5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Rongai route

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Rongai route

The Rongai route ascents Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.

How to reach there: Transfer from you hotel and drive from Moshi to Rongai gate – 2 hours with our 4WD land cruiser or minibus.

Day One:

The climb begins at the village of Nale Moru (1950 mts) through cultivated land before entering the pine forest. Watch out for Kilimanjaro Colobus monkeys in the tree tops with theirwhite fringed ‘capes’ and tail. Taking 3 – 4 hours the first camp is on the edge of the moorland zone where the forest begins to thin out at First Cave at (8500ft / 2600 m). Overnight 1st Cave Camp

Day Two:

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to Second Cave at (11300ft / 3450 m) with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Pushing on to reach Third Cave taking 3 to 4 hours at 12800ft/3800m for overnight camp. Overnight 3rd Cave Camp

Day Three:

Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut at (15000ft / 4700 m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent which begins around midnight. Overnight Kibo Camp

Day Four:

An early start for the summit on steep heavy scree to arrive at Gilman’s Point at (18640ft / 5681 m) in time to see the sun rise. Those who want to reach the highest point in Africa can take the approximately three hour excursion to Uhuru Peak (19340 / 5896 m) passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo is surprisingly fast and after some refreshment, continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo at (12000ft / 3700 m) taking 11 to 15 hours. Overnight Horombo Camp

Day Five:

A steady descent down through the moor land to Mandara Hut and then downward through the lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830 m) taking 5 to 7 hours to be met and transferred to your Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Price US$ 1250 per person:
Any additional day is US$ 250

Price includes:

  • 2 transfers from Moshi to Marangu gate – return.
  • 3 meals a day while trekking – vegetarian/non vegetarian.
  • 6 days Kilimanjaro trek – Marangu route.
  • 5 nights accommodation in huts while trekking Marangu Route.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation bed and breakfast in Moshi before and after climb.
  • All park entrance fees and government Levies.
  • English speaking mountain guide and assistant.
  • Porters – Minimum 2 per client.
  • First Aid Kit including Oxygen Kit.

Trekking Gear List

  • Leather or thermal boots
  • Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech Trilaminate jacket
  • Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech pants
  • Fleece jacket
  • Fleece pants
  • Gore-Tex mittens or gloves
  • Fleece gloves (use as inner for Gore-Tex mittens)
  • Thermal glove liners (use as inner for Gore-Tex gloves)
  • Gaiters
  • Fleece balaclava
  • Thermal balaclava
  • Thermal top
  • Thermal long johns
  • Thermal socks
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Day pack
  • Head torch
  • Thermal flask
  • Rain suit or poncho (mainly used in the rain forest)
  • Hiking boots or cross trainers
  • Day pack
  • Short pants
  • Tracksuit pants
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat (peak caps do not offer enough protection)
  • Woolen socks
  • Fleece beanie
  • Water bottle

Kilimanjaro Helpful hints

  • Drink at least three to four litres of water a day.
  • Use water filters and purifying pills to minimize stomach bugs.
  • Take enough snacks like energy bars, drink mixes, etc.
  • Do not move too fast, walk at a slow steady pace.
  • Move as lightly as possible, do not carry unnecessary weight.
  • All clothing in Duffel bags or backpacks must be protected with sack-liners to avoid getting wet, especially through the rainforest.
  • High factor lip balm and sun block is essential.
  • Nausea and headache pills should be kept handy on summit night.
  • Symptoms of altitude sickness can be reduced by using medication (consult your doctor).
  • New boots should be walked-in; this avoids blisters.
  • Use a sleeping mat when camping.
  • Use a thermal flask on summit night; other water bottles will freeze.
  • Allow camera or video camera to acclimatize; do not wrap or place them in plastic bags.
  • Thermal glove liners allow easier camera handling on the summit.
  • Use only new camera and headlamp batteries on summit night.
  • Guides and porters will expect tips; confirm amounts with your tour operator.

INCLUDES :

  • Leather or thermal boots
  • Gore-Tex, K-Tech Trilaminate jacket
  • Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech pants
  • Fleece jacket & pants
  • Gore-Tex mittens or gloves
  • Fleece gloves
  • Gaiters
  • Thermal glove liners
  • Thermal balaclava
  • Thermal top
  • Thermal long johns
  • Thermal socks
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Rain suit or poncho
  • Hiking boots or cross trainers
  • Sun hat

EXCLUDES :

  • Drink at least three to four litres of water a day.
  • Use water filters and purifying pills.
  • Take enough snacks like energy bars
  • Do not move too fast.
  • Move as lightly as possible.
  • High factor lip balm and sun block is essential.
  • Nausea and headache pills.
  • New boots should be walked-in
  • Use a sleeping mat when camping.
  • Use a thermal flask on summit night.
  • Thermal glove liners allow easier camera.
  • Use only new camera and headlamp batteries.
  • Guides and porters will expect tips.

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