6 Days Rongai Route

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Route Description

6 Days Rongai Route is one of the easiest routes with the high success rate. The route starts on the north side of the Kilimanjaro mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes to the summit. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from diverse viewpoints.

Itinerary
Day 0: Arrival at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport

Distance: 45km /5Mnts

Meet on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha Airport. Transfer to Tulia Boutique for dinner and overnight BB. (45 km, 50 minutes)

  • MEALS: Dinner and Overnight BB
  • ACCOMMODATION:  Tulia Boutique
Day 1: Tulia Hotel to Simba Camp

After breakfast, you will drive to the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (about 2:30 hours including a stop for formalities at Marangu gate). After the formalities at the gate including registering, you will begin the hike on a wide path that passes through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest of Kilimanjaro Mountain. The pathway then starts to climb steadily but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife.

Elevation: 2000m/6560ft to 2650m/8700ft
Distance: 6km/4miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Simba Camp to Second Cave

In this day after breakfast, you will hike steady up to the Second Cave with splendid views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.

Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3450m/11,300ft
Distance: 6km/4miles
Walking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Second Cave to Third Cave

Today on day 3 of our Rongai route climb, we continue our hike from the Second Cave to the Third Cave.

Elevation: 3450m/11,300ft to 3880m/12,700ft
Distance: 9km/5miles
Walking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Semi-desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Third Cave to Kibo Hut

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will hike to Kibo Hut at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The rest of the day will be full of relaxation preparing for the summit in the next day.

Elevation: 3880m/12,700ft to 4750m/15,600ft
Distance: 5km/3miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut

Very early in the morning (Midnight to 2Am), begin the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s Point located on the crater rim (elevation 5700m/18,700ft). Proceeding, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in the African Continent. At the Uhuru peak we will spend sometimes for pictures and short clips to share with friends, family and comrades back home. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

Summiting is always done at night so headlight is of more consideration at this point. At the summit, it will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers handy. Going slowly “pole pole” and a positive mind attitude will get you there!

Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Down to 3700m/12,200ft
Distance: 6km/4miles up / 15km/9miles down
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 6-8 hours down
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Horombo Hut to trail head to Moshi hotel

After breakfast, a slow descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut point and pushing further through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy sometimes though Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and T-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy at this point).

Joagro Safaris Tanzania vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
Distance: 20km/12.5miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Forest

Meals: Breakfast

6 Days Rongai Route Costing

1 pax – USD 1806

2 pax – USD 1580 per person

3 pax – USD 1521 per person

4 pax – USD 1496 per person

5 pax – USD 1506 per person

6 pax – USD 1489 per person

7 pax – USD 1493 per person

8 pax – USD 1483 per person

9 pax – USD 1482 per person

10 pax – USD 1476 per person

6 Days Rongai Route Includes
  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • 2 Nights’ hotel accommodations
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • 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:
6 Days Rongai Route Excludes
  • Tanzania Visa cost which is USD 50 except for Canadian and USA passport holders which are USD 100
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Meals not listed above.
  • Optional Tours.
  • Tips

Note: You can combine this experience with safari to have a complete taste of Tanzania from the roof top to the wilderness.

 

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