Rongai Route

Climb Mt Kilimanjaro by the Drier Gentle Camping Route

Day 1: On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night (a range of hotels are available dependent on your budget). In the evening you will meet your guide and have a Mountain Briefing to prepare you for the climb. You will also be able to hire equipment if required. Dinner at the hotel followed by an early night.

Day 2: Depart your hotel early and transfer the village of Nale Moru (1950 m) through local 'Shamba' farmland before entering the pine forest. Watch out for Kilimanjaro Colobus monkeys in the tree tops. After walking for about 4 hours you will arrive at the first camp on the edge of the moorland zone. This is First Cave campsite at 2600 m. Dinner and overnight at 1st Cave Camp.

Day 3: The morning walk climbs up to Second Cave at 3450 m This has superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim. In the afternoon you continue to the Third Cave taking around 4 hours to climb to 3800 m for overnight camp.

Day 4: This is an acclimatization day. A slow walk up to the Saddle is a good way to improve your altitude tolerance by walking high but returning back to sleep lower. It is also possible to spend the night at Mawenzi Tarn rather than Third Cave camp if you prefer.

Day 5: A steep ascent on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. It takes 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut at 4700 m. The remainder of the day is spent resting to prepare for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Camp.

Day 6: A very early start for the summit climbing steep scree to arrive at Gilman's Point (5681m) to see sunrise. Those who want to reach the highest point in Africa can take the approximately two hour excursion to Uhuru Peak 5896 m passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs of the summit area. The descent to Kibo is fast and after some refreshment, you continue your descent to the final camp site at Horombo at 3700m.

Day 7: A steady descent through the moorland to Mandara Hut continuing through the lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830 m) taking about 6 hours. After collecting your certificates, you will to be met and transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Prices from $1300 based on 4 pax. For further information please contact us and we will personally tailor your Kilimanjaro climb to suit your interests and budget.

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    Jackie, David and Sarah

    Australia, Oct 2013

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    United Kingdom, Jan 2014

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    Austria, Jul 2013

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    United Kingdom, Jan 2013

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    Belgium, Oct 2013

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    United Kingdom, Dec 2013

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    United States of America, Sept 2013