Mount Kilimanjaro climb in Tanzania 7 days Rongai route, Kilimanjaro, Rongai Route this route is fast gaining in popularity and is considered to be one of the easiest routes up the mountain. It is the only route starting from the north side of the mountain at Rongai a small village close to the Kenya border. The climbing conditions are drier on the northern side of the mountain and there are spectacular sweeping views over the broad flat Maasai lands. Overnights are spent camping in tents. The summit is reached via the east side of Kibo and the descent is via the Marangu route.
Arrive at Arusha ex Shuttle Bus from Nairobi or ex KLM flight in Kilimanjaro airport met and transfer to City Link Hotel where you will spend the night for an early evening pre-climb briefing on the trek, dinner and overnight at City Link Hotel.
Transfer to the Kilimanjaro gate and after registering the climb begins at the village of Nale Moru (1950 mts) through cultivated land before entering the pine forest. Watch out for Kilimanjaro Colobus monkeys in the tree tops with their white fringed 'capes' and tail. Taking 3-4 hours the first camp is on the edge of the moorland zone where the forest begins to thin out at First Cave at 8500 ft / 2600 m. Overnight at 1st Cave Camp.
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to Second Cave at 11300 ft / 3450 m with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Pushing on to reach Third Cave taking 3 to 4 hours at 1280 ft / 3800 m for overnight camp. Overnight at 3rd Cave Camp.
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(This may not be in your itinerary). A leisurely walk up to the Saddle is a good way to improve acclimatisation by walking high but returning back to camp to sleep lower. It is also possible to spend the night at Mawenzi Tarn.
Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut at 15000 ft / 4700 m. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent,which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo Camp
An early start for the summit on steep heavy scree to arrive at Gilman's Point at 18640 ft / 5681 m in time to see the sun rise. Those who want to reach the highest point in Africa can take the approximately three hour excursion to Uhuru Peak 19340 ft / 5896 m passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo is surprisingly fast and after some refreshment, continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo at 12000 ft / 3700 m taking 11 to 15 hours. Overnight at Horombo Camp.
A steady descent down through the moor land to Mandara Hut and then downward through the lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830 m) taking 5 to 7 hours to be met and transferred to City Link Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast and later transfer to shuttle bus terminal for connection to Nairobi airport or transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for departure flight out.