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RONGAI ROUTE     5/6 DAYS

This route has recently re-opened after several years due to border sensitivity with Kenya.  It is somewhat easier than the Marangu route and the scenery is as beautiful over the Tsavo Plains. 

We will meet you upon arrival and take you to your hotel.  You may have some free time to “check out” your neighborhood on your own.  Later that evening, you will meet your guide for a briefing with a question and answer session, followed by a thorough check of your equipment.  If you have forgotten anything, we will provide it the next morning.  Sleep tight!

Day 1.  Leave Arusha early in the morning and drive to Marangu gate for your climbing permit, then on to Rongai Gate, stopping along the way in a small town, Nale Moru, (6000 feet) for a typical African lunch.  At the gate, we will do a final check on our gear, then start hiking though the agriculture zone into the tropical forest.  Along the way, we will see monkeys, tropical birds, and spectacular trees and plants, and maybe even a buffalo or an elephant or two!  Be sure to bring your camera!  We will arrive at Simba Camp (8530feet) a little before evening, so we will relax with a hot dinner and head for a welcome sleep.  

Day 2.  After breakfast we will hike to Second Cave (11,300 feet).  We will stop for a lunch break, taking time to explore the cave.  After lunch, we will hike to the Third Cave Campsite (12,950 feet).  Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 3.  This is a day for acclimatization.  At Third Cave Campsite, you may spend your time relaxing, checking out the cave, or hiking to School Hut (15,580 feet).  The view from here is beautiful, overlooking Mawenzi Peak and Gilman’s Point.   We will return to camp for a relaxing afternoon and evening.  You can see a spectacular sunset over Mawenzi Peak weather permitting!  Dinner and overnight. (OPTIONAL ,BUT RECOMMENDED)

Day 4.  The steady ascent continues, across the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo, finally reaching Kibo Hut, (15,580 feet). 

Day 5.  After a short sleep, we begin our final ascent.  It is midnight in Africa and the sky is filled with stars, the weather is cold and crisp, and there is a hint of excitement in the air.  The air is thin, with less oxygen, but we continue our strong hike across the frozen scree and through the rock formations, stopping for short rests occasionally  Finally, arriving at Gilman’s Point (18,633 ft), which is on the crater rim, we can see the famous glaciers.  We will continue around the rim, observing a beautiful sunrise.  The morning views are beautiful, the colorful African sky and the shining glaciers are spectacular.  When we arrive at the peak, the Roof of Africa, (19,340 feet), we will stay there for a short time for photographs and for admiring the views, then begin our descent to Kibo Hut.  After a well deserved rest and meal, we will continue to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight there.

Day 6.  After breakfast we will descend to Mandara Hut, where we will stop for lunch, taking time to stroll the grounds and take photos of the rain forest vegetation.  Then we head to the National Park Gate, where your guide will issue certificates to all those who accomplished one of the greatest adventures on Earth!  Congratulations

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