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Starting from the northeastern side of the mountain near the Kenyan border, the Rongai Route rises above the Amboseli plains and approaches 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 the best option during the rainy season, due to its location, which receives little rain. This route can be climbed for 6 days, although 7 days is recommended for better acclimatization.
Starting from the northeastern side of the mountain near the Kenyan border, the Rongai Route rises above the Amboseli plains and approaches 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 the best option during the rainy season, due to its location, which receives little rain. This route can be climbed for 6 days, although 7 days is recommended for better acclimatization.
Arrive in Tanzania
Arrive in Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA – JRO) where by Tupo Travel staff will be holding a Tupo Travel placard who will transfer you to Moshi town, for you to spend the first night at a hotel. Those who will arrive through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA – NBO) in Kenya, will be picked by Shuttle bus to Moshi.
Nalemoru Gate (1990m) to Simba Camp (2625m)
Hiking time: 4hours – 5hours
Distance: Approximately 7 Hours
Habitat: Montan Forest
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.
Simba Camp (2625m) to 2nd Cave Camp (3480m)
Hiking time: 6 Hours
Distance: Approximately 5km / 3.1mi
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.
2nd Cave Camp (3480m) to Kikelewa Camp (3630m)
Hiking time:3hours – 4hours
Distance: Approximately 5km / 3.1mi
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.
Kikelewa Camp (3630m) to Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m)
Hiking time: 4hours – 5hours
Distance: Approximately 8km / 5m
Our day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical, but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for fresh water before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp.
Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 5hours – 6hours
Distance: Approximately 8km / 5mi
You will rise around midnight, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a North – Westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.
For many climbers, this 6-hour walk to Stella point is mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak.
The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear.
The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared.
Kibo Hut (4700m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)
Hiking time:12 hours – 15 hours
Distance: Approximately 22km / 13.7mi
Habitat: Alpine Desert
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
Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)
Hiking time: 8 hours
Distance: Approximately 20.8km / 12.9mi
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.
Moshi - Kilimanjaro International Airport
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For trekkers not continuing with a safari we provide transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport or bus station for your onward journey.
- Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
- 18% VAT on tour fees & services
- 3 Season mountain tents
- -29C Extreme Limit Sleeping Bags
- Double layered Sleeping Mats
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek
- Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the Mbugani Hotel (or alternative) on Bed & Breakfast Basis
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- 10% discount on meals at selected restaurants in Moshi Town
- Tree donation in support of our environmental conservation projects
- 2- way shared airport transfers (for private transfers it costs $20 extra per vehicle)
- Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter
- Tips to mountain crew
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services
- A doctor for the group
- Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$150 per toilet + toilet tent)
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