Rongai Route Itinerary 6 Days 5 Nights.
Day 1 : Moshi to Nale Muru to Simba Camp Transfer by Land Rover to the attractive wooden village of Nale Muru. After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
-6,400 ft / 1,950 m to ~8,650 ft / 2,600 m
-3 to 4 hours
Overnight: Simba Camp
Day 2 : Simba Camp to Second Cave The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.
-8,650 ft / 2,880 m to 11,320 ft / 3,450 m
-3 to 4 hours -4 miles
Meals: BLD. Overnight: Second Cave.
Day 3 : Second Cave to Third Cave Today we continue our hike from the Second Cave to the Third Cave.
-11,320 ft / 3,450 m to 12,700 ft / 3,870 m
-4 hours, Meals: BLD. Overnight: Third Cave
Day 4 : Third Cave to Kibo Camp Hike to Kibo campsite at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent and a very early day!
-12,700 ft / 3,870 m to 15,600 ft / 4,750 m
-5 hours, Meals: BLD, Overnight: Kibo Camp
Day 5 : Kibo Camp to Summit to Horombo Huts.- Begin the final and by far the steepest and most demanding part of the climb beginning around 1 a.m. Proceed very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman's Point. Rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the 1 and a half hour round trip to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. The descent to Kibo is surprisingly fast to the final campsite at Horombo.
-15,600 ft / 4,750 m to 19,340 ft / 5,895 m
-19,340 ft / 5,895 m to 12,200 ft / 3,720 m
-6-8 hours / 5 miles for ascent
-3-4 hours / 6 miles for descent
Meals: BLD, Overnight: Horombo Hut
Day 6 : Horombo Huts to Moshi After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest paths to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
After receiving signing out and receiving your summit certificates, a vehicle will be waiting for you at Marangu Gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi for Hot shower, Dinner and celebration!!! Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. End of the Trek.
-12,200 ft / 3,720 m to 5,500 ft / 1,700 m
-5 to 6 hours / 11 miles
Overnight: Hotel in Moshi.
Price from US$ 1,350 p/p