Luxury Kilimanjaro Climbing 6 Days Rongai Route Hike

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Climbing Kilimanjaro on the Rongai Route

This Luxury Kilimanjaro Climbing 6 Days Rongai Route Hike follows the Rongai route, considered to be one of the easier routes up Kilimanjaro. This luxury climb offers medium-sized dome tents, thick mattresses and sleeping bags, and a separate loo tent. It is a great compromise between cost and comfort. 

Rongai route has an excellent success rate that is 80% and is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the northern side, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds.

You have to descend on the Marangu route on the southern side, so you get to see both sides of the mountain. Lying in the rain shadow of Kilimanjaro, the Rongai route is one of the best routes to attempt Kilimanjaro during the rainy season, as it sees substantially less rain than the southern routes.

This makes it a good choice for a trek all year round, but especially during the rainy season in April and May. The Rongai Route total distance is 72 kilometers with the longest day being summit day at 21 km.

This Rongai Kilimanjaro Hiking Package starts with a transfer from Arusha or Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate. At the park entrance, you are registered by the National Park authorities. Then a transfer a further 70 km (roughly 2.5 hours) to the Rongai Start Point at 1,950 meters.

You will pass through forest and moorland heading for your first night accommodation at Simba Camp at 2625m. Approximately 4-5 hours walking.

The following morning on day two, you ascend to Second Cave Camp in the moorland zone. From here you will be able to see Kibo, the highest of the three volcanoes which form Kilimanjaro. Approximately 3-4 hours walking.

On day three, you continue your steady ascent, entering into the semi-desert terrain. This relatively short hiking day brings you closer to the Easter ice fields, continually drawing your attention to their beauty, and stay at the Third Cave Camp. Approximately 3-4 hours walking.

Day four you depart from the Third Cave early in the morning and begin your trek into the Alpine Desert terrain for the remainder of your ascent. Today’s hike will take you just below the Kibo crater wall to the Kibo Huts. At this point, you will merge with the Marangu Route, which you will use to hike to the summit.

You will prepare your clothing and equipment (replace batteries for headlamp and camera) before you go to bed by 7 PM and try to catch a few hours of rest before your summit attempt. Approximately 5-6 hours walking. 

On day five you will start the summit ascent around midnight. The trail follows a rocky path to Hans Meyer Cave at 5200 meters and slowly continues upwards along a zigzag path. Around sunrise, you should reach the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – Gillman’s Point – and possibly the most challenging section of the route.

After another 1-2 hours trekking and you will reach the summit, Uhuru Peak, at 5895 meters. From here you will return to Kibo Hut for a break and a warm meal before heading descending to Horombo Hut and your last night on the mountain. Approximately 12-15 hours walking.

On day 6 on the way from Horombu Hut, you will stop at Mandara Hut for lunch and then head for Marangu Gate where you will be met by your driver and returned to your hotel in Arusha bringing our Luxury Kilimanjaro Climbing 6 Days Rongai Route Hike to a close. Approximately 8 hours walking.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro Rongai Gate (Nale Moru – 2000 Meters/ 6560 Feet), Hike to Simba Camp (2650 Meters/ 8700 Feet)
Day 2 : Hike Simba Camp (2650 Meters/ 8700 Feet) to Second Cave (3450 Meters/ 11,300 Feet)
Day 3 : Hike Second Cave (3450 Meters/ 11,300 Feet) to Third Cave (3880 Meters/ 12,700 Feet)
Day 4 : Hike Third Cave (3880 Meters/ 12,700 Feet) to Kibo Hut (4750 Meters/ 15,600 Feet)
Day 5 : Kibo Hut (4700 Meters/ 15,500 Feet) Hike to Summit (5895 Meters/ 19,340 Feet), and down to Horombo Hut (3700 Meters/ 12,200 Feet)
Day 6: Hike Horombo Hut (3700 Meters/12,200 Feet) to the trailhead at Marangu Gate  (1700 Meters/ 5500 Feet) Park drive to Moshi

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Rongai Gate (Nale Moru – 2000 Meters/ 6560 Feet), Hike to Simba Camp (2650 Meters/ 8700 Feet)

Drive to the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (about 2 hours including a stop to get permits at Marangu).

