Kilimanjaro Hiking Via Rongai Route

Kilimanjaro Climb - 6 Days Rongai Route

Kilimanjaro Hiking Via Rongai Route

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.

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Tour Highlights

  • Tour starts: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Tour Ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • 6 Days guided up to Mt. Kilimanjaro via Marangu route with Local guides, Cooks and Porters.
  • Transport includes between destination and to/from included activities.
  • 2 Nights Accommodation before and after Kilimanjaro climb at Park View Inn Moshi on Bed and breakfast basis
  • 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

Arrival Day

Once arrived in Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO), our driver guide will pick you up from the arrival gate and escorted you to the Hotel in Arusha and after arriving your Tour guide will be there to brief you about a trek which will start the next day.

Accommodation: Park View Inn Moshi (B, B)

 

Day 1

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

 

Day 2

Rongai Cave to Second Cave

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

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 3

Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn

Elevation: 11,811 ft to 14,160 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

 

Day 4

Marwenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut

Marwenzi 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 5

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak 

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 6

Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

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

 

Departure Day

After breakfast in the hotel, you will have spare time before your flight back home and you can take an optional Moshi town trip to visit the Maasai curio shops and the Tanzanite Experience. Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your departure flight.

Tour Plan

Day 1

Rongai Gate to Rongai Cave

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

Rongai Cave to Second Cave

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

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 5

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak 

Slowly, slowly which means “pole pole” in Swahili is our slogan for summit Kilimanjaro. Today you will wake up at 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, later you will descend down after having a short time at the peak and reach at Kibo Hut where we will collect our belongings and walk through the saddle and then down to Horombo Hut.

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 6

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 Arusha 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

Tour Include

  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • Kilimanjaro park fees
  • Climbing permits and fees, gate, camp/hut fees.
  • Guide, assistant guides, cook and porters salaries.
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Porters to carry luggage from one camp to the next camp.
  • 3 meals per day and bottled water/drinks (1.5litersper person per day)
  • Emergency Insurance in case of altitude sickness
  • Rescue fees (required by the national park)
  • Transport to/from the hotel to Gate

Tour Exclude

  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Meals outside the regular tour itinerary
  • International visa for Tanzania
  • International Airfares and Airport taxes

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KILIMANJARO FAQ

KILIMANJARO HISTORY

Kilimanjaro began to grow about 750,000 years ago as a result of lava spewing out of three main centres – Shira, Kibo and Mawenzi, It kept growing until their cones reached a height of about 5000 metres about half a million years ago. About this time, Shira collapsed into a Caldera and became inactive, but Kibo and Mawenzi continued to erupt until their peaks reached about 5500 metres. Mawenzi was the next to die, but Kibo continued to be active until about 360,000 years ago, during which time there were some particularly violent eruptions, including one which filled the old eroded caldera of Shira with black lava.

From an estimated final height of 5900 metres, Kibo gradually fell silent, and through intermittent eruptions continued for thousands of years, the whole mountain began to shrink and Kibo’s cone collapsed into a series of concentric terraces. Erosion in the form of glaciers which came and went, wore the peaks down even more, as did a huge landslide about 100,000 years which created the Kibo Barranco.

KILIMANJARO SAFETY

Your safety and that of the rest of the group is our first priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices like phones that can use to report any emergencies as well as medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination.

Sometimes it happens with people want to climb without sufficient acclimatisation and end up with altitude sickness or, at very the least, nausea and headaches but to give yourself the best chance of reaching the top, it is a very good idea to choose tours with more number of days also whatever else you do, walk pole pole (slowly), drink a lot of liquid, suck glucose tablets and don’t eat too much. (You won’t feel like eating anyway)

Since Shizi Safari has a high success rate for reaching to the peak of Africa with our experienced guides, chefs and rest of crew will make sure that you have the best experience during your climb and reaching to the highest peak (Uhuru Peak) of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

KILIMANJARO CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

Your safety and that of the rest of the group is our first priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices like phones that can use to report any emergencies as well as medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination.

