6 Days Mt Kilimanjaro Climbing – Rongai Route

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The Rongai route is the only route that starts from the Kenyan Side of Mt Kilimanjaro. This route offers a sense of undamaged wilderness and it is possible to spot wildlife during the trek. Rainfall is unlikely on this route and the mountain’s views are clear. The Rongai route use the scree summiting path from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and descend via the Marangu route. This route receives the least traffic compared to all other routes.

Package includes

  • Return transport from Nairobi
  • Accommodation in Moshi
  • Return hotel-mountain-hotel transfers
  • Services of qualified mountain guide, assistant guide, porters and cooks
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
  • All camping equipment (tents, camping chairs & sleeping mat)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt

The Price Excluded:
• Laundry

  • Sleeping bags
  • Drinks/Beverages
  • Climbing gears
    • Items of personal nature
    • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
  • Travel insurance

Day 1: Rongai Start Point (1996m) – Simba camp (2626m)

Depart to the Marangu park gate for registration. Travel to Naro Moru, north east Kilimanjaro, roughly 3 hours on bad roads to the Rongai start point (1996m). The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. This is an easy trail through an alluring country side. The first night’s camp is at Simba Camp (2 626m). Dinner and overnight here.

Day 2: Simba camp (2626m) – Kikelewa Camp (3679m)

Ascent towards Kibo till 3482m for lunch at First Caves. After the short lunch break continue trekking until Kikelewa Camp at 3679 metres. The views start to open up at this point. Dinner is served and overnight at Kikelewa camp.

Day 3: Kikelewa Cave (3679m) – Mawenzi Tarn camp (4303m)

Day 3 is a short but steep climb up the grassy slopes which offer splendid views of this wilderness area. The vegetation area comes to an end shortly before you reach Mawenzi Tarn located beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon at leisure acclimatizing and exploring the area. Dinner and overnight here.

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4303m) – Kibo hut (4730m)

After breakfast head west and continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking around 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The rest of the day is spent resting as we prepare for the final ascent, which starts around midnight. Dinner and overnight at Kibo hut.

Day 5: Kibo hut (4730m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3705m)

Wake up at 2320hrs, and have some tea and biscuits. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path that leads to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). Have our first break for the day here.
The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. From Gillmans Point you will experience snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m). stay briefly at Uhuru peak before starting our descent for 3 hrs to Kibo Hut.

After a short rest at Kibo hut, gather all your gear and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for overnight.

Day 6: Horombo hut (3705m) – Marangu Gate (1860m)

After breakfast you continue your 6 hour descent down to the Marangu gate. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Drive to our hotel in Moshi to freshen up, rest and celebrate the achievement!

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