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Kilimanjaro - the Roof of Africa

- 6 days / 5 nights climb via the Rongai Route (group and individual departures) -

Tour code: KIL_RNG
Tour type: Trekking: adventure - photography
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights (6 days / 5 nights on Kilimanjaro)

Dates:

Custom and group dates
no scheduled dates at present

Price (p.p.): $ 2290  ? 


Included:

  • All transfers from and to Arusha in private 4x4 safari vehicles
  • 1 night accommodation (HB) in lodge in Arusha )Arusha Lodge or equivalent)
  • Accommodation in spacious tents (double occupancy base - single tent occupancy on request only)
  • All fees and permits (incl. park fees, mountain operator license etc.)
  • Extensive safety gear and preparation (incl. hyperbaric chamber, see detailed description)
  • Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 2 (incl. sophisticated mountain cuisine; see detailed description)
  • All camping gear incl. spacious tents, toilets, dining tents etc. (see detailed description)
  • Highly experienced and trained porters, head guide, assistant guides (see detailed description)
  • Porters for up to 15 kg personal gear (additional porters can be hired on request)
  • Comprehensive climb briefing before the trek, upon arrival in Tanzania
Rongai Route (6 days / 5 nights) | Rongai Route (7 days / 6 nights on the mountain)

Rongai Route (6 days / 5 nights)

Day 1: Arrival - transfer to Arusha

The friendly and cozy Moivaro Lodge
Arrive on own (or by private transfer, at a supplement) to the comfortable Arusha Safari Lodge or another hotel of your choice (individual departures) in Arusha. Stretch your legs out on a walk around walking track on the beautiful grounds, with Mount Meru (14,979’) looming overhead. Dinner is served after a comprehensive briefing about the climb. You can then relax and prepare for the trek ahead.
Acc.: : Lodge in Arusha (D)

Day 2: RONGAI GATE (6,550 ft./ 2,000 m) -> RONGAI 1 CAVES CAMP (9,285 ft./ 2,830 m)

After an early morning briefing and gear check, we depart from Moivaro at 8:30am with the rest of the group (by private transfer), about 3 hours drive to the Rongai gate. After completion of administrative formalities and meeting with porters and guides, begin the 3 to 4 hour walk to the first camp. The walk is at a leisurely pace through fields and then into the rain forest. Arrive at your camp set in the heather, to your mess tent and a hot meal.
Acc.: : camp (B, L, D)

Day 3: RONGAI 1 CAVES CAMP -> KIKELEWA CAVES CAMP (11,800 ft./ 3600 m)

Kili seen from the Rongai Route
About 3-4 hours trek through the heather will bring you to second caves. If the weather is clear, Mawenzi will be in plain view; a stunning sight. Enjoy stopping to see the exotic heather-zone flowers and plants which grow alongside the trail. A smaller track leads off the main trail through the moorland and towards Mawenzi. The trekking time is about 6-8 hours, arriving in camp for dinner, surrounded by a landscape of bizarre plants and rock formations and caves.
Acc.: : camp (B, L, D)

Day 4: KIKELEWA CAVES CAMP -> MAWENZI TARN CAMP (14,160 ft./ 4,315 m)

Trek from the moorland and eventually into the stark highland desert towards Mawenzi, on trails not frequented by many tourists. From the Tarn Campsite you will enjoy a magnificent view of Mawenzi, with it’s steeply rising rock spires. Total trekking time is 5-7 hours.
Acc.: : camp (B, L, D)

Day 5: MAWENZI TARN CAMP -> OUTWARD BOUND CAMP (15,585 ft./ 4,750 m)

Campsite
The trekking time today is 5 - 7 hours, though a relatively easy hike across the wide saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The trek takes you across the massive saddle- the crossing is impressive and the landscape spectacularly stark. Prepare all your gear for the night ahead, and turn in early to rest.
Acc.: : camp (B, L, D)

Day 6: OUTWARD BOUND CAMP ~ UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft./ 5,895 m) -> HOROMBO CAMP (10,200 ft./ 3,110 m)

Trekkers on the final part towards the summit of Kilimanjaro
You are awoken at midnight, and depart the camp at about 1am. From your camp to the rim of the crater (Gillman’s Point (18,750 ft./ 5,712 m)) to Uhuru Peak, the trekking time is about 7 - 8 hours. The following descent to Mweka Camp is about 5 – 6 hours. Total trekking time is 12 – 14 hours. Upon your 1am departure, the temperatures will be between -0 to -10° C, and then from 4am to 6am (just before sunrise), you can expect temperatures from -10° to -20° C. The slope is steep, with switchbacks, over loose rock and scree with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point. You will stop at Hans Meyer cave on the way, the famous place where Kilimanjaro’s first western climber described in his journals. Once you arrive at Gilman’s Point (after about 5 - 6 hours) at the edge of the crater, the trail to the summit is less demanding, and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim (depending on the season). After 3 hours of descending to Kibo hut, there is a pause for rest & food, then another 3 to 4 hours to reach Horombo Camp.
Acc.: : camp (B, L, D)

Day 7: HOROMBO CAMP -> MARANGU GATE (5,900 ft./ 1,800 mt.) -> ARUSHA (end of service)

Descend straight to the gate (5 - 6 hours), where you’ll have lunch and will be awarded climbing certificates. Private transfer back to Arusha, and drop at the hotel of your choice (hotel priced separately), or drop at JRO airport.
Acc.: : Moivaro Lodge (group tours) / Oasis Lodge (individual departures) in Arusha (B, L, D)

Rongai Route (7 days / 6 nights on the mountain)

Note:
If you have the time, we recommend to split the trek between Rongai 1 caves and Kikelewa camp into two days, spending one extra day of acclimatization in this very scenic area.
This version is only available for individual departures.

Day 1-2: As day 1-2 in 6d/5n version


Day 3: RONGAI 1 CAVES CAMP -> RONGAI 2 CAVES CAMP (11,300 ft./ 3,450 m)

Kili seen from the Rongai Route
About 4-5 hours trek through the heather will bring you to second caves. If the weather is clear, Mawenzi will be in plain view; a stunning sight. Enjoy stopping to see the exotic heather-zone flowers and plants which grow alongside the trail.
Acc.: : camp (B, L, D)

Day 4: RONGAI 2 CAVES CAMP -> KIKELEWA CAVES CAMP (11,800 ft./ 3600 m)

Today is a short trek designed to help you acclimatize. A smaller track leads off the main trail through the moorland and towards Mawenzi's steeply rising slopes. The trekking time is about 3 - 5 hours, arriving in camp for a hot lunch, and a chance to acclimatize while exploring the surrounding landscape of bizarre plants and rock formations and caves.
Acc.: : camp (B, L, D)

Day 5-8: As days 4-7 in 6d/5n version


Rongai Route (6 days / 5 nights) | Rongai Route (7 days / 6 nights on the mountain)

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