Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
The journey passes through village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign inn at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. You now leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest.
The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro’s wild animals are found. (An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail, branches off to the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either, after 1,5 hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut.) Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a group of wooden huts in a forest clearing.
Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar powered lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut.