5 Days Rongai Route
Day 0: Arrival in Moshi via Kilimanjaro International airport.
We will meet you at the airport on arrival and drive directly to the hotel in Moshi.
Day 1: Rongai Camp (Full board):
The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 m.) on a small path that wind through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest.
The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey.These monkeys are black with a long cape of white hair and a flowing white tail.
The forest begins to thin out and Rongai One Camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.[3-4 hours walking]
Day 2: Rongai Third Caves (Full board):
The morning walk is a steady ascend up to the Third Cave (3,450 m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we continue up to Third Cave (3,900 m) [5-6 hours walking]
Day 3: Rongai School Hut (Full board):
The steady ascend continues, soon reaching the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo.We should reach School Hut Campsite (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall by midday.
The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! [4-5 hours walking]
Day 4: Summit and down Horrombo Hut (Full board):
We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding,part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillmans Point (5,685 m.)
We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi.
Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area.
The descent to School (4,700 m.) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3,720 m.). [11-15 hours walking]
Day 5: Horrombo down Marangu gate (Full board):
A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), the first stopping place at the Marangu route.We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m.). [5-6 hours walking]