On this trip, you will hike on the Marangu Route up to Mandara Hut and come back on the same day. You will not reach the summit and you can start any day of the year.
After breakfast you will drive to Marangu gate with lunch box. When you enter Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate you will complete the registration formalities at the park headquarters.
The actual hike begins at the park gate (6,000') and we hike 5.5 miles up to Mandara Hut (8,860') near the upper edge of the forest line. The hike takes about 3-5 hours. The path is interesting, starting off through rain forest vegetation, and then opening up to giant heather.
If time and weather permit, a short walk from Mandara to Maundi Crater is worth it. Walk back to Marangu gate, meet our driver and drive back to keys hotel.