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Kilimanjaro Climb - The Rongai Route
You might want to choose this route, an extraordinary ascent. The drier northern slopes give you an advantage, and take you to the Saddle rather easy, with views to the north over arid, flat Maasai lands in southern Kenya.
You will spend a night or two at Mawenzi Tarn Hut, a truly stunning campsite situated just below Mawenzi’s North Corrie, where you can admire and explore the jagged peaks of Kilimanjaro’s second summit.
Day 1 - Arusha or Moshi to Naromoru village to First Camp You will be picked up after breakfast at your accommodation, then transported to the Naromoru village for an early starts of your Kilimanjaro Adventure. You’ll experience a relatively gentle introduction trek the first day, through a small forest, which shelters a variety of flowers and animal life. Then continuing over rocks and between scrub to the camp at 2700 m, for first dinner and tent overnight.
Day 2 - First Camp to Kikelewa Camp First thing in the morning are the glorious views of Mawenzi to the south and Kibo to the west, and after breakfast you start the days hike towards the Kikelewa Camp. You’ll have an attractive day allowing the trail westwards, steadily rising into heath and moorland. Your path passes several caves, and you’ll be on the trek for 5 to 6 hours till your destination 3600 m above sea level.
Day 3 - Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Hut Today the path is heading south, and climbs steadily on a ridge with fantastic views. On either side of you other ridges are rising as well, making the whole area rugged. At the end of today’s relatively steep hike you round a rock outcrop and Mawenzi Tarn reveal itself set beneath the blasted, shattered slopes of Kilimanjaro’s second summit.
Day 4 - Acclimatization day to Mawenzi Tarn Hut Use the day to explore the area. Clamber up onto Mawenzi’s foothills; check out the area and the damaged rock slopes that make Mawenzi such a challenge to climb. Use the opportunity to climb higher before dropping to sleep at a lower elevation, but make sure you are careful, since the slopes here are unstable and rock falls might occur.
Day 5 - Mawenzi Tarn Hut to Kibo Hut Today you will enjoy a simple day that culminates with you being in a position to tackle the final summit challenge. Little additional height is gained as you hike across the lunar-like Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. But in bad weather, this stretch is an exposed section of the mountain. Camping and dinner at Kibo Hut. Early bedtime to prepare for the night ascent to the top!
Day 6 Kibo Hut to Gilman's Point to Uhuru Peak. Up no later than 02.00 for the night's attempt to reach the top. It takes 5 hours to reach Gilman's Point, 5681 m. From here you will use about one and a half hour to reach Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa at 5,895 m. Descent to Horombo Hut for overnight.
Day 7 - Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate to Arusha/Moshi. After breakfast down to the Marangu Gate via Mandara Hut. Transport from here to the Airport or your accommodation in Arusha or Moshi.