The Hike to Mandara- Part 2
At the Marangu Gate next morning, we meet up with our guides and porters. As the porters disappear with our main bags, we begin our trek through the rainforest with our guides, Juma and Ndisario. Ndisario is 60 years old and has been climbing the mountain for 25 years.
The hike to Mandara huts at 2,720m is an easy stroll through the rain forest, taking around three to four hours, with a stop for lunch. The Mandara huts are basic, four bed huts with lighting, showers (unfortunately, cold and full of mosquitoes) and real working toilets. After some coffee and biscuits, we set off for a walk to Maundi Crater – sticking with the maxim : “Climb high, sleep low”. Apparently this helps with acclimatisation. Heading back along the track to the Mandara huts we came across a troop of Columbus Monkeys having their early evening meal. An early night to ready ourselves for the following day.