GHTZM 11 - 5 days Tanzania Kilimanjaro Climbing Rongai Route
Rongai is the only route starting from the north side of Kilimanjaro at Rongai - a wooden village close to the Kenyan border. The conditions are drier and there are spectacular views over the broad flat Maasai lands. Overnights are in camping tents, the summit is reached via Kibo and descends through Marangu route.
Day 1: Arusha – Moshi – Nale Moru – Simba Camp
Drive from Arusha to Moshi to the village of Nale Moru ( Rongai 1950m) where the climb begins. Taking 4 - 5 hours walking to Simba camp 2600m for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Simba Camp – 3rd Cave
A steady walking up to the second cave 3450m with the superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rims. Continue ascent for 3 to 4 hrs walking to third cave 3800m, for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: 3rd Cave – Kibo Hut
Continue ascending on the East side of Kibo crossing the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo, taking 4 - 5hrs to reach Kibo Hut ( 4700m).On mid-night trek up to the summit via Gilman's point 5695m
Day 4: Kibo Hut – Horombo Hut
Enjoying sunrise at the summit, horizontal views, Photos, then descend to Kibo Hut for brief rest, coffee or tea. Continue descend to Horombo Hut ( 3700m) for dinner and overnight.
Day 5:Horombo Hut – Mandara Hut – Marangu Gate
Descend about 5 hrs passing through Mandara Hut to the National Park Gate at Marangu (1830m) where you will drive back to Moshi or Arusha.
GHTZM 14 - 6 Days Trekking Kilimanjaro -Shira Route
Kilimanjaro Shira route starts at Londorossi Gate. From the trailhead, the trail heads East across the center of Shira Plateau, where it is often likely to spot big game, such as elephant and buffalo. The route then joins up with the Machame Route at Shira Camp and approaches the summit via Stella Point, descending via Mweka Camp. Overnight are in camping tents.
Day 1:Arusha – Kilimanjaro National Park Gate - Londorossi – Forest Camp
Leave from Arusha or Moshi and drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Londorossi where the trek begins. 4 - 5hrs walking through the lush forest to reach forest campsite (2750m) for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Forest camp – Shira Camp
Continue trekking through the forest passing Shira Plateau to reach Shira Campsite (800m) for dinner and overnight 5 - 6 hrs walking.
Day 3:Shira Camp – Barranco camp
Walk Eastwards, ascending through the dry landscape, then downwards to Barranco campsite ( 3900m) for dinner and overnight. 5 - 6hrs walking.
Day 4: Barranco – Barafu camp.
The path climbs steeply out of Barranco valley, struggle up the Barraco walls, Cross the Karanga Valley, then turns North to reach Barafu campsite 6 - 7hrs walking. On midnight trek up to the Summit via Stella point.
Day 5: Barafu Camp – Mweka Camp.
Enjoying sunrise at the summit ( Uhuru peak 5895m) Photos, horizontal views, then descend to Barafu Hut for brief rest, coffee or tea. Continue to Mweka campsite (3000m) for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Mweka – Arusha
Descend through the forest , 3 - 4 hrs walking to Mweka Gate, where you will drive to Moshi or Arusha.