Kilimanjaro short treks and day hikes

Kilimanjaro Short Treks and Day Hikes

Climbing Kilimanjaro is an incredible journey of scenery and experience. But heading for the summit is not on every ones wish list.

Enter the Kilimanjaro Express Treks, short treks or day hikes. These treks afford your the opportunity of trekking only part of the journey to either Mandara or Horombo Huts and getting a unique taste of trekking on this magnificent volcano. You can do the first few days with family member and then head down and do a short safari tour.



Kilimanjaro Short Treks Overview

The short Kilimanjaro express treks or in some cases, day hikes, follow the popular Marangu Route up Kilimanjaro as it is not only the quickest route but also the most direct and often deemed, easier route. On the Marangu Route accommodation is in huts. At the end of these treks you can tag on a safari tour, or tag on a climb up Mt Meru.

With all itineraries below, the trek includes a day pre and post trek and therefore two nights accommodation at a hotel in Moshi. So a one day trek, will be a three day tour in total. Day 2, is always the day you start trekking.



Express Route Itineraries

Day-1: 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.

Kilimanjaro Short Hikes


Day-1: 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.

Day-2: Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft) to Kilimanjaro park gate

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.

Kilimanjaro Short Hikes

Day-1: 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.

Day-2: 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-3: 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.

Kilimanjaro Short Hikes

Day-1: 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.

Day-2: 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-3: 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-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.

Express Route Kilimanjaro



Kilimanjaro Full Moon Dates

2016 Full Moon 2017 Full Moon 2018 Full Moon
January 24 12 2, 31
February 22 11 2
March 23 12 31
April 22 11 30
May 21 10 29
June 20 9 28
July 20 9 27
August 18 7 26
September 16 6 25
October 16 5 24
November 14 4 23
December 14 4 22
Express Route up Kilimanjaro


Duration 8 Days
Best time Jan - Feb, June to October
Sleeping Tents

Kilimanjaro Frequently asked questions

Full Moon Dates

Trek Grade: 2CF
A combination of very long days with steep paths, boulders and mountain scrambling. Glaciers and snow may be encountered at high altitude. There is no need for technical climbing experience. Medium risk of altitude sickness. Altitudes up to 6000m. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weight about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg. Fully Portered

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Dates and Costs

As these tours are tailored according to the numbers of days, they are arranged on a private basis on dates to suit you. Prices also vary according to the number of days.

For current prices

Express Route Kilimanjaro

Price includes
Transfers from the airport to hotel and return
All park fees
The climb
All meals on the mountain
Huts
Eating utensils
Two nights accommodation in Moshi on a bed and breakfast, twin / triple share basis.

Prices excludes
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's
Vaccinations
Porters tips
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.

Ratio of porters per climber: 2 or 1/1


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