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Mount Kilimanjaro Summit – Rongai Route

Mount Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route, 6 Days and 5 Nights in Tanzania. An adventurers dream, climbing to peaks with amazing sights of the horizon.


Duration: 6 Days and 5 Nights
Price: Please Contact us about the price of this Itinerary

The Rongai route begins its ascent of Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. Experienced guides consider the Rongai route to be both easier and more scenic than the Marangu Trail. Summit attempts begin in the pre-dawn hours, with climbers usually reaching Gillman’s Point at sunrise. For those who feel strong enough, an approximately three hour round trip hike will take you from Gillman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. Private climbs are available year round at an additional cost.
Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania:
Arrive Kilimanjaro International airport or from Nairobi, meet and transfer to our base hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Outpost lodge.

Day 2: Kilimanjaro Trekking
Altitude: 6,396′ to 8,530′; Hiking time: 3 hours.

Register at the Marangu park gate and transfer by Land Rover (approximately two and a half hours) to the Rongai trailhead. Meet your climbing staff and begin hiking from the village of Nale Moru. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest sheltering a variety of wildlife, including the Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. Our campsite is on the edge of the moorland zone with expansive views of the Kenyan plains. [B.L.D]
Kikelewa Caves Altitude: 8,530′ to 11,320′;
Hiking time: 6-7 hours.

Challenging ascent to the “Second Cave” where you will relax and take lunch with superb views of Kibo and the ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch proceed towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, where we camp in a sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves. [BLD].
Altitude: 11,320′ to 14,210′;
Hiking time: 3-4 hours.

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before we reach our next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area. [B.L.D]
Altitude: 14,210′ to 15,580′;
Hiking time: 4-5 hours.

We cross the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Campsite. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent. [B.L.D]
Altitude: 15,580′ to 18,650′ (Gillman’s Point) to 19,340′ (summit) then down to 12,200′;
Hiking time: 12-16 hours.

Begin the final, steepest and most difficult part of the ascent at 1:00am. Hike slowly on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point. Rest for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. For those who feel strong enough, continue (3 hrs round-trip) to Uhuru Peak passing close to spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs in the summit area. Descend to Kibo for lunch and a rest then continue down the Marangu route to our Horombo Camp. [B.L.D]
Altitude: 12,200′ to 6,250′;
Hiking time: 5-6 hours.

Descend steadily through the moorland, past Mandara Hut and through a lush rain forest to the Marangu park gate. Afterward transfer back to  Arusha for Dinner and overnight at the Outpost lodge [B&B]
Details: Land Costs Include:

  • All hotel accommodations mentioned (Sharing room)
  • All ground transfer specify to this itinerary
  • All group equipment for the climb (tent and mattress)
  • All park fees and camp fees for clients and staff
  • All meals as specify to this program- B,L,D = B-Breakfast L = Lunch D= Dinner B&B – Bed and Breakfast

Land Costs Do Not Include

  • International round-trip airfare to Tanzania
  • Visa for Tanzania
  • Meals and hotel outside the regular itinerary
  • Personal gear
  • Single-room supplement for Hotel
  • Single personal tent while trekking
  • Medical /Evacuation trip insurance
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond of High Peaks expeditions Ltd.
  • Tips and gratuities

NB: High peaks expeditions is working hand to hand with Orphanage at Huruma Children trust – Arusha. Note that 2% of the money paid for the tour is going direct to support this center.
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