Rongai Route 7 Day Itinerary

Language English
Price 1 850,00 USD for excursion
Capacity Group of more than 10 people
Duration 10 hours

Rongai Route 7 Day Itinerary begins at the remote, northern side of Kilimanjaro, near the Kenyan border. We hike through a true wilderness area towards the jagged Mawenzi Peak, then cross a barren desert saddle, before climbing up Kibo’s eastern crater wall.

The Rongai route is a more gradual ascent, and is therefore preferred by those with little or no backpacking experience, but is equally enjoyable for even the most hardened trekkers. As mentioned above, an additional acclimatization day on Day 5 is added. During this day, we will do additional acclimatization hikes around and up to the saddle towards Camel’s Back.

Route Name Trip Durations Group Size 2-4 persons Group Size 4-6* persons

Rongai Route

7 Days Price starts-$1800-pp Price starts-$1600-pp

Day 1: Arrive in Marangu.

Arrive in Marangu we will use our private transfer to Marangu at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort.

We will gather in the evening for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Day 2: Rongai Simba Camp (Full board).

We take a ride to Marangu to complete the necessary registration formalities, before transferring by SUV to Rongai. The climb begins from Nale Moru (6,400 ft) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering a pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through an attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out at the edge of the moorland zone. Then, we take in the expansive views over the Kenyan plains as we arrive at our first campsite at Rongai One Camp (8,500 ft). [3-4 hours walking]

Day 3: Rongai Second Cave (Full board).

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (11,300 ft) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern Icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out and head southeast across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley, decorated with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves (11,800 ft). [6-7 hours walking]

Day 4: Rongai Kikelelwa Cave (Full board).

A short but steep climb is rewarded by superb all-around views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (14,200 ft), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. [3-4 hours walking]

Day 5: Mawenzi Turn (Full board).

We have an additional day to acclimatize. We explore the area with a walk up onto the Saddle towards Camel’s Back. We return back to camp at Mawenzi Tarn (14,200 ft). [2-3 hours walking]

Day 6: Mawenzi Turn to Kibo Hut (Full board).

We cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut (15,400 ft) at the bottom of the crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for an early morning final ascent. [5-6 hours walking]

Day 7: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horrombo Hut (Full board).

We start the final and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (18,600 ft). We rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo Hut (15,400 ft) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshments, we continue the descent to Horombo Huts (12,200 ft). [11-15 hours walking]

Day 8: Horrombo Hut (Full board).

A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Huts (8,900 ft). We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Marangu (6,000 ft), where we are transferred back to Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort in Marangu. [5-6 hours walking]

Day 9: Departure day:

After breakfast, we will arrange for a private transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport, JRO.

E-mail us at any time to discuss your trip and get the accurate quotation.

Trekking Kilimanjaro for Charity Challenge? The above climb can be undertaken for your own personal charity or group charity.

Kilimanjaro Includes:

• Hotel lodging the night before and the night after the climb (dinner and breakfast included) (double occupancy).

• Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:

• Professional, experienced, mountain guides:

• Two nights hotel in Marangu

• All Park fees

• Rescue fees

• All meals while on the Mountain

• Arrival and Departure transfers

• Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees

• Quality Mess tents with table and chairs:

• Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:

• Clean, purified drinking water:

• Private, portable chemical flush toilets:

• Crisis management and safety procedures:

• Fair and ethical treatment of porters:

• Summit Emergency Oxygen:

• Walking Poles:

• Sleeping Mattress:

• Flying Doctor Service:

Kilimanjaro Excludes:

• Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival

• Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

• Meals not listed above

• Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)

• Tips and any items of personal nature.

Safety:

Success is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies and supplement summit oxygen.

Travel insurance:

All customers travelling with Tanzania On Foot are required to have fully comprehensive travel insurance. The policy needs to be valid from the date that the initial order is placed so as to provide cover for a cancellation prior to departure. During travel the insurance needs to provide comprehensive medical, evacuation and repatriation cover.

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