Mount Kilimanjaro Climb 6 Days Rongai Route

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Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, beautiful and often mysterious, is one of the great...

Rongai is the most northerly route and is the most remote and lonely of all the climbs we offer. Accordingly, it is one of the least populated routes up the mountain, and being the northern route, it is likely to be less prone to rain. This can be especially useful during the rainy season in April and May. 

Day 1:Simba Camp
Drive to Marangu gate, register and then onto Rongai Gate through villages and coffee plantations then trek with some excellent views of Kenya to Simba Camp at height of 2750m.
Hike time: average 3 to 4 hours

Day 2:Trek Simba to Kikelelwa Camp (3600m)
Hike time: 7 hours
Depart  Simba Camp in the morning and continue ascending steadilyto Second Cave. Stop here for lunch with spectacular views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields before leavingmain trail across moorlands towardsMawenzi. Arrive at Kikelelwa Camp situated in a sheltered valley near Kikelelwa cave.

Day 3:Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m)
Hike time: 4 hours
Start steep and steady climb up grasslands, with superb views before leaving vegetation behind to arrive at Mawenzi Tarn Camp, just below the awe-inspiring jagged spires of Mawenzi.

Day 4:Kibo Camp (4700m)
Hike time: 5 hours
Start climbing across The Saddle between volcanoes Mawenzi and towering Kibo. Crossing alpine desert there are panoramic views with Kibo looming overhead throughout the day. Eventually follow a winding summit path high above on the side of the mountain. 

Day 5:Summit Day
Kibo Camp to Uhuru to Horombo Hut
Hike time: 10 hours
Uhuru peak: 5895m†
Assemble around 11:30pm for snackto start the final and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight. After 5 or 6 hours, zig-zagging up loose volcanic scree past Williams Point at 5000m and Hans Meyer Cave at 5182m.The pace will be nice and slow with regular rest stops to drink and catch breath. But the severe cold makes it essential to keep moving, reaching Gillman’s point at 5685m in time for the spectacular sunrise. Then continue to Uhuru Peak the true summit of Kilimanjaro at 5895m, passing spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs.By the time we reach the summit the sun’s rays will have reached you. Enjoy your time on the summit – you will cherish the memory for ever.
Descend  5 hours to Horombo camp, skiing down the scree. The descent is surprisingly fast arriving at Horombo camp, our final campsite at 3720m.

Day 6:Descent
Horombo hut to MaranguPark gate
Descent Time: 4 hours
Depart from Horomboand descend steadily through moorland to Mandara hut before continuing through lush forest on a good path to the park gate at Marangu. Overnight at Hotel in Marangu or Moshi.

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