6 Days Rongai Route

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Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania    

After arriving at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you’ll be transferred to one of the hotels in Moshi town by our tour guide who will also brief you on your upcoming trek and do equipment check to ensure every necessary mountain gear has been covered. This day is set aside for renting any missing gear.

  • Hotel: BB

​​Note: Check-in starts at 2:00 PM.​

Day 2: Nalemoru Gate (1990m) to Simba Camp (2625m)

On the second day, we’ll start with a drive to the Nale Moru village to trek through the Rongai route. You’ll first come cross the farmland and pine forest in the cultivation zone. Here, you can spot the beautiful cheerful Colobu monkeys, or if you get lucky enough, elephant or buffalo en route. Our first accommodation camp will be one located at the edge of the moorland zone at an elevation of 2,625 m, Simba Camp.

  • Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
  • Approx. time taken: 4 – 5 hours
  • Meals: BLD

Day 3: Simba camp (2626m) – Kikelewa Camp (3679m)

We hike from Simba camp up towards Kibo till 3 482m for lunch at First Caves, a distance of 5.8km. After having our lunch, we’ll continue trekking till Kikelewa Camp which is at an elevation of about 3,679 meters. The view will begin to open up and will start giving an impression that you’re on a really big mountain. Water can be found in a obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find a pool or two. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Kikelewa camp.

  • Approx. time taken: 6 – 7 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 11.8 km
  • Meals: BLD

Day 4: Kikelewa Cave (3679m) – Mawenzi Tarn camp (4303m)

On the fourth day, a short but steep climb will follow up a grassy slope which offer superb view of the surrounding wilderness. The vegetation zone will cease to exist once you reach the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn which is situated beneath the spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon is spend acclimatizing your body and enjoying the vistas.

  • Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
  • Approx. time taken: 4 – 5 hours
  • Meals: BLD

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4303m) – Kibo hut (4730m)

After breakfast we head west and continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo hut.

  • Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
  • Approx. time taken: 5 – 6 hours
  • Meals: BLD

Day 6 – Kibo hut (4730m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3705m)

  • Approx. time taken: 7 to 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 6 to 8 hours to descend to Horombo
  • Distance: Approxim 12 – 15 hours
  • Meals: BLD

You will rise around 23h20, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot.

The path then zigzagging through the slopes will lead to Gillman’s point at an elevation of 5,681 meters. It is located on the crater rim. This part of the mountain is very steep with excessive stone scree. The ascent will require great physical and mental effort and is perhaps the most demanding of all the routes. Do the Kili shuffle and move slower than normal. From Gilman’s Point onwards, you’ll encounter snow all the way to Uhuru Peak which is the highest point in Africa.

It’ll depend on the weather conditions as to how long you’ll get to spend at this level and take photographs before you descend down to Kibo Hut. After making a brief stop at the Kibo Hut, you’ll gather the gears that you’ve left behind and head down to Horombo Hut which is a 3 hour journey, Overnight at Horombo. The descent is surprisingly faster than ascent and you’ll return back to Horombo rather quickly. The total time you’ll walking on this day is approximately 14 hours and may vary. So this will be a tough day. In the evening, you’ll be having your final dinner on the mountain and then go for a well-earned sleep. Your mind will be filled with memories and stirring emotions.

Day 7: Horombo hut (3705m) – Marangu Gate (1860m)

  • Hiking time: 6 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 29 km
  • Meals: BL

After having your breakfast, you’ll descend down to Marangu gate passing through the Mandara Hut. It will take approximately 6 hours of trekking time. It is recommended that you wait till all of your gears and bags have reached the park gate safely before you tip the porters.

At Marangu gate, you’ll have to sign your name along with your personal details in a register. Successful climbers collect their summit certificates at this gate. Climbers making it to the Gilman’s point located at an elevation of 5,685 receive a green certificate while those making it to Uhuru Peak receive a gold certificate.

You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner descent bed and celebrations!!

Day 8:Departure

  • After  breakfast. 
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for those returning home.

Note: Hotel check-out is at 10:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

*Other add-ons along with safari and Zanzibar are available if you wish to further explore Tanzania.


Rates

1 Pax2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax +
$ 1,850$ 1,800$ 1,790$ 1,750$ 1,730$ 1,700

Safari Overview

DURATION

6 Days
  • You’ll follow the Rongai route which is the only route approaching Kilimanjaro from north. The ascent begins closer to the Kenyan border. Even though slowly becoming popular, it still experience low traffic. Rongai is preferred by those who look for an alternative to the Marangu route which most of the time remains crowded. It is also preferred by those climbing the mountain in rainy season and the northern side receives less precipitation. The route makes up for a more remote hike.
  • A minimum of six days is required to summit through this route, however, seven days is recommended. Even though the scenery is not on par with that of western routes, Rongai offers a true wilderness experience. Rongai then goes on to join the Marangu route at Kibo Camp. The route is moderate in difficulty level and is highly recommended for people with less backpacking experience.

Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Elevation  5895m
  • Location Tanzania, Africa
  • Number of Climbers 25,000 Annually

Rates Includes

  • Private transport to and from airport to your accommodation at Moshi.
  •  2 nights at hotel in Moshi
  •  Transportation to and from the gate of Kilimanjaro
  • Mountain guides, cooks, and porters who are both professional and friendly
  •  Hot meals three times a day while on the mountain
  •  Ample treated and filtered water for drinking throughout the trek.
  •  Hot water for washing
  •  Required wages for the mountain crew as set by Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  •  Government taxes
  •  Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  •  Emergency first-aid kit

Rates Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Visa Fees
  • Vaccination
  • Laundry
  • Gear for your climb
  • A flush toilet which is portable is available at an extra charge of $70 for the entire trek.
  • Items of personal nature
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Tips paid to the mountain crew (tour guides, porter, helpers etc.

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