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6 Days Rongai Route Kilimanjaro Trekking:
This route begins on the northern side of Kilimanjaro, on the Kenyan border, and is the least traveled route. It takes a long drive to get to the starting point, filled with fantastic views. After the summit, you will descend on the Marangu route. Accommodation on this route will be in tents. Book this Tanzania tour and enjoy your trekking tour.
Welcome to Tanzania – Today you will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport and then transferred to the volunteer house in Arusha. The drive from Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha is approx one hour.
After an early breakfast in Marangu, you will drive to the Rongai (Nalemoru) Gate near the Kenya border. We begin our climb on this unspoiled wilderness route. The walk then starts to climb consistently but gently through an attractive forest that shelters various wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
The first day is only a half-day walk.
Nalemoru Gate to Rongai Camp (2,600 m): 3-4 hours walking.
Gradual rise through beautiful open moorland towards jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi to Kikelewa Camp (3679m) we reach in the late afternoon at Kikelewa Caves for dinner and overnight at the camp.
Rongai Camp to Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m): 6-8 hours walking.
A Short but steep ascent to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m). Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn. The afternoon is free to help your acclimatization.
Kikelelwa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m): 3-4 hours walking.
Today we cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo Hut (4700m) at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall by early afternoon. There is no running water at Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.
Mawenzi Turn to Kibo Hut (4,700m); 5-6 hours walking.
Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to the rim of the main crater, Gillman’s 5,685 m. We will rest there for a few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those still feeling good can continue slowly to make the three-hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru peak 5,895 m., the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment, we descend to Kiko Hut amazingly fast and stop at Kibo Hut for some refreshment. We continue to descend to reach Horrombo Hut.
Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut (3100 m): 13-15 hours walking.
Today we will descend past Mandara hut to Marangu Gate, successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. You will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort for dinner and overnight.
Horombo hut to Marangu Gate (6-7 hours walking). Dinner and overnight at Mvuli hotel Bed and Breakfast-included
After saying bye to our team of guides, you need a private departure transfer from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight unless you have an option to have a short safari or any other option we will discuss.
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