KILIMANJARO SHORT TREKS AND DAY HIKES

Are you looking for a shorter trek or day hike on Kilimanjaro? Then look no further. Climbing Kilimanjaro is not on everyone's wish list. Some people just wanted to get a chance to experience this majestic mountain without reaching Uhuru Peak and having to go through the hard slog of getting to the summit. Some don't have the time, not the money to spend 7 days trekking and if you are one of these people, then our short treks is perfect for you.

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. While you can choose the number of days you spend on the mountain, you can't choose your routes, as the Marangu route is the only route where short treks are allowed. For overnight hikes you will stay at the park huts.

All of these short Kilimanjaro treks and day hikes are offered on a private basis so you can start on any day that suits you. These tours can then be combined with a short safari option to give you the best of both worlds.

Note that for each of the tours below there is a day pre and post at the hotel, so a 1 day trek e.g. is a three day tour

 

Fast Facts

It depends on how far you go up the mountain, so anywhere from 2700m/9,000 ft to 3700m/12,000 ft
The shortest number of days required for the short Kilimanjaro treks is the day hike, so just one day. The longest of 4 days
Anywhere from 8 km/5 miles to 20 km/12 miles
June to October. Kilimanjaro is equatorial which means minimal variation between the seasons. However, there are two rainy seasons in Tanzania, the first is from March to May (short rains) and November to December (longer rains) which can make the forest track very muddy and of course, snow and/or rain higher up.
On these treks you stay on dormitory style mountain huts

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 4,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard cover and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith:. Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 4000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 4,000 meters' or 'hiking to 4,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it is your responsibility to ensure you have correct and adequate cover.

Our grade: Trek Grade: 1c to 2c (FP) along the shorter treks, depending on the duration.

For further answers to other general questions on Kilimanjaro, click on the questions on the left

1 Day Trek

Day-1: Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to accommodation.

After arriving you will be transferred to the town of Moshi about 40 minutes away.

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 hike into an 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, then trek back down to the park gate and off to our hotel for a hot shower. 

Day-3: Depart

After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight home.  

2 Day Trek

Day-1: Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport

Day-2: Marangu Gate (1850m/6000 ft) - Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft)

After leaving  extra bags at the hotel, you will drive from Moshi town at about 0830hrs for Marangu Gate. Here a few formalities like paperwork will be completed and then you will start the hike into an incredible forest, with its thick moss, lichens and endless display of abundant plant life. The route will take you through the rainforest to Mandara Hut (9000 ft). Here we will stop for the night in the mountain huts.

Day-3: Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft) Depart

This morning we will take a short trek to Maundi crater in the hopes of seeing some game, before retracing our steps back through the Marangu forest to the park gate, and back to our hotel.

Day-4: Depart

After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight home.

3 Day Trek

Day-1: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to the hotel

Day-2: Marangu Gate (1850m/6000 ft) - Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft)

We drive from Moshi town at about 0830hrs to  Marangu Gate and complete required paperwork before hiking 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 for the night in the mountain huts.

Day-3: Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft) - Horombo Huts (3700m/12,000 ft)

We start 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 heath land 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: Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft)

This morning we will take a short trek back down towards Mandara Huts, stopping at Maundi crater en-route in the hopes of seeing some game, before retracing our steps back down the mountain to the park gate.

Day-5: Depart

After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight home.  

4 Day Trek

Day-1: Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport

Day-2: Marangu Gate (1850m/6000 ft) - Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft)

After leaving  extra bags at the hotel, you will drive from Moshi town at about 0830hrs for Marangu Gate. Here a few formalities like paperwork will be completed and then you will start the hike into an incredible forest, with its thick moss, lichens and endless display of abundant plant life. The route will take you through the rainforest to Mandara Hut (9000 ft). Here we will stop for the night in the mountain huts.

Day-3: Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft) - Horombo Huts (3700m/12,000 ft)

Today we 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: Mandara Hut (2700m/9,000 ft)

This morning we will take a short trek back down towards Mandara Huts, stopping at Maundi crater en-route in the hopes of seeing some game, before retracing our steps back down the mountain to the park gate.

Day-6: Depart

After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport .
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