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Climbing Kilimanjaro (5895 m). Rongai route

Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Rongai Route, 8 (7) days

  • The cost of the full package of services - from 1795 $

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  • Africa. Tanzania
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m)
  • Maximum height: 5895 m
  • Program Category: Mountaineering
  • The complexity of the program: basic (NOT REQUIRED PRELIMINARY PREPARATION!)
  • Duration: 8 (7) days
  • Season: September, December - February
  • First ascent:  Hans Meyer, Ludwig Purtscheller, 1889
  • Program cost: 1490 USD

The state of Tanzania (United Republic of Tanzania) is located in the eastern part of central Africa, washed by the Indian Ocean, in which there are a number of islands, including the archipelago of Zanzibar. The capital is Dodoma.

On the territory of Tanzania are: 15 National Parks, the highest mountain in Africa - Kilimanjaro (5895 m), the largest freshwater lake in Africa - Lake Victoria.

Kilimanjaro International Airport, located between the cities of Arusha and Moshi, approximately 50 km south-west from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa (5895 m), an extinct stratovolcano located in northeastern Tanzania, near the cities of Arusha and Moshi. The highest point of the mountain is Uhuru peak (5895 m). The peak was first conquered by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtsheller in 1889. There are two more peaks, also extinct volcanoes: Mawenzi (5149 m, the third highest peak in Africa after Uhuru and the mountains of Kenya) and Shira (3962 m). Climbing Kilimanjaro is carried out on such popular routes: Marangu, Lemosho, Machame, Rongai, Umbre, Shira, Mweka and new Northern Circuit Crater Route. The number of days for climbing, from 5 (normal) to 10 days. It depends on the state of the group, how much you are ready to go, distances from 5 to 12 km every day, time from 5 to 7 hours.

Mount Meru (4566 m), volcano - the second peak of Tanzania (after Kilimanjaro), is located in Arusha National Park, about 70 km south-west of Mount Kilimanjaro. Currently, the mountain consists of two peaks: the great Meru, which also bears the peak of Socialist  (4566 m) and the small Meru (3820 m). Climbing Mount Meru (4566 m) - good training and acclimatization before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (5895 m).

Since we are in the equatorial climate zone, there are two seasons: wet (the rainy season reigns tentatively in April-May and November) and dry for the rest of the year. Accordingly, the ascents are held from January to mid-March, from mid-June to October and from mid-December to January.

Guides, Rangers

According to the rules of the park, in order to SAFETY, we are ALWAYS accompanied by an armed ranger !!! The team is led by a local certified English / French / German speaking guide.

Climbing Kilimanjaro (5895 m). Rongai route
Article:
301
Country:
Tanzania
Tour type:
Climbing Kilimanjaro
Directions:
Rongai route
Complexity:
Easy
Number of participants:
From 1 person
Duration:
8 days
Price:
1 795 USD
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Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Rongai Route, 8 (7) days 

About This Route

Starting from the northeastern side of the mountain near the Kenyan border, the Rongai Route rises above the Amboseli plains and approach the summit of Kilimanjaro west of the Mawenzi peak. It is an unfrequented route and is also the easiest camping approach to Uhuru Peak. The descent normally uses the Marangu Route. There are two variations to this route. Rongai route is best option during the rainy season, due to its location, which receive little rain. This route can be climbed for 6days, although 7days is recommend for better acclimatization.

Day 1: You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Parkview In hotel/Kilimanjaro wonders Hotel or any booked in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at your arranged Hotel. Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis.

Day 2: Nalemoru Gate (1990m) to Simba Camp (2625m)

This morning we will drive to the village of NaleMoru for the starting point of the Rongai route. The first stage of the trek is through farmland and pine forests. You may have chance to see the beautiful Colobus monkeys or if you’re lucky enough, elephants or buffalos en route. Our first camp will be the Simba Camp located at the edge of the moorland zone at 2625m. 
Distance covered: 8km / 5mi / Approx. time taken: 4 - 5 hours  / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3: Simba Camp (2625m) to 2nd Cave Camp (3480m)

The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave Camp located in the moorland zone with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. 
Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi  / Approx. time taken: 3 - 4 hours  / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

ATTENTION!!! For a 7 day tour, on this day, we have a longer trekking tour, we pass by the 2nd Cave Camp (3480m) and go straight to Kikelewa Camp (3630m).  (Day 3: Simba Camp (2625m) to Kikelewa Camp (3630m).  The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave Camp located in the moorland zone with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch at cave camp we carry on with a steady ascent walking though moorland. There are superb views of the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim of Kibo, the highest of the three volcanoes which form the mountain. We will leave the main trail and strike out across moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, the second of Kilimanjaro's volcanoes. We will set up camp today in the sheltered valley near Kikelewa caves at 3630m. Distance covered: 10km /  Approx. time taken: 6 - 7 hours / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4: 2nd Cave Camp (3480m) to Kikelewa Camp (3630m)

