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Kilimanjaro Trekking via Rongai Route 6 / 7 days

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Price $1990 7 Days
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Kilimanjaro Trekking via Rongai Route 6 / 7 days

$1990 per person

The “desert route“ has its own very special charm

The Rongai route leads across the rarely used, rain-poor northeast flank of Kilimanjaro. The route starts near the Kenyan border, and offers great views of the Kenyan savannah and rugged Mawenzi. The trail leads first through fir forest and lighter rainforest, whilst at the Mawenzi Tarn Camp you will pass the only mountain lake on Kilimanjaro. The mountain massif is exceeded during this tour, and the descent is via the Marangu route. Due to the drier climate, the route is also suitable for ascents during the rainy season. The route is relatively easy, but some rock passages in the summit area require a certain degree of surefootedness. 

We recommend the Rongai route as a 7 day tour. For very fit mountain hikers, the 6 day tour is also suitable. The second day of the 6 day tour walks directly from the Simba Camp to the Kikelewa Camp, as the
intermediate stage over the Second Cave Camp is omitted.

Highlights:

  1. Exceeding the Kilimanjaro 
  2. Ascent via the Rongai route, descent via the Marangu route 
  3. Very varied route from the dry north to the lush south 
  4. Great views in the savannah and on the Mawenzi, on the route is the only mountain lake at Kilimanjaro 
  5. Total distance of about 70 km 

Rongai route 5 days Prices:

  1. $1,990 per person when 1 person travels alone
  2. $1,720 per person when 2 persons travel together
  3. $1,560 per person when 3-4 persons travel together
  4. $1,530 per person when 5-6 persons travel together
  5. $1,480 per person when 7 persons travel together

Rongai route 7 days Prices:

  1. $2,250 per person when 1 person travels alone
  2. $1,960 per person when 2 persons travel together
  3. $1,810 per person when 3-4 persons travel together
  4. $1,760 per person when 5-6 persons travel together
  5. $1,730 per person when 7 persons travel together

Single accommodation is not possible on this tour, as the overnight stays take place in mountain huts with multiple occupancy. 

7 Days
16+ Age
  • Departure
    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 9:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
  • Included
    Airport pick up and drop off
    All entrance park fees
    Camping equipment
    Full board accommodation whilst on safari
    Mountain crew (cook & porters)
    Overnight stays in tents
    Professional guide
    Transfers in both directions between Kilimanjaro International Airport & Arusha
  • Not Included
    Alcoholic and soft drinks
    Meals not listed above
    Optional tours
    Personal Expenses
    Safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
    Sleeping bag
    Tanzania visa
    Tips and any items of personal nature
    Travel insurance
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Day 1: Transfer from the hotel to Nalemoru Gate (1990m) - Simba Camp (2625m)
After breakfast and a general briefing for your upcoming ascent (including equipment check), we will drive around Kilimanjaro on its east side. After a 3 to 4 hour ride, which passes some small villages, we reach the park entrance. Once the formalities are completed and your luggage is distributed to the carriers, the tour can start. First you pass cultivated fields, then the way leads through the pine forest into the light rainforest. With some luck you will see the black and white colobus monkeys. After a 3-4-hour hike, you will arrive at the Simba Camp, which is surrounded by a beautiful landscape and offers a view of the Kibo. Here you spend your first night at Kilimanjaro.  Lunch; Dinner 
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Day 2: Simba Camp (2625m) - Second Cave Camp (3450m)
Today's section of the route leads through both heath and moorland landscapes. In good weather you have a great view of the savannah. At noon you will reach Second Cave Camp where you will spend the night. After lunch, you can take a short hike towards the Third Cave - this supports your acclimatization.  Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
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Day 3: Second Cave Camp (3450m) - Kikelewa Camp (3650m)
Today we continue upwards through heath and moorland to Kikelewa Camp. The camp is located in a protected sink surrounded by senecios. You will arrive around noon and have plenty of time to explore the surrounding area and enjoy the views.  Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner 
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Day 4: Kikelewa Camp (3650m) - Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4330m)
Today's stage continues through heath and moorland landscape, the senecios typical for the Kilimanjaro are your companion. The landscape soon becomes more barren and we move towards the Mawenzi. After crossing some rocky sections, the way leads over a moraine ridge to today‘s destination - the Mawenzi Tarn Hut. The camp is protected by the Mawenzi and is located at the only mountain lake on Kilimanjaro. It is one of the most beautiful camps on the mountain.  Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner 
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Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4330m) - Kibo Hut (4700m)
After breakfast the trail leads steady uphill. Once you have reached the mountain ridge, you will have a clear view of the Kibo saddle and your day's destination. The trail continues over the saddle which connects the Mawenzi to the main summit of Kibo. Here the landscape changes into an alpine desert, only a few plants can survive in the dry and low oxygen environment. The Kibo Hut is located at the foot of the main peak of the same name, and it is here that you will spend the last night before the ascent to the summit. Tonight is for gathering your strength and sleeping early, as the night will be short and tomorrow will be exhausting.  Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner 
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Day 6: Kibo Hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3700m)
At around 11pm it will be time to leave your sleeping bag, and after warming up with a cup of tea or coffee, you will start your ascent of the summit at around midnight. At an even tempo, using the light of your headlamp, the trail leads upwards. After about two hours you will reach the Hans Meyer Cave, the first milestone to the summit. The further climb is increasingly steep, and just before sunrise you will reach the crater rim at Gilman's Point. From here you will walk along the crater rim, pass the Stella Point ,and after 1-2 hours, reach the Uhuru Peak. You did it and are now on the roof of Africa! But the long descent is still ahead of you. In the warm midday sun the trail leads back to Kibo Hut, where refreshments will be waiting for you. After a short rest, you will continue to your camp for the night, the Horombu Hut. On arrival here, and after further refreshments, you will probably fall quickly into deep but contented sleep.  Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner 
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Day 7: Horombo Hut (3700m) - Marangu Gate (1860m) – Transfer to the hotel
Your last day on Kilimanjaro takes you back through the heath and moorland to the Mandara Hut (2700m), where you will enjoy lunch with views of the rainforest. After your break, you will continue your walk through the tropical rainforest, where you can spot blue monkeys and the black and white colobus monkeys. After a total walking time of 6 hours, you will arrive back to the entrance of the national park. Here it will be time to say goodbye to your mountain team. After enjoying a shower at the hotel and a little relaxation, your guide will present you with your summit certificate. During a communal drink, you can remember the adventures of the past few days and celebrate your summit success.  Breakfast; Lunch