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7 Days Rongai Route – Kilimanjaro Climbing

Private 7 days climb + 2 nights hotel from $2,215

PRICING

Number of Participants Private Group Price (in USD per person)
1 $2,670
2 – 3 $2,490
4 – 6 $2,325
7 – 10 $2,260
11+ $2,210

Description

Approaching Mt. Kilimanjaro from the North, Rongai Route offers unspoiled wilderness experience where it is possible to see wildlife like antelope, elephant and buffalo. It’s the most quiet route suitable for those who wants to get away from the crowds.

Day 1: Nalemoru Gate (1,800m/5,900ft) to Simba Camp (2,600 m/8,400ft) FB

After an early breakfast in Moshi, you will drive to Marangu National park gate for necessary registration formalities, then we transfer to rongai (Nalemoru) Gate (1,800m/5,900ft) near the Kenya border. We begin our climb on this unspoilt 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 Simba Camp is 3-4 hours walking.

Day 2: Simba Camp (2,600 m/8,400ft) to Rongai Second Cave (3,450 m) FB

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave, (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After hot lunch we have a free time to rest at the camp or in the afternoon we can explore the surrounding area for acclimatisation walk to Third Cave.

Simba Camp to Second Cave is 3-4 hours walking.

Day 3: Rongai Second Cave (3,450 m) to Kikelelwa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft) FB

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

Second Cave to Kikelelwa Camp is 3-4 hours walking.

Day 4: Kikelelwa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft to Mawenzi Turn (4,330m/14,200ft) FB

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 Camp to Mawenzi Turn is 3-4 hours walking.

Day 5: Mawenzi Turn hut (4,330m/14,200ft) to Kibo Hut (4,750m/15,580ft) FB

Today we cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and KiboHut (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 hut to Kibo Hut is 5-6 hours walking.

Day 6: Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft)

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 rim of the main crater, Gillman’s 5,685 m. We will rest there for 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 is 13-15 hours walking.

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) FB

Today we will descend past Mandara hut to Marangu Gate, successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. From here you will be transferred to Moshi in your hotel for dinner and overnight. (Alternative transferred to JRO for departure).

Horombo hut to Marangu Gate. (6-7 hours walking)

Included

  • Airport transfers (Kilimanjaro International Airport – Hotel)
  • Two nights hotel in Moshi area (B&B plan)
  • Expedition briefing and equipment check prior to leaving for the mountain
  • Transfers between hotel – park gate
  • Luggage storage during your trek (for luggage not needed during the climb)
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tent (3 person tent – we put only 2 in each tent)
  • Quality mess tents with table and chairs
  • Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides
  • All government taxes
  • Climbing permits
  • Camp fees
  • All hot meals prepared by our cook while on the mountain
  • Guides, Porters and Cook salaries
  • Fair and ethical treatment of climb staff
  • Enough porters to carry your luggage
  • Safety Equipment:
    • Short wave radio
    • Emergency Oxygen
    • Pulse Ox meter
    • First aid kit
  • Hot drinks at every meal
  • Drinking water provided on the climb, mineral water for the first day, and boiled water all other days
  • Emergency rescue fee (note: this is a park fee to maintain emergency equipment, not a fee for a rescue)

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Meals while in Moshi except for breakfasts included in hotel B&B plan
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks not included
  • Visa fees
  • Tips to mountain crew (highly recommended)
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel / Medical insurance (strongly suggested)
  • Helicopter evacuation / medical expenses if needed (see above)
  • Extra nights hotel and meals if the climb needs to be abandoned early or is completed earlier than scheduled