Rongai Route

 

This route is fast gaining in popularity and is considered to be one of the easiest route up to mountain. It is only route starting from the north side of the mountain at Rongai a small village close to the Kenya boarder. The climbing condition is drier on the northern side of the mountain and there are spectacular sweeping views over the broad flat Maasai Land. All the way, the overnight spent camping in tent. And the summit is reached via the East site of KIBO and the descent is via the Marangu route.

 

PROGRAM:

 

DAY 1:        Transfer to Marangu park gate first for registration. Proceed to Rongai at the Tanzania/Kenya boarder. The climb begins at the village of Rongai forest station (1950 mts) through cultivated land before entering the pine forest. Watch out for Kilimanjaro Colobus monkeys in the treetops with their white-fringed 'capes' and tail. Taking 3-4 hours the first camp is on the edge of the moorland zone where the forest begins to thin out at First Cave at 8500ft / 2600m. Overnight 1st  Cave Camp. 
 

DAY 2:         The morning walk is a steady ascent up to Second Cave at 11300ft / 3450m with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim.
 
 

DAY 3:         Pushing on to reach Third Cave taking 3 to 4 hours at 12800ft/ 3800m for overnight

                    camp. Overnight 3rd  Cave Camp. 
 

DAY 4:        Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut at 15000ft/4700m. The remainder of the day's spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight Kibo Camp.

 

DAY 5:        An early start for the summit on steep heavy scree to arrive at Gilman's Point at 18640ft / 5681 m in time to see the sun rise. Those who want to reach the highest point in Africa can take the approximately three hours excursion to Uhuru Peak 19340ft/5896m passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo is surprisingly fast and after some refreshment, continues the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo at 12000ft / 3700m taking 11 to 15 hours. Overnight Horombo Camp.

 

DAY 6:      A steady descent down through the moor land to Mandara Hut and then downward through the lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830m) taking 5 to 7 hours to be met and transferred to Moshi.