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Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route | 8 Days

Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for nearly the entire way. Descent is made via the Marangu route.The exact trekking distance for the Rongai Route is 72km or 44 miles

Destinations : Arusha | Mount Kilimanjaro

  • DAY 1

    FLIGHT FROM HOME - JRO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

    You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged hotel in Arusha town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

    Meal(s): Dinner

    Accommodation: MOUNT MERU HOTEL

  • DAY 2

    RONGAI CAMP

    After an early breakfast you will drive to the Rongai (Nalemoru) Gate near the Kenya border. We begin our climb on this unspoiled wilderness route. The walk 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 (2600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. The first day is only a half-day walk. Nalemoru Gate to Rongai Camp (2,600 m): 3-4 hours walking.

    Meal(s): | Breakfast | Lunch Box | Dinner

    Accommodation: RONGAI CAMP

  • DAY 3

    RONGAI KIKELELWA CAVE

    Gradual rise through beautiful open moorland towards jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi to Kikelewa Camp (3679m) we reach in the late afternoon at Kikelewa Caves for dinner and overnight at the camp. Rongai Camp to Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m): 6-8 hours walking.

    Meal(s): Breakfast | 1 Lunch | 1 Dinner

    Accommodation: KIKELEWA CAMP

  • DAY 4

    RONGAI KIKELELWA CAVE

    A Short but steep ascent to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m). Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn. The afternoon is free to help your acclimatization. Kikelelwa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m):3-4 hours walking.

    Meal(s): Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Accommodation: MAWENZI TARN CAMP

  • DAY 5

    MAWENZI TURN TO KIBO HUT

    Today we cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo Hut (4700m), at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall by early afternoon. There is no running water at Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. Mawenzi Turn to Kibo Hut (4,700m); 5-6 hours walking.

    Meal(s): Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Drink Water

    Accommodation: KIBO CAMP

  • DAY 6

    KIBO HUT TO SUMMIT TO HORROMBO HUT

    Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to the rim of the main crater, Gillman’s 5,685 m. We will rest there for a few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru peak 5,895 m. which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Kiko Hut is amazingly fast, and we stop at Kibo Hut for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Horrombo Hut. Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut (3100 m): 13-15 hours walking

    Meal(s): Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Drink Water

    Accommodation: KIBO CAMP

  • DAY 7

    HOROMBO HUT -MARANGU GATE TRANSFER TO ARUSHA

    Today we will descend past Mandara Hut to Marangu Gate, successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. From here you will be transferred to Hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight.

    Meal(s): Breakfast | Hot Lunch

    Accommodation: MOUNT MERU HOTEL

  • DAY 8

    DEPART DAY

    Departure transfer which is included from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight unless you have an option to have a short safari or any other option we will discuss.

    Meal(s): Breakfast

    Accommodation: -

Whats included in this tour
  • Mount Kilimanjaro Park fees
  • Hut/camping fees and tents
  • First aid kit
  • Guides, Porters, Cook, Waiter Salaries
  • JRO - Kilimanjaro International Airport | Airport transfers
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
Whats not included in this tour
  • Mountain equipment (eg sleeping bags)
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • Visa fees & travel insurance.Flight tickets.
  • Additional nights , hotel nights included
  • Extra activities (waterfall tour, cultural village visit).
  • Gear for your climb, Some equipment is available for rent.
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