Walking distance: approximately 12 km Duration: 5 hours
Altitudes: Marangu gate (1,980 m) – Mandara Hut (2,700 m)
Vegetation zone: Montane forest, low alpine zone (heath and moorland)
After your breakfast, you will depart with your driver from Arusha/Moshi to the Marangu Gate for necessary paperwork and official formalities before you start your trek. You will be accompanied by porters who will carry your major pieces of equipment while you carry all your necessary item which you need frequent access to on the trek on a backpack
After making your way through a small stream and couple of waterfalls you will reach Kisamboni picnic area, in about thirty minutes and have your lunch. After that it’s another 90-minute trek to reach Mandara hut (2,700 m). At this point, the initial rainforests have started to dwindle and have given way to low alpine regions characterised by heather moorlands. This is the only route which has dormitory style sleeping huts with added benefits of fresh spring water to drink and flush toilets. Mandara hut is the site of your overnight and if you are feeling particularly adventurous you can head to the Maundi Crater and check the view of Mawenzi peak and some blue monkeys and black-and-white colobus monkeys.