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Rongai Route 6 Days



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    The Rongai Route is the only trail that starts from the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro that offers a true wilderness experience on the early stages of the climb. It can be hiked on a six, seven or even eight day route. The seven or eight day Rongai Routes are highly recommended as trekkers have extra days to acclimatize. The Rongai joins the Marangu for the summit climb, and then you descend the Marangu Route on the mountain’s southeast side, so you see Kilimanjaro from many view points

    The itinerary below is for a six day Rongai Route trek. Seven and eight day trekkers usually spend an additional day at Mawenzi Tarn (4,300 meters) to acclimatize. Eight day trekkers also stop on day two at Rongai Second Cave (3,450 meters) before proceeding to Kikelewa Camp (3,600 meters).

    Day 1: Rongai Start Point (1,950 meters) to Rongai First Cave (2,620 meters)

    • Distance: 6.5km
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitant: Rainforest

    Early in the morning after Breakfast you will be driven from either Moshi or Arusha to Marangu Gate for entry then take a long drive along the Tanzanian/Kenyan border until we reach Rongai Start Point at 1,950 meters. From there the trek begins and follows a gradual and winding trail that first crosses maize fields before entering the rainforest and arrives at Rongai First Cave (2,620 meters) for dinner and overnight.

    Day 2: Rongai Cave (2,620 meters) to Kikelewa Camp (3,600 meters)

    • Distance: 6.5km
    • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    • Habitant: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone

    After your early breakfast you will hike though the rainforest to moorland, with rocky outcrops and sparse vegetation. The path gets steeper on this section, as you get out of the forest along the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp situated in the valley.

    Day 3: Kikelewa Camp (3,600 meters) to Mawenzi Tarn (4,300 meters)

    • Distance: 4km
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitant: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone

    Today we have short route, but steep climb from Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn (4,300 meters) which sits in the shadow of the magnificent Mawenzi Peak. We will arrive at Mawenzi Tarn in time for lunch and then have the whole afternoon to explore the surrounding area and acclimatize.

    Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn (4,300 meters) to Kibo Hut (4,700 meters)

    • Distance: 9km
    • Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
    • Habitant: High alpine zone

    This day is inverse from the previous day, a long but gradual hike from Mawenzi Tarn heading west through the Saddle which is formed between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi, and up to Kibo Hut (4,700 meters).At Kibo Hut you will have dinner and go to bed early as you will be awoken around 23:20 to begin your summit attempt.For Seven and Eight day trekkers hike from Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut and back on day four. They then trek to Kibo Hut again on day five before continuing to Uhuru peak on day six / seven.

    Day 5: Kibo Hut (4,700 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Horombo Hut (3,720 meters)

    • Distance: 5.5km ascent and then 15km descent
    • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Horombo Hut
    • Habitant: Glacial zone, high alpine zone and low alpine zone

    On day this day, after being awoken with a cup of hot tea you will commence your ascent at the check point, Hans Meyer Cave at 5,150 meters you will take a little rest before continue hike toward Gilman’s Point 2-3 hours later at 5,681 meters. You are now on Kibo’s crater rim, a huge achievement! But you still have a 200 meter ascent to trek to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters). At Uhuru Peak you will be able to stay briefly before descending back to Kibo Hut and on to Horombo Hut. In total you will be trekking upwards of 12-16 hours.

    Day 6: Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) to Marangu Gate (1,870 meters)

    • Distance: 20km
    • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
    • Habitant: Low alpine zone and rainforest

    This is the final day from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate (1,870 meters),After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Marangu Gate at lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy .At Marangu Gate you will be presented with your certificate, either for Gilman’s Point or Uhuru Peak ,depending on how far you managed to get. It is customary to tip your trekking crew before being transported back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.

    It is time for celebration! Congratulations! You’ve made it!

    Price Includes

    • Transfers from/to Kilimanjaro airport (JRO)
    • Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro entrance gate
    • All national park gate fees
    • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides
    • Porters and Cook salaries
    • Rescue fees (required by national park)
    • All meals on the mountain
    • Mountain tents
    • Double layered Sleeping Mats
    • Filtered water throughout the trek
    • Cooking equipment and eating utensils
    • All government tax

    Price Excludes

    • International flights
    • Travel insurance
    • Visa fee
    • Tips to mountain crew
    • Laundry Services
    • All items of a personal nature
    • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra

    Important to know


    Visitors are advised to take precautionary measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. You may use insect repellent, wear long sleeved shirts and trousers in evenings and utilize mosquito nets. Hospitals provide good medical care in cities and in the remote areas or on safari. Flying Doctors facilities are also available. However, it is also advised to carry medical kits for emergencies.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov), the following vaccinations are recommended for Tanzania:

    • Hepatitis A + B – Rabies – Typhoid
    • Boosters for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Measles
    • An International Certificate for vaccination for yellow fever is required to enter Zanzibar.

    Please contact your personal Doctor at home for detailed information!!!

    Visitors are required to have valid passports and entry visa. Visas can be obtained from Tanzania Embassies, High Commissions and Consulate as well as at major entry points in the country such as Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar International Airports, Namanga, Sirari, Horohoro and Taveta.

    The Tanzanian shilling (Tsh.) is divided into 100cents. Notes are in denomination of 200, 500, 1000, and 10,000 shillings. Coins are in order of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 shillings. Money can be changed in banks, bureaux de change and other accredited points such as hotels. Credit cards (Access, Master Card, Visa, American Express, Euro Card and Diners) are accepted by large hotels around the country. Travellers’ cheques in US dollars and Pound Sterling are recommended, although Euros are also accepted. Banking hours in major towns are from Monday to Friday (08.30 – 16.00 hrs), Saturday from 08.30 hrs – 13.30 hrs. These may vary in smaller towns. ATM and 24 hour cash machines are available in branches of major banks and accept international VISA cards. Please note that banks are closed on Sundays.

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