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The Rongai Route is the only route that approaches the mountain from the North. This route is much less crowded than the other routes, however it requires a long drive to the park gate. You will feel totally alone, as you will be crossing unspoiled wilderness with little crowds to bother you. Your trek begins near the Kenyan border and climbs near Mawenzi before summiting via Marangu route and Gillman’s point. Descent is on Marangu route. We offer 5, 6 and 7 day treks with 7 days being the best for acclimitization.

Day 01:
Mawenzi_smallRegister at Nalemoru Gate (6,398ft/1,950m), the climb then starts out in the in the rain forest of the lower slopes where we may encounter animals, such as black & white colobus monkeys and several varieties of birds. Hike to Simba camp (9,300ft/2,830m) for the night. Duration 3hrs.

Day 02:
After breakfast leave Simba camp for a steep climb to 2nd cave camp (11,300ft/3,450m) where you will have lunch in the shadow of Kibo. We will then continue on to Kikelewa cave (11,810ft/3,600m) for the night. Most of the hike is through heather climate zone. Duration 6-7hrs.

Day 03:
After breakfast, head up towards the Mawenzi Tarn Hut (14,160ft/4,315m) where we will camp in the shadow of Mawenzi. Enjoy the Sunset behind Kibo. Duration 4hrs.

Day 04:
This is an acclimitization day, where we will leave from Mawenzi Tarn and head up to Kibo Hut (15,430ft/4,700m) where you will have lunch. Then we will descend back to Mawenzi Tarn for the night. Duration 4-5hrs.

Day 05:
After breakfast leave Mawenzi camp and head up to Kibo Hut (15,430ft/4,703m). You will have an early dinner so you can get some rest. You will Kibo Hut for the summit at midnight. Duration 5-6hrs.

Day 06:
Wakeup around 11pm and get ready for summit hike. Leave for the summit
at midnight and after a very steep ascent, reach Gillman’s Point(18,745ft/5,681m) after 3-4hrs. Another 3-4 hrs of gradual sloping ground and you are at the summit! Descend on Marangu route to Horomobo Hut (12,205ft/3,720m) for the night. Duration 11-13hrs.

Day 07:
After breakfast start the hike down through heather and forest to Marangu Gate (6,045ft/1,843m). You will receive your summit certificate and say good bye to your new friends. Duration 5-7hrs.

Itineraries

Days 1-7

Date : June 1, 2018

Time : 7:16 am

Rongai Route – 7 Days / 6 Nights

Day 01: Mawenzi_smallRegister at Nalemoru Gate (6,398ft/1,950m), the climb then starts out in the in the rain forest of the lower slopes where we may encounter animals, such as black & white colobus monkeys and several varieties of birds. Hike to Simba camp (9,300ft/2,830m) for the night. Duration 3hrs. Day 02: After breakfast leave Simba camp for a steep climb to 2nd cave camp (11,300ft/3,450m) where you will have lunch in the shadow of Kibo. We will then continue on to Kikelewa cave (11,810ft/3,600m) for the night. Most of the hike is through heather climate zone. Duration 6-7hrs. Day 03: After breakfast, head up towards the Mawenzi Tarn Hut (14,160ft/4,315m) where we will camp in the shadow of Mawenzi. Enjoy the Sunset behind Kibo. Duration 4hrs. Day 04: This is an acclimitization day, where we will leave from Mawenzi Tarn and head up to Kibo Hut (15,430ft/4,700m) where you will have lunch. Then we will descend back to Mawenzi Tarn for the night. Duration 4-5hrs. Day 05: After breakfast leave Mawenzi camp and head up to Kibo Hut (15,430ft/4,703m). You will have an early dinner so you can get some rest. You will Kibo Hut for the summit at midnight. Duration 5-6hrs. Day 06: Wakeup around 11pm and get ready for summit hike. Leave for the summit at midnight and after a very steep ascent, reach Gillman’s Point(18,745ft/5,681m) after 3-4hrs. Another 3-4 hrs of gradual sloping ground and you are at the summit! Descend on Marangu route to Horomobo Hut (12,205ft/3,720m) for the night. Duration 11-13hrs. Day 07: After breakfast start the hike down through heather and forest to Marangu Gate (6,045ft/1,843m). You will receive your summit certificate and say good bye to your new friends. Duration 5-7hrs.

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