6 days Rongai route
6 days Rongai route Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on the Rongai route during the main season August to mid October, and if your climb starts on the usual group departure day, you may find yourself in the middle of a pretty big crowd.
Day 1: Rongai Gate 1950 m to 1st Caves Camp 2600 m
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Arusha 1400 m and driven to the Marangu Gate (1980 m). At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park Tanapa. You will then be transferred by vehicle to the Rongai trail head, which is 2.5 hours away from the Managu Gate. 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 (2600 m) 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. For overnight, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared.
Day 2: Caves Camp 2600 m to Kikelewa Cave 3600 m
Following a hot breakfast, hikers will continue their ascent to Kikelewa Cave 3600 m. The trail passes Second Cave 3450 m 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. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.
Day 3: Kikelewa Cave 3600 to Mawenzi Tarn Camp 4330 m
On this day, hikers will enjoy a short, yet steep trail to Mawenzi Tarn Camp 4330 m. In the moorland, you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundswell. 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.
Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp 4330 m to Kibo Hut 4700 m
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. There is no water at this camp, but hikers can buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office. 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.
Day 5: Summit Attempt
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 5150 m. You continue your ascent to Gillman’s point 5681 m. 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 5895 m. 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 3720 m. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at the hut after a strenuous day.
Day 6: Horombo Hut 3720 m to Marangu Gate 1980 m
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, chefs, and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for 6 hours back to Marangu Gate 1980 m. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Gillman’s Point (5681 m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak 5895 m receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.
Package Included :
- 2 nights’ accommodation at Peace Hotel in Arusha.
- All nights’ accommodation in Tents.
- Professional, experienced, mountain.
- All Park fees and Rescue fees.
- All meals while on the Mountain.
- Arrival and Departure transfers.
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees.
- Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food.
- Clean, purified drinking water.
- Fair and ethical treatment of porters.
- Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.
- Optional Tours.
- Tips and any items of personal nature.
- International and Local Flights.
- Yellow fever vaccinations.