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7 Days/ 6 Nights
Availability : All Year Around
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Min Age : 12+

The Rongai Route is the only route that starts from the Northern and close to Kenyan border. This route is almost flat during a trek and receives less rain compared to the other western routes like Lemosho and Machame. Rongai route is less traffic and offers a great experience since the view of the mountain is clear and uncloud and also the vegetation is almost unspoilt.

The recommended number of days for this trek is 7 days when you use the Mawenzi Tarn camp to the summit or you can also take 6 days when using the School camp to the summit which is not popular for many trekkers.

Once arrived at Kibo Hut you will join others from Marangu route and take a pre-summit rest or sleep before the summit to the Uhuru peak in the midnight and on the same day you will descend from the summit to the Horombo Hut and spend a night there before arriving at the Marangu gate.

Tour Highlight:


 

❖ Tour starts: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

❖ Tour Ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

❖ 7 Days guided up to Mt. Kilimanjaro via Rongai route with Guides, Cooks and Porters.

❖ Transport includes between destination and to/from included activities.

❖ 2 Nights Accommodation before and after Kilimanjaro climb in Moshi

❖ 3 meals per day during mountain climbing.

❖ Perfect for small groups, couples and family

❖ Physical rating – Challenging

❖ Age requirement – 12+

❖ Service Level – Standard

❖ Travel Style – Active

 

Tour Itinerary


Arrival Day

Once arrived at Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO), our driver-guide will pick you up from the airport arrival gate and then drive you to the Hotel in Moshi town. Once in the Hotel, our Kilimanjaro mountain guide will meet and pre-briefing you about your upcoming trek adventure as well as check if you have all the necessary mountain gears, unless you do not have some of the equipment then you can rent before starting the trek.

 

Day 1

Nalemoru Gate to Simba Camp

 

After breakfast at your hotel, the driver will pick you up and drive towards Rongai gate at Male Moru where the park formalities will follow and then you will start your trek through the unspoilt vegetation which is near to the Kenya border to the first camp where you will rest and get ready for your dinner.

Elevation: 6,398 ft to 9,300 ft
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

 

Day 2

Simba Camp to Second Cave Camp

 

This morning after your breakfast you will trail to the second cave which gives the extraordinary view of the ice on Kibo peak, you will trek through moorland towards the Second cave where you will arrive in the mid-afternoon.

Rongai Cave to Second Cave
Elevation: 9,300 ft to 11,300 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Heath

 

Day 3

Second Cave to Kikelewa Cave

 

Today you will trek through incredible and amazing moorlands which are outshined by the giant heathers and numerous vegetations. After lunch, we continue towards Kikelelwa camp  which is close to Mawenzi where we will arrive at noon and enjoy exploring the surroundings while socialising  before getting our dinner

Second Cave to Kikelewa Cave
Elevation: 11,300 ft to 11,811 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Heath

 

Day 4

Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn

Hike for about 4 to 5 hours from Kikelewa to Mawenzi tarn which rises to about 1400ft where the vegetation zone will end once arrive at the Mawenzi Tarn. The views here are incredible and you can explore the surroundings or take a short hike just for acclimatizing. Later had dinner and hit the tent early.

Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn
Elevation (ft): 11,811 ft to 14,160 ft
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

 

Day 5

Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut

Today we trail between the saddle of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks where you will have a great view before arriving at Kibo Hut for lunch and then have a pre-summit rest and sleep and midnight is going to be the summit night.

Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut
Elevation (ft): 14,160 ft to 15,430 ft
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

 

Day 6

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak then to Horombo Hut 

 

Slowly, slowly which means “pole pole” in Swahili is our slogan for summit Kilimanjaro. Today you will wake up in the midnight prepare for the summit. You will have to put on all your layers since it is going to be very cold during the summit. We will leave Kibo Hut around 1 am and heading to Uhuru peak before passing Gilman’s point where it will take you again 2 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, The highest point on Africa, once at Uhuru peak you will be amazed by the breathtaking views and incredible sunrise if the weather permits then later you will descend down after having a short time at the peak and reach Kibo Hut where we will collect our belongings and walk through the saddle and then down to Horombo Hut where we will get our lunch and then rest.

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
Distance: 16 km/10 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath

 

Day 7

Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

 

After breakfast in the morning then we will descend down to Mandara huts where you will have your lunch then you will continue to descend to the gate and once arrived you will be presented with the certificates and say goodbye to the porters and guides then your driver will be there to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi or to the airport ready for your flight back home.

Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
Distance: 20 km/12 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

 

END OF TOUR

 


Tour Includes:

✔ Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

✔ Accommodation in Moshi, before and after trekking Kilimanjaro

✔ Kilimanjaro park fees, Rescue fees, camping/hut fees

✔ Government Tax, 18% VAT on Tours Fees

✔ Hot water for washing

✔ Local and Friendly Certified English-speaking mountain guides

✔ Porters to carry luggage from one camp to another with a maximum weight of 20kg

✔ 3 hot meals per day during a trekking

✔ Transport to/from the hotel to the Gate

✔ Double layered Sleeping Mats

✔ 4 Season Mountain Tents

✔ Emergency First Aid Kit

✔ Treated & filtered drinking water during your trek except on the first day which we provide mineral water

✔ Guide, assistant guides, cook and porters Fair wages as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)

 

Tour Excludes:

✘ Travel Insurance

✘ A portable flush toilet can be hired at an extra cost $70 for the whole trek

✘ Meals outside the regular tour itinerary (Lunch and dinner at your Hotel in Moshi)

✘ International visa for Tanzania

✘ International Airfares and Airport taxes

✘ Tips for guides and porters and cook

Tipping guide per group per day, not per climber. 

Guides: US$20 per day

Cook: US$15 per day

Porter: US$10 per day

 

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE TREK MOUNT KILIMANJARO

 


Kilimanjaro Safety:

It’s not surprising that trekking on this mountain is high on many travellers’ priority list. However, because Mt Kilimanjaro is so easy to reach, and because is not technically difficult, this can create its own set of problems…


Kilimanjaro Trekking Cost:

At Shizi Safaris, we do have a range of trips to Mount Kilimanjaro, all of which include a guide/cook and porters fees, all meals 3 times per day, park entry fees, camping fees, government tax, rescue fees and transport to and from the Kilimanjaro gate to your Hotel accommodation in Moshi…


How is it Like to Scale Mount Kilimanjaro:

You will begin the hiking by walking in the Forest Zone. This is kind of the base of the mountain, even though you will be already out around 6,000 feet. But it’s pretty cool up in the treetops…


Kilimanjaro Trekking Routes:

With a high success rate, incredible scenery and low traffic from trekkers, Lemosho route which approaches Kilimanjaro from the western side offers the best trek to the roof of Africa…


Kilimanjaro Clothing & Equipment:

The summits of Mt Kilimanjaro are covered in glaciers and snow, and the temperature at night often drops to below -10c so you are going to need a good sleeping bag…


Kilimanjaro FAQ:

All our guides are trained and approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (TANAPA) before awarded the certificate and License to carry out the service for mountain guiding…


Learn Useful Swahili Words:

Swahili language (correctly known as Kiswahili) is the official language and is taught in schools throughout Tanzania, but there are many other major tribal languages which include Chagga, Meru, Maasai, Sukuma, Hehe, Zaramo any many other minor tribal languages…


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