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The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. This route has low traffic but is gaining popularity amongst climbers.It is the preferred route for those wanting a more remote hike, those looking for an easier route,or those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation) Although the minimum number of days required of this route is six days, seven days are recommended. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes,Rongai passes through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo Camp. This route also descends down the Marangu route.
On your arrival at Kilimanjaro international airport (JRO) our representative will pick you from airport and then transfer to hotel in Moshi for Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Moshi at 8:30am and then transfer to Rongai gate. Climbs of Kilimanjaro by the Rongai Route begin at the picturesque village of Nale Moru (2364m), on a small path through potato and corn fields. After entering the pine forest, it takes approximately three to four hours to reach first camp,situated on the edge of the moorland zone.
A steady ascent across open grasslands (which attract elephant and other wildlife) brings us to second cave camp, where the views out over Amboseli and Tsavo parks in Kenya are superlative. This section of the train takes approximately four hours.
Today you will trek up gentled gradient to third cave, with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Allow yourself three to four hours for this section of the trail. Your easy, stead pace on the Rongai Route minimizes levels of difficulty and significantly assists acclimatization.
The ascent to Kibo Hut takes about four to five hours, with the trail crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The remainder of this day is devoted to rest and recreation, in preparation for your attempt on the summit which starts around midnight.
It is at the stage that the climb becomes much more difficult and hikers should carry as little as possible for this stage making your way up a path that is flanked by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers, you will climb for about six hours before reaching the edge of the crater between Stella and Hans Meyer points. The track around the edge of the crater is icy and rocky, so concentrate on your feet and follow your guide very closely for this section of the climb. Another hour of climbing will bring you to the summit – Uhuru peak, the highest point on the African continent. Enjoy your sense of achievement as you watch the rising sun reflect of Kilimanjaro`s ice-caps and glaciers. Treak down to Kibo Hut (a relatively quick descent) for a well – deserved breakfast before continuing down to your final night on the mountain at Honorombo Hut.
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). Our vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour). Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft Distance: 20km/12.5mi Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Forest