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Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Trek the incredible Rongai Route of Mt Kilimanjaro
See Africa from a different perspective – from the peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro. Approach the striking mountain from the north for the opportunity to see mountainside animals – monkeys and even the occasional elephant inhabits these parts, so keep your eyes peeled. Traverse through rich forests along the north-eastern side, then embark on a trek to the summit. Discover an enticing array of wildlife and gorgeous scenery along the way and be rewarded by incredible views from Uhuru Peak.
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Acclimatise to the altitude in the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro with a swim in the hotel’s pool or by diving into a hearty meal at a local restaurant. Get a good night’s sleep in preparation for the big week ahead.
After meeting the guide and porters who will accompany the group on the trek, set off for a few hours of gradual uphill hiking. Journey through the rich forests along the north-eastern side of the mountain before arriving at camp, located at an altitude of 2,600 m.
Hit the uphill terrain with your head to the sky en route to the Kikelewa Caves. Today’s trek is a long but rewarding day, with a climb in altitude of 1,000 m, most of which will be reached in the first half of the day. To keep your mind off the burning in your thighs, admire the surrounding scenery while keeping an eye out for wildlife. Stop for lunch at Second Cave, then continue towards camp at Kikelewa Caves.
Continue along a path that climbs up a steep ridge directly towards Mawenzi. To minimise altitude effects, don’t be afraid to take the path slowly. Traverse across a rocky landscape before descending into tonight’s camp at Tarn Valley (4,300 m). The campsite is right underneath the jagged peaks of Mawenzi.
Descend into the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo, and head towards Kibo Hut, where tonight’s camp awaits. The grey, desert-like landscape contrasts with the dense rainforest scenery of the past few days. Rest up as best you can because you’ll be woken extremely early for the amazing opportunity of trekking to Gillman’s Point for sunrise.
In the dark of the night, prepare to make for the summit. It's a steep, zigzagging road to the top, but worth every step. With six hours of footprints behind you, check out the view from Gillman’s Point (5,700 m). Continue around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), Africa’s highest point and the world’s tallest free-standing volcano. It will feel like you are on top of the world.
Descend back through the lush forest towards the creature comfort of the hotel. On the final evening, perhaps get the team together for a celebratory meal to toast, relive and revel in the achievement of conquering Mt Kilimanjaro.
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