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6 Day Rongai Route

6 Day: Rongai Route

Day One

Rongai Gate (1,800m/5,900ft) to First Cave Camp (2,600m/8,400ft)
Elevation Gain: 760 meters, 2,000 feet

After an early breakfast in Arusha, drive to the Rongai Gate near the Kenya border. After registering at the gate, begin your climb to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. During the first day, hike through forests where you may see and hear wildlife. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first campsite. Rongai ascends via the less forested northern side of the mountain.

Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the gate. The Rongai trail is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife.

Day Two

First Cave Camp (2,600m/8,400ft) to Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,000 meters, 3,280 feet

During day two hike through Kilimanjaro's moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times. During this day, view Mawenzi Peak ahead.

Day Three

Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft) to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft)
Elevation Gain: 730 meters, 2,390 feet

This day is an acclimatization day, allowing you to hike in the beginning of the day and rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo.

Day Four

Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft) to Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft)
Elevation Gain: 420 meters/1380 feet

Cross the lunar landscape of the saddle on this day to arrive at the final campsite. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone, giving you views of your final destination.

Day Five

Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, 3,760 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters, 7,140 feet

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your flashlight. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman's Point.

The hike from Gilman's to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.

Day Six

Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft)
Elevation Loss: 1,920 meters, 6,295 feet

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Kilimanjaro Trekking Guidevehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Arusha. You will be able to buy t-shirts and sodas at the gate.

(6 Days on Kilimanjaro plus 2 nights at hotel in ARUSHA)

Group Size

2-4 People 4-8 People 9-14
US $2250.00 US $2100.00 US $1900.00

Price Includes:
  • Arrival and departure transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • Accommodation in mountain huts or mountain tents with mattresses; we use the highest quality of expedition tents by Eureka or Mountain Hardware.
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All park fees, including mountain rescue fees, government taxes, and all applicable fees and taxes
  • Services of a professional leading guide who is medically trained, certified, licensed, and English speaking
  • Dining tent on the trek for meals
  • Services of English-speaking assistant guide(s), a skilled cook, and enough porters for a guest's luggage, food, water, and dinning tent
  • Transport back and forth from your hotel and the mountain
  • Use of radios/phones to increase your safety
Price Excludes:
  • Items of personal nature such as passport, visa, traveller's insurance.
  • Tips to guides and porters
  • F International airfare (unless explicitly stated)
  • Medical equipment which can be rented well in advance for the following costs: $250/group.
  • Portable toilets: If you are concerned about using public toilets, a portable toilet is available for an extra $150/person or $200/group. This service must be confirmed at the time of booking.
Note
  • The luggage that porters are allowed to carry is limited to 35 pounds (i.e. 15 kgs)
  • Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at a rate of $15/bag/day
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