Mount Kilimanjaro: Rongai-Mawenzi Route

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Mount Kilimanjaro: Rongai-Mawenzi Route is a 73.4 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Loitokitok, Rift Valley, Kenya that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
73.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
4751 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro from the less-used northeast side on the Rongai Route then descend to the Marangu Gate. Along the northern border of Tanzania lies Mount Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa. At 19,340 feet, its summit is over 2000 ft higher that is nearest rival in Kenya and no other mountain in the world exceeds its mass. The mountain is visible from the plains of the Kenya and Tanzania and consumes the horizon with its expanse. Though it rests just 3 degrees below the equator, it has snow and glaciers covering its summit much of the year. The massif of Kilimanjaro is over 43 miles across the base and 15 miles wide. It is said by geologists that the weight of this massive block of mountain is so heavy that the earth crust is depressed by it. The mountain rises out of the northern plains of Tanzania and steadily climbs up to a large saddle at 14500 ft. The saddle lies between the two peaks of Kilimanjaro. To the east is the minor summit called Mawenzi, which rises to over 16,000 feet high. Mawenzi Peak is the fractured remnant of a volcanic sideshow that occurred eons ago on the east flank of the main summit. The main summit, called Kibo, is a decapitated pyramid that is nearly block shaped, rising 5000 feet above the saddle between the two halves of the mountain. The slope gradually angles up to about 45 degrees making the final ascent to the crater rim, a steep climb that challenges all who attempt to reach the top. The summit of the mountain had multiple craters - a product of multiple eruptions that have left large glaciers over the crater floor and along the southern aspect of the mountain that receives less direct sunlight. These glaciers are regressing, and have a peculiar appearance with shear side walls that are exposed fully during the dry season and show the many layers of deposition that were created during their formation.

2 days ago

Did the 6day hike which I don’t recommend. Summit was awful but totally worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Did the 7 day hike. The days for the summit attempt are not particularly difficult, just a lot of easy to moderate hiking. Summit night/day is a very tough challenge. The altitude, lack of sleep and climb itself makes it more difficult than is often described when people call Kilimanjaro a "walk-up" climb. Amazing views and definitely work it getting to the peak.

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent challenge.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Did the 6 day hike. It was amazing, but difficult due to lack of sleep and altitude over 15,000 feet. Worth it and will never forget or regret the experience.

8 months ago

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Monday, October 03, 2016

Amazing and don't underestimate it. Great beginner mountain for high altitude climbing. Be in the best shape of your life going in to it though. Make sure to hie a professional guide and have all necessary equipment