R6G-D Rongai 6 Days Gilman’s via Direct
WHY THIS ITINERARY?
For those looking to do a shorter Kilimanjaro trip then this version is generally considered easier than the 6 day Machame route but bear in mind the final ascent is via Gilman's point and so the final push to Uhuru Peak is actually quite far. We normally recommend the 7 day version for better acclimatisation and more interesting route.
A 6 day ascent of Kilimanjaro starting on the Eastern side of Kilimanjaro. This side of the mountain is relatively dry and has a relatively short forest zone. It skirts the base of Mwenzi and then ascends via Gilman's point to Uhuru Peak. The descent is via the Marangu route trail.
Kilimanjaro: views over the Mawenzi and Kibo saddle, close views of Mawenzi, the Kibo crater and ash pit and glaciers on the roof of Africa!
DAY 1 - KILIMANJARO RONGAI
In the morning you drive around Kilimanjaro to the Eastern side to Nale Muru to register at the gate. Hiking is through farm and pine plantations and then through afromontane forest. Overnight Simba Camp. Alt2,600m,8,530ft (full board).
DAY 2 - KILIMANJARO CAVE 2
Today is a half day trek and so no need to rush - take gentle pace and enjoy the surroundings! Ascent to Second Cave (3450m,11,450ft) with views of the Eastern icefields. Overnight Cave 2 Camp (full board).
DAY 3 - KILIMANJARO CAVE 3
This is one of the most direct routes up Kilimanjaro, and the route today is another half day - which means that after lunch you have time to walk higher, and then come back down in the afternoon. Walk high sleep low is a great way to acclimatise and also leaves lots of options of resting or simply enjoying being far from the crowds. Dinner & overnight Cave 3 Camp. Alt3,915m,12,844ft (full board).
DAY 4 - KILIMANJARO SCHOOL HUT
Today you hike up into significantly high altitude and once in camp there is plenty of time to prepare for your big hike tonight. You guides and crew are all on hand to do there best to prepare you for the final summit and by early evening it is time to rest. Dinner & overnight School Hut Camp. Alt 4,750m (full board).
DAY 5 - KILIMANJARO SUMMIT HOROMBO
An early start is required to arrive in time for a dawn on the roof of Africa! You ascend Kibo volcano via Gilman's point (5685m) which takes around 6 to 7 hours. It is then a further 11/2 to 2 hours to the summit and then descent to Kibo for refreshment and refuel and then continue down to Horomob camp. Overnight Horombo Camp. Alt 3,706m,12.159ft (full board).
DAY 6 - KILIMANJARO END
The final section descends to Marangu hut via Mandara hut to Marangu gate where you are picked up and transfer back to your hotel for a well deserved shower!
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