Start: Kilimanjaro Airport Rd, Tanzania Finish: Kilimanjar
Physical rating: Medium, Low
Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat, Kosher, Jain, Halal
Tour code: 419261
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Lying in the rain shadow of Kilimanjaro, the Rongai route is one of the best routes to make the attempt on Kilimanjaro during the rainy season, as it sees substantially less rain than the southern routes.Starting from the Rongai gate, the route traverses several diverse climate zones, and each produces its own amazing views and experiences. Throughout the early trek, Kilimanjaro looms overhead dramatically and at higher altitudes, you are rewarded with incredible sights finally ending with the 360-degree view from the top of Uhuru Peak.As the descent is along the more heavily travelled Marangu route this trek offers you the chance to see Mount Kilimanjaro from both sides, and to experience nearly everything this unique and beautiful region has to offer.
Location: Simba Camp
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Rongai Gate (1950m) – Simba Camp (2600m).Hiking Time: 3 – 4 Hours.
Distance: About 8 Km.
Habitat: Montana forest
Pick up from your hotel drive for two hours and a half to Marangu park gate for formalities registration after that transfer to the Rongai trailhead in about 3hours. 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 Simba camp, at about 2,600 meters. There are toilets and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below samba camp.Overnight at Simba camp
Location: Second Caves Lunch Point
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Simba Camp to Second CaveHiking Time 2 – 3hours
Late Breakfast, enjoy the morning at Simba camp proceed with the hiking very slowly acclimatize your body until you reach Second cave (3450M ) for hot lunch. Afternoon relaxes at the second cave with dinner and overnight.Overnight at Second cave
Location: Kikelewa Camp
Second Tarn Cave (2600m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m).Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours.
After breakfast then continues up towards Kibo, reaching Kikelwa Caveat 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).Overnight at Kikelewa cave
Location: Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m).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.Overnight at Mawenzi tarn Camp
Location: Kibo Huts
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.Overnight at Kibo Hut
Location: Uhuru Peak
Summit Attempt, Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m).Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru
6 hours to descend to Horombo.
Distance: 6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent.
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.
You will wake up around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going 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. From Gillman’s Point, you will normally encounter snow 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 for a short rest ten after you descent to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The descent to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around almost 14 hours, Later in the evening, you enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and well-earned sleep.Overnight at Horombo Camps
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m).Hiking Time: 6 hours.
Distance: About 27 Km.
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 or Moshi where your trekking tour ends with sweet memories.Overnight at Your Hotel in Moshi or Arusha
All Fees and Taxes
eturn transfers Kilimanjaro airport to Moshi and Moshi to Kilimanjaro airport
Hotel the night before and the night after the climb, with breakfast included
Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summit aid) & Basic first aid kit
Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook + their wages
Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs, tables & sleeping mattress)
Fresh Water for drinking & Hot water for a wash daily
Visas & Flights
Travel & Health Insurances (Yellow fiver vaccination is compulsory)
Items of Personal Nature
Personal hiking/trekking gear–you opt to rent the gears from equipment stores in Moshi
Optional but highly recommended Portable toilet
Personal medicine and water purifying tablets
Meals & drinks not specified and snacks
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