The 6 days Kilimanjaro climbing Rongai Route

Rongai is the only northern route up Kilimanjaro. It will take you past the second-highest point in Tanzania – Mawenzi while offering bird’s-eye views of the mountain’s rain forest. The gentle gradient and its gradual acclimatization bring one safely to the highest point of Africa – Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru peak, at 5,895 m. Rongai Route boasts high success rates of 84 and 94 percent on 7-day climbs, respectively. Rongai is great for travelers with previous exposure to high altitude and offers an escape from fellow-climbers, as it requires the longest drive before reaching the park gate

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    Day 1: Nalemuru Gate to Simba Camp

    A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park’s northern entrance: Nalemuru Gate (2,020 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Simba Camp (2,625 m). Your trek this day will be moderate and take you through coniferous forest up Kilimanjaro’s northern slope. Remember not to hurry and always keep a comfortable pace. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put tents and cook dinner for you This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:

    Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine
    Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little
    by little, frequently)
    Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies
    Elevation: 2000m/6560ft to 2650m/8700ft
    Distance: 6km/4mi
    Hiking Time: 56 hours
    Difficulty: Low
    Habitat: Rain forest

    Day 2: Simba Camp to Kikilewa Camp

    Early in the morning after breakfast, the group will depart from Simba Camp to start trekking towards your. second high altitude camp: Kikilewa Camp (3,630 m)
    where you can see Kibo Volcano at its finest (barring cloudy weather). This trekking is more physically demanding than the previous one, so once you are in the camp, full rest is recommended.
    • Elevation: 2625m to 3630m
    • Distance: 10km
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Difficulty: Medium
    • Habitat: Moorland

    Day 3: Kikilewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

    Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of trekking to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, which is situated at the foot of Mawenzi Volcano, Kilimanjaro’s second summit.
    When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and a twohour rest, after which there will be an acclimatization hike towards Mawenzi Volcano with a
    200meter gain in altitude, followed by a hike back down to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, where you will have dinner in the evening

    Note: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of
    altitude sickness.

    Acclimatization hike:
    Change in Elevation: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,310 m)
    Destination point en route to Mawenzi Volcano
    (4,510 m)
    Hiking distance: 2 km
    Hiking time: 12 hours
    Elevation: 3630m to 4310m
    Distance: 6km
    Hiking Time: 45 hours
    Difficulty: Medium
    Habitat: Alpine desert

    Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp to School Hut Camp

    This day will be spent trekking towards School Hut Camp (4,715 m). The landscape will change significantly to give way to a rocky semidesert. The actual trekking is not very difficult; just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to keep up your strength for the trekking to Kilimanjaro’s summit. When you reach the camp, we recommend you sleep well, avoid strenuous activity, and drink as much as you can, because that very night you will be ascending Uhuru
    Peak (5,895 m).
    Elevation: 4310m to 4715m
    Distance: 9km
    Hiking Time: 56 hours
    Difficulty: Medium
    Habitat: Alpine desert

    Day 5:  Trekking to Uhuru Peak then Descent to Horombo

    Night departure from School Hut Camp (4,715 m) and the start of your trekking to Kilimanjaro’s summit Uhuru peak (5,895 m). The trekking will be moderate from a physical standpoint, but the altitude presents a much more serious problem. For the entire length of the trekking their own guide, who will be monitoring your stamina and mental resolve, will accompany each pair of climbers. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Kibo Camp and after a two
    hour rest continue your descent to School Hut Camp
    (3,720 m).

    Note: Don’t forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.

    Elevation: (4715m to 5895m) (5895m to 3720m)
    Distance: 21km
    Hiking Time: 1214 hours
    Difficulty: High

    Day 6: Descent from Horombo Camp to Marangu Gate

    You will be offered a warm breakfast in the morning, after which we will head for the Kilimanjaro National Park’s exit: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, and then you will have the chance to share your opinions on the trip in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates and provide you a transfer back to the hotel.
    Elevation: 3720m to 1860m
    Distance: 18km
    Hiking Time: 56 hours
    Difficulty: Medium
    Habitat: Rainforest

    Price per person for 2 people is $1500

    • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
      • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
      • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
      • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents
      • Sleeping Mattress
      • All meals while on the Mountain
      • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
      • Clean, purified drinking water
      • Conservation fees (part of park fees)
      • Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)
    •  Rescue fees (part of park fees)
    • Government taxes

    Price excludes

    • Tanzania Visa
      Hotel (available as an optional add on)
      Transfers (available as an optional add on)
      Habitat: Arctic
      Personal trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
      Tips and gratuities
      Travel insurance
      Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
      Meals not listed in the itinerary
      Liquors, beers and bottled beverages
      International flight

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