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KILIMANJARO SHORT TREKS AND DAY HIKES

 

Mount Kilimanjaro stands on the East African plateau, on the Tanzanian side of the Kenya border, overshadowing its smaller sister volcano, Mount Meru. Mount Kilimanjaro is deemed to be a dormant volcano, created during the formation of the Great Rift Valley in the Pleistocene era.

 

Kilimanjaro National Park comprises all of the mountain above the tree line. The name 'Kilimanjaro' has varying interpretations, from "Mountain of Greatness", Mountain of Whiteness", "Mountain of Caravans", and "Small Mountain of Caravans" which are all names derived from the Swahili, or Chagga dialects. In addition, there is a word in Swahili, “kilima” which means top of the hill. An additional claim is that it comes from the word "kilemakyaro" in the Chagga language, meaning "impossible journey".

 

Climbing to the summit of these cases, doing a Short trek on Kilimanjaro is a great option, giving you the chance to do either a 1 day, 2, 3 or 4 day trek.

 

These tours can then be combined with a Short safari option or Mt Meru to give you the best of both worlds.

 

One Day Trek

Two Day Trek

Three Day Trek

Four Day Trek

 

1 Day Kilimanjaro Trek, 2 Nights Pre and Post Trek

 

Day 1

Arrive Tanzania, Kilimanjaro Airport. Transfer to hotel. Overnight Moshi.

 

Day 2

Marangu Gate (1850m/6000 ft) - Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft)

We leave Moshi town at about 0830hrs for Marangu Gate. There we complete the required paperwork and head into the incredible Marangu forest, with its thick moss, lichens and endless display of abundant plant life. The route will take us through the rainforest to Mandara Hut (9000 ft). Here we will stop, enjoy lunch and then head back down to the park gate and off to our hotel for a hot shower. 

 

 

 

2 Day Kilimanjaro Trek, 2 Nights Pre and Post Trek

 

Day 1

Arrive Tanzania, Kilimanjaro Airport. Transfer to hotel. Overnight Moshi.

 

Day 2

Marangu Gate (1850m/6000 ft) - Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft)

We leave Moshi town at about 09h00 for Marangu Gate. There we complete the required paperwork and head into the incredible Marangu forest, with its thick moss, lichens and endless display of abundant plant life. The route will take us through the rainforest to Mandara Hut (9000 ft). We will arrive to Mandara Huts were we will spend the evening.

 

Day 3

After breakfast, we will take a Short trek to Maundi crater in the hopes of seeing some game, before retracing our steps back down the mountain to the park gate, and back to our hotel.

 

 

3 Day Kilimanjaro Trek, 2 Nights Pre and Post Trek

 

Day 1

Arrive Tanzania and transfer to the hotel.

 

Day 2

Marangu Gate (1850m/6000 ft) - Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft)

We leave Moshi town at about 0900hrs for Marangu Gate and start hiking between about 10h30 and 12h00.

The route takes one through a thick rainforest from the park gate (6000 ft) to Mandara Hut (9000 ft), which is reached around 14h00 to 16h00. Dinner is served during the early evening, at about 19h00 in the communal dinning areas.

 

Day 3

Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft) - Horombo Huts (3700m/12,000 ft)

After breakfast we head out on our next days trek towards Horombo Huts at 12000ft on a route that will take about 5-6 hours. The climb will take us through the lower heathland with small shrubs being the main vegetation. At our lunch stop about half way up, we will get stunning view across to Mawenzi. We will arrive at Horombo Hut around 15h00 with Kibo summit already in view.

 

Day 4

Horombo Huts (3700m/12,000 ft) - Marangu Gate (1850m/6000 ft)

After getting magnificent views of the summit of Kilimanjaro in the morning sunrise, we will start to retrace our steps, heading back down to Mandara Huts for lunch and then on to Marangu Gate and back to our hotel.

 

 

 

4 Day Kilimanjaro Trek, 2 Nights Pre and Post Trek

 

Day 1

Arrive Moshi and transfer to hotel.

 

Day 2

Marangu Gate (1850m/6000 ft) - Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft)

We leave Moshi town at about 0900hrs for Marangu Gate and start hiking between about 10h30 and 12h00.

The route takes one through a thick rainforest from the park gate (6000 ft) to Mandara Hut (9000 ft), which is reached around 14h00 to 16h00. Dinner is served during the early evening, at about 19h00 in the communal dinning areas.

 

Day 3

Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft) - Horombo Huts (3700m/12,000 ft)

After breakfast we head out on our next days trek towards Horombo Huts at 12000ft on a route that will take about 5-6 hours. The climb will take us through the lower heathland with small shrubs being the main vegetation. At our lunch stop about half way up, we will get stunning view across to Mawenzi. We will arrive at Horombo Hut around 15h00 with Kibo summit already in view.

 

Day 4

Horombo Huts (3700m/12,000 ft)

We will spend the full day here at Horombo Huts and possibly take a walk up to Zebra Rocks.

Overnight at Horombo Huts.

 

Day 5

Horombo Huts (3700m/12,000 ft) - Marangu Gate (1850m/6000 ft)

After getting magnificent views of the summit of Kilimanjaro in the morning sunrise, we will start to retrace our steps, heading back down to Mandara Huts for lunch and then on to Marangu Gate and back to our hotel.

 

 

End of services

 

FOR A MAP OF THE DIFFERENT ROUTES GO HERE: KILIMANJARO ROUTE MAP

 

For details of costs, or to send an enquiry, click on the e-mail link telephone and email link on the right

 

 

Location: Tanzania

Total Tour Duration: 8 Days

Accommodation: Hotel, Tents

Minimum Group Size: 1

Departures: All Year

Best : Dec – March, June to October

 

Notes

Group size: minimum of 1 person

Altitude : medium risk of sickness

Non technical trek

Fully guided by registered mountain guide

 

Kilimanjaro

Northern Circuit

Machame Route

Umbwe Route

Rongai Route

Shira Route

Lemosho Route

Marangu Route

Kilimanjaro short treks

Full Moon dates

Trekking Map

Meals on the Mountain

For details of costs, or to send an enquiry, click on the e-mail link below:

Kilimanjaro Day Hikes

 

Mt Kilimanjaro Difficulty Indicator: 

Extended trek with some climbing required over rock, or snow. High altitude trekking but not technical expertise required. Altitude climbed per day is 1000m

 

Other tours in Africa: 

Rwanda Gorilla

Uganda Gorilla

Uganda Rwanda Safari

Kibeho Pilgrimage

Kenya Safari

Cycling in Kenya

Mt Kenya

Tanzania Safari

Kilimanjaro

Mt Meru

 

 


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