6DAYS/5NIGHTS RONGAI ROUTE TREK
Altitude 6,396ft to 8,530ft,hiking time is 2- 3 hrs.
For rongai route first of all register at the Marangu park gate and transfer by 4 x 4
car(Approximately two and a half hours) to Rongai gate and begin walking from the village of Nale Moru. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest sheltering a variety of wildlife, including the Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. Our campsite at Kikelewa caves is on the edge of the moorland zone overlooking Kenyan plains.
Kikelewa caves Altitude: 8,530ft’ to 11,320ft’; Hiking time 5 – 6
hours.A tougher ascent to the ” Second Cave” where you will rest for a while and take lunch with superb views of Kibo and ice fields on the crater rim and these will be seen on clear days. After lunch proceed towards the rough peaks of Mawenzi, where we camp is set in a sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves.
Altitude 11,320ft – 14,210 ft takes 3 – 5 hours and it is a short walk but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before we
reach our next camp at Mawenzi Tarn Hut spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi where you will be able to. spend the afernoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.
Altitude: 14,210ft’ to 15,580ft’; Hiking time 4 – 6 hours.
Walking between the 2 peaks ( saddle) of Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Campsite. The rest of the day is spent resting in preparation of the final ascent and get acclimitised.
Altitude: 15,580ft to 18,650ft’; (Gilman’s Point) to 19, 340′ (summit) called Uhuru Peak then down to 12,200ft at Horombo huts’, Hiking time: 12 – 15 hours.
Start the final, steepest and most difficult part of the ascent at 12 – 1:00am.Walk up on the stone gravels slowly on a zig zagging trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point.Have a stop over for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi peak.If you will still feeling stronger continue (2 hrs roundtrip) to Uhuru Peak(summit) passing close to spectacular gaciers and ice blocks in the summint area. Descend to Kibo for lunch and meeting the porters again who will carry your lugagge and rest for a while then continue walking down the Marangu route to our Horombo Camp.
Altitude 12,200 ft – 6,250ft,walking hours is 5- 6 hrs. A day is spent descening to Marangu gate where you will be awarded a certificate for those who managed to reach the summit.Afterwards transfer to Arusha town for your private plans.
END OF TREK
The prices includes:
* Parks entry fees.
* Accommodations in lodges/camps double occupancy.
* Full board meals(breakfast,lunch,dinner)
* Camping equipments like tents,mattresses,chairs.
* Transport by a 4WD during safari with Pop-up roof,
* Professional English Speaking guide/cook
* Camping equipments like tents,utensils.
* Bottled water whilst on trips
* Government taxes.
The price does not include:
* Parks entry fees.
* Alcoholic & Soft drinks.
* Tips for the guides/cooks/porters.
* Your nights out of safari
* International flights
* Personal items like visa, insurance, passport.
* Any other extra cost not detailed in the itinerary.
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