Girrafe in Mikumi National Park
Girrafe in Mikumi National Park
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Rongai Route 7 Days Trek

Day 1: Nalemoru Gate (/5,900ft / 1,800m) to Simba Camp (8,400ft / 2,600 m): ? km, 3-4 hours, Timber and Natural Forest
We will pick you up in the morning at your hotel and drive approximately one hour to Marangu Gate. After registration at the Marangu Gate, we will drive about 3 hours to Rongai or Nalemoru Gate (5,900ft / 1,800m) near the Kenya border. At the gate we will enjoy a box lunch. We begin hiking in the wild timber forest and then in the natural forest. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. The first day is only a half-day walk. You will have time to relax while dinner is prepared.

Day 2: Simba Camp (8,400ft / 2,600 m/) to Rongai Second Cave Camp (11,318ft / 3,450 m): ? km, 3 – 4 hours, Moorland
This is a very short hiking day. After breakfast we start hiking to Second Cave Camp. The trail will cross through the moorland where you will have different views of the mountain scenery. You can let your guides know whether you would like a box lunch to eat on the way or have a hot lunch at the camp. After resting at the camp, you have the option to do a short acclimatization hike before dinner.

Day 3: Rongai Second Cave Camp (11,318ft / 3,450 m) to Kikelelwa Camp (11,810ft / 3,600m/): ? km, 3 – 4 hours, Moorland
After a leisurely breakfast, we start the trek through the moorland zone, up and down between 3000m to 4000m. During the hiking we will get a beautiful view of different geographical features including volcanic rock, caves, valleys, springs in addition to a range of flora and fauna. You can let your guides know whether you would like a box lunch to eat on the way or have a hot lunch at the camp. A short acclimatization hike is necessary after resting at the camp, but before dinner.

Day 4: Kikelelwa Camp (11,810ft / 3,600m) to Mawenzi Turn Camp (14,200ft / 4,330m): ? km, 3 – 4 hours, Moorland to Semi Desert
After breakfast, we start hiking to Mawenzi Turn Camp. It is a short but steep hike. In the higher altitude you will notice changes in vegetation; the trees diminish in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro's famous high altitude plants, Scenecio Kilimanjari and Lobelia Deckenii. Typically, hot lunch is provided at Mawenzi Turn Camp. However, some may enjoy a box lunch during the trek. After lunch and resting you have the option of taking an acclimatization hike before dinner. This camp is near Mawenzi Peak and Mawenzi Pond, both provide interesting scenery and beautiful views.

Day 5: Mawenzi Turn Camp (14,200ft / 4,330m) to Kibo Huts (15,580ft / 4,750m): ? km, 5 - 6 hours, Alpine Desert to Glacier
Breakfast will be served by 07:30. We will hike through the alpine desert and we will join other trekkers from Marangu route because it’s a junction between the two routes. Here, it will be chilly because of the wind blowing between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. When you stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will start in just a few hours. Be careful to notice and let your guide know about any signs of altitude sickness. We will set up camp for you at Kibo Huts. Once you reach the camp, you can unpack, rest and wait for dinner.

Day 6: Day of summit! Kibo Huts (15,400 ft / 4,695 m) to Uhuru Peak (/19,340 ft / 5,895 m) then descend to Horombo Huts (/12,100 ft / 3,690 m): 4 km up, 14 km down 10-15 hours
This day is a challenging day! Today is the summit day (Uhuru Peak 19340ft). It will be cold and you may experience the effects of the altitude; for example, you may feel a little headache or nauseous. We will serve you a light breakfast a little before midnight. In preparing for the summit, make sure you have warm gear/ clothes with you.

Leaving at 12:00am, we will switchback up steep scree and possibly snow. We will reach Gilmans Point 18640 ft/ 5861m which is at the rim of the crater where we will have a view of the crater and the eastern glacier. From there, you will walk the rim of the crater crossing Stella Point to UHURU PEAK 19340ft/5895m, the highest peak in Mountain Kilimanjaro. Ideally, we will summit around 6:00am to 7:00am during the sunrise. We will spend time taking pictures and you can congratulate yourself for reaching Africa’s highest peak. Afterward, we will descend back to Kibo Hut and have lunch before descending to Horombo Hut where we will have dinner and rest.

Day 7: Horombo Huts (12,100 ft/ 3,690 m) to Marangu Gate (6,000 ft/1,830 m) to the hotel.
After breakfast, you will pack and start descending through the moorland to the Mandara Huts where we will have lunch. You will then continue your triumphant trek down through lush rain forest to the Marangu Gate, which you should reach around 2 or 3 pm. Climbers will receive their summit certificates. It is customary to tip your guides, cooks, and porters at this time, since you will be leaving them here. The guides will take you back to the hotel, where it is definitely time for celebration!

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