Kilimanjaro Climbing 7 Days Rongai Route Kilimanjaro Climb

Price
$1990 per person
Duration
7 Days
Travellers
2+
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9 Days Rongai Route (7 Days on the Mountain)

OVERVIEW

Panoramic Views on Mount Kilimanjaro

The Rongai Route is the only route to ascend up the North side of the mountain, originating close to the Kenyan border. It is considered one of the easiest routes up Mt. Kilimanjaro and boasts a high success rate for reaching the summit. However, it is one of the less-frequently used routes, mostly attributed to the long drive required to reach the gate on day one. This has its advantages though, as it is less crowded and therefore a quieter way to ascend the mountain.

Because the northern side of the mountain tends to be drier than other areas, the ascent on the first day is not wet and muddy like on other routes. This first day is a very gentle climb through fields, a beautiful forest, and on day two enters moorland terrain. Day three takes you through the alpine desert zone, where you will sleep directly underneath the grand Mawenzi Peak, the only route to afford you such a view of Kilimanjaro’s 2nd highest peak. From here there is ample time set aside for acclimatization and resting in preparation for the final ascent to the summit.

This route meets up with the Marangu Route upon descent, allowing climbers a different view of the mountain on the way down. Although Rongai climbers do not experience the rainforest on day one, they are given the chance on the final day before reaching the Marangu Gate where the climb concludes.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Trekking to the highest mountain in Africa
Two night hotel accommodation in Moshi

LOCATIONS: Tanzania/Kilimanjaro

ACTIVITIES: Mountain Trekking

Please confirm your trip in advance to propagate your special offer!
Please note: we provide tents and Mattress free for our clients.
Climbing gears are available on hire.
The hiking boot is from $20 we also have -18 and -20degree/season sleeping bag and the price is only USD$20. The price for each equipment it will cover the trip!
Please be free to ask any question and we will be very happy to work with you in organizing your tour.

TOUR ITINERARY

Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi

Our transfer driver will collect you and all your gear from Kilimanjaro Airport and take you to the hotel in Marangu/Moshi. Relax after your flight, take a dip in the pool or explore Marangu. Later you will meet the our operation team. They will tell you more about the trip, share tips and safety information and thoroughly check your gear to see if you have everything you need.

Day 1: Moshi/Marangu to Rongai Gate (Nalemoru) to Simba Camp

Elevation: 2000m to 2650m, Distance: 6km, Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest,

Drive to the attractive wooden village of Nalemoru (about 4 hours including a stop to get permits at Marangu). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

Day 2: Simba Camp to Second Cave

Elevation: 2650m to 3450m, Distance: 6km, Walking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Moorland

The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim.

Day 3: Second Cave to Kikelewa Camp

Elevation: 3450m to 3600m, Distance: 9km, Walking Time: 2-3 hours, Habitat: Semi-desert,

Head out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios nearby.

Day 4: Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Turn Hut

Elevation: 3600m to 4330m, Distance: 6km, Walking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Semi-desert

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb views. Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Turn, spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization.

If you are spending an extra day on the mountain, you will camp for two nights here. You can hike up and around Mawenzi for your acclimatization hike.

Day 5: Acclimatization day (6 day itinerary skips this day)

This is your extra day on the mountain, and you will spend two nights at Mawenzi Tarn. You will hike up towards Mawenzi for a splendid acclimatization hike. Then after return back to the camp for lunch the dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Mawenzi Turn hut to Kibo Hut

Elevation: 4330m to 4750m, Distance: 9km, Hiking Time: 4-5 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert

Cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent very early.

Day 6: Kibo Camp to Summit and Horombo Hut

Elevation: 4700m to 5895m & down to 3700m, Distance: 6km up & 15km down, Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up & 15km down, Habitat: Alpine Desert

Very early in the morning (midnight about 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s Point located on the crater rim (elevation 5700m). Continuing ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Day 7: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate, to Moshi/Marangu

Elevation: 3700m to 1700m, Distance: 20km, Hiking Time: 4-5 hours, Habitat: Forest

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). Our vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your Hotel in Moshi/Marangu.

Today, you may opt to relax at the hotel or choose to extend your holiday by continue with safari (i.e Ngorongoro and Serengeti) but if not our driver will transfer you to the Airport to connect with your flight back home.

Day 9: Hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport

Today you will be transferred to Airport or continue with other plan

What's included

TOUR INCLUDES

  • 2 Nights’ accommodation in Moshi is or Arusha included
  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality, waterproof, four seasons private mountain sleeping tents
  • All meals while on the mountain
  • Kilimanjaro National Park Entrance fees
  • All Government taxes and levies including 18% VAT.
  • Transfers to and from the airport

Items Excluded

  • Flights to and from Tanzania
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Visa fees for Tanzania (approx. 50 USD on arrival, USA and CANADA passport holders USD.100)
  • Any other items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone and postage
  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, hiking boots, clothes etc. (available for renting)
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7 Days Rongai Route Kilimanjaro Climb

Price
$1990 per person
Duration
7 Days
Travellers
2+

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