Elevation (ft): 3700m/12200ft to 1700m/5500ft
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
After breakfast, a descent takes us down through moorland to the mandara hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the national park gate at marangu. At lower elevation it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help.
Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will be waiting for you at marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in moshi (about 1 hr drive).