Discover Kilimanjaro

Code: TBS/KIL/BUD/08
7 Days Tour
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Product Description

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the popular Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation). Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for nearly the entire way. Descent is made via the Marangu route. Tanzania Best Safaris offers Rongai as a seven days group climb or a six or seven private climb. The six days variation does not have an acclimatization day on day four at Mawenzi Tarn.

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ARRIVAL AT KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Once you have arrived safely at Kilimanjaro airport you will be met by one of our friendly driver who will transfer you to a wonderful hotel reserved for you in Moshi. Should you arrive early you can explore the small town of Moshi, which is only a short taxi ride away, or you can just relax at the lodge and get ready for the days ahead. You will also meet with one of our operations staff and Guide who will explain everything you need to know regarding your trek and check all your equipment.

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DAY 1: MOSHI- RONGAI GATE- RONGAI CAVE

Rongai Gate to Rongai Cave Elevation: 6,398 ft to 9,300 ft Distance: 8 km/5 miles Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest. We drive from Moshi to Marangu Gate for permits before taking a short transfer to the Rongai Gate trailhead. The path winds through corn and potato fields and then climbs gently through the forest which is home to a variety of wildlife, including the black and white colobus monkey.

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DAY 2: SIMBA CAMP- SECOND CAVE CAMP

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (11,300 ft) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern Icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out and head southeast across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley, decorated with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves (11,800 ft). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Hike Duration: 6 - 7 hours Distance covered: 5.7miles.

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DAY 3: SECOND CAVES CAMP- KIKELEWA CAVES

A short but steep climb is rewarded by superb all-around views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (14,200 ft), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Hike Duration: 3 - 4 hours Distance covered: 2.3miles.

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DAY 4: KIKELEWA CAVES- MAWENZI TARN (4330M)

We have an additional day to acclimatize. The day will be spent exploring the area with a walk up onto the Saddle towards Camel’s Back. Afterwards, we will return to camp at Mawenzi Tarn (14,200 ft). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Hiking time: 2 - 3 hours.

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DAY 5: MAWENZI TARN- KIBO HUT

We cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut (15,400 ft) at the bottom of the crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for an early morning final ascent. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Hiking time: 2 - 3 hours.

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DAY 6: KIBO HUT- UHURU PEAK- HOROMBO HUT

Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft Distance: 6 km/4 miles Hiking Time: 6-8 hours Habitat: Arctic. Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft Distance: 16 km/10 miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Heath. Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

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DAY 7: HOROMBO HUT- MARANGU GATE- MOSHI

Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft Distance: 20 km/12 miles Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Rain Forest. On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

The accommodation of this package is Kilimanjaro White House Hotel in Kilimanjaro.

Budget Price

Number of Pax Price in USD
1 Pax $ 1,800
2-3 Pax $1,750
4-5Pax $ 1,700
6-9 Pax $1,650
10-20 Pax $ 1,600
INCLUDED
PARK FEES, CAMPING FEES & RESCUE FEES 18% VAT ON TOUR FEE AND SERVICES
MOUNTAIN TENTS SLEEPING MATS
TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM MOUNTAIN GATE PROFESSIONAL MOUNTAIN GUIDES, COOKS AND PORTERS
3 MEALS DAILY WHILE ON THE MOUNTAIN FAIR WAGES FOR THE MOUNTAIN CREW AS APPROVED BY THE KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY (KINAPA), KILIMANJARO ASSOCIATION OF TOUR OPERATORS (KIATO)
SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN AND PULSE OXIMETER PRE AND POST SAFARI ACCOMMODATION (2 NIGHTS) AT MOSHI
FREE PHOTOSHOOT AND VIDEO DOCUMENTARY THROUGHOUT THE SAFARI
NOT INCLUDED
INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL FLIGHTS
TIPS TO MOUNTAIN CREW AND DRIVER GUIDE
ITEMS OF PERSONAL NATURE
LAUNDRY SERVICES
HEALTH INSURANCE
PORTABLE FLUSH TOILET WITH A TOILET TENT IS EXTRA (US$100 PER TOILET + TOILET TENT)
VISA
TRAVEL INSURANCE
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