Rongai Route

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Day 1


You will be met at the international airport of by your driver-guide and our representative. We will take you to the Mount Meru Game Lodge (or any other suitable hotel depending on your arrival time). Our Kilimanjaro expert will come to meet you and provide you with a briefing on your climb, followed by dinner.
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Day 2

Hike Through the Rongai Forest (Approx. 2,625 Meters)

We will pick you up in the morning from your hotel in Arusha, Moshi, or Machame and drive to the town of Nalemoru on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro and the trailhead five miles outside of town. From the park entrance, you start the climb passing through pine forest and a short stretch of mountainous rainforest until you reach the heather and moorlands. It is about a four to five-hour walk to Sekimba Camp at approximately 2,625 meters, but we advise people to go very slowly. The forest teems with bird life and colobus and other monkeys may be seen. We should arrive late afternoon, so the rest of the day will be used to relax and recheck your equipment. Overnight at a campsite. All meals included.
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Day 3

First Camp to Kikelewa Moorland (3,630 Meters)

Continue through the forest, eventually encountering the moorlands just below a large lava overhang known as Second Cave. Here we have lunch, then traverse the open moorlands toward the spectacular peak of Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro’s second major peak rising. Our second camp is at Kikelewa, shortly before reaching the saddle that connects Mawenzi to Kibo and Uhuru peaks. (Five to six-hour hike.) Overnight at a campsite. All meals included.
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Day 4

Mawenzi Tarn Hut

Rising early you climb steadily to craggy jugged peaks of Mawenzi.(one of the volcanic peaks) camp beneath Mawenzi at approximately 4,300 meters. Some climbers take an alternative route away from Mawenzi and camp on the north side of the saddle (Mawenzi Tarn Hut is in the north) Overnight at a campsite. All meals included.
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Day 5

Outward Bound Hut (School Hut or preferably Kibo Hut)

Trek to the Outward Bound Hut (School Hut or preferably Kibo Hut) at 4,715 meters between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. The mountain vistas are fabulous as we emerge onto the saddle between glacier-covered Kibo and rock-crowned Mawenzi (these mountain views alone are worth the effort of the trek!). We’ll arrive by lunchtime, and have the afternoon to organize and rest up for the summit attempt. We’ll turn in early (since we’ll be arising before midnight). Overnight at a campsite. All meals included.
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Day 6

Kibo Camp to Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak (Horombo Hut)

This is the hardest day of the climb and an early start before midnight or one, where it is dark and cold, requiring a head torch for the first few hours. You will rest and have coffee at Hans Meyers Cave after about a three-hour climb. Depending on weather conditions, the temperature can be as low as -25 Celsius. At dawn, you should reach Gilman’s Point and see a spectacular sunrise as you stand above the clouds. From here, if you have enough energy left, it is a one-and-a-half-hour walk before you are standing on the highest part of the African continent – Uhuru Peak. A quick photo session and then you descend down to Kibo and on to Horombo at 3,700 meters, followed by a well-earned dinner (beer!! – no permanent kiosk provided) and good sleep. (Eleven to twelve hours hiking.) Overnight at a campsite or Horombo Hut. All meals included.
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Day 7

Horombo to Park Gate (end or extension)

Descend across the moorland and into the forest to Mandara Hut, where a meal is served, a walk of about three or four hours and the last stretch of two hours trough the rain forest to Marangu Gate. After bidding our farewells to our guide and porters, we’ll take you to Arusha or Moshi for extension.
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