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About the Kilimanjaro Day Hike

Kilimanjaro day hike: climb Mount Kilimanjaro with a one day hike. This hike has probably been on your bucketlist for a while now and if you don’t have the time or budget (or both) to climb it, then this is definately your best option. You’ll get up really high and have the single best view on the mountain, without having to pay the full price. Get a nice taste of the highest mountain in Africa: Mt. Kilimanjaro at 5,985m tall.

 

Kilimanjaro day hike: What to expect

The day trip to Mt Kilimanjaro starts around 5 from Arusha (or even earlier to avoid traffic). Depending on the location of your ho(s)tel, the journey will take 1:30-2.30hours. From here you’ll depart with your guide after an early breakfast to start the drive to Kilimanjaro National Park and begin the Kilimanjaro day hike.

The kilimanjaro day hike begins on the western side of the mountain and goes up through the forests to the Londorossi Gate. Here, at an altitude of 2,100m, the hike begins. The ascent is over 1,000m, moving steadily up through tropical mountain forests, home to a variety of animals and birdlife. With the help of your guide, you may spot colobus monkeys, crested turacos and more. It is not uncommon to hear elephants rumbling through the forest; you may even catching sight of them through the trees.

The kilimanjaro day hike takes you up to the vast Shira Plateau, at 3600 m. A 500,000-year-old vulcanic caldera that is now a World Heritage Site. You can stop for lunch here, or continue on to Shira 1 Camp, Lion Gorge and the foothills of the Shira Pinnacles. Kilimanjaro’s iconic snow-covered table top, Kibo Peak, should be visible from here, as well as neighbouring glaciers.

 

How fit should I be: 

It’s ‘just’ a day hike, but the fast paste and elevation make it quite exhausting. So don’t underestimate this hike. It is definitely challenging. 

 

What to wear: 

The most important one is to bring good, closed shoes on the Kilimanjaro day hike. If you want to walk up all the way on your high heals, that’s perfectly fine, just don’t complain if it gets tough. Due to the altitude, an extra set of warm clothing is also strongly advised. It can get wet in the lower rainforests, so come prepared with some waterproof clothing or a drybag with extra socks/shirt. 

TOUR ITINERARY

Private one day trip
 It's only an hour away, but the scenery will capture you - coffee and banana fields, past charming Marangu hamlet, with Kilimanjaro rising magnificently before you. We'll register you at the Marangu Gate (we don't want you to go lost!) Your adventure will soon begin. The ridged route is first narrow as it winds through the rainforest.
 

Itineraries

Day Trip

Mount Kilimanjaro Hike (Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Mandara Hut (2,743m/9,000ft) Elevation Gain: 915 meters, 3,000 feet).

Leave lively, colourful Moshi early in the morning for the trip to Marangu Gate, the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro. It's only an hour away, but the scenery will capture you - coffee and banana fields, past charming Marangu hamlet, with Kilimanjaro rising magnificently before you. We'll register you at the Marangu Gate (we don't want you to go lost!) Your adventure will soon begin. The ridged route is first narrow as it winds through the rainforest. It's lush and gloomy, with moss adorning the trees. The canopy above is alive with songs and weird rustlings - might it be a colobus? Mongoose may scurry ahead of you. You'll also encounter fatigued hikers on their way down from the peak. Give them a thumbs up for their efforts. The journey to Mandara Hut takes around three hours, so take a break and eat a wonderful lunch at the Hut before continuing to the short but strenuous walk to the Maundi Crater. The views to the east across Taveta and the northwest to Mawenzi Peak are spectacular on a clear day. Don't forget to bring your camera! After taking in the scenery, you'll climb back down to the Marangu Gate, where our van will be ready to take you back to Moshi, exhausted but delighted. This Kilimanjaro day walk is acceptable for most individuals, even if they are physically challenged.

  • transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • professional, English-speaking guide
  • meals according to the itinerary
  • drinking water
  • activities and transfers as per itinerary
  • all national park fees
  • flights (international and domestic)
  • meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • alcoholic and soft drinks
  • optional activities
  • tips
  • personal expenses, visa fees, travel insurance

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This is a private tour and hence there won’t be any other guests joining the safari except for those in your party. It will just be you, your guide and the cook. Our vehicles can take a maximum of 7 people and should your group be bigger than that, more than one vehicle will be used.

There is no set age limit, however, we discourage parents with children under the age of 8 to join such a safari due to the lengthy drives and the fact that nights are spent on unfenced campsites. If parents are nevertheless convinced that their child / children are unfazed by the long driving distances and the travel time that goes with it, children are welcome to join the safari. But please keep in mind that the responsibility for each child lies with you as a parent at all times.

Are there ablution facilities at the lodge?
Yes, communal ablution facilities can be found on all lodge. Most of them are very basic and hot water is few and far between.

We make use of reconstructed 4×4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Landcruisers), that have been designed to conquer the ever demanding road conditions in East Africa. All vehicles have pop-up roofs that can be opened during game drives and a window seat is guaranteed for each guest.

What meals does the price include and what kind of food can I expect?

We will provide you with a detailed packing list at the time of booking
(please feel free to contact us should you have any questions ).

Luggage is restricted to one large bag / rucksack weighing no more than 15 kg. Furthermore, every traveller is allowed one piece of hand luggage.
Due to the limited space in the vehicle, we kindly ask guests to refrain from travelling with suitcases as storing them in the vehicle could prove a problem. Please also do not forget to check the baggage allowances of your respective airlines.

Yes, we suggest that you bring some spending money for drinks, snacks, souvenirs and tips.
so you can bring extra funds.

Tips are not included in the price and we recommend 15-20 USD per group per day for the guide and 10-15 USD per group per day for the cook.

Most nationalities can apply for a visa upon arrival in Tanzania but all travellers need to contact their respective embassies to check the latest visa regulations. Furthermore, it is the sole responsibility of each traveller to be in possession of the required documents.

We do recommend that you get a yellow fever vaccination as Tanzania finds itself in a yellow fever region.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Hepatitis A & B vaccinations are not required, but nevertheless recommend by us.
Malaria is also present and we hence suggest some precautions for this as well. Please contact a travel clinic or your health care practitioner for further information on prophylaxis and the effects and side effects that come with it.