Sometimes it happens with people want to climb without sufficient acclimatisation and end up with altitude sickness or, at very the least, nausea and headaches but to give yourself the best chance of reaching the top, it is a very good idea to choose tours with more number of days also whatever else you do, walk pole pole (slowly), drink a lot of liquid, suck glucose tablets and don’t eat too much. (You won’t feel like eating anyway)

Since Shizi Safari has a high success rate for reaching to the peak of Africa with our experienced guides, chefs and rest of crew will make sure that you have the best experience during your climb and reaching to the highest peak (Uhuru Peak) of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

KILIMANJARO ACCOMMODATION

We camp in two-man tents; these are usually expedition-style (ie sleeping room only). Camps are usually simple, in remote locations with great views! We have communal dining areas (usually with tables and chairs/stools) and toilet tents, and the local crew look after us very well. We stay in hotels (of a 2-3* standard or equivalent) at the start and end of the trip; standards may vary between different hotels, but they are generally clean and comfortable with good facilities

KILIMANJARO FOOD

The food provided is plentiful, often local in style and freshly-cooked, and will give you plenty of energy. In some regions, there may be less variety than you are used to, and in others, fresh meat or produce can be harder to come by. Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance while having a trip briefing with your guide. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we may be in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

KILIMANJARO TIPPING CULTURE

Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your trek, and you will be provided with a guideline amount in advance. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something! All our local crew are paid wages but bear in mind that the average wage in many countries you travel to is far below what you would spend on a normal night out. Common tips for satisfactory service are from about US$10 to US$15 per group per day for the guide, US$8 to US$10 per group per day for the cook and US$5 to US$10 per group per day for each porter.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING DURING A CLIMB

Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next. If there is easy road access this is done by vehicle; if not then porters will carry them throughout your expedition. Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

Other luggage can be left in the hotel (storeroom) while you are on the mountain.

KILIMANJARO SEARCH AND RESCUE

We are using specialised Airbus AS 350 B3 helicopters, positioned at Moshi Airport in Tanzania from Kilimanjaro sar. It’s the ideal location for high altitude search and rescue operations for Mt Kilimanjaro. And their team is highly experienced and have a perfect safety record.

KILIMANJARO ALTITUDE SICKNESS

During the trek, it is likely that all climbers will experience at least some form of mild altitude sickness. It is caused by the failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air at an increased altitude. There are many different symptoms but the most common are headaches, light-headedness, nausea, loss of appetite, tingling in the toes and fingers, and a mild swell of ankles and fingers. These mild forms are not serious and will normally disappear within 48 hours. Please visit your physician for any preventative medications.

KILIMANJARO TOILETS

First, let’s put your mind at rest. There are public toilets at every camp stop on a Kilimanjaro trek. You’re going to need to lower your expectations though. Forget porcelain loos with lockable doors, marble sinks with soap dispensers, hot water and hi-tech hand driers. We’re talking about a wooden shack (usually without a door, let alone a lock) that surrounds a deep hole in the ground.

You’ll have to get used to squatting and near-zero privacy. Also, while the Park staff do their best to keep these facilities clean, it’s an uphill struggle because almost everyone on the mountain uses them. This means that the erm, bouquet, of Kilimanjaro’s public ‘long drop’ loos, can often be challenging. However, the natural views afforded by these dunnies are sensational so swings and roundabouts.

Can you get a private toilet on Kilimanjaro?

Trekking Kilimanjaro is an immensely bonding experience. In time you’ll come to regard your guides, porters and fellow trekkers as honorary brothers and sisters. All the same, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’d be comfortable ‘dropping your fudge’ in front of them. Don’t panic. There is an alternative to the ‘toilet shack’

The Second option is the ‘portable private loo’. This amounts to a proper chemical toilet (with a seat, no less!) that is contained within its own discreet tent for total privacy. A portable private loo is for the exclusive use of you and your group only. As with the shacks, though, it is only set up and available in camp.

The trek’s porters are responsible for cleaning, maintaining and transporting the loo between camps, so at least you have the assurance that your ‘comfort breaks’ will be sanitary and conducted in privacy.

WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE HAS TO DESCEND BECAUSE OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

You’ll always be accompanied by a team of guides and assistant guides. If someone becomes ill, they’ll be escorted safely down the mountain by an assistant guide. You won’t be left on the mountain without a guide!

WHEN TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO

The mountain can be climbed all year round, There are, however, a couple of rainy seasons – April-May and November-mid-December – that are best avoided. We recommend January-March and mid-June-October are the best months as the skies tend to be clear and the mountain quieter.

At Shizi Safaris we recommend to trek in January-March and July-October. These are our favourite months because

The weather is usually good and the skies are often clear during these months.

Because they both fall just before the rainy seasons, they tend to be quieter than other months. People are probably afraid that the rains will come early, so opt to avoid these months. But in our experience, the rains are more likely to fail than arrive early. Thus the mountain is usually emptier, and quieter. And yet the weather is still lovely.

Note that early in June and late December, though they also fall outside of the rainy seasons, only just, are not such good times to be on Kilimanjaro according to our experience. The clouds tend to linger after the rainy season, even if the rains have largely finished, so views are restricted.

Full Moon and New Moon treks: We are offering Full Moon Kilimanjaro treks because we realised that the final push up the slopes of Kibo to the summit -a walk that is traditionally done at night – is best done under the light of a full moon. Visibility is that much greater, of course, due to the brightness of the light reflected by the full moon.

HOW TO TRAIN FOR KILIMNJARO

At higher altitudes, the air is thinner, there is less available oxygen and it becomes more difficult to breathe. There are serious risks involved with high-altitude hiking, including altitude sickness, acute mountain syndrome and pulmonary edema, all of which can result in death. Before you go on a high-altitude hike, you need to train your body to work efficiently and effectively in environments with less oxygen.

Step 1:

Begin training at least two months in advance. This is especially important if you plan to hike at altitudes of more than 13,000 feet.

Step 2:

See a doctor for a medical checkup in the early stages of training to ensure that high-altitude hiking is a safe and recommended activity for your age and physical condition.

Step 3:

Hike as often as possible. The best thing you can do to prepare for higher-altitude hikes is to hike as often as possible and at higher altitudes if available. Start gradually, increasing the distance and altitude of your hikes with each week of training so that your body and lungs can become accustomed to functioning at increasing levels of altitude.

Step 4:

Participate in interval training. Interval training is a method of training the cardiovascular system by elevating the heart rate significantly and then allowing it to recover for a period before elevating it again. According to outdoor conditioning website Body Results, this prepares the cardiovascular system to deal with the stress of limited oxygen levels at higher altitudes. Interval training could consist of running sprints, running hills or using the interval setting on a treadmill or exercise bike. Body Results recommends choosing one day a week for interval training and doing six repetitions of whatever exercise you have chosen.

Step 5:

Work on developing a breathing rhythm and deep breathing. Your ability to control and conserve your breath and expand your breathing capacity will come in handy when the oxygen.

HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO

While Kilimanjaro requires no technical abilities, it is both physically and mentally demanding. The main reason people don’t reach the summit or are required to be evacuated is due to Altitude Sickness. To reduce your risk of Acute Mountain Sickness you should choose a route that allows the body to properly acclimatize, extra acclimatization days and routes that climb high and sleep lower are recommended. It is important to climb at a slow pace and to stay hydrated by drinking at least 3 liters of water per day. A CamelBak or other type of water bladder simplifies drinking during the trek.

HOW FAR YOU CLIMB EACH DAY

On most days, you’ll hike about 10 km (6.2 miles) and this will be at a slow pace so that you can adjust to the elevation. We don’t do route marches!

SUMMIT KILIMANJARO, HOW IS IT LIKE?

