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OPTION I – 5/6-DAY PROGRAMME THROUGH RONGAI ROUTE/TECHNICAL CLIMBING

The Rongai Route is the route of Kilimanjaro that begins from the north side, a route where few climbers are seen along the way. This route affords the opportunity to witness up close the Mawenzi Volcano (the second highest peak of Kilimanjaro) and the magnificent saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo Peak. Now you can obtain the permit to the Rongai gate.

The route feels relatively lonely as you cross unspoiled wilderness with little crowds to bother you. Your trek begins near the Kenya border, and you will summit via Marangu route and Gilman point. Descending will take place on the Marangu route. We offer 2 options for the Rongai route covering 5/6/7-day treks, with the 7-day trek being highly recommended for acclimatization.

DAY 1 – Rongai or Nalemuru 1950 m – First Cave 2830 m

Habitat: Rain forest
Hiking Time: 3-4hrs

After breakfast at your hotel, you will take a car to drive up to the Marangu gate to collect a permit. Afterwards, its another 2hr drive to the Rongai gate. We register at Nalemuru gate, and then start our climb. Our climb begins in the rainforest of the lower slope where we may encounter animals such as the black and white Colobus monkey, foot prints of buffaloes and elephants, along with several varieties of birds. We then hike to Simba Camp to stay overnight where the porters, camping crew master, and cook/chef are have your dinner preparations ready along with washing water. You will encounter villages that deal and sell maize and potatoes before you enter in the rainforest.

DAY 2 – First Caves 2650 m – Third Caves 3875 m

Habitat: Heather & Moorland
Hiking Time 4-5hrs

After getting breakfast, you start climbing slopes flunked with heather, with the twin peaks of Kilimanjaro keeping a watchful eye as you progress. After two hours you will be invited to witness and experience the shadow of the cave. The second caves, around 3450 m, lie twenty minutes further on through lizard country of bare rocks and long grass. After we pass the second caves, we go up hill and cross a wide and usually dry riverbed which in the rainy season is a popular playground for buffaloes. The path continues drifting southwards across the terrain, where the dry flower helichrysum is now interspersed among the heathers. Huge rocks begin appear to the left and right, temporarily obscuring the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. We are near the campsite after crossing a final river bed, where you will be met again by the porters and chefs who prepare your accommodations for the evening.

DAY 3 – Third Caves 3875 m Mawenzi Hut 4200 m

Habitat: Desert
Hiking Time: 4hrs – 5hrs

After finishing breakfast, we start for the Mawenzi hut. It’s along day, and you should expect a great deal of wind and sand along the way. You will cross the trail of junction to the school hut right before we continue to Mawenzi hut where you can meet not only your crew. You will now rest early in the afternoon/evening and wait for the Technical climbing route.

DAY 3-4 Mawenzi Technical climbing 5150m – Horombo Hut

Habitat: Desert / Summit/Rock climbing
Hiking Time: 10-15hrs

We will wake an early in the morning around 5:00am to prepare for the climb. You will have tea and biscuit available to you. The start for the summit will begin around 5: 30am through the stone and sand screed up to base of Mawenzi peak. We will get rest on the way,

The summit climb is long, usually around 9 to 10 hours to complete with the base of the route at 4600m and topping out at 5150m. Good acclimatization and fitness is essential, as well as the right kit for exposed conditions including mist, rain and snow and cold rock.

Trek Phase approaches the peaks from the west or north on the Nalemuru route (Ronagai Route) or Marangu route on good paths. Terrain is forested initially, entering moorland and high alpine desert and eventually onto rocky glaciated landscape.

The rock climb is usually between 7 and 15 pitches depending on rope length and confidence, group size and local conditions. Pitches vary from sections of low grade scramble to around grade UIAA IV+ (UK V.Diff-Mild Severe, US 5.5) but with most being at around UIAA II (UKDiff, US5.3). This assumes we take the West side variation at Firmin’s Tower.

The rock is Nepheline Syenite which is similar to granite, blocky and abrasive with weathered fissures running vertically and horizontally offering good holds and friction. However, there are loose boulders, rocks and sandy screed in the amphitheatres and easy-angled couloirs. Helmets are essential.

On mount Mawenzi there is no points made with slings around rock spikes and boulders. Some part they have pitons in place and fews have a drilled bolt. Protection between belays is almost exclusively trad with self-placed nuts & cams placed and a few pitons along the way.

DAY 5 – Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate

Habitat: Moorland & Montana Forest
Hiking Time: 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, we descend down to the Marangu Gate where you can have a chance to stop for lunch in the Mandara Hut.After lunch at Mandara hut you will proceed to the rain Forest area up to the Marangu gate for 2HRS where you can regesteration for check out at the gate to obtain certificate for those who reach Gilmans point, Stella point and Uhuru Peak.Then transfer back to hotel for a long overdue and hot shower with time to relax to relax.

