Camp

Mandara Hut

First camp on Kilimanjaro's Marangu Route.

Tanzania
Location
Dry seasons
Best Time to Visit
2,700 m
Altitude

About Mandara Hut

Mandara Hut is the first overnight stop for climbers on the Marangu Route of Mount Kilimanjaro. Situated at an altitude of 2,700 meters, this camp offers basic amenities and is a significant milestone for trekkers aiming to summit the highest peak in Africa. The area around the hut showcases rich montane forest, offering hikers their first taste of...

When to go

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Seasons

July - October
January - March
Best time to go
Optimal weather and visibility for summiting.
April - June
Low Season
Heavy rainfall makes the routes slippery and challenging.
December - March
July - October
High Season
Clear skies and warm temperatures make for ideal climbing conditions.
November - November
Shoulder Season
Short rains can occur, but the mountain is less crowded.

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Kilimanjaro climbing involves risks; ensure you're physically prepared and acclimate properly to avoid altitude sickness. Vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A are recommended. Malaria prophylaxis is advisable.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
The closest major airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport. From there, it's about an hour's drive to Marangu Gate, the starting point for the Mandara Hut trek.
Getting Around
Climbing Kilimanjaro is strictly on foot. Porters and guides are essential and are arranged as part of the trekking package.
Visas
From January 2024, visitors must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) prior to arrival unless from exempted countries. The eTA is applied online, and proof of accommodation or an invitation letter is required.
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