Rongai Route 6 Days

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Day:

01

Your first day’s walk is a gradual ascent through the rain forest.  The main thing to watch out for is elephants and cats covering portions of the trail.  About 4hrs RONGAI CAVE (2,600M).

The Rongai route is one of the easiest ascent to the peak.

Day:

02

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.  After lunch, leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of mawenzi.  The campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios near Kilelewa cave.  About 7hrs.

Day:

03

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness.  Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of mawenzi.  The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization.  4 hrs .  MAWENZI TARN (4,330M).

Day:

04

Cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut (4,750m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall.  The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! 5hrs KIBO HUT (4,750M).

Day:

05

Begin the final, and by far the steepest and the most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m.  Proceed very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gilliman’s Point (5,685m) 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 (5,896m)  passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area.  The descent to Kibo (4,740m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo.  About 11hrs.  HOROMBO HUT (3,780M).

Day:

06

After breakfast,  a steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,752m) the first stopping place at the marangu route.  Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the national Park gate at Marangu.  Here you will meet your vehicle which will transport you to Arusha Boma Guest Home.