A. ITINERARY FOR Mt. KILIMANJARO CLIMBING (Rongai Route) Date: 12th-17th April 2017)
Day 1:Nairobi – Tarakea – Rongai Camp:
We should leave Nairobi early 0500hrs head South to cross border at Oloitoktok/Tarakea.
The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 m.) on a small path that wind through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and Rongai One Camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. [3-4 hours walking]
Day 2: Rongai Third Caves (Full board):
The morning walk is a steady ascend up to the ‘Third Cave’ (3,450 m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we continue up to Third Cave (3,900 m) [5-6 hours walking]
Day 3: Rongai School Hut (Full board):
The steady ascend continues, soon reaching the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo. We should reach School Hut Campsite (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall by midday. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! [4-5 hours walking]
Day 4: Summit and down Horrombo Hut (Full board):
We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m.) We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to School (4,700 m.) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3,720 m.). [11-15 hours walking]
Day 5: Horrombo down Marangu gate-Moshi (Full board):
A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m.). [5-6 hours walking]
After lunch head to Moshi and check in to a hotel for the night.
Day 6: Departure day:
Check out after breakfast and head to Nairobi to pass via Arusha Namanga route to arrive later in the evening.
B. PHYSICAL FITNESS
Due to the nature of the exercise, you need to prepare your body well. It is recommended you do daily cardio based exercises before the hike.
We will organize Pre-Hikes to prepare the Nairobi group.
If you leave near or at sea level, its recommended you spend some time in Nairobi before the climb.
C. FOOD & SNACKS
Meals will be provided, as well as basic snacks like cookies and fruit. You should also bring your own energy snacks.
Any special dietary requirements such as diabetic, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, non beef must be communicated in advance.
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