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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Tanzania  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Mountain/Rock Climbing  
Season: July - February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1355 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2500 US Dollar (USD)

This is the only route starting from the north side of the mountain from the small village of Rongai. Considered one of the easiest routes up Kilimanjaro it is increasing in popularity among trekkers. The climbing conditions are somewhat drier on the northern side of the mountain making the going easier and affording spectacular views over the flat Maasai lands. The summit is reached via the east side of Kibo and you then descend is via the Marangu route.

Availability Tour Dates:
- July - October
- December - February.

Tour Highlights:
- Sightings of back and white colobus monkeys on the early stages of the trail
- Spectacular views of the Kenyan plains
- Sunrise at Gilmans Point looking up to Uhuru Peak
- Summiting Africa’s highest peak.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Meet at Johannesburg International Airport at 12:15 to check in for the flight to Kilimanjaro via Dar Es Salaam. The flight departs at 14:55, arriving in Kilimanjaro at 20:55. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Moshi where you’ll have a late dinner and pre-trek briefing.

Day 2: After an early breakfast, transfer to the northern end of the Kilimanjaro National Park to the small village of Nale Moru for the start of the trail. Walk through an area of cultivated land before entering the tall pine forest. Kilimanjaro Colobus monkeys with their white fringed "capes" and tails often play in the tree tops providing entertainment along the trail. Further along the forest begins to thin out into moorland and leads to the first night’s overnight camp at First Cave. Total hiking time: 3-4 hours.

Day 3: The morning walk is a steady ascent up to Second Cave which lies at an altitude of 3450m. This is a good resting spot for a lunch break and has with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim up ahead. Looking back down the trail the view extends over the vast Kenyan plains. After lunch continue onto Third Cave taking at an altitude of 3800m where you’ll be camping overnight. Total hiking time: 3-4 hours.

Day 4: Continue up the trail, ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The barren landscape rises gradually before reaching Kibo Camp where you’ll be staying overnight. The day’s hike takes approximately 4 to 5 hours and Kibo Hut lies at an altitude of 4700m. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent which begins around midnight.

Day 5: A very early morning start takes you up the steep path through heavy scree to Gilman's Point at 5681m on the crater rim to arrive in time for sunrise. After capturing some spectacular photographs, continue on to the highest point at Uhuru Peak - 5896m. Having reached the summit, descend back down to Horombo Hut where you’ll be staying overnight. Ascend: 7-8 hours. Descend: 4-7 hours.

Day 6: On your last day on the mountain, continue your descent back down to the Marangu Park Gate. The walk is approximately 5 to 7 hours. At the gate you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Moshi where you will stay overnight and be able to rest up the weary muscles.

Day 7: After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. The flight depart at 09:00 and arrives in Johannesburg at 13:50.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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