Mountain Climbing - Rongai Route (8 Days)

Day 1:

Arrival: Moshi

Arrive and transfer to office for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check, then head to Parkview Hotel

 

Day 2:

Rongai Gate (1950m) - 1st Caves camp (Simba Camp) (2600m)

Hiking time: 5h

Distance: Approximately 8 kms

Habitat: Forest (Montane) 

At 0900, clients will be picked up by their guide and taken to Mauly office for bag weighting then they will head to the gate.

Register at the Marangu park gate, after which you transfer (approximately 2 ½ hours) to the Rongai trailhead. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The first night's camp is at First Cave, at about 2,600 meters. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below First Cave

Day 3:

1st Cave (2600m) - Kikelewa Cave (3600m)

Hiking time: 6 - 7h

Habitat: Moorlands

The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you're on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves)

Day 4:

Kikelewa Cave (3600) - Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m)

Hiking time: 3 - 4h

Habitat: Moorlands

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area

Day 5:

Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) - Kibo hut (4700m)

Hiking time: 4 - 5h

Habitat: Alpine desert

Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo Camp

Day 6:

(Summit Attempt) Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 8h to Uhuru, 6h to Horombo

Habitat: Stone scree / ice-cap summit

Distance: Approximately 6 kms ascent, 21 kms descent

You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillman's Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotion 

Day 7:

Horombo hut (at 3720m) to Marangu Gate (at 1980m) - Moshi

Hiking time: 6h

Distance: Approximately 27 kms

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight at the Parkview hotel

Day 8

Breakfast followed by departure transfer

Please kindly note during briefing or trekking, clients can discuss whether to overnight at School hut or Kibo hut.

Included in rates

  • Park fees
  • Rescue Fees
  • Transfers to/from park gate
  • Return airport transfers
  • 3 meals per day
  • Hut or camping fees
  • Camping Equipment: Tents, tables, chairs & all cooking facilities, mess tents, guide, porters & cook fees, meals and salaries
  • 2nights accommodation at base hotel on HB

Excluded in rates

  • Mountain gear,
  • Tipping
  • Hyperbaric chamber US$200.00 with extra porter to carry it
  • Toilet tent US$ 180.00
  • Medical first aid kit (Guides have their own)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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