Rongai Route, 6 Days
Mount Kilimanjaro Itinerary – Rongai Route, 6 Days
This route is considered by many as the easiest route to reach the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The route ascends from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya and offers a different perspective due to its unspoiled wilderness and natural beauty.
Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport
Pick up from airport and transfer to accommodation in Arusha for an overnight stay.
Day 2: First Caves Camp (2600m)
Hiking: 5hrs -: In the morning, we will head to Marangu Park gate to register before commencing our hike on the Rongai trail through rain forests towards the first camp of the journey.
Day 3: Kikelewa Cave (3600m)
Hiking time: 7hrs -: We continue our journey across moorlands towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route before reaching Kikelwa Cave. The views start to open up and offer a great view of the water streams below inside the cave.
Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m)
Hiking time: 4hrs -: On Day 4, we will walk towards the jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi and camp at Mawenzi Tarn Camp. It is a short but steep climb and offers stunning views of the wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before we reach our next camp at Mawenzi.
Day 5: Kibo Hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 5hrs -: We will cross a dessert area known as The Saddle, situated between Mawenzi and Kibo towards Kibo Hut and make our final preparations and rest before commencing our hike towards the Summit.
Day 6: Uhuru Peak (5895m)
Hiking time: 14hrs -: We commence our climb to the Summit at around midnight. Most of the journey follows a path of steep scree towards Gilman’s Point on the Crater Rim and is considered the most difficult part of the journey. We will then descend to camp for lunch and a short rest before continuing on to Horombo Hut.
Day 7: Marangu Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 6hrs -: On our final day, we will leave Horombo Hut, heading towards the Marangu Gate and head back towards Arusha.
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