Rongai Route

Day One:

Arrive JRO. Transfer to Arumeru River Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Arumeru River Lodge HB.

Day Two:

After completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu National

Park gate, we transfer you by a Land Cruiser to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 m.) on a small path that wind through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

[3-4 hours walking]

Dinner and Overnight – Rongai Campsite.

Day Three:

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m.) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. We then leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi.

We then take a short but steep climb up grassy slopes and we are rewarded by superb all round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m.), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The remaining part of the afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. [8-10 hours walking]

Dinner and Overnight – Cave 4 Campsite

Day Four:

We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School campsite (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night!

[4-5 hours walking] Dinner and Overnight – Kibo Campsite

Day Five:

We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torch light around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switch bank trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5 685 m.)  We will rest there for a short time enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak ( 5,896 m) passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo ( 4,700 m) is surprisingly fast and after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3,720 m).

[11-15 hours walking] Dinner and Overnight – Horombo Campsite

Day Six:

A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m.). [5-6 hours walking) Transfer to Arusha.

Dinner and Overnight at Arumeru River Lodge HB

Day Seven:

  • Breakfast, Morning at leisure, Lunch on own. Day room is on own arrangements.
  • At 1800hrs, transfer to JRO & depart

Quotation to Include

  • Transport from Arusha to the base hotel and back to Arusha
  • Transport to the mountain and back
  • Pre-climb night and post-climb night accommodation at Base Hotel in Arusha – Arumeru
  • Mt. Kenya trek / accommodation while trekking
  • Climbing duration as per the detailed itineraries
  • All government taxes

On The Climb, The Following Are Also Included

  • Accommodation Two Man tent as detailed on the itinerary
  • Services of a English speaking mountain guide, cook and adequate porters to carry both trip provisions and clients private bags
  • National Park Entrance, accommodation and camping fees
  • All food and catering equipment - breakfasts, lunches (packed when necessary)and evening meals prepared by the cook
  • Certificate of Achievement/appreciation
  • Free storage of excess baggage not required on the mountain hike.
  • Rescue fees
  • All safety communication equipments (radio & cell phones)

Quotation to Exclude

  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Visa fees, passport, vaccinations, medicines, Personal Mountain equipment & tips
  • Expenditure for mineral water, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs & other personal items
  • Optional excursions not detailed in the itinerary
  • Additional optional overnights added at the base hotel or extra days on the mountain added
  • Water purification tablets otherwise highly recommended that you use bottled water.
  • Altitude sickness medicine – but better consult with your doctor just incase you are allergic
  • Extra costs incurred in case of own intentional change of itinerary while already on trek
  • Gloves, Sunglasses, Sleeping bag, Hats, Rain suits, Jacket, Heavy boots, Scarf's, Rain Trousers
  • You can hire some of the equipments available at a reasonable cost

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