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Trip Details

One Day Kilimanjaro Hike

1 Day

Have you ever imagined yourself reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, but your budget or schedule won’t allow it? Worry no more, because a Kilimanjaro day hike might just be the perfect solution for you!

This hike offers an exciting opportunity to experience Africa’s highest mountain without committing to the full climb.

Imagine reaching great heights and basking in the most breathtaking view of Kilimanjaro without draining your wallet.

Mount Kilimanjaro stands tall and proud at a towering 5,985m, and with this hike, you’ll get a glimpse of its splendor and magnificence.

Your Trip Expectation

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure! Your day trip to Mt Kilimanjaro will kick off early in the morning, around 5 am, so you can make the most of your day and avoid any traffic on the way. The journey to the mountain may take between 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes, depending on your accommodation location.

Once you arrive, your guide will greet you and you’ll have a delicious early breakfast before starting your Kilimanjaro day hike. Your hike will begin on the mountain’s western side and will take you up through the most lush forests you’ve ever seen, all the way up to the Londorossi Gate, sitting at an altitude of 2,100m.

You’ll get the chance to spot some amazing animals and birdlife, such as colobus monkeys and crested turacos. If you’re lucky, you may even hear the thunderous rumble of elephants passing through the forest. As you continue your ascent, you’ll reach the magnificent Shira Plateau, which is at an impressive altitude of 3600 m.

This 500,000-year-old volcanic caldera is now a World Heritage Site, and it will take your breath away. You can choose to stop here for lunch and enjoy the stunning views or continue on to Shira 1 Camp, Lion Gorge, and the foothills of the Shira Pinnacles.

From these vantage points, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of Kilimanjaro’s iconic snow-covered table top, Kibo Peak, as well as the neighboring glaciers. Your guide will be your companion throughout your Kilimanjaro day hike, helping you navigate the trail and pointing out any interesting flora and fauna.

They will ensure that you have an unforgettable experience and that you fully immerse yourself in the beauty of this incredible natural wonder. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

What About Fitness

Although it’s only a one-day journey, it’s definitely not a simple stroll. The combination of a fast pace and high altitude can be exhausting and leave you feeling drained. So, don’t be deceived into thinking this is a straightforward task – it’s not for the faint of heart.

What Should I Wear

When preparing for your Kilimanjaro day hike, remember that the proper footwear is key. Opt for sturdy and comfortable closed shoes to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.

High heels may be tempting, but keep in mind that they could make the hike more challenging and even uncomfortable. Also, at high altitude, bring an extra set of warm clothing to protect against cooler temperatures.

Remember to consider moisture in the lower rainforests and pack waterproof clothing or a dry bag with extra socks and shirts. Being prepared can make the experience much more enjoyable and memorable.


One Day Kilimanjaro Hike (Marangu Gate – Mandara Huts – Marangu Gate)

Do you want to enjoy a taste of Africa’s highest Mountain? For many of our guests, it is not possible to climb all the way to the summit of magnificent Mt Kilimanjaro, due to time, budget, or fitness limitations.

This one-day hike will give you an opportunity to experience the mountain and the unique atmosphere of the trekking community. You will meet other hikers, and learn about the different ecological climate zones, and it may whet your appetite for a full expedition in the future!

Trip Highlights

  • Get a taste of Africa's highest mountain
  • Spectacular views on the mountainside
  • Around 1000m elevation!


Hike from Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts and return

It is possible to do this trip with Arusha as your start and end point (drive time approximately 2hrs each way), or you can overnight in Moshi the night before.
Your mountain guide will meet you before the hike (normally at your hotel) for a briefing. You will then drive to Kilimanjaro National Park’s eastern entrance: Marangu Gate. The elevation at this point is 1,860 m / 6,046 feet. Your Guide will need to complete permit paperwork at the gate and you will then begin your adventure through the dense Kilimanjaro rainforest.
Alongside the spectacular vegetation, you may catch a glimpse of Blue Monkeys, the iconic black and white Colobus Monkeys, and a wonderful variety of birds.
The climb up to Mandara huts takes about 3-4 hours. When you reach Mandara Huts (2,700m / 8,860 ft), you will enjoy a packed lunch and a well-earned rest. Depending on the time, it may be possible to extend the hike to Maundi Crater. From here, you can enjoy wonderful views of Kilimanjaro, Northern Tanzania, and Kenya (weather permitting). After lunch, you will descend back to Marangu Gate and return to your accommodation. The descent from Mandara Huts takes approximately 2-3 hours.

What equipment do I need:

Hiking footwear that is well worn-in (we strongly advise against wearing new boots/shoes).
Waterproof coat
Walking poles (optional)
Water bottle/snacks/day pack.

This Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up & drop-off at your location
  • English Speaking Driver & Professional trekking guide
  • Lunchbox & water
  • Parkfees & Taxes

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

One Day Kilimanjaro Hike
From $250
/ Adult
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  • No Booking Fees
  • Professional Local Guide



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