Rongai Route - 8 Days

KILIMANJARO TREKKING 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 unspoiled wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north with less attempting hikers.
ITINERARY

TOUR DURATION 8 Days (five nights on the mountain & 2nights in the hotel)
TOUR CODE: OAT004RK
TOUR CATEGORY: MOUNTAIN CLIMBING
This tour can be customized


Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro and transfer to Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, met and assisted. Transfer to Hotel for an overnight rest on bed and breakfast
Meals: Bed and breakfast


Day 2: Rongai Gate to 1st Caves camp
After breakfast we provide a private transfer to Marangu gate for registrations then onward transfer to Rongai trailhead approximately 2hours. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The first night's camp is at First Cave, at about 2,600 meters. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below First Cave, overnight stay at the camp (B-L-D). at the height of (2600m) - 1st Caves camp, trekking time is approximately 5 hours and the distance is about 8 km's and habitat is Montane forest
MEALS PLAN: breakfast, lunch and diner
Accommodation: under tent


Day 3: 1st Cave to Kikelewa Cave
After breakfast the trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave -3450m - en route, and reaching Kikelewa Cave at about 3600 meters. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you're on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to stroll downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp at Kikelewa Caves, (B-L-D). at the height of (3600m) - Kikelewa Cave, trekking time is approximately 6-7 hours and habitat is Moorlands
MEALS PLAN: breakfast, lunch and diner
ACCOMMODATION: under tent


Day 4: Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn camp
Today you take a short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area, overnight stay at the camp (B-L-D). at the height of (4330m) - Mawenzi Tarn camp, trekking time is aproximately 3-4 hours while Habitat is Moorlands
MEALS PLAN: breakfast, lunch and diner
ACCOMMODATION: under tent

 


Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn camp to Kibo hut
After your delicious breakfast you continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which always begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo Camp, (B-L-D). at the height of (4700m) - Kibo hut, trekking time is approximately 4 - 5 hours while habitat found here is Alpine desert
MEALS PLAN: breakfast, lunch and diner
ACCOMMODATION: under tent

 


Day 6: Kibo hut to Uhuru Peak and down to Horombo hut
You will wake up around mid night, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is a most demanding section of the entire route. At the Gillman's Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs… at the height of (5895m) - Uhuru Peak and (3720m) - Horombo hut, the trekking time is approximately 8 hours to reach Uhuru, and 6 hours to descend to Horombo walking distance is 6 km's ascent - 21 km's descent and Habitat found here is Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Then after congratulating yourself for a hilarious summit attempt…we take 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions, (B-L-D)
MEALS PLAN: breakfast, lunch and diner
ACCOMMODATION: under tent

 


Day 7: Horombo hut to Marangu Gate
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight on Bed and breakfast. At the height of (1980m) - Marangu Gate, Trekking time is approximately 6 hours and the distance is about 27 km's
MEALS PLAN: breakfast, lunch and diner
ACCOMMODATION: under tent

 


Day 8: Arusha to Airport for your Departure
Today after breakfast we provide a private transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home or continue with your safari schedule. This trekking is suitable and recommended for extension safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Manyara and Beach holidays to Spice Islands of Zanzibar.
MEALS PLAN: breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: hotel

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Should you wish to extend the this program to the mentioned tourist destination, please contact email
THE COSTING FOR THIS ROUTE WILL INCLUDE:
-Transfer to and from the base of the mountain, Marangu Route trek as itinerary depicts, Full board accommodation whilst on the trek, Meal plan as detailed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner, Accommodations at the hotel on First and Last day, Accommodation in huts on the mountain as per the itinerary, All park entrance fees to include government taxes, Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook, All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary, Treated water and boiled water on the trek, Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport

The costing will Excluded:
-Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears, Medical evacuation, International flights and taxes, Visas to Tanzania, Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.
Remember to carry your
Identifications
Valid Passport
Medical certificate
Entry Visa
Travel / Medical insurance

Recommended personal items
Toothbrush & paste
Matches
Candles
Soap
Writing Pads, pen and a small diary
Cash and Travelers Cheque
Alcoholic drinks
Your favorite novel

Clothing
Jersey
Waterproof jacket
Water proof pants
Shorts
T-shirts
Jeans
Warmth jacket
Thermal underwear
Balaclava / Gloves
Sunglasses
Woolen socks
Hiking boots
Light shoes
Cap or hat
Towel
Under wear
Socks
Walking Boots
Sleeping bag and any

Your Personal first Aid
Asprin Tablets
Assorted plasters
Sun protection cream
Anti malaria tablets
Insect repellent
Lip salve
Water purification tablets
Antiseptic cream
Bandages
Throat lozenges
Pain Killer Tablets


MOUNT KILIMANJARO TREKKING - MEALS MENU WHILE ON TREK:
BREAKFAST: Fruit Juice, Fruit, Cereal / Porridge, Eggs bread / French-toast / Plain-toast / Pancakes, Sausages, Margarine, Jam / Honey, Tea / Coffee / Drinking chocolate.
SNACKS: Peanuts / Crisps / Popcorn / Cookies.
LUNCH: Sliced Carrot and Cucumber stripes, Avocado slices, Boiled egg, Vegetable / Meat cutlets, Sandwiches (Egg / Cheese / Tomato/ Tuna / Meat / Peanut butter), Fruit.
DINNER: Soup ( Mushroom /Asparagus / Chicken / Tomato / Vegetable), Bread, Salad, Rice / Pasta / Potatoes, Chicken / Meat, Mixed Vegetables ( Zucchini / Carrot / French -Beans / Cabbage), Lentils, Fruit Salad, Fruit with custard, Tea / Coffee / Milo / Drinking chocolate.


EQUIPMENT AND COST FOR HIRING PER ITEM FOR THE ENTIRE TREK:
Day Pack: US$13.00, Torch: US$13.00, Mountain Boots: US$23.00, Sun Glasses: US$8.00, Wool Hat / Balaclava: US$8.00, Wool Socks: US$5.00, Warm Trousers: US$13.00, Sleeping Bag: US$18.00, Warm Bottle: US$8.00, Long Inner Wear: US$8.00, Cutters: US$8.00, Rain Coat: US$8.00, Rain Trouser: US$8.00, Walking Stick: US$8.00, Gloves: US$8.00, Warm Jacket: US$13.00, Pull Over / Sweater: US$13.00, Scarf: US$8.00, Poncho for Rain: US$13.00, Roll Mat: US$13.00

Access to East Africa from Europe, Middle East, Orient Countries and America:
Qatar Airways, British Airways (daily), KLM (daily), Kenya Airways (daily), SN Brussels, Swissair, El Al, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic. Please check with specific airline company and some lands both at Jomo Kenyata International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport and Dar es Salaam international Airport.

Should you find this safari program suiting your Tanzania safari plan, or you should need to customize the package please email us so that we can work out a suitable safari program to meet your safari interest.