Leaving the pine forest behind, we carry on with a steady ascent walking though moorland. There are superb views of the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim of Kibo, the highest of the three volcanoes which form the mountain. We will leave the main trail and strike out across moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, the second of Kilimanjaro's volcanoes. We will set up camp today in the sheltered valley near Kikelewa caves at 3630m 
Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi  / Approx. time taken: 3 - 4 hours / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Kikelewa Camp (3630m) to Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m)

This morning we have a short but steep ascent up grassy slopes which is rewarded by a superb view of the Kenyan plains to the north. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching our next camp at Mawenzi Tarn Hut directly below the towering cliffs of Mawenzi. This afternoon you have chance to rest or explore the surrounding area to aid acclimatization. 
Distance covered: 8km / 5mi / Approx. time taken: 4 - 5 hours  / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

We leave our campsite and cross the lunar desert of the ‘saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo After a couple hours trekking, reach this spectacular place, with the summit of Kilimanjaro in the background and our trail to the high camp stretched out before our eyes. Upon reaching our camp the remainder of the day will be spent resting in preparation of the final ascent after a very early night! 
Distance covered: 8km / 5mi / Approx. time taken: 5 - 6 hours / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7: Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Today is “The Big Day” - the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 - 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 - 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut. 
Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi / Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 8: Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro. 
Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi / Approx. time taken: 8 hours / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 9, etc.: This day left for your next destination.  If you wish, for a fee, you will be additionally offered: climbing Kilimanjaro (5895 m) another route, climbing Mount Meru (4566 m), Safari tours from 2 to 10 days, rest on Zanzibar and other programs. Meals: Breakfast Included

Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Rongai Route, 8 (7) days 

For 8 days

Moshi - Nalemoru Gate (1990m) - Simba Camp (2625m) - 2nd Cave Camp (3480m) - Kikelewa Camp (3630m) - Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m) - Kibo Hut (4700m) - UHURU PEAK (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3700m) - Marangu Gate (1860m) - Moshi

For 7 days

Moshi - Nalemoru Gate (1990m) - Simba Camp (2625m) - Kikelewa Camp (3630m) - Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m) - Kibo Hut (4700m) - UHURU PEAK (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3700m) - Marangu Gate (1860m) - Moshi

Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Rongai Route, 8 (7) days

  • The cost of the full package of services - from 1795 $ *
  • Price quotations for climbing are given on terms of escorting the group by a local CERTIFIED GUIDE, ENGLISH LANGUAGE. (This is a MANDATORY condition of the National Parks of Tanzania). As a rule, this is not a problem for the participants of the ascent, since the participant has enough knowledge of English at the school level.

 

Included:

  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at Parkview Inn or Kilimanjaro wonders Hotel
  • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Portable flush toilet can be provided for free upon client’s request.

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Tips to mountain crew

Tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro is recommended for group sharing as following:

  • Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
  • Cook $10 – $15/day
  • Porters $8 – $10/porter/day.

SAMPLE FOOD ON KILIMANJARO (MERU)

The menu on Kilimanjaro (Meru) is designed to ensure your food intake matches your level of exertion. It will provide you with a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables.

When you are at altitude you could start to feel nauseous and your appetite may be suppressed, so the meals prepared at high altitude usually contain more carbohydrates and less protein to help you to digest your food.

Your meals will be prepared by your cooks on Kilimanjaro and the food will be carried by your porters.

A typical day’s menu will include the following:

Breakfast:

  • Porridge
  • Toast
  • Pancakes
  • Eggs
  • Smoked sausages
  • Fresh fruit (pinapple, melon or oranges)
  • Tea / Coffee / hot chocolate

Lunch:

  • Sandwiches
  • Fresh fruit
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Biscuits
  • Fruit juice

Dinner:

  • Soup
  • Pasta / Rice / Potatoes
  • Chicken / Beef
  • Vegetables
  • Salad
  • Fresh fruit
  • Snacks

You may wish to bring your own snacks to provide well deserved treat, or energy boost!

Chocolate is generally the best answer and if it has nuts in then even better, but whatever you choose make sure it is a favourite treat and not a ‘power bar’, or ‘energy gel’.

If you are suffering from altitude sickness then your appetite may be suppressed and these snacks may become a good supplement to your meals, so make sure it is something that you enjoy eating!

A powdered energy drink such as lucozade sport is also a good source of energy and will help with the taste of the water if you have been using iodine tablets.

        

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