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RONGAI ROUTE 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS


Overview

Arrive Moshi

Kilimanjaro Airport is the best airport to arrive at. One of our representatives will meet you from your flight and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi. They will also arrange to meet you in the evening for a full briefing and to answer any last minute queries you may have.

Overnight: Hotel at Moshi Town


Program

Day 1 Rongai Gate to First Cave Camp

Distance:7km

Altitude Gained:638m

Rongai Gate:1997m/6552ft,First cave Camp:2635m/8645ft

After an early breakfast in Moshi, you will drive to the Rongai (Nalemoru) Gate near the Kenya border. This journey takes around 5 hours. Once the guide and his team have made their final preparations you will begin your climb to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa.

The first day is a gentle hike across maize fields and through pine forests where you may see and hear wildlife. Keep looking up in the trees for the Colobus monkeys. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first campsite.

Overnight: Camping

Day 2 First Cave Camp to Kikelewa Camp

Distance:11.8km

Altitude Gained:1040m

First Cave Camp:2635m/8645ft,Kikelelwa Campsite:3675m/12057ft

 

After a hearty breakfast hike through Kilimanjaro's moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times. The views really start to open up and you begin to feel that you are on a really big mountain! You will see the stunning Mawenzi Peak ahead.

Overnight: Camping

Day 3 Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Hut Camp

Distance:3.75km

Altitude gained:627m

Kikelelwa Camp:3675m/12057ft,Mawenzi Tarn Hut Camp:4302m/14114ft

On this day you will hike in the morning and rest in the afternoon. This aids acclimatization thus increasing your chances of successfully reaching the summit and conquering Kilimanjaro. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn campsite is spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi and also offers stunning views of Kibo.

Overnight: Camping

Day 4 Mawenzi Tarn Hut Camp

Mawenzi Tarn Hut Camp:4302m/14114ft

Acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn. This is a stunning area, we advise hiking a bit higher this day before returning to Mawenzi Tarn in the afternoon.

Overnight: Camping

Day 5 Mawenzi Tarn Hut to Kibo Hut

Distance:8.9km

Altitude Gained:412m

Mawenzi Tarn Hut:4302m/14114ft,Kibo Hut:4714m/15,466ft

Cross the stark lunar landscape of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. This is many peoples favorite part of the mountain. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone, giving you views of your final destination. Try to sleep as soon as you finish your dinner as you will be awake before midnight to commence your summit ascent.

Overnight: Camping

Day 6 Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak descend to Horombo Hut

Ascent Distance:6.25km

Descent Distance:15.75km

Altitude Gained:1181m

Altitude lost:2174m

Kibo Hut:4714m/15466ft,Uhuru Peak:5895m/19341ft,Horombo Hut:3721m/12208ft

 

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours hike slowly by the light of your head torch. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep with switchbacks over loose rock and scree until you reach the crater rim at Gilman's Point.

The hike from Gilman's to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. You should reach the crater rim within around two hours when the sun will be rising. A scene you will never forget. After celebrating reaching Uhuru Peak we descend to Horombo Hut. On the descent you can enjoy the breath-taking views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.

Overnight: Camping

Day 7 Horombo hut to Marangu gate-Back to Moshi

Distance:20km

Altitude lost:1816m

Horombo Hut:3721m/12208ft,Marangu Gate:1905m/6250ft

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through the cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to transfer you back to Moshi and the cold beer and hot showers you’ve been looking forward to.

 

 

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