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7 Days Rongai Route

Zuriafrica Safaris leads treks up the unique Rongai Route, which is renowned for its stunning scenery and considered easier than the Machame Route. The Rongai Route has a high success rate, ensuring a rewarding experience. Unlike the Marangu Route, where accommodations are in huts, the Rongai Route offers comfortable tent camping (tents provided), and our dedicated porters will set up your tent for you. Delicious meals are served either in a dedicated dinner tent or in a picturesque outdoor setting. The Rongai Route starts on the northern side of the mountain, close to the Kenyan border, and is known for its tranquility with fewer trekkers. As you approach the summit, the Rongai Route joins the Marangu Route, allowing you to enjoy different perspectives of Kilimanjaro during your descent on the southeast side of the mountain.

About

Day 1

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro  International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the  hotel in Arusha for your overnight Dinner and Breakfast Included.


Day 2

Your day starts early with breakfast, Transfer you to Rongai gate passing the wooden village on a path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before reaching the entrance gate. The climb begins from the Nale Moru gate (2,150 m) After signing in and preparing the porters,The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive pine forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone(2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. [1h30-2h30 hours walking]


Day 3

You make a steady ascent to the Second Cave where you have lunch. You leave the direct trail at the Second Cave and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path toward Mawenzi’s jagged peaks. After another 10 km, you reach the Kikelewa Camp in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios nearby. The Kikelewa Cave is also nearby.


Day 4

You do a short, steep climb up grassy slopes rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. Shortly after you leave the vegetation behind, you reach the Mawenzi Tarn, which is situated in a spectacular cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. After this short hike, you can spend the afternoon exploring this exciting area.


Day 5

Your extra day on the mountain, and you will spend two nights at Mawenzi Tarn. You can hike up to Mawenzi for a splendid acclimatization hike.


Day 6

You cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach the Kibo Huts at the bottom of Kibo’s crater wall. You should spend the remainder of the day resting and preparing for your summit climb.


Day 7

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1 AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet you. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows take you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak! Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. After your summit stays, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and recross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep! 



You do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slowly slowly, or, “pole pole,” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!


Day 8

Wake, as usual, pack, and descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there then continue your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate, which you should reach around 2 or 3 PM. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. 




Note:

Price Includes:

  • Two nights accommodation at the Hotel in Moshi or Arusha

  • Qualified guides with mountain crew

  • National park fees

  • Hut/camping fees and tents

  • Tents foam sleeping pads, Cooking equipment, and ( Cutlery / Crockery) eating utensils.

  • Rescue fees (required by the National Park)

  • Pulse oximeters 

  • First aid kit

  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries

  • Boiled water on the mountain

  • Airport transfers (JRO - Kilimanjaro International Airports)


  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)


  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain



Not Included:


  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips

  • Meals and drinks not specified

  • Mountain equipment (eg sleeping bags)

  • Gear for your climb, Some equipment is available for rent. See our rental price list.


  • Car Supplement USD$145 per car for clients who go through Lemosho/Rongai/Shira Routes

  • Items of personal nature ( expenses)

  • Emergency Oxygen

  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included

  •  Extra activities (waterfall tour, cultural village visit).

  • Visa fees & travel insurance.Flight tickets

Day 1

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro  International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the  hotel in Arusha for your overnight Dinner and Breakfast Included.


Day 2

Your day starts early with breakfast, Transfer you to Rongai gate passing the wooden village on a path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before reaching the entrance gate. The climb begins from the Nale Moru gate (2,150 m) After signing in and preparing the porters,The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive pine forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone(2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. [1h30-2h30 hours walking]


Day 3

You make a steady ascent to the Second Cave where you have lunch. You leave the direct trail at the Second Cave and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path toward Mawenzi’s jagged peaks. After another 10 km, you reach the Kikelewa Camp in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios nearby. The Kikelewa Cave is also nearby.


Day 4

You do a short, steep climb up grassy slopes rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. Shortly after you leave the vegetation behind, you reach the Mawenzi Tarn, which is situated in a spectacular cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. After this short hike, you can spend the afternoon exploring this exciting area.


Day 5

Your extra day on the mountain, and you will spend two nights at Mawenzi Tarn. You can hike up to Mawenzi for a splendid acclimatization hike.


Day 6

You cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach the Kibo Huts at the bottom of Kibo’s crater wall. You should spend the remainder of the day resting and preparing for your summit climb.


Day 7

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1 AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet you. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows take you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak! Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. After your summit stays, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and recross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep! 



You do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slowly slowly, or, “pole pole,” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!


Day 8

Wake, as usual, pack, and descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there then continue your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate, which you should reach around 2 or 3 PM. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. 




Note:

Price Includes:

  • Two nights accommodation at the Hotel in Moshi or Arusha

  • Qualified guides with mountain crew

  • National park fees

  • Hut/camping fees and tents

  • Tents foam sleeping pads, Cooking equipment, and ( Cutlery / Crockery) eating utensils.

  • Rescue fees (required by the National Park)

  • Pulse oximeters 

  • First aid kit

  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries

  • Boiled water on the mountain

  • Airport transfers (JRO - Kilimanjaro International Airports)


  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)


  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain



Not Included:


  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips

  • Meals and drinks not specified

  • Mountain equipment (eg sleeping bags)

  • Gear for your climb, Some equipment is available for rent. See our rental price list.


  • Car Supplement USD$145 per car for clients who go through Lemosho/Rongai/Shira Routes

  • Items of personal nature ( expenses)

  • Emergency Oxygen

  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included

  •  Extra activities (waterfall tour, cultural village visit).

  • Visa fees & travel insurance.Flight tickets

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