7 Days Rongai Route
At Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to Arusha. The rest of the day will be yours to enjoy at leisure. In the evening, you will attend a briefing in preparation of your upcoming trekking adventure. Bed and breakfast.
Rongai Gate to Rongai Cave. 7 km. 3-4 hours Hiking Time.
After stopping at the Marangu Gate for permits, we proceed to the wooden village of Nale Moru, where the trailhead begins. The trail winds through corn and potato fields, and then climbs gently through the forest which is home to a variety of wildlife, including the Black and White Colobus Monkey. We camp at Rongai Cave. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Rongai Cave to 2nd Cave to Kikelewa Cave. 12 km. 6-8 hours Hiking Time. After breakfast we begin the morning hike with a steady incline and reach 2nd Cave while en-route to Kikelewa Cave. Views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim begin to emerge. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn. 5 km, 3-4 hours Hiking Time
The hike today is short and steep, up a grassy slope. Views of the wilderness area are stunning. As we exit the heath zone and emerge into the alpine desert zone, the landscape changes dramatically. Camp is situated beneath the jagged spires of Mawenzi. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing or exploring the area. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Mawenzi Tarn – Mawenzi Ridge – Mawenzi Tarn. 4 km, 3-4 hours Hiking Time: This is an acclimatization day. We hike steadily up a ridge with fantastic views on both sides; the landscape is rugged and rocky.
After spending a few moments exploring Mawenzi Ridge, we head back to Mawenzi Tarn for camp. Extra days on the trail give our bodies the opportunity to acclimatize and assist with summit day. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Marwenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut. 8 km, 5-6 hours Hiking Time
The trail climbs gradually across the rocky lunar landscape as we traverse the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks. Our campsite for the night sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting and preparing for the final ascent in the early morning. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Kibo Hut – Uhuru Point – Horombo Hut. 22 km 10-13 hours Hiking Time. We wake in the middle of the night and begin the final push to reach the Roof of Africa. The trail to Gilman’s Point is very steep and the ascent will be slow and steady. From Gilman’s, it is a traverse along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak. We stay at the summit for a short time, to take. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate- 20 km, 5-7 hours- Hiking Time
A long trek is in store for today, however it is mostly downhill. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu Gate we pick up our certificate that proves our achievement and catch our vehicle transfer to Tulia hotel and Spa in Arusha for Hot shower.