Ascent hiking time: 3 – 4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Marangu Gate (about 45 minutes). After registration at the park gate, begin hiking through rainforest from the park gate to Mandara Hut This takes about 3 to 4 hours.
There is a stop half way for lunch. Reach Mandara Hut early in the afternoon. After a short tour at the hut, start descending to Marangu gate. You will reach the gate later in the afternoon.
A side trip to Maundi Crater (about 15 minutes away) is a good way to see the surrounding area as well as the views of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Return to Moshi in the late afternoon. Overnight at Kindoroko Hotel.