Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF AFRICA 557

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Day 1: Arusha

The start of your Tanzania Wilderness Safari begins in the capital of safaris, Arusha. You will be collected from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to the Serena Mountain Village Lodge. Spend the afternoon or evening relaxing in the properties surrounds.

Day 2: Arusha - Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

After breakfast you will be collected from the lodge and transferred to Marangu gate with packed lunch. After completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu gate, we transfer by our vehicle to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering the forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently, through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkeys. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains of Tsavo and Amboseli. Dinner and overnight at First Cave Camp

Day 3: Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m.) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite nestles in a sheltered valley of giant Senecios near Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m.) Dinner and overnight at Kikelewa Caves

Day 4: Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb sweeping vistas and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m.), spectacularly situated on a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. Dinner and overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Day 5: Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

After breakfast we will take a leisurely walk up to Mawenzi hut. This is scenic and allows us to walk high and camp low as we return back to Mawenzi Tarn Camp for an afternoon at leisure and to sleep. This is generally accepted as the very best way to acclimatize and give the climber the very best chance of summit success. Dinner and overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Day 6: Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School campsite (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! Dinner and overnight at Kibo Camp

Day 7: Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

Start around 1 a.m., reaching Gillman’s Point (5685 m) at sunrise. The path from Kibo to Gillman’s is the most demanding 4 hours on the whole climb. Continue another 2 hours to the roof of Africa, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Descend to Kibo Camp for hot lunch then to Horombo Hut. Meals and overnight at Horombo Camp

Day 8: Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route - Arusha

You will hike back to the Marangu gate and park's headquarters. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. Return from Kili climb and transfer Serena Mountain Village Lodge .

Day 9: Arusha

Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport

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