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Rongai Route

The Rongai Route is the only trail to start on the northern side of the mountain. It is a lovely path involving an ascent of some 26.8km to the summit if taking the direct route, or 37.65km  if taking the more sensible – and beautiful – diversion via Mawenzi Tarn.

 

Day 1 Rongai route 7 days – Rongai Gate (1950m) – Simba Camp (2600m).

Pick up from your hotel drive for two hours and half to Marangu park gate for formalities registration after that transfer to the Rongai trailhead in about 3hours. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru village, then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. 

 

Day 2 Rongai route 7 days – Simba Camp –Second Cave

Late Breakfast, enjoy the morning at Simba camp proceed with the hiking very slowly acclimatize your body until you reach Second cave (3450M ) for hot lunch. Afternoon relax at second cave with dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3 Rongai route 7 days – Second Tarn Cave (2600m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m).

After breakfast then continues up towards Kibo, 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. 

 

Day 4 Rongai route 7 days – Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m).

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 Rongai route 7 days – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m) – Kibo Hut (4700m).

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 Rongai route 7 days – Summit Attempt, Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m).

You will wake up 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. From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), 

 

Day 7 Rongai route 7 days – Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m).

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. 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.

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