Mount Kilimanjaro (Rongai Route)

The experiences on Rongai route are rewarding - the only route approaching Kilimanjaro from the North, it offers sheerly different vegetation and landscapes from what a one can see on the other Kilimanjaro route.

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Start of the Hike
The Altezza Travel team drive out to the start point of the hike the, only route approaching Kilimanjaro from the North.
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Rainforest zone
The rainforest zone on the Rongai route is somewhat special from this zone in the south, east of west - it does not receive so much rainfall, and here the hikers have a chance to see coniferous trees.
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Heather and Moorland
At around 2800 m the heather and moorland zone begins. This is where the rainforest zone recedes, eventually giving way to heather. The higher we go, the less thick vegetation becomes.
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Alpine desert
Alpine (or Highland) desert starts at 4000 m. These fields look empty and desolated. This area gets the least rainfall of all - less than 8 inches every year. The vegetation is meagre, as very few plants can handle burning say at daytime and subzero temperatures at night.
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Mawenzi Tarn Hut
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Arctic Zone
The Arctic zone starts at 5000m and tops at Uhuru Peak at 5,895m. Its lower area is known as “scree” - the mass of loose pebble, gravel and soil. It is one of the reasons why all summits start at night - low temperatures freeze pieces of this scree together, making it less loose and allowing the boots to have better traction.
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Gilmans Point (5,681m)
Gilman's Point is one of three summit points on Mount Kilimanjaro, next to Stella Point and the actual summit - Uhuru Peak.
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Uhuru Peak (5,895m)
Congratulations you are now at Uhuru Peak, Tanzania. 5895 AMSL.
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Kibo Hut
Kibo Hut is a high mountain hut at an elevation of 4.750m above the sea level, located in the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania, near the border with Kenya. It’s one of the highest roads of Africa.
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End of the Hike
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