The 6 days version of the Rongai route (via Mawenzi Tarn) is the route of choice for those looking for an easy climb with excellent success rates, but away from the crowds, with great scenery and a wilderness feel to it. It is slightly more expensive. The route is the only climb route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north. The descent is in the south-east via the Marangu route, so you get to see both sides of the mountain. Rongai is the route where you can spot some animals such as Elephant, Red duiker, Dik-dik, Eland, giraffe as well as Buffalos. Most of this animals shift from Amboseli in Kenya to search for water and shelter. The Rongai route has a reputation of being less scenic, but even if there is not quite as much variety as on Machame, it is still a spectacular route, especially on the later days. The camp beneath Mawenzi Peak is one of the most scenic on the mountain.
Overnight at: Simba Camp
Overnight at: Kikelewa Camp
Overnight at: Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Overnight at: Kibo Hut
Overnight at: Horombo Hut
Overnight at: Panama Garden Resort
Elevation Gain: a Starting point (1996m/Simba camp 2626m)
Hiking time: 4 hours
Distance: Approximately 6.7 km
Habitat: Montane forest
From Moshi town to Marangu national park gate for registration which takes almost one hour through a tarmac road. Thereafter registration the driving proceeding to Rongai starting point through Tarakea this approximately takes almost 2 hours. With your Guide there at Rongai starting point you will meet with porters before starting the hike from Nale Moru village across maize fields before entering pine forest, then climbs gently through the montane forest, hiking from this beautiful countryside view to Simba camp (2626m) for resting and overnight. Facilities are available at Simba camp including public toilets wooden table with benches but not the hut.
Elevation Gain: Samba camp (2626m / Kikelewa camp 3679m)
Hiking time: 6 -7 hours
Distance: Approximately 11.8 km
The hiking starts from Simba (3679m) to Kikelewa camp 3679m. Where you Lunch will be at first cave distance about 5.8 km from Simba camp. After having lunch at first cave trekking will proceed through moorland until reaching Kikelewa camp where hot water will be provided to you for washing before having dinner then rest for overnight.
Elevation Gain: Kikelewa Cave (3679m/ Mawenzi Tarn Camp 4303m)
Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 3.7 km
The hiking start on a short steep grass slopes offers a beautiful scenic view of this area of wildness. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach Mawenzi Camp. At Mawenzi camp you can get acclimatization during the afternoon and exploring the area. After dinner, you will get a rest and overnight.
Elevation Gain: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4303m/ Kibo hut 4720m), summit at night
Hiking time: 5 hours
Distance: Approximately 9km
Habitat: Alpine desert
After early morning breakfast, the hiking starts from the camp heading west then continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. After almost 5 hours you will reach Kibo hut where you will have a hot lunch and have a rest for the remaining hours. Then after you will have dinner and get rest. Where you will wake up at around 23h/ 20 have some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, here you will experience a tough moment. Through screes, the path consists of rocky to the Hans Mayer cave (5150m) with the good resting sport before proceeding hike zigzag to Gilman's point (5181m), which is located at the rim of the crater. At this section you required to be physically fit with mental effort, probably this section is the most demanding the entire route. From Gilman's point (5181m) you will encounter snows all the way to Uhuru Peak (5895m) the roof of Africa. Total excitement and satisfaction – You made it
The weather condition at the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend there with an enjoyable time and taking wonderful photos over there for an exhibition of reaching the highest point of Africa. After spending few minutes at the summit it is time to descending down with a short break at Kibo where you will gather all your gears left behind for the ascend and head down to Horombo Hut (3720m). It takes almost 3 hours from Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut. On the evening time, you will enjoy your last dinner and last nice dream jungle night.
Elevation Gain: Horombo hut (3720m/ Marangu gate 1800m)
Hiking time: Approximately 6 hours
Distance: 16.7 km
Habitat: Moorland/Heath and Montane forest
After morning breakfast you will ascend down to Marangu gate passing Mandara Hut. It is strongly recommended not to pay a tip to the porters until you make sure all your gears are reached safely.
When you reach Marangu gate you will sign out your name and details. Here at Marangu gate, all successful climbers will be awarded certificates at the point they reached. Whereby those who reached Gilman’s point (5685m) will be awarded Green Certificate and those climbers who reached Uhuru peak will be awarded Gold Certificate.
After clearing all the process you will be driven back to town to the hotel for a long overdue have a hot shower, dinner, and celebrations, then you can add day trip, or Safari or back to the airport for your next destination.
$1,700 per person
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