OVERVIEW

Rongai Route 7 days Itinerary & Prices

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EXTRA MACHAME TREK INFO

Duration _ 9 Days
Arrival City _ Arusha
Departure City _ Arusha
Activities and Interest _ Hiking
Comfort Style _  Comfort

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RONGAI ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS

Summit Mt Kilimanjaro, one of the seven summits of the world at 19,340′

Cross 6 ecological zones from lush rainforest to the harsh, beautiful arctic zone

Follow expert Mountain guides, full of knowledge of the mountain and it’s environment

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AREAS VISITED

Arusha

Mount Kilimanjaro

 

A taste of what to expect…

Day 0
Arusha
Distance: 30km /50km

Met on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha Airport. Transfer to planet Lodge for dinner and overnight HB. (40 km, 30 minutes).

  • MEALS: Dinner | Overnight HB
  • Accomodation: Planet Lodge or similar Accommodation

Day 1
Rongai Gate (1950m) – Simba Camp (2600m)
Hiking time: 3 -4 hours
Distance: Approximately 8 kilometers
Habitat: Montane forest

Pick up from your hotel drive for two hours and half to Marangu park gate for formalities registration after that transfer to the Rongai trailhead in about 3hours. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The first night’s camp is at Simba camp, at about 2,600 meters. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below samba camp.

  • MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast
  • Accomodation: Kilimanjaro Camping

Day 2
Simba Camp (2600m) – Second Cave (3450M )
Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours
Distance: Approximately 6 kilometers
Habitat: Moorland

ate Breakfast, enjoy the morning at Simba camp proceed with the hiking very slowly acclimatize your body until you reach Second cave (3450M ) for hot lunch. Afternoon relax at second cave with dinner and overnight.

  • MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast
  • Accomodation: Kilimanjaro Camping

Day 3
Second Cave (3450m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m)
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Distance: Approximately 6 kilometers
Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast then continues up towards Kibo, reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves).

  • MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Kilimanjaro Camping

Day 4
Kikelewa Cave (3600m) – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m)
Hiking time: 4 hours
Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers
Habitat:Moorland

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.

  • MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Kilimanjaro Camping

Day 5
Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Distance: Approximately 8 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert

Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo Camp.

  • MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Kilimanjaro Camping

Day 6
Summit Attempt, Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m).
Hiking time: 6-8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 4-5 hours to descend to Horombo Hut
Distance: Approximately 6 kilometer ascent and 16 kilometer descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will wake up around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you madeit. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut for a short rest ten after you descent to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The descent to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around almost 14 hours, . Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and well-earned sleep

  • MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Kilimanjaro Camping

Day 7
Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Distance: Approximately 20 kilometers
Habitat: Montane forest

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Arusha or Moshi where your trekking tour ends with sweet memories.

  • MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast
  • Accomodation: Planet Lodge

Day 8
Departure

If your time in Africa ends today our transfer team will drive you back to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your departure. If you have booked with us a safari or a few days to dissolve into the pristine sandy beaches and tropical waters of Zanzibar, we will be there to help you comfortably transition from your climb into your next Tanzanian adventure.

Tanzania Faqs

You bet they are. Tanzania is one of Africa’s most stable countries. You’ll be welcomed by its friendly people and always taken care of by attentive staff. After full days of climbing Kilimanjaro, wildlife viewing, rest up at handpicked camps and lodges, which offer authentic African charm and modern-day conveniences, you will be dropped of at the airport safe and sound.

You will stay in a hotel on your arrival and the day after your climb,While on the Mountain, you will Camp in comfort in customized all-weather tents with upgraded zippers, flysheets, and closed-cell full-ground pads. Private solar-lit dining tents are provided daily. Hot meals are prepared from fresh ingredients by the camp’s chef. In the afternoons, hot drinks and snacks are provided.

Follow this link to see what you need to pack for your Kilimanjaro Climb and if you will have further questions please feel free to contact us Tanzania Packing list(https://www.tanzania-expeditions.com/packing-list).

We have the best guides in the mountain and all our clients have be very thankful for that. Our guides are knowledgable, friendly, are certified Wilderness First Responders (WFR), which means they have the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions. They receive annual training in emergency first aid and can prevent, recognize and treat altitude-related illnesses. Safety is our number one priority. Having the right outfitter makes the whole difference. We have very much confident to say that 98.9 percent of our clients make it to the summit. 

 Meals are included as mentioned in the itinerary. For breakfast there will be a choice of fruit, scrambled eggs, porridge, toast, jam, hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Lunch will be provided in form of a lunch box containing sandwiches, boiled eggs, chicken etc. For dinner you will enjoy soup and bread followed by meat or poultry along with starch (i.e. chips, mashed potatoes, pasta or rice) as well as vegetables. While breakfast and dinner are served in a mess tent equipped with a table and chairs, lunch is enjoyed en-route. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our outmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification).

Tanzania’s climate is typically sunny, dry, and warm, though there are variations. Tanzania’s climate is typically sunny, dry, and warm, though there are variations. December through March is warmer (70ºF – 80ºF) with a higher chance of occasional rain. May through November is cooler and drier (60ºF – 80ºF). April, like in North America, usually brings more rain.

Currently there are no immunization shots required in order to gain entry to the East African countries of Tanzania, Kenya or Uganda unless prior to your arrival you travel through countries that are infected with yellow fever, cholera or other diseases. However for accurate and the most up-to-date information, please visit the embassy web site for the countries you plan to visit.

prices

Rates including VAT

  • $2,850 per person when 1 person travels alone
  • $2,440 per person when 2 persons travel together
  • $2,358 per person when 3 persons travel together
  • $2,320  per person when 4+ persons travel together

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The tour was perfectly organized and still we are having all the flexibility during the trip. We had the spacious land cruiser 7 seats car for two of us. Our guide was nice, knowledgeable and has great passion. With everything included the price was very fair! – Mark S – UK

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Tanzania Lodge safari

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Our Tanzania Safari

Thank you for making my dream come true. Peter and Steve were our guides. They did a wonderful job.  This was a gift to me from my son. He always promised to take me there when he was just 6 and 7 years old. –  Swypeterson – USA

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