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6 Days Rongai Route

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

6 Days Rongai Route

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro through the Rongai route is used to guarantee you and at some point, still is a quiet trek away from the crowds. The Rongai route is promoted as a remote wilderness experience and for much of the year, it still is.

 

But watch out: over the last years, Rongai has acquired great popularity. If you climb Kilimanjaro using the Rongai route during the main season and your climb starts on the normal group departure day, you may find yourself in the middle of a big population.

 

For that said, still, Rongai remains much softer than the common Machame/ Marangu paths. It also has numerous advantages that should make it one of your first picks:

 

 

  • Rongai is the easiest route up Kilimanjaro, in certain respects easier than Marangu. Rongai has excellent peak success rates.
  • Rongai is the single route that approaches Kilimanjaro starting from the north. You will descend via the Marangu Route on the southern side, so you get to see both sides of the Kilimanjaro mountain.
  • The northern side of Kilimanjaro is a lot drier. You are so unlikely to have gush through mud and drizzle on the first 2 days.

 

A disadvantage is that to get to the other side of Kilimanjaro you have to drive for a couple of hours, and that costs extra dollars. So, Rongai is more expensive than a 6 days trek on Machame or Marangu. On the first day, you will be trekking through fairly open country instead of the dense rainforest. But you’ll see the rainforest on your way down. Sure enough, you will not miss out anything.

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  • Departure/Return Location
    Arusha or Moshi City
  • Departure Time
    Early in the morning.

Tour Plan

1
Airport Transfer to the Hotel in Moshi

You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro Airport by our representative and to drive to your Accommodation in Moshi town. Late afternoon for a pre-climbing briefing and climbing equipment check. We will also confirm that you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance as well.

  • Accommodation: Park View Hotel or Panama Garden Resort
  • Time and Distance:1 hour’s drive, 40 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi
2
Moshi To Rongai Gate (1950m) To 1st Caves camp (2600m)
After you reach the Marangu park gate you will first complete the paperwork and registration formalities before heading to the Rongai trailhead, where you will be briefed by your guide before you start your ascent from Nale Moru village with your porters in tow. You will veer your way through the cultivation zone brimming with maize fields before entering the pine zone. The trail here is steady on a gradient and you will enjoy the beautiful country sights before reaching your destination for the day at First Cave, at about 2,600 meters. Toilets facilities are manageable but there are no huts for accommodation. But water is available just down the trail below First Cave.
  • Hiking time: 5 hours | Distance: About 8 km | Habitat: Montane forest
3
1st Cave (2600m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m) thirteen
  • Hiking time: 6-7 hours | Habitat: Moorlands
The ascent continues towards Kibo taking the southeastern path to the Kikelwa Cave at 3600 meters soaking in the spellbinding views of Kibo and Mawenzi at the sunset. Kikelewa Caves will be your base overnight.
4
Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m)
  • Hiking time: 3-4 hours | Habitat: Moorlands
This short hike on an incline opens up some of the most impressive sights on the trail. As you continue your ascent the heaths give away to barren alpine zones. The Mawenzi Tarn camp sits below the jagged spires of Mawenzi. This is a high-altitude area and the effects of altitude sickness will definitely show up. Rest, explore the area and give yourself time to acclimatize.
5
Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) – Kibo hut (4700m)
  • Hiking time: 4 – 5 hours | Habitat: Alpine desert
Continuing our ascent on the eastern trails of Kibo we will trek through the saddle which connects the twin peaks of Maweni and Kibo soaking in their sights till we reach Kibo Hut at (15000ft / 4700 m) after 4-5 hours. Pace yourself well and don’t rush through as the next challenge will be a push to the Uhuru Peak. Make sure you get enough rest and sleep before you haul yourself up at midnight.
6
SUMMIT ATTEMPT, Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
The ascent to the summit begins at midnight. Today’s trek is by far the toughest challenge you will undertake on the trail. The first part is a steep ascent into darkness negotiating a rocky path to reach Hans Meyer Cave (5,150 m). Your pre-summit goal of Gillman’s Point is now just about an hour of a trek away. The trek to the Gilman point is a tricky one as it’s a steep and zigzag ascent negotiating large rocks which are going to test your mental and physical reserves to the last bit. From Gilman’s point, it’s just about an hour and a half to reach the summit at Uhuru peak. The trail to the Uhuru is laden with snow and scree along the crater’s rim. Once you summit at Uhuru pull out your camera to capture the breathtaking vistas that open up to you and also capture photos with your team to mark a personal milestone. Bask in the glory of your achievement for a few moments and then make your descent towards Horombo hut where you will have your dinner and enjoy a couple of beers reflecting on the triumphs of the day.
  • Overnight accommodation: The Horombo Hut.
  • 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
7
Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)
This is your last day on Kilimanjaro and after a breakfast you will continue your descent(6 hours) from Horombo Hut passing through Mandara hut (2,700 m) all the way to down reach the Marangu gate; where you will receive your summit certificates(green certificate – Gilman’s Point and gold certificate – Uhuru Peak) from the park office as a recognition of your efforts. After that, you will sign the registration book and mark the end of your climb. You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, and celebrations!!
  • Overnight: at the Panama Garden Resort Hotel or Park View Inn Hotel
  • Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 27 km’s
8
Departure - Kilimanjaro International Airport

After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 11.00hrs. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for a ‘day room’ which allows you to stay until 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.) As a transfer to the airport is included in this package, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport.

For those travelers who have booked to go on safari, our guide will be meeting you in the late afternoon to provide you with a briefing.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Mountain Professionals guides.
  • Transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to and from Moshi.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Moshi at fine hotels.
  • Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro Park Gate.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees.
  • All hut or camping fees for the climb.
  • African guide, assistant guides, porters and cooks.
  • All meals and utensils on the mountain.
  • Camping equipment includes tents, mattress, dome dining tent with table and chairs.
  • Government taxes.

The price does not include

  • Items of personal nature, individual travel costs, delays, taxis, etc.
  • Personal Tanzania entry visas.
  • Personal clothing or gear.
  • Alcoholic drinks and personal snacks.
  • Recommended Travel/Trip Cancellation Insurance.
  • Staff gratuities
TIPS FOR CREW

Important Tips Informations

Tips will vary depending on the length and complexity of the trip, the number of staff on the trip, and the number of clients on the trip. Generally, groups like to meet together before the end of the trek to discuss how much they would like to tip each staff member based on their individual trek experience. Tips should not be dependent on whether you summit or not, but rather whether your guides and porters were professional and had your best interests in mind. If your guides and porter have not met your expectations, please inform us immediately after descending. If they press you for a tip during the trek, inform us as well, as this is against company policy. You can use US Dollars, Euros, TZ shillings, or a combination of these.

EACH CLIENT SHOULD EXPECT TO TIP BETWEEN US $250 – US $300 FOR THE ENTIRE CLIMB.

Depending on the number of clients but usually, you will have:  Chief Guide, Assistance Guide, Cooker, and Porters.
Additional Notes:
If you have booked your climb through an agent that gave you different information, please tip according to the agent’s information. To avoid confusion, on the first day of your climb, please confirm with your guide the correct total number of staff that you or your group have. Don’t pay tips tip any other persons.

Rongai route 6 Days

  • 1 person $ 2000 USD
  • 2-4 people $ 1700/person
  • 5-7 people $ 1600/person
  • 8-10 people $ 1550/person
  • 11 & above $1450/person
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