain while you avoid the summit and extreme altitudes.
Our Kilimanjaro Hiking day tour starts with breakfast at your hotel followed by a transfer to the nearby Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro National Park, we complete the necessary paperwork before starting our Mount Kilimanjaro day hike (medium fitness). The Marangu hiking trail soon takes us into the dense rainforest where we are surrounded by ancient trees draped with moss, giant ferns, lichen, and other indigenous vegetation. Hiking through the rainforest we keep a lookout for black and white colobus monkeys, as well as other wild animals. After a 3 to 5-hour trek, we reach Mandara Hut (picnic lunch either en route or at Mandara Hut depending on the walking pace).
A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings (time and weather permitting). After lunch at Mandara Hut, we head back into the tropical rainforest reaching the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (estimated 3-4 hours) where we say goodbye to our mountain guide and transfer back to Moshi or Arusha.
Our 1-day Kilimanjaro Hike follows the Marangu Route, the easiest and shortest route to the summit of Kilimanjaro however, on this particular trip our aim is NOT to reach the summit. Marangu Route is sometimes called the “Coca-Cola” and is the oldest and most popular route up Mount Kilimanjaro.
This short trek is geared for people who like to hike but reaching the summit isn’t a “must-do”, and allows one to experience the excitement of hiking on the highest peak on the African continent. All trekking inside the Tanzania National Park requires the services of a certified Kilimanjaro guide, and the Marangu route is the only route where short treks are allowed.
The day trip begins with a transfer from Arusha or Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate – Marangu Gate (1840m). Register at the park office, and then start hiking. This hiking trip to the first hut Mandara Hut (2670m) will allow you to have a feel of the mountain for one day and the hike through the rainforest will be breathtaking.
The trek soon takes us into the dense rainforest where we are surrounded by ancient trees draped with moss, giant ferns, lichen, and other indigenous vegetation. Walking through the rainforest we keep a lookout for black and white colobus monkeys, as well as other wild animals.
After a 4-hour walk, we reach Mandara Hut (2670m) where we have lunch. Here we rest before visiting Maundi Crater with our mountain guide. From the crater, we enjoy wonderful views of the Kenyan interior.
After lunch at Mandara Hut, we begin descending back into the tropical rainforest reaching the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m) after taking about 2 hours. You will walk slowly as you enjoy the scenery and look for anything that you might have missed on your way up.
At the gate, we say goodbye to our mountain guide and transfer back to Moshi or Arusha bringing your memorable 1-day Kilimanjaro Hike via Marangu Route to a close.
Mount Kilimanjaro 1 Day Hiking Trip Itinerary
0700 Hours: You will be picked from your hotel and drive to Marangu where the gate for Mt. Kilimanjaro National park is (1970 meters)
1000 Hours: At the gate you will meet with our well experienced guide who will give you brief information about the hike. You will walk for about 3-4 hours to the first hut (Mandara hut) and you will arrive there in the afternoon.
1330 Hours: Lunch will be served when you reach the hut. From the hut you have a great view over Moshi district.
1430 Hours: After your lunch your guide will give you a short walk to Maundi crater before walking down to Marangu gate. You will walk down to Marangu gate and this walk will take you about 2 hours walking slowly as you observe for anything that you might have missed on your way up.
1630 Hours: At Marangu National Park you will meet with transport from the hotel ready to take you back to the lodge.
1900 Hours: Return back to your hotel.
Mount Kilimanjaro 1 Day Hiking Trip Prices
Mount Kilimanjaro 1-Day Hiking Trip Rates Includes:
Price per person + All park entry fees into Mt Kilimanjaro National Park + Guided Day Hike to Mt Kilimanjaro which includes a Picnic lunch Box + Pickup from your hotel in Arusha, transfer to the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, and Drop-off to your hotel in Arusha & Professional English speaking guides. All are experts in African wildlife, culture, and tour guiding, many of whom speak other European languages
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* Hiking for about 3 – 4 hours to the first hut (Mandara hut)
* You will walk down to Marangu gate and this walk will take you about 2 hours
* Lunch box with sandwiches, chocolate, groundnuts, biscuits, fruits, juice, boiled egg, piece of cake
* All our guides are charming, friendly, and well-trained, ensuring you enjoy every step of your trek. N.B. If you need a guide who speaks your language fluently this can also be arranged at an extra fee
* One advantage of this day trip is that you will not need any special mountain climbing gear. All that you need for this trek is comfortable clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and a raincoat in case it rains on your way up
Mount Kilimanjaro 1-Day Hiking Trip Rates Do Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers Insurance
* Communication charges
* Visas, international airfares, and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
1 Day Climb Kilimanjaro Hike Guide
* Approx driving distance: 1 hour to the gate / 1 hour back to Moshi
* Approx trekking time: 6-9 hours
* Approx trekking distance: 14 km / 8.5mi
* Start Altitude: 1860m or 6100ft
* End Altitude: 1860m or 6100ft
* Highest Altitude reached: 2775m or 9105ft
* Altitude +gain / -loss: +915m or 3005ft / -915m or 3005ft
* Meals included: Picnic lunch