6 DAYS RONGAI ROUTE

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The route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many view points.

Mountain Climbing

What to expect

DAY 1 : ARRIVAL AND PICKUP FROM KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KIA)

After arrival at the Airport our guide will transfer you to the Hotel which is found on the foothill of Mt. Kilimanjaro, after check inn you will have tour briefing and equipment check if you will miss some of them he will take you to rent the missing gears when everything clear you will take a rest for next day adventure. . Accommodation AT Babylon Lodge.

 


DAY 2 : DRIVE TO KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK RONGAI GATE (NALE MORU), HIKE TO SIMBA CAMP


Drive to the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (about 2 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.

  • Elevation: 2000m/6560ft to 2650m/8700ft

  • Distance: 6km/4mi

  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

  • Habitat: Montane Forest

  • Meals: LD

  • Budget Lodging: Simba Camp

 

DAY 3 : HIKE SIMBA CAMP TO SECOND CAVE

 

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.

  • Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3450m/11,300ft

  • Distance: 6km/4mi

  • Walking Time: 3-4 hours

  • Habitat: Moorland

  • Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Second Cave Camp

 

DAY 4 : HIKE SECOND CAVE TO KIKELEWA CAMP

 

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.

  • Elevation: 3450m/11,300ft to 3600m/11,800ft

  • Distance: 9km/5mi

  • Walking Time: 2-3 hours

  • Habitat: Semi-desert

  • Meals: BLD

  • Budget Lodging: Kikelewa Camp

 

DAY 5 : HIKE THIRD CAVE TO KIBO HUT

Hike to Kibo Hut at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent and a very early day!

  • Elevation: 3880m/12,700ft to 4750m/15,600ft

  • Distance: 5km/3mi

  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Meals: BLD

  • Budget Lodging: Kibo Hut Camp


DAY 6 : HIKE KIBO HUT TO SUMMIT, AND DOWN TO HOROMBO HUT

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.

 

  • Elevation: 4330m/14,200ft to 4750m/15,600ft

  • Distance: 9km/5mi

  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Meals: BLD

  • Budget Lodging: Kibo Hut Camp

 

DAY 7 : HIKE HOROMBO HUT TO TRAIL HEAD, DRIVE TO MOSHI

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s Point located on the crater rim (elev 5700m/18,700ft). Continuing, we now 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!

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft

  • Down to 3700m/12,200ft

  • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down

  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Meals: BLD

  • Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut Camp

Day 8 : End of the Tour

 

Thank you very much for choosing us to make your life time adventure together, the driver will transfer you to the airport to met your flight OR if you have more days don’t hesitate to contact us so we can plan something for you.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • 2 Night accommodation
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs:
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
  • Clean, purified drinking water:
  • Crisis management and safety procedures:
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters:
  • Sleeping Mattress:

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

 

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • All extras which are not included in itinerary
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.