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The Rongai route begins just north of the mountain.
  • Sep 4-11, 2014
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 8 days
    Group Size 2-12
    Land Cost $3,535 Details
    Single Supplement $140-$290 Details
    Lodging 1 star-3 stars
    Grade III
    Best Time

    Top of Africa-Kili Climb: Rongai Route

    Ascend via the northern route and Mawenzi Tarn

    Day 1      Moshi

    Welcome to Kilimanjaro! After your plane lands at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your overnight accommodation. Attend a pre-climb briefing for all climbers before enjoying the rest of the evening at your leisure.

    Pre-climb briefing
    Day 2      First Camp

    The climb begins ...

    After completing the necessary registration formalities at the gate of Marangu National Park, transfer by Landrover to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (6,400’) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering a pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently, through attractive forest which shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long cape of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out, and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (8,500’) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. [3-4 hours walking]

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    First camp
    Day 3      Kikelewa Caves

    The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the 'Second Cave' (11,300’) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path toward the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves (11,800’) [6-7 hours walking]

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Lush vegetation at lower altitudes
    Day 4      Mawenzi Tarn

    A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded with superb views and a tangible sense of wilderness. Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (14,100’), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area, as an aid to acclimatization. [3-4 hours walking]

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Rest and acclimatize
    Day 5      Kibo Camp

    Cross the lunar desert of the 'Saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach the Kibo campsite (15,580’) at the bottom of the crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent. Prepare for a very early night! [4-5 hours walking]

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Prepare for your moonlit ascent
    Day 6      Gillman’s Point / Uhuru Peak / Kibo

    Depart your campsite by flashlight around 1 am for the most challenging, yet rewarding, part of the trek. You will proceed very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman's Point (18,640’). Rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip climb to Uhuru Peak (19,340’), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (15,400’) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, you will continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo (12,200’). [11-15 hours walking]

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Welcome to the top of Africa
    Day 7      Moshi (Arusha for Oct, 2011)

    A steady descent will take you down through moorland to Mandara Hut (9,000’), the first stopping place on the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (6,000’). [5-6 hours walking]. Enjoy a packed lunch on the way down. Overnight at the Marangu Hotel, or similar.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    The descent is much easier
    Day 8      Arusha/Onward

    Transfer back to Arusha for lunch. Later, you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay with either a wildlife safari or a visit to Zanzibar island. A day room can be reserved on request, for an additional cost, Arusha.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Will you conquer Kili?

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