Rongai Route
Trekking Uhuru Peak in 7 days / 6 nights

Day 1
Pick up from the International Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to the hotel in Arusha.

Day 2
After breakfast, we pick you up from the hotel and transfer you in our car to the Marangu park gate for registration. Continue for approximetaly two and a half hours by car to the Rongai trailhead. Our hike will begin from the village of Nale Moru. We will pass through maize fields and then climb gently through a pine forest sheltering a variety of wildlife, including the Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. The Simba campsite that we are heading to, is on the edge of the moorland zone with expansive views of the Kenyan plains. We will be have dinner and overnight at Simba camp. 
Altitude: 2650m
Hiking time: 3 hours

Day 3
Today we begin our ascent to the "Second Cave", where we will rest and have our lunch enjoying the superb views of Kibo and the ice fields on the crater rim. We will continue hiking towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, where we camp in a sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves.
Altitude: 3600m
Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

Day 4
Our climb will be a little steep through grassy slopes with great views of the wilderness area. The vegetation zone thins out as we reach our next camp at Mawenzi Tarn, which is situated beneath the spectacular towering spires of Mawenzi. We will spend the afternoon in the camp for better acclimatizing and exploring the area.
Altitude: 4330m
Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Day 5
Today we begin hiking on easy angled scree slopes. Our path continues - crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. We will stay at Kibo campsite for dinner and a good rest, preparing ourselves for the final ascent.
Altitude: 4703
Hiking time: 4-5 hours

Day 6
We will wake up at around 12am to begin for our final ascent towards Uhuru Peak. We will hike slowly on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman's Point at 5681m. We will stop for a short rest to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. We will continue our hike passing by spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs in the summit area. We have reached Uhuru peak at 5895m. the highest point of Africa! After enough time to enjoy our achievement, we start our descent back to Kibo for lunch and a short rest and then continue down the Marangu route for dinner and overnight at Horombo Camp.
Altitude: 5896m-3720m
Hiking time: 14 hours

Day 7
On our last day, we descend steadily through the moorland. We will have a short break for lunch at the Mandara Hut and continue through a lush rain forest till we reach  Marangu gate. There, a certificate attesting your success in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro will be awarded to you. Our car will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Arusha or Moshi and reward you with a celebration dinner.
Altitude: 1980m
Hiking time: 6 hours

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