Ascend the Kilimanjaro from northern side of the mountain and experience the unspoilt wilderness. The drier Rongai route is a gentle approach and is ideal for less experienced climbers. The route allows an extra day for acclimatization before descending the mountain through the Marangu route reveals diverse climate zones and stunning views.
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Upon arrival in Nairobi, our driver will be waiting to take us to Loitokitok on the Kenyan/Tanzanian Border. The 220km drive South East of Nairobi takes (4-5 hours). We will break for a light lunch on the way. On clear days we can already see Kilimanjaro standing out in a distant background just a few kilometers from Nairobi. In the evening, we get to meet our guide for mountain hike briefing and packing of our hiking gear. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the Kibo Slopes Cottages.
We check out after breakfast and transfer to the nearby Tanzania border point of Tarakea for clearance with Customs and Immigrations. Thereafter we transfer a further 10 km to Nalemoru starting point (2000m). Our mountain crew is already waiting for us here and after brief introductions we start off our hiking adventure. En-route we may encounter Colobus monkey and a variety of birds. We pass first through farmland, followed by a natural rain forest and reach the moorland after about 3 hours. Here we stop for a lunch break and continue with another 2hour hike to the second caves at 3600m. While the crew prepares dinner we admire the clouds over the plains below us and the towering Kibo summit above us. Overnight stay will be in tents at a fly
Our first breakfast will be in the open with an excellent view of the plains below. The rising sun immerses the mountain in a golden glimmer. Today we take a short hike to Bofu Camp (3900m) on the northern circuit route ahead of us. We comfortably reach there at lunch time. The crew prepares a hot lunch for us and we use the afternoon to explore the northern circuit route and enjoy the views over the Amboseli basin in Kenya. Dinner and overnight will once again be in tents at the fly camp.
Today's target is the 3rd caves at 3900m, which only requires a short hike for about 6km and takes about 2 hours. We leisurely take our breakfast and leave the camp at about 9.00 am. The crew walks ahead of us and prepares lunch at the 3rd caves. In the afternoon, we take a stroll towards the 4000m Kibo saddle and return to the camp for dinner and another overnight stay in tents.
Today we have an 8km hike ahead of us. Due to the altitude it takes us 4 to 5 hours. The views are spectacular as we walk through the rocky moon-like landscapes. The path leads to the School Hut (4750m); our bases for the summit ascend. In the afternoon, we relax and watch the cloud formation below us. An early dinner and sleep at sunset is necessary in preparation for the next day’s early and challenging program.
After a short night and a hot drink, our final ascend starts at about 1.30am. The 4km long path gradually gets steeper, taking us to the Gillman's point (5685m) at sunrise at 6.00am. We can watch the sun rise over the Mawenzi Peaks in the east illuminating the magnificent Northern Ice Fields. After a short break, we proceed along the crater rim to the Uhuru peak (5895m) reaching there between 8.00 and 9.00am. After a summit photo session we descend to Kibo Hut for lunch. Another 3hour hike takes us to Horombo (3720m) where we find our dinner and spend the night again in a fly camp.
We embark on the final leg after breakfast and a final glance at the Kibo summit which we have conquered. The 6 to 8 hour hike takes us from the moorland into a beautiful natural forest characterized by giant ancient trees. After lunch at Mandara, we will get to the Marangu Gate (1800m) between 1.00 and 3.00pm depending on our speed and remaining strength. Here, we will be awarded certificates for a successful climb and bid the crew goodbye. We drive around the Eastern slopes of Kilimanjaro to Loitokitok for dinner and overnight stay at the Kibo Slopes Cottages.
Today we crown our successful adventure; we visit the Amboseli National park. After breakfast, we drive to Amboseli National Park (40 Km) and get there just in time for lunch with game viewing enroute to the Amboseli Serena Lodge. After lunch, we take a dive at the swimming pool and proceed for an afternoon game drive in the backdrop of Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park is famous for its large herds of Elephants. The Park also hosts a variety of plain game such as giraffes, impalas, gazelles, and wildebeests. In the swampy sections of the park, hippos and lots of water birds can be seen. As the sun sets over the Shira Plateau we return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
With just a cup of tea at 6.00am we proceed on an early morning game drive. With some luck, this is the best time to spot Lions and Cheetahs. We return to the lodge for a late breakfast and can opt to relax at the pool for a while before we check out and drive to Nairobi with lunch on the way. Depending on the timing of our return flight we can have an optional dinner in Nairobi before we get dropped off at the airport.