KILIMANJARO RONGAI ROUTE 6 DAYS $1,887 pp

Zungu safari leads treks up the unique Rongai Route known to be more scenic than the Marangu Route, easier than the Machame Route, and the success rate on the Rongai is very high.

Day 1
Arrive at the Kilimanjaro  International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Springlands Hotel or similar hotel in Moshi for your overnight dinner and Breakfast.

Day 2
After breakfast, we will 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 Rongai Gate. The climb begins from Rongai gate (2,150 m) The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive  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
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m.) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant views near Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m.). Alternatively to the third camp based on your program. [6-7 hours walking]

Day 4
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes 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 (4,330 m.), 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. [3-4 hours walking]

Day 5
We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School campsite (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! [4-5 hours walking]

Day 6
We will start the final and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m.) We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700 m.) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3,720 m.). [11-15 hours walking]

Day 7
Wake in the morning for a steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), the first stopping path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m.). [5-6 hours walking. You will be transferred to Springlands Hotel or Alternative Hotel in Moshi for overnight.

Note:

Price Includes:

  • Two nights accommodation at the Springlands Hotel in Moshi double or triple occupancy (before and after the climb)
    • First night includes breakfast
    • Last night includes dinner & breakfast
  • 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:

  • Single rooms supplement at Springlands Hotel.
  • 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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