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Tour Marangu gate - Mandara hut

Comfortable climb through the alpine forest

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Tour Marangu gate - Mandara hut
Inserted: 28.11.2016
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Ascent to Kilimanjaro I: The first stage of the ascent to Kilimanjaro along the most classic Marangu route is really a walk. About 8.5 kilometers of walking, three hours and less than 900 meters of altitude awaits you. The road leads along the tourist „highway“ through a nice alpine forest.

Entrance to the national park

The beginning of a several-day trek to the highest peak in Africa – Uhuru (5,895 m above sea level), located in the Kilimanjaro mountain range, is located just a few kilometers north of the town of Marang. This is the most classic way to the top after him. All formalities are handled in the national park building. Count on it being very busy. The parking lot is located exactly at the border of the agricultural landscape and the mountain forest. Dozens of tourists and even more escorts leave from here every day. You can read on the information boards what dimensions await you at the exit.

Entrance to the national park
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Trekking support

Unfortunately, since you can't go to Kilimanjaro individually, the trek also has a lot of support staff. If, for example, you are a group of 4 tourists, about ten other people will go with you – guid, helper guida, chefs, porters … just an expedition to Everest.

Trekking support
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Exit path to Mandara Hut
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Exit path to Mandara Hut

The ascent path leads along a comfortable footpath. The soil here is reddish brown and count on the dust and mud completely.

Interesting mountain forest

Views of the surrounding countryside are definitely not waiting for you on this first stage. Instead, you can enjoy the beautiful mountain forest, which is preserved thanks to the national park. The trees are hung with vines, moss and lichens

Interesting mountain forest
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Beautiful flowers

Apart from interesting twisted trees, you will definitely see a number of flowering plants here.

Beautiful flowers
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Still life by the waterfall

At this stage you will pass a small waterfall. Perhaps more interesting than himself is his green surroundings

Still life by the waterfall
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View from Maundi crater

After staying in the Mandara hut cabins, you can go on a short trip to Maundi Crater. It lies above the mountain forest and has a pretty nice view of the overgrown slopes of Kilimanjaro. Then gather strength for the more difficult stages that await you.

View from Maundi crater
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