Kilimanjaro’s final ascent to Uhuru Peak is made at night because of the weather patterns on Kilimanjaro and also a climber cannot see the challenge such as the steep parts when ascending because it is normally dark. The midnight trek to the summit is designed to ensure your safety as if you summit during the day, you run the risk of being caught in snow, hail or rainstorms. You’ll also get the most amazing views from the summit with the sun rising in the pink and apricot skies of dawn, and you’ll be well on your way down before the clouds roll in at 10 a.m. sharp

WHAT DO YOU EAT ON MOUNTAIN?

Remember to tell us if you have any special dietary requirements – because both meat and nuts form a substantial part of the food on Kilimanjaro. One of the marvels of a trek on Kilimanjaro is the skill with which the cooks are able to conjure up tasty and nutritious food despite little in the way of equipment and ingredients. Our chefs are also able to obey almost any dietary restrictions so that vegans, vegetarians, gluten and lactose intolerants and those with restrictions due to their religious beliefs are all accommodated. Just make sure you tell us in advance of any dietary restrictions you may have.

A typical Kilimanjaro breakfast will involve eggs (boiled or fried), porridge, a saveloy (possibly with some tomatoes too), a piece of fruit such as a banana or orange, some bread with jam, honey or peanut butter and a mug or two of tea, hot chocolate or coffee.

Lunch on Kilimanjaro is usually hot or prepared at breakfast and carried by the trekker in his or her daypack. This packed lunch often consists of a boiled egg, some sandwiches, a banana or orange, and some tea kept warm in a flask and carried by your guide.

At the end of the day’s walking, afternoon tea is served with biscuits, peanuts and, best of all, salted popcorn. The final and biggest meal of the day, dinner usually begins with soup, followed by a main course including chicken or meat, a vegetable sauce, some cabbage, and rice or pasta;  Potatoes will usually be eaten on the first night as they are so heavy.

SAMPLE FOOD MENU FOR OUR KILIMANJARO TREKS

Below is an example of a typical day’s menu option whilst on one of our treks to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro:

BREAKFAST: Eggs made to order, sausages, toast, hash browned potatoes, banana bread/muffins, granola with cold milk, selection of fresh fruits, fruit juice, hot coffee, lemongrass tea and cocoa

LUNCH: Chicken breast sandwiches, pasta salad, crudites, salami and a selection of fresh fruits

AFTERNOON TEA: Hot coffee, lemongrass tea and cocoa served with homemade cookies with cheese, popcorn and roasted nuts

DINNER: Different soups, Chinese rice / Italian-style lasagna, green bean salad, fresh fruit salad served in a watermelon

TRAIL SNACKS: Mixed nuts or fresh-roasted peanuts, mixed dried organic fruits, fresh locally grown fruits. Home-made cookies, candy bars, popcorn. We advise bringing a small selection of your favourite snack bars from home too.

VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, DAIRY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, FOOD ALLERGIES, WE’VE GOT IT COVERED

Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and other special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice, so please let us know during the planning phase of your trek. Similarly, if you suffer from any allergies we can make sure these foods do not appear on the menu and are even not taken on the trek by any group members if you wish

DRINKING WATER

In addition to our care and attention to what we consume on a nutritional front, we take very seriously our drinking water requirments and the need for fresh water

We purify all our clients and staff drinking water

KILIMANJARO WEATHER

From there, the temperatures will decrease as you move through Mount Kilimanjaro’s ecological zones. At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between 20 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 to -29 degrees Celsius). Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates its own weather.

DOES SHIZI SAFARIS GUIDES CARRY FIRST AID KITS

Yes, our guides carry well-stocked first-aid kits with equipment for cuts, scrapes and blisters: they also carry common over-the-counter medicines and some emergency supplies. They don’t carry prescription medicines so please bring your own supply.

We also carry emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid and it has to be requested by the customers) and pulse oximeter to measure your oxygen level and heartbeat every day on the mountain.

Customize Your Own Tour

You can decide how and when to travel, the level of service and the hotel standard.

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2019 GUARANTEED DEPARTURE DATES

14th July – 21st July – 8 Days Lemosho Route

3rd July – 9th July – 6 Days Marangu Route

1st August – 7th August – 7 Days Machame Route

2nd December  – 7th December – 6 Days Marangu Route