Rongai Route

6 – 7 days. The only route that approaches the summit from the north.

bookThis route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and it has a relatively gentle gradient and short daily routes from the starting point just south of the Kenya-Tanzania border. It heads through attractive farmland and delightful forest to several other climate zones.There are magnificent views over the Amboseli Plains and good possibilities for wildlife viewing. This route is much more dry than the other routes and offers a different perspective on the mountain by approaching it from the north.
This route does not allow for the application of the 'climb high and sleep low' principle, so an additional acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn Huts is highly recommende. Descent on Marangu Route.

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  • Day 1: Arusha > Nalemoru > First Cave Camp (2650 m)

    After breakfast, briefing from the mountain guide. Then pack everything and drive to Nalemoru at 1950 m. The first day leads intially through cypress plantations, then continues through fairly open country with only two patches of forest. It is nothing like the rainforest on the western and southern slopes. The scenery of the first day may not be that memorable, but the wildlife can be. You will see birds and colobus monkeys, and probably other wildlife as well. Dinner and overnight stay at First Cave Camp.

    Hiking time: 4 hours

  • Day 2: First Cave Camp > Kikelewa Cave (3630 m)

    After breakfast we leave through moorland covered in heather, on an increasingly steep trail, to the lunch spot at the Second Cave Camp (3450 m). After lunch we take a left turn in the direction of Mawenzi. The path is not steep any more and continues through heathland and rocky sections. Dinner and overnight stay at Kikelewa Cave.

    Hiking time: 6-7 hours

  • Day 3: Kikelewa Cave > Mawenzi Tarn Huts (4330 m)

    After breakfast we continue on an easy path up a gentle slope. But soon the scenery changes and the trail becomes steeper and steeper, offering superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn, where we will have lunch. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area. Dinner and overnight stay at Mawenzi Tarn Huts.

    Hiking time: 3-4 hours

  • Optional acclimatization day:

    An extra day and night at Mawenzi Tarn Huts will allow you to acclimatize. All meals and overnight stay at the hut. We recommend to sleep early and get a last good night's rest.

  • Day 4 (or 5): Mawenzi Tarn Huts > Kibo Hut (4700 m)

    After breakfast we head west as we start heading back towards Kibo, first climbing over a small ridge, and then wandering on a comfortable path along the northern side of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The remainder of the day is spent resting and preparing for the final ascent (check your camera batteries and headlight, we recommend to carry your water in a thermal flask to avoid freezing) which begins around midnight. We recommend to sleep early and get as much rest as you can.

    Hiking time: 5 hours

  • Day 5 (or 6): Kibo Hut > UHURU PEAK (5895 m) > Horombo Hut

    We get up in the night to leave for Uhuru Peak around midnight, after some hot tea. Be prepared for a long, cold night & day. First we will reach Gillman's Point (5681 m), and after that we will reach the summit Uhuru Peak (5895 m) early in the morning, around sunrise.
    Come back from Uhuru Peak in the morning for breakfast at Kibo Hut, then start descending again to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight.

    Hiking time: 6-8 hours ascent to Uhuru Peak, 5-7 hours descent to Horombo Hut

  • Day 6 (or 7): Horombo Hut > Arusha

    After breakfast start walking down to the Marangu gate via Mandara hut. At the gate the successful climbers will receive a certificate for reaching the top. After check out we drive back to the hotel in Arusha.

    Hiking time: 5-7 hours

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