After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest.

The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

The hiking distance is about 6 Kilometers/ 4 Miles and the hiking time is between 3 to 4 Hours through Montane Fores

Overnight at Simba Camp
Meal Plan:
 {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2 : Hike Simba Camp (2650 Meters/ 8700 Feet) to Second Cave (3450 Meters/ 11,300 Feet)

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

The hiking distance is about 6 Kilometers/ 4 Miles and the hiking time is between 3 to 4 Hours through Moorland

Overnight at Second Cave Camp
Meal Plan:
 {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3 : Hike Second Cave (3450 Meters/ 11,300 Feet) to Third Cave (3880 Meters/ 12,700 Feet)

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

The hiking distance is about 9 Kilometers/ 5 Miles and the hiking time is between 2 to 3 Hours through Semi-desert.

Overnight at Third Cave Camp
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 4 : Hike Third Cave (3880 Meters/ 12,700 Feet) to Kibo Hut (4750 Meters/ 15,600 Feet)

Hike to Kibo Hut at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent and a very early day!

The hiking distance is about 9 Kilometers/ 5 Miles and the hiking time is between 3 to 4 Hours through Alpine Desert.

Overnight at Kibo Hut Camp
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 5 : Kibo Hut (4700 Meters/ 15,500 Feet) Hike to Summit (5895 Meters/ 19,340 Feet)and down to Horombo Hut (3700 Meters/ 12,200 Feet)

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s Point located on the crater rim (5700 meters/ 18,700 feet).

Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show 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 done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights.

It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks.

Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there! The hiking up distance is about 6 Kilometers/ 4 Miles and the hiking time is between 6 to 8 Hours through Alpine Desert.

The hiking down distance is about 15 Kilometers/ 9 Miles and the hiking time is between 4 to 6 Hours through Alpine Desert.

Overnight at Horombo Hut Camp
Meal Plan:
 {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 6 : Hike Horombo Hut (3700 Meters/12,200 Feet) to trail head at Marangu Gate  (1700 Meters/ 5500 Feet) Park drive to Moshi

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu.

At lower elevations, it can be 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/ Arusha (about 1 hour). It is time for celebration!

The hiking down distance is about 20 Kilometers/ 12.5 Miles and the hiking time is between 4 to 6 Hours through Alpine Desert.

Meal Plan: {Breakfast}

Luxury Kilimanjaro Climbing 6 Days Rongai Route Prices

Luxury Kilimanjaro Climbing 6 Days Rongai Route Rates Includes:

Oxygen + Oximeters + Camp pillow + Portable toilet + Extra sleeping pad + Hut or camping fees + National Park gate fees + Hyperbaric pressure bag + Dining chairs with backs + All meals on the mountain + Hot lunches on the mountain + Salaries for all crew members + Large comfortable dining tent + Kilimanjaro map for the group + Personal porter for carrying day pack + Camp shower for groups of 4 or more + Rescue fees (as required by the national park) + Celebration dinner at the hotel after returning from trek + Membership to Flying Doctors (emergency evacuation) + Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes + Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensil + Special Kilimanjaro guide with Wilderness First Responder certification & Transport from Moshi/ Arusha to starting point on the mountain and return to Moshi/ Arusha

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Notes

* Budget for extras:450 US Dollars to 650 US Dollars person for tips
* All our climbs are equipped with supplementary oxygen, pulse oximeters, and customized evacuation stretchers.

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* All the guides are CPR trained. The guides we use have superb emergency training and the crew have the same access to emergency aid as the paying climbers


Luxury Kilimanjaro Climbing 6 Days Rongai Route Rates Do Not Include:

* Drinks
* Laundry
* Travelers insurance
* Beverages and alcohol
* Communication charges
* Sleeping bags and personal items
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff, guides, and porters
* Lunch or dinner in town (option and extra charges direct)
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

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