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Rongai Route

Rongai Route

RONGAI ROUTE

Day 1:

Met upon your arrival by our representative and transferred to your hotel

Day 2:

Transfer from the hotel to Rongai(Naremuru) via Marangu gate for registration and then heading to Rongai gate, start to climb through an area of heavy deforestation land that now is used for cultivation and fortunately it would not take too long to come across into a small corpse of natural forest. Beyond this it emerges amidst some scrub and heather close to first camp, from where the exceptional views of Mawenzi’s serrated outline and Kibo’s snowcapped dome.

O/N First Camp

Day 3:

Leave the First camp by taken the western trail walking onto the heath/moorland zone, aiming for Kibo’s northern flank. The trail coils between tussocks grasses, sweet-smelling herbs and small garish flowers that stand out against the ubiquitous yellows and browns for this part of the mountain, trees are stunted, skeletal or non-existent at this altitude.

As the terrain become rockier and steeper the path lead to a flatter area, liberally dotted with heathers and wild flowers, after passing the small cave the path comes to the second cave, from there then the path diverge to Kikelelwa in the South-east directly towards Mawenzi.

O/N Kikelelwa Camp 3600m

Day 4:

After breakfast then the path head south form Kikelelwa caves and ascend steadily on a ridge through an area of Senecio and the vegetation begins to alter as the heath plants give way to everlastings and hardier species. Then crest the ridge and enter the north –east valley on Mawenzi.

The path eases around Mawenzi’s edge contouring across the mountain and hugging the rumpled lie of the land.  The path squelches across a boggy bisected by a stream and the vegetation fades away and the area becomes more barren and exposed not to support everlastings and suddenly a rock outcrop reveal Mawenzi Tarn set beneath the blatted.

O/N Mawenzi Tarn hut (Camp) 4330m.

Day 5:

Breakfast then retrace the previous path at Mawenzi tarn then ascend the scree and lava ridge to the north west of the campsite on which the path will crests the ridge to reveal an extra ordinary view of the Saddle and Kibo.

The journey across the northern section of the saddle takes age since there are few land marks to gauge the progress and eventually Kibo hut comes into view settled on a rise at the foot of the kibo crater wall.

Rising past a rock outcrop, the path arrives at the stone outcrops of Kibo hut where the campsite is settled in the cleared pitches sounding the basic building

O/N Kibo Campsite 4703m

Day 6:

Wake up around midnight and the push to the summit from Kibo is steep and endless slog on loose screed even though it the easiest approach to the crater rim of all the route on Kibo but it is yet stedious, monotonous grind.

The ascent to Gilman’s point becomes less distinct and scrambled across the massive, studded eastern ice fields and saddle to the Silhouetted outline of Mawenzi can be seen. The haul from Gilman’s point to Uhuru peak is relatively short and is riddled with its exceptional draining. After marking an achievement with the obligatory photographs, then turning back and retreating around the crater rim to Gilman’s point then lowering over the large rocky outcrops to the coiling across foothills and back to Kibo, from Kibo hut then dropping back down to the Saddle and further down to Horombo

O/N Horombo Camp 3720m

Day 7:

The final and satisfying end of Kilimanjaro experience will be to descend gently and steady and then passes through pleasant stretches of scenery to Marangu gate.

After signing off for the conclusion of the Kilimanjaro climbing transfer to your hotel