|Kilimanjaro Climbing - (Rongai Route)
Kilimanjaro is the world's highest free standing, snow-covered equatorial mountain. Now charted and climbed; stories of her resident man-eating spirits are relegated to the realms of folklore. But Mount Kilimanjaro continues to preserve a mysticism that defies all recent knowledge of her slopes.
Images of the towering snow-covered cone rising majestically from fertile green foothills have become a powerful motif of Tanzania's extraordinary extremes. Few could deny a very distinct sense of awe when the cloud clears to reveal a glimpse of the towering peaks, shining bright in the equatorial sun.
There are five principal trails up the mountain: Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Umbwe and Rongai. These are all hiking routes. The most popular route is the Marangu route. It takes about five days and involves walking about 85 kilometres.
This itinerary starts at Kilimanjaro International Airport - JRO, and ends at Impala Hotel Arusha or a hotel in moshi town. Please see here for international flights for this tour.
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival day in Moshi/Arusha
Upon our arrival in Arusha we'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to the Impala Hotel, for an introductory briefing. Dinner and overnight in the Impala Lodge.
Day 02: Rongai Gate - First Cave Camp (8,695 Ft)
Climbs of Kilimanjaro by the Rongai Route begin at the picturesque village of Nale Moru (1,950m), on a small path through potato and corn fields. After entering the pine forest, it takes approximately three to four hours to reach first camp, situated on the edge of the moorland zone.
Day 03: First Cave Camp - Second Cave Camp (11,319 Ft)
A steady ascent across open grasslands (which attract elephant and other wildlife) brings us to second cave camp, where the views out over Amboseli and Tsavo parks in Kenya are superlative. This section of the trail takes approximately four hours.
Day 04: Second Cave Camp - Third Cave Camp (12,713 Ft)
Today you will trek up a gentle gradient to third cave, with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Allow yourself three to four hours for this section of the trail. Your easy, steady pace on the Rongai Route minimizes levels of difficulty and significantly assists acclimatization.
Day 05: Third Cave Camp - Kibo Hut On Marangu Trail (15,463 Ft)
The ascent to Kibo Hut takes about four to five hours, with the trail crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The remainder of this day is devoted to rest and recreation, in preparation for your attempt on the summit which starts around midnight.
Day 06: Kibo Hut - Summit - Horombo Hut (12,201 Ft)
It is at this stage that the climb becomes much more difficult and hikers should carry as little as possible for this stage. Making your way up a path that is flanked by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers, you will climb for about six hours before reaching the edge of the crater between Stella and Hans Meyer points. The track around the edge of the crater is icy and rocky, so concentrate on your feet and follow your guide very closely for this section of the climb.Another hour of climbing will bring you to the summit – Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African continent. Enjoy your sense of achievement as you watch the rising sun reflect of Kilimanjaro’s ice-caps and glaciers. Trek down to Kibo Hut (a relatively quick descent) for a well-deserved breakfast before continuing down to your final night on the mountain at Horombo Hut.
Day 07: Horombu Hut - Marangu Gate
Take time to appreciate the different flora and thick forest on this side of the mountain, as you walk down from Horombo to Marangu Gate. Now is the time to collect your certificate, say goodbye to your new mountain friends and rejoin your vehicle for the short drive back to Arusha for your accommodation at Impala Hotel - HB.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast transfer to airport OR Safari / Zanzibar island extension.
One may choose an extra day for acclimatization , which may increase your chances to reach the top.
Kilimanjaro Tanzania - best time to climb, precautions, checklist, medicine, tips
Find here a list of equipment that we can rent:Equipment for Kilimanjaro climb
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