Rongai Route
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  • Day 1
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  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9

 

ARRIVAL KILIMANAJRO AIRPORT

Karibu Tanzania!   Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport. EX KLM flight, Proceed through custom control, collect your luggage and meet and greet by your driver for a warm welcome.  55 minute transfer to the based hotel in Arusha Lake Duluti Lodge. Check in at the hotel, enjoy dinner and overnight. 

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RONGAI GATE

(6,550 ft./ 2,000 m) ~ RONGAI 1 CAVES CAMP (9,285 ft./ 2,830 m)

Breakfast at Lake Duluti Lodge. Please seek assistance from the reception staff at the lodge to assist you store your excess luggage.  At 8:30m meet your guide at The Palace Hotel reception we depart to Marangu Gate to register at 8:00am. The journey is around 2hours. Please note that you will need to know your passport numbers in order to complete your registration Cards. You are advised however to leave your valuables including your passport, in the hotel safe, except for the amount that you will need for tipping of your support staff.

 

After completion of administrative formalities and meeting with your porters and guides, begin the 3 to 4 hour walk to the first camp.  The walk is at a leisurely pace through fields and then into the rain forest. Arrive at your camp set in the heather, to your mess tent and a hot meal.

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RONGAI 1 CAVES CAMP ~ RONGAI 2 CAVES CAMP (11,300 ft./ 3,450 m)

About 4-5 hours trek through the heather will bring you to second caves. If the weather is clear, Mawenzi will be in plain view; a stunning sight. Enjoy stopping to see the exotic heather-zone flowers and plants which grow alongside the trail.

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RONGAI 2 CAVES CAMP ~ KIKELEWA CAVES

CAMP (11,800 ft./ 3600 m)

Today is a short trek designed to help you acclimatize. A smaller track leads off the main trail through the moorland and towards Mawenzi’s steeply rising slopes. The trekking time is about 3 – 5 hours, arriving in camp for a hot lunch, and a chance to acclimatize while exploring the surrounding landscape of bizarre plants and rock formations and caves. 

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KIKELEWA CAVES CAMP ~ MAWENZI TARN CAMP (14,160 ft./ 4,315 m)

Trek from the moorland and eventually into the stark highland desert towards Mawenzi, on trails not frequented by many tourists. From the Tarn Campsite you will enjoy a magnificent view across the saddle towards Kibo; your final target.  Total trekking time is 5-7 hours.

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MAWENZI TARN CAMP ~ OUTWARD BOUND CAMP (15,585 ft./ 4,750 m)

The trekking time today is 5 - 7 hours, though a relatively easy hike across the wide saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The trek takes you across the massive saddle- the crossing is impressive and the landscape spectacularly stark.  Prepare all your gear for the night ahead, and turn in early to rest

Trek from the moorland and eventually into the stark highland desert towards Mawenzi, on trails not frequented by many tourists. From the Tarn Campsite you will enjoy a magnificent view across the saddle towards Kibo; your final target.  Total trekking time is 5-7 hours. 

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OUTWARD BOUND CAMP ~ UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft./ 5,895 m) ~

HOROMBO CAMP (10,200 ft./ 3,110 m)

You are awoken at midnight, and depart the camp at about 1am. From your camp to the rim of the crater (Gillman’s Point (18,750 ft./ 5,712 m)) to Uhuru Peak, the trekking time is about 7 - 8 hours. The following descent to Mweka Camp is about 5 – 6 hours. Total trekking time is 12 – 14 hours. Upon your 1am departure, the temperatures will be between -0 to -10° C, and then from 4am to 6am (just before sunrise), you can expect temperatures from -10° to -20° C.

The slope is steep, with switchbacks, over loose rock and scree with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point.  You will stop at Hans Meyer cave on the way, the famous place where Kilimanjaro’s first western climber described in his journals.  Once you arrive at Gilman’s Point (after about 5 - 6 hours) at the edge of the crater, the trail to the summit is less demanding, and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim (depending on the season).  After 3 hours of descending to Kibo hut, there is a pause for rest & food, then another 3 to 4 hours to reach Horombo Camp. 

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HOROMBO CAMP~  MARANGU GATE (5,900 ft./ 1,800 mt.)

Descend straight to the gate (5 - 6 hours), where you’ll have lunch and will be awarded climbing certificates. Transfer back to Arusha for a much-welcomed shower!

Dinner and overnight at Lake Duluti Lodge 

 

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Transfer to the Airport or start Safari to National parks.

Please talk to us for any safari extention. 

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Day 7

OUTWARD BOUND CAMP ~ UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft./ 5,895 m) ~

HOROMBO CAMP (10,200 ft./ 3,110 m)

You are awoken at midnight, and depart the camp at about 1am. From your camp to the rim of the crater (Gillman’s Point (18,750 ft./ 5,712 m)) to Uhuru Peak, the trekking time is about 7 - 8 hours. The following descent to Mweka Camp is about 5 – 6 hours. Total trekking time is 12 – 14 hours. Upon your 1am departure, the temperatures will be between -0 to -10° C, and then from 4am to 6am (just before sunrise), you can expect temperatures from -10° to -20° C.

The slope is steep, with switchbacks, over loose rock and scree with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point.  You will stop at Hans Meyer cave on the way, the famous place where Kilimanjaro’s first western climber described in his journals.  Once you arrive at Gilman’s Point (after about 5 - 6 hours) at the edge of the crater, the trail to the summit is less demanding, and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim (depending on the season).  After 3 hours of descending to Kibo hut, there is a pause for rest & food, then another 3 to 4 hours to reach Horombo Camp. 

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