Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Trek
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel. KE group package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: Drive to the village of Rongai on the north side of Kili. Trek through farmland and forest to edge of moorland zone where we can enjoy excellent views out across the Kenyan plains. Camp (2600m).
Day 3: A longer day, gaining close to 1000 metres we trek to Kikelewa Caves. We stop for lunch at 'Second Cave' in sight of Kibo peak and the ice fields on the crater rim. Camp (3350m).
Day 4: A shorter walk today, crossing grassy slopes with expansive views, to reach our next camping place at Mawenzi Tarn - spectacularly located beneath the rocky summits of Mawenzi. Camp (4300m).
Day 5: A rest and acclimatisation day at the camp beside Mawenzi Tarn.
Day 6: Trek across the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo, to reach our overnight halt at the Kibo Hut directly beneath the Kibo crater wall. Camp (4750 m).
Day 7: A very early start to reach the crater rim at Gilman's Point, then traverse to Uhuru Peak (5894m), the high point of all Africa. Long, long descent via the Marangu Route to Horombo. Camp (3720 m).
Day 8: We encounter vegetation and pine forest on our descent to the Marangu Gate. We drive to Marangu and will have time to clean up at our hotel before we transfer to the airport in the late afternoon, where KE Land Only package services end.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.
GPS Trip Data
You can view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude. Just click on the link below to view the PDF document with all the Garmin connect links. In addition you can click on the images below to view Google Earth images of the full route, elevation profile and daily tracks.