OPTION II – 7-DAY PROGRAMME THROUGH RONGAI ROUTE/TECHNICAL CLIMBING MAWENZI PEAK

The Rongai Route is the route of Kilimanjaro that begins from the north side, a route where few climbers are seen along the way. This route affords the opportunity to witness up close the Mawenzi Volcano (the second highest peak of Kilimanjaro) and the magnificent saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo Peak. Now you can obtain the permit to the Rongai gate.

The route feels relatively lonely as you cross unspoiled wilderness with little crowds to bother you. Your trek begins near the Kenya border, and you will summit via Marangu route and Gilman point. Descending will take place on the Marangu route. We offer 2 options for the Rongai route covering 5/6/7-day treks, with the 7-day trek being highly recommended for acclimatization.

DAY 1 – Rongai or Nalemuru 1950 m – First Cave 2830 m

Habitat: Rain forest
Hiking Time: 3-4hrs

After breakfast at your hotel, you will take a car to drive up to the Marangu gate to collect a permit. Afterwards, its another 2hr drive to the Rongai gate. We register at Nalemuru gate, and then start our climb. Our climb begins in the rainforest of the lower slope where we may encounter animals such as the black and white Colobus monkey, foot prints of buffaloes and elephants, along with several varieties of birds. We then hike to Simba Camp to stay overnight where the porters, camping crew master, and cook/chef are have your dinner preparations ready along with washing water. You will encounter villages that deal and sell maize and potatoes before you enter in the rainforest.

DAY 2 – Simba Caves/First Caves 2830 m Kikelewa Caves 3600 m

Habitat: Heather & Moorland
Hiking Time: 7-8hrs

After getting a breakfast you will leave the Simba caves for steep climbing to the Second Caves where you will have lunch in shadow of Kibo. Through the heather and moorlands we will continue drifting a path up to Kikelewa Caves for an overnight stay. This is long and tough day for trekking.

DAY 3 – Kikelewa Caves 3600 m – Mawenzi Turn 4315 m

Habitat: Desert
Hiking Time 5hrs

After breakfast, we head up towards the Mawenzi Turn Hut where we will camp in shadow of Mawenzi. Here you can enjoy the sunset behind Kibo.

DAY 4 – Acclimatization Day

This is our day for acclimatization. Wake up time is around 0900 for breakfast, then a short walk up to Mawenzi. We climb for 3hrs   for an exercise then descend back down for 1hr back to the same camp for the night.

DAY 5 – Mawenzi Turn 4315 m Mawenzi hut  4200 m

Habitat: Desert
Hiking Time: 5-6hrs

After breakfast, we leave Mawenzi Camp and head up to Mawenzi hut, walking through an alpine desert. You will have an early dinner so that you can get some rest for the summit climb.

DAY 5-6 – Kibo Hut 4720 m Mawenzi Technical climbing/Rock climbing 5150m Horombo Hut

Habitat: Desert / Summit/Rock climbing
Hiking Time: 10-15hrs

We will wake an early in the morning around 5:00am to prepare for the climb. You will have tea and biscuit available to you. The start for the summit will begin around 5: 30am through the stone and sand screed up to base of Mawenzi peak. We will get rest on the way,

The summit climb is long, usually around 9 to 10 hours to complete with the base of the route at 4600m and topping out at 5150m. Good acclimatization and fitness is essential, as well as the right kit for exposed conditions including mist, rain and snow and cold rock.

Trek Phase approaches the peaks from the west or north on the Nalemuru route (Ronagai Route) or Marangu route on good paths. Terrain is forested initially, entering moorland and high alpine desert and eventually onto rocky glaciated landscape.

The rock climb is usually between 7 and 15 pitches depending on rope length and confidence, group size and local conditions. Pitches vary from sections of low grade scramble to around grade UIAA IV+ (UK V.Diff-Mild Severe, US 5.5) but with most being at around UIAA II (UKDiff, US5.3). This assumes we take the West side variation at Firmin’s Tower.

The rock is Nepheline Syenite which is similar to granite, blocky and abrasive with weathered fissures running vertically and horizontally offering good holds and friction. However, there are loose boulders, rocks and sandy screed in the amphitheatres and easy-angled couloirs. Helmets are essential.

On mount Mawenzi there is no points made with slings around rock spikes and boulders. Some part they have pitons in place and few have a drilled bolt. Protection between belays is almost exclusively trad with self-placed nuts & cams placed and a few pitons along the way.

DAY 7 – Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate

Habitat: Moorland & Montana Forest
Hiking Time: 5-6hrs

After breakfast, we descend down to the Marangu Gate where you can have a chance to stop for lunch in the Mandara Hut. Those who reached Stella Point and Uhuru Peak are awarded with Certificates. Then you transfer back to your hotel for a long overdue and hot shower with time to relax.