7 Day Mt Kilimanjaro Climb, Rongai Route

7 Day Mt Kilimanjaro Climb, Rongai Route

Duration: 7 Days
Category: Kilimanjaro Trekking
Destinations: Mt Kilimanjaro via Rongai Route
Major Attractions:
Vegetation zones, Wildlife, Mt Kilimanjaro
Tour Guides Language:
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
For other languages please send a special request prior to your safari -additional fee may apply.
Start in: Moshi
End in: Moshi
Recommended Packing list: Camera with enough zoom and memory space and extra batteries, binoculars, light clothes, safari boot, mosquito repellents, sunhat, sunglasses with UV radiation filtering etc.
Additional note:
Porters will escort and guide you all your climbing along the mountain

Day 1: Arrival, Tour Briefing and Resting
You will be met at the Kilimanjaro International Airport of by our Driver/Guide and our representative
We will take you to your booked hotel in Moshi depending on your arrival time
Our Kilimanjaro Expert will come to meet you and to provide you with a briefing on your climb
Have dinner and overnight stay at that hotel in Moshi
Day 2: Hike up through the Rongai Forest approx 2625m
In the morning we pick you from your hotel in Moshi 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 we reach the heather and moorlands
It is about a 4–5 hour walk to Sekimba camp at approx 2625m 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
Day 3: First camp to Kikelewa Moorland (3630m)
Continue through the forest (on this side is no such forest belt), 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, (relative) shortly before reaching the saddle that connects Mawenzi to Kibo and Uhuru peaks. (5–6 hours hiking.)
Overnight at a campsite
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 approx 4,300m
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
Day 5: Outward Bound Hut (School Hut or preferably Kibo Hut)
Trek to the Outward Bound Hut (School Hut or preferably Kibo Hut) at 4,715m between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi
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
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 cold and where you use your head torch for the first few hours
You will pass (rest and have coffee at) Hans Meyers cave after about 3 hours climbing
Depending on weather conditions the temperature can be as low as -25 c
At dawn you should reach Gilman’s point and usually see a spectacular sunrise as you stand above the clouds
From here if you have enough energy left a further 1 and a half hours 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 then on to Horombo at 3700m (11–12 hours hiking.)
Overnight at a campsite in Horombo Hut
Day 7: Horombo to Park Gate then to Moshi
Descending across the moorland and into the forest to Mandara hut, where a meal is served, a walk of about 3 or 4 hours and the last stretch of 2 hours through the rain forest to Marangu Gate
After bidding our farewells to our guide and porters, we’ll take you to Moshi for dinner and overnight stay

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