The rongai route ascents kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between tanzania and kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north,second easiest from marangu route,the firstest though the most worsest as it misses topographical features”go high/sleep low.
6 DAYS RONGAI TREK.
Day 1: Arusha – Rongai gate (1950m) – 1st camp (2600m).
Mt Kilimanjaro climbing briefing, meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike. The first night’s camp is at first cave, at about 2,600 Metres. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below first cave.
Day 2: 1st cave (2600m) – Kikelewa cave (3600m). (hiking time: 6-7 hours)
The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing second cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching kikelwa cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd cave camp
Day 3: kikelewa cave (3600) – mawenzi tarn camp (4330m).(hiking time: 3-4 hours)
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at mawenzi tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.
Day 4: mawenzi tarn camp (4330m) – kibo hut (4700m).(hiking time: 3-4 hours)
Continue ascending on the east side of kibo crossing the saddle between mawenzi and kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach kibo hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at kibo camp
Day 5: kibo hut (4700m) – uhuru peak (5895m) – horombo hut (3720m).
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the hans meyer cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the kilimanjaro shuffle and move slowly. From gillman’s point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear for the ascent and head down to horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight.
Day 6: horombo hut (3720m) – marangu gate (1980m). (hiking time: 3-4 hours)
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the mandara hut, down to the marangu gate for certificates paper work and back to hotels for warm wash via moshi town for lunch.
NB.Supplements applicable when electing to spend the post-summit night in the crater and complete an optional crater excursion the following morning -Discounts applicable for climbers not requiring our airport transfers and also not requiring Arusha accommodation before and after the climb
-Number of people on your climb booking, and price per person in US Dollars
Trek price includes: -Transfer to and from the base of the mountain -Full board accommodation in tents whilst on the trek.
-1 nights hotel accommodations in Arusha before and after the trek.
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes. -Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook/s. -Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport or Nairobi Return Shutle transfers.