The Rongai route begins on the northern side of the mountain and is the least traveled, remote and less frequently used route. It is easily approached from Amboseli N/P to the starting point you are rewarded by fantastic views and the likelihood that you will be the only climbers around. If you take this route up the mountain you will descend via the Mweka Route or Marangu route.</p
|The Rongai route begins on the northern side of the mountain and is the least traveled, remote and less frequently used route. It is easily approached from Amboseli N/P to the starting point you are rewarded by fantastic views and the likelihood that you will be the only climbers around. If you take this route up the mountain you will descend via the Mweka Route or Marangu route.|
|Nairobi- Amboseli||Mama Africa Eco-Tented Camp|
Depart to Kilimanjaro forest glades via Amboseli N/P, where you will overnight in preparation for your climb the next day.
|Nale Moru (1,950 m)||Central Bevy Camp (2,600 m)|
After breakfast we will transfer you to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 m.) on a small path that wind 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, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Columbus Monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. 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. [3-4 hours walking]
|Central Bevy Camp (2,600 m)||Kikelelwa Caves Camp (3,600 m)|
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 is in a sheltered valley with giant senesces near Kikelelwa Caves (3.600 m.) [6-7 hours walking]
|Kikelelwa Caves Camp (3,600 m)||Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,330m)|
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m.), spectacularly situated in 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. [3-4 hours walking]
|Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,330m)||School Hut Campsite (4,750 m)|
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! [4-5 hours walking]
|School Hut campsite (4,750 m)||Uhuru Peak (5,896 m)/ Mweka Hut (3,720 m)|
We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 12 mid- night. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic rise to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m.) We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.); passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu (4,600 m.) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Mweka Hut (3,720 m.). [11-15 hours walking]
|Mweka Hut (3,720 m)||Park Gate at Mweka (1,830 m)|
A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mweka gate (2,700m.), descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the Park gate at Mweka (1,830 m.). [5-6 hours walking. You will be transferred to Springlands Hotel or alternative Hotel in Moshi for overnight.