Rongai - Double scenic, gentle route!
The Rongai route ascents Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the
mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains
a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro
by approaching it from the north.
It is more exhilarating and rewarding route because you experience more.
You experience more in the sense that you trek through two routes. You
ascent through Rongai route and descend through Marangu route. It’
s like throwing one stone and kill two birds.
Day 1: Rongai Gate (1950m) - 1st Caves camp (2600m).
5 hours. Hiking time:
Distance: About 8 km's.
Habitat: Montane forest
Register at the Marangu park gate with a transfer (approximately 2 ½
hours) to the Rongai trailhead. Meet your guide and porters before you
begin your hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses
maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through
a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through
beautiful country. The first night's camp is at First Cave, at about 2,600
metres. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut.
Water can be found just down the trail below First Cave.
Day 2: 1st Cave (2600m) - Kikelewa Cave (3600m).
Hiking time: 6-7 hours.
The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route,
and reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open
up and you begin to feel you're on a really big mountain! Water is in
the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill
a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves).
Day 3: Kikelewa Cave (3600) - Mawenzi Tarn camp
Hiking time: 3-4 hours.
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness
area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp
at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of
Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.
Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) - Kibo hut (4700m).
Hiking time: 4 - 5 hours.
Habitat: Alpine desert.
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 Camp.
Day 5: SUMMIT ATTEMPT, Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru
Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m).
Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru, 6 hours to descend
Distance: 6 km's ascent - 21 km's descent.
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle
off into the night. 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 zigzags up to Gillman's point
(5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep
with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort.
Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle
and move slowly. From Gillman's Point you will normally encounter snow
all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total
exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. Weather conditions on the
summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before
the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all
your gear for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where
you will overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast
compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around
14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you
enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp
office) on the mountain and well-earned sleep, filled with memories and
Day 6: Horombo hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m).
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Distance: About 27 km's.
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara
hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and
details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive
their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point
(5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru
Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Arusha for
a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!
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Services includes the following :
• Return airport transfers between Kilimanjaro Intl Airport and
• 2 Nights accommodation in the hotel in Moshi/Arusha, with breakfast
• Transfer from your hotel to starting point for your climb, and
return to your hotel after your climb
• All National Park gate fees
• All camping fees
• Rescue fees (Kilimanjaro rescue team fees)
• Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cooks
• Salaries for mountain crew
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the mountain
• Hot drinks on the mountain
• Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs & sleeping mat) Toilet
tent can be hired
• Climbing permit
• Certificate for your successful summit attempt
• Emergency Portable oxygen (for the duration of your climb)
• Government climbing taxes
• Travel info pack
• Hiking/trekking gear
NOT INCLUDED IN OUR PACKAGES PRICES
Excluded from above package rates:
• Items of personal nature
• Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport)
• All health requirements (Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever, Meningitis)
• Optional travel insurance (contact our office for further information)
• Airfares and departure taxes
• Dinner on your arrival evening (can be arranged on request)
• Complimentary meet and greet on arrival at Kilimanjaro Intl Airport
• Pre and post climb basic tourist class accommodation in Arusha/MOshi
– Tanzania’s famous Safari town - offering so much more in
terms of tourist attractions, restaurants and nightlife
• Upgrade to luxury class accommodation (5*)available at supplementary
• Food of a superior quality and variety offered for the duration
of your climb
Management of your climb and tour
• Your overall climb will be managed by a well respected safety
and Altitude sickness consultant Mountain Guide for the Tanzania- and
Kilimanjaro National Parks, with many years of leadership and climbing
experience in the Kilimanjaro, Meru and Oldonyo Lengai.
Guides and Porters
• Salaries paid to your guides and porters as recommended TANAPA
• Senior guides extensively trained by TANAPA.
• Guides have knowledge and experience
• Guides have a good record of success on all routes of Kilimanjaro
• Hire of specialist mountaineer clothing designed by our team manager
• Lunch tents & storm proof mountain mess tents
• Storm proof sleeping tents, waterproof sleeping mat, camp table
and camping chairs (Toilet tent can be hired as a supplementary extra)
Additional safety precautions
• Uniquely advantageous acclimatization procedures developed from
our operational manager's pioneering projects in Kilimanjaro, Meru and
• Superior logistical arrangements that promote optimal hydration,
digestion and rest for the duration of your climb
• First Aid kit (for the duration of your climb)
• Three litre of mineral water for the first day of your hike
• Energy drink on your summit evening
• Celebration dinner (evening after your climb)
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