Rongai Route

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RONGAI ROUTE

Day 1

Welcome to Africa! Arrive in Arusha and Spend a Night at Hotel

Day 2
From Arusha to Rongai, we continue our journey in 4-wheel-drive vehicles to the roadhead at Nale Moru starting point (1950m.). After 4 hours trekking, the forest becomes thinner and we set up camp on the edge of the moorland zone and can enjoy excellent views out across the Kenyan plains. Altitude at camp – 2600 metres.

Day 3
A longer day’s trekking today, gaining close to 1000 metres. A steady walk in the morning leads to the so-called “Second Cave,” where we take lunch in sight of the peak of Kibo and the ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, 6 to 7 hours walking, Altitude at camp – 3550 metres.

Day 4
Only a 3 to 4 hour walk today, to Mawenzi Tarn – 4300 metres at camp.

Day 5
A rest and acclimatisation day at the camp beside Mawenzi Turn.

Day 6
Another short day today, as we cross the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo, to reach our overnight halt at the so-called “School Hut” an altitude of 4750 metres.

Day 7
A very early start at around 1 a.m., as we set off by the light of our head-torches, on a zig-zag trail on rough volcanic scree. It is a tough 4 to 5 hour climb of almost 1000 metres to the crater rim at Gillmans Point (5685m.), which is a convenient point to rest and watch the sunrise on Mawenzi. It is a further 3-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5894m.) the high point of all Africa
and after retracing our path around the crater rim we make a rapid descent to the Kibo Hut at 4700 metres. We have lunch here, before setting off on the long descent across moorland to the camping place at Horombo camp – 3720 metres.

Day 8
As we descend from Horombo, we begin to encounter more vegetation and the lower part of the route is through pine forest. We pass the traditional first camping place on the Marangu Route at the Mandara Huts (2700m.) and continue our descent to the Marangu Gate (1900m.). After saying goodbye to our trek crew and picking up our all-important ascent certificates, we transfer to Arusha/Moshi/airport.

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