6 Days RONGAI Route
DAY 1 | RONGAI GATE(1950m) TO 1st CAVES CAMP (2600m)
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Arusha (1400m) and driven to the Marangu Gate (1980m). Vehicle will pick you to the Rongai trail head (2.5 hours drive). The trail begins in the tall cornfields then leads into the pine forest. This trail has a gradual ascent and allows hikers to enjoy their surroundings.
About halfway up the trail you will have a lunch break and you will reach the 1st Caves Camp (2600m) in the late afternoon or early evening. The porters and chef, who move very fast up the mountain, will reach camp before you and set up your tents, boil drinking water, and prepare snacks for your arrival. After washing up, a hot dinner will be served.
Hiking Time: 5 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
DAY 2 | 1st CAVES CAMP(2600m) TO KIKELELWA CAVE (3600m)
Following a hot breakfast, hikers will continue their ascent to Kikelewa Cave (3600m). The trail passes Second Cave (3450m) and this is a good spot to take a lunch break. Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.
Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
DAY 3 | KIKELELWA CAVE(3600m) TO MAWENZI TARN CAMP (4330m)
On this day, hikers will enjoy a short, yet steep trail to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m). In the moorland, you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundsel. At camp, hikers will enjoy spectacular views and allow their bodies to acclimate. Hot dinner and washing water will be prepared for hikers as they enjoy the magnificent sunset.
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
DAY 4 | MAWENZI TARN CAMP (4330m) TO KIBO HUT (4700m)
After breakfast, hikers will continue ascending east for a half-day hike to Kibo Hut. Kibo is located in the “Saddle,” which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo in an alpine desert. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night.
Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
DAY 5 | KIBO HUT (4700m) – UHURU PEAK (5895m) TO HOROMBO HUT (3720m)
Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). You continue your ascent to Gillman’s point (5681m). Reaching this section is an impressive achievement as the trail is steep, rocky, and at high altitude. Gillman’s is located on the crater rim. From this point, you will usually experience a snow covered trail until you reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Kibo Hut takes about 3 hours.
At Kibo Hut, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Horombo Hut (3720m). You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at the hut after a strenuous day.
Distance: 6km ascent and 21 km descent
Hiking Time: 8 hours to Uhuru and 6 hours to Horombo
Habitat: Stone scree / ice-cap summit
DAY 6 | HOROMBO HUT (3720m) TO MARANGU GATE (1980m)
Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for 6 hours back to Marangu Gate (1980m).
The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Gillman’s Point (5681m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, you will drive back to Moshi/Arusha for long overdue showers and celebrations.
Distance: 27 km
Hiking Time: 6 hours
Mount Kilimanjaro Routes
Package Includes and Excludes
- Meals while trekking Kilimanjaro (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
- Transport to park gate from Hotel and back to the Hotel
- Airport transfer (pick up and drop off at the airport)
- Professional, Friendly and experienced English speaking guides
- Porters, Professional Mountain cook/chef
- All parks entrance fees, Hut/Camping fees, rescue fees and government tax (VAT 18%)
- Accommodation (one night before and after trek)
- Camping Equipment’s (Tents, Table, Chairs, Mattress)
- Salaries for Guide, cook and Porters
- Private toilet (Option to clients)
- Oxygen cylinder for emergency
- Tips to the crew (Guides, cook and porters)
- International Air tickets
- Personal Insurance
- Climbing Gears
- Tanzania Visa
- Sleeping Bag
- Personal items for nature such as Alcohol and beverage drinks
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