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9 Days 8 Nights
Availability : Jan - Mid Mar and Jun - Dec
Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 100

Hiking vs Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro 6 Days Rongai Route the range’s ascent profile might be considerably like that of Marangu. Hiking vs Trekking Its miles considered one of Kilimanjaro’s easy routes compere to other routes. The climb to the highest is sluggish and constant. However, in contrast to Marangu, this path has low crowds and passes via remote wasteland areas

The Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a way of unspoiled wilderness and offers a special perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.

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Hiking vs Trekking Kilimanjaro 6 Days Rongai Route is additionally referred to as the Nalemuru route. Although the scenery isn’t as varied because of the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo camp.

Rongai may be a moderately difficult route and is very recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience. There are different options to finish the climb in 5, 6, or 7 days.

The seven days include each day of acclimatization at Mawenzi Tarn and this is often a crucial addition because the flatter terrain means you can not climb high, sleep low’ which may be a good approach to acclimatization.

This extra day helps tons and means the summit success rate on this route is sort of high at over 80%. A six-day itinerary without the acclimatization day lowers the summit success rate to about 65% and it’s far more likely to urge hypoxia.

The route is quieter and flatter, and arguably has less scenic quality than other routes on the side. However, walking across the open plain with the summit massif in sight all the time gives a true sense of vastness to the mountain.

It’s drier due to the very fact that the mountain itself stops the rain clouds arising from the south, so it’s a really very different experience in terms of scenery and terrain.

For many, the solitude and sense of space may be a big draw, although you do not get to experience all the various habitats which are evident on the side routes like Machame and Lemosho.

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Tour Details

Hiking vs Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro 6 Days Rongai Route the range’s ascent profile might be considerably like that of Marangu. Hiking vs Trekking Its miles considered one of Kilimanjaro’s easy routes compere to other routes. The climb to the highest is sluggish and constant. However, in contrast to Marangu, this path has low crowds and passes via remote wasteland areas

The Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a way of unspoiled wilderness and offers a special perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.

Departure & Return Location

Kilimanjaro International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Transfers:
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead – entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro park and transfer to the hotel;
  • Entry fees:
  • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fees, and everyone other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).
  • Accommodation:
  • One night at 3* hotel (Kilimanjaro Crane hotel, Qwine hotel) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay – caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
  • Tented accommodation on Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Kilimanjaro Tents).
  • Please note: All accommodation is on a sharing basis (i.e. you’ll be sharing together with your travel companion a twin/double room within the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we’ll match you with a same-sex adventurer).
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast within the hotel before and after the hike;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several sorts of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, cocoa, and water).
  • Hiking and safety equipment
  • 2-inch (10-cm) thick and cozy sleeping mats;
  • All group equipment (spacious and cozy dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits.
  • Climbing crew:
  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness care certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).

Price Excludes

  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
  • Mountaineering insurance.

Complementaries

  • Take it slow
  • Make sure you have the right gear.
  • Your favorite high-calorie snacks
  • Hike, eat, sleep, recover
  • Believe in yourself!
What to Expect

Hiking vs Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro 6 Days Rongai Route the range’s ascent profile might be considerably like that of Marangu. Hiking vs Trekking Its miles considered one of Kilimanjaro’s easy routes compere to other routes. The climb to the highest is sluggish and constant. However, in contrast to Marangu, this path has low crowds and passes via remote wasteland areas

  • You Will Hike Very, Very Slow
  • “Pole, pole,” they will say. That means, “slow, slow,” in Swahili. For speed-freak hikers like me, it can be torturous to trek like a tortoise. But honestly, it is for the best.
  • You Will be Pampered
  • Every climb I’ve ever done prior had been self-supported. Just some friends and I with crazy plans, unwavering optimism, and pure determination. No guides and no porters. This time was different. Way different!
  • You can’t climb Kilimanjaro without going with a guided expedition company. That is unless you’ve got Red Bull or the like cutting through the red tape to give you special permission to speed-climb to the top and roll down it in a Zorb ball or something. Generally, you will go with a guide company. It’s a good thing really. The mountain is better controlled and stays much cleaner that way. And these guys have it dialed in!
  • Take The Time To Learn
  • You’ll have a lot of time hiking. Use it to learn about everything! There’s no better way to pass time on the trail than asking questions, trading stories, and getting to know the people and place better. Learn about your expedition mates if you didn’t know them before the trek. Ask questions and get to know your guides. How long has he been guiding for? Was he a porter prior? How many times has he been to the top? What is his family like? What motivates him and what are his future aspirations?
  • Don’t Forget…
  • I won’t go too deep into what to bring or not to bring because I posted the entire packing list before leaving for climbing Kilimanjaro…
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival transfers from KIA-Hotel

We will pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Kilimanjaro hotel for overnight

Day 2Rest Day

We recommend at least one rest day before starting your trek and try to sleep because of different time zones, our guide will give the briefing and check your trekking gears to make sure you have everything needed.

Day 3Marangu gate to register and head to range gate (nail more), hike to Simba camp

The pressure to the attractive timber village of nail more (approximately 2 hours alongside a stop to urge permits at Marangu). After signing in and preparing the porters, you’ll begin the hike in a huge direction that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before stepping into the pine forest. The track then begins to climb always, however lightly through a beautiful forest that shelters a division of the wildlife. The woodland begins to thin out and therefore the primary camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with considerable views over the Kenyan plains.

Elevation: 2000m/6560ft to 2650m/8700ft
Distance: 6km/4mi
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Meals: LD
Budget Lodging: Simba Camp

Day 4Hike Simba Camp to Second Cave

The morning hike may be a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and therefore the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.

Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3450m/11,300ft
Distance: 6km/4mi
Walking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Meals: BLD
Budget Lodging: Second Cave Camp

Day 5Hike Second Cave to 3rd Cave

Today we continue our hike from the Second Cave to the Third Cave.

Elevation: 3450m/11,300ft to 3880m/12,700ft
Distance: 9km/5mi
Walking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Semi-desert
Meals: BLD
Budget Lodging: Third Cave Camp

Day 6 Hike Third Cave to Kibo Hut

Hike to Kibo Hut at rock bottom of the Kibo crater wall. the rest of the day is spent resting in preparation for the ultimate ascent and a really early day!

Elevation: 3880m/12,700ft to 4750m/15,600ft
Distance: 5km/3mi
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: BLD
Budget Lodging: Kibo Hut Camp

Day 7 Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and right down to Horombo Hut

Very early within the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim.

Continuing passing Stella point; We now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is that the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to point out your friends and family.

From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

The beginning of this climb is completed within the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. it’ll be very cold until you begin descending, so you’ll need all of your warm layers. this is often far and away from the foremost difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Down to 3700m/12,200ft
Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: BLD
Budget Lodging: Horombo Camp

Day 8 Hike Horombo Hut to the trailhead, drive to Moshi

After breakfast, a gentle descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through a lush forest path to the park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it are often wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and T-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour). Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters.

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
Distance: 20km/12.5mile
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Forest
Meals: B

Day 9 Departure transfers

Pick up from the hotel and transfer to KIA to say bye and welcome again.

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