School Trek - Kilimanjaro Rongai Route
- A challenging high-altitude trek for older students
- Learn about this amazing dormant volcano
- Climb Africas highest peak one of the worlds 7 summits
- Acclimatisation day at Mawenzi Tarn - high on Kilimanjaro
- Fully supported trekking on Kilimanjaro for School Groups
For this special School Adventure itinerary, we have chosen to make our ascent of Kilimanjaro via the relatively remote and quiet Rongai Route. Located in the north-eastern corner of Tanzania, on the border with Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m.) is Africa’s biggest peak. This is one of the few places on earth where it is possible to ascend through misty equatorial jungle and then cross high moorland with spectacular views, to finally reach a breathless, snow-capped summit. To maximise our chances of success on this very high peak, we start out with a series of 4 short trekking days, gaining height gradually, and then spend a rest and acclimatisation day at Mawenzi Tarn. Our approach to the mountain begins with the long but interesting drive around to Rongai, on the northern slopes close to the Kenyan border. In comparison to the routes on the south side of the mountain, the Rongai Route is little-used and provides something of a wilderness experience. We will be unlikely to meet any other trekkers during our week-long ascent. Trekking through farmland, forest and open moor, our spectacular campsite at Mawenzi Tarn and the long final day's climb to the mountain's summit at Uhuru Peak, are highlights of this exceptional School Adventure holiday. This tried and tested KE Schools itinerary can be adjusted to better fit the needs of your group - please call and speak to a KE School Groups Coordinator or email email@example.com
Is this holiday for you?
Kilimanjaro is a big mountain and, via the route that we have chosen to undertake, involves around 4000 metres of ascent (and descent). This extended itinerary allows 8 days for this (including two rest days). Generally, there are excellent trails to follow, although on the upper part of the route we will have to negotiate some sections of loose scree. There will also be some snow and ice on the crater rim. The very long summit day on Kilimanjaro will provide a test for anyone, as much for the very long descent to the Horombo Camp as for the climb. We recommend a minimum age of 16 years for this School Adventure.