Rongai Route is the lesser crowding route compared with Marangu route where you can climb mountain Kilimanjaro from the north close to the Kenyan boarder but later descending through the Marangu route. Despite the fact that this route has gaining significant popularity among the Climbers, but yet still it has more gradual slopes than other routes, innocent wildness, more remote hike and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north. It is generally considered to be the easiest of the quality routes on the mountain. Rongai is the best route for people who are looking for a decent quality experience and are perhaps not absolutely confident about their fitness. Generally, it takes 7 days (6 nights) to safely climb Mount Kilimanjaro via Rongai Route.
|Arrival Day||Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport whereby you will meet our professional guide and transfer you to Arusha City at Mount Meru Hotel for relaxation, trip briefing, dinner and overnight stay on a half board meal plan|
|Day 1||Early morning (8.00am) after breakfast while at the hotel depart to Nalemuru Gate with picnic lunch for entry registration and other formalities.
At around 1.00pm after lunch the 6km trek will start up the mountain from an attitude of 2000m up to 2670m to reach to Simba Camp at an estimated time frame of 3 hours around 5.30pm for dinner and overnight stay.
|Day 2||Breakfast will start very early in the morning around 7.00am and thereafter departure will follow at 8.00. The hiking will take an estimated time of 7 hours (16km walk) plus an hour break for lunch with an ascent of over 1000m attitude on the way up to Kikelekwa Camp for dinner and overnight Stay. Picnic lunch will be served along the way while ascending and you will have an opportunity to see the boarder of Kenya if the weather is good.|
|Day 3||The day will be short associated with 4 hours hiking just after breakfast at 9.00am with an ascent of over 600m attitude. The distance covers 3 km to Mawenzi Tarn in the afternoon where we will spend our precious time exploring the surrounding area which will help us to acclimatize; and camp for the night|
|Day 4||Morning after breakfast around 8.30am continue ascending for an estimated time frame of 6 hours (9km distance) on the way to Kibo Camp with attitude ranging from 4300m up to 4700m of Kibo. Picnic lunch will be served mid-day and later on continuing the climbing to Kibo reaching around 05.30pm for earlier relaxation, dinner and overnight stay ready for the next Summit Day (Uhuru Peak).|
|Day 5||Wake up midnight for tea and snacks thereafter start a long toughest hike of a distance of 21km for nearly 10 hours walk to the summit in an attitude of 1180m expecting to reach in the morning then descend to Kibo Hut for a tea, soup and some snacks following with a short break and then start descending to Horombo Camp (12,000 ft) for dinner and overnight stay.|
|Day 6||The morning is an exciting day, normally after breakfast at 8.30am, the trekking team (Guides, Porter and Cook) will arranges for a tipping celebration at 9.00am to 9.20am then after depart at 9.30am from Horombo descending down to Marangu Gate stopping at Mandara for a picnic hot lunch mid-day then continue descending to Marangu Gate ready to start a travel to Arusha City at the base hotel for relaxation, dinner, certificate awards and overnight.|
|Day 7||Transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for flight back home.
NB: Depending on the flight schedule, we can organize either a day Safari Trip to Arusha National Park or extensive visit at the local cultural market for an extra cost before taken to the airport for flight back home
Route Mark Points and Estimated Time Frame (Ascend and Descend)
|Route Point||Estimated Time Frame|
|JRO – Hotel of Choice in Arusha City||1 hour|
|Hotel in Arusha – Nalemuru Gate – Simba Camp||4 hours|
|Simba Camp – Kikelelwa Campsite||7 hours|
|Kikelelwa Campsite – Mawenzi Tarn Campsite||4 hours|
|Mawenzi Tarn Campsite – Kibo Camp||6 hours|
|Kibo Camp – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Camp||12.5 hours|
|Horombo Camp – Marangu Gate – Arusha||8 hours|
- Transfer fro and to Kilimanjaro International Airport on arrival and during departure
- Ground local Transport
- All park fees (including Mountain entrance, rescue and hut fees)
- All applicable government taxes
- Accommodation in both Hotel and Mountain (Huts and Tents) and meals as indicated in the confirmed itinerary
- Services of English-speaking mountain guide and assistants,
- Cook service and adequate porters to carry both trip provisions and passenger private bags.
- Purified drinking water while on trekking
- Hot meals (except first day) served in the mess tent
- Comprehensive First aid Medical Kit.
- Emergency Oxygen at no extra charge
- Fingertip Pulse Oximeter, to measure client’s oxygen saturation and pulse rate daily.
- 24/7 radios/ phones communication
- Certificate of Appreciation for Climbing Achievement
- Climb briefing conducted by our Office Staff and Leading Guide prior to climb
- AMREF Flying Doctors cover for medical evacuation which last for 30 days effective arrival date
- International and domestic airfare
- Tips/ gratuities to guides ($25), porter ($15) and Cook ($10) per guide per day per group, porters and Cook
- Items of personal nature such as passport, visa, traveler’s insurance, hard drinks e.t.c
- Personal climbing gears which can be rented e.g sleeping bags
- Medical equipment which can be rented well in advance for the following costs: $250/group for hyperbaric chamber, $210/group for an emergency oxygen cylinder and $140/group for a stretcher. Please note these prices include a porter to carry the equipment.
- The luggage that porters are allowed to carry is limited to 15 kgs. Any excess /overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at a rate of $15 per bag per day
- You can leave extra luggage at your hotel in Arusha or register at our office in Arusha. We strongly advise not to leave any valuables at the hotel like cash, electronics, jewelry, etc instead you can register them at our office for free charge.
- Our Guides are highly trained on High Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS), signs and treatment, High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) signs and treatment as well as High altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) signs and treatments.
- Qualification of our Guides compiles with the International Wilderness First Air Rescue procedure.
- It is advisable prior to departure from your base hotel to leave and register your extra luggages and valuables for safe keeping as we have an official agreement with them to avoid extra charges while on hiking except for huge Cash which you will register with our office.