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Kilimanjaro Climb via Rongai Route  - 8 Days

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Embark on the Mt. Kilimanjaro trek via Rongai Route to walk to the top of Africa’s highest peak through rainforest and moorland landscapes on the Kenyan border

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via Rongai Route is the only trail that approaches Mt. Kilimanjaro starting at the northern side, just at the Kenyan border. Due to its remote location, the Kilimanjaro Rongai Route has low traffic. Trekkers are offered with a relatively unspoiled wilderness experience. Large wildlife like antelopes, elephants, baboons, and buffaloes can be seen during the trek on this route. The Kilimanjaro Rongai Route itinerary includes walking on a moderately difficult route and preferred by those climbing during the rainy season. The route will take you past the second highest point in Tanzania – Mawenzi while offering bird’s eye views of the mountain’s rainforest. Although the scenery is not as diverse as the western routes, The Rongai route makes up for this by going through the coniferous forest amid true wilderness areas. The gentle rise and its steady acclimatization bring trekkers securely to the highest point in Africa – the Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro. Descent from the summit, however, is made via the Marangu route.

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  • Climb the highest peak in Africa traversing through the only northern route that approaches Kilimanjaro from near the Kenyan border
  • The Rongai route has more gradual slopes than the mountain’s other routes
  • This route is perfect for those seeking a more remote hike and for those who wish to attempt the summit during the rainy season
  • Hike through a true wilderness area towards the jagged Mawenzi Peak and cross the barren desert saddle before climbing up Kibo’s eastern crater wall
  • Begin ascending from the northern Nalemuru Gate and descend via the Marangu Gate

Overview

Arrival City
Arrival City
Moshi, Tanzania
Departure City
Departure City
Moshi, Tanzania
Lodging Level
Lodging Level

Hotel (Aishi Machame Hotel)
Meals
Meals
7 dinner, 7 breakfast, 6 lunch
Trip Grade
Trip Grade
Demanding
Max Altitude
Maximum Altitude
5,895m/19,341ft
Activity
Activity
Trekking and Hiking
Styles
Styles
Active Adventures

Outline Itinerary

Itinerary Maximum Altitude Walking/Hiking
Day 01 Arrival in Kilimanjaro; drive to Moshi 950m/3,117ft
Day 02 Trekking from Nalemuru Gate to Rongai First Cave 2,652m/8,701ft 3-4 hrs
Day 03 Trekking from Rongai First Cave to Kikilewa Camp 3,630m/11,910ft 6-7 hrs
Day 04 Trekking from Kikilewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp 4,510m/14,797ft 4-5 hrs
Day 05 Trekking from Mawenzi Tarn Camp to School Hut Camp 4,750m/15,585ft 5-6 hrs
Day 06 Trekking to Uhuru Peak and Descent to Horombo Camp 5,895m/19,341ft 12-14 hrs
Day 07 Descent from Horombo Camp to Marangu Gate 1,860m/6,103ft 5-6 hrs
Day 08 Final Departure -
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Included

  • Asset 147
    Accommodation in Standard Hotels on Twin Sharing Basis
  • Asset 58
    Equipment
  • Local Guide & Support Staffs
  • Asset 42
    All Private Ground Transportation Including Airport Transfers
  • Meals in the Mountain
  • Asset 67
    Small-Group Adventure
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Asset 63
    Lifetime Deposit
  • No Booking Fee

For Your Information, International flights aren’t included.  Rooms are usually shared by two people unless you request a private room. Also, you can upgrade to better hotels in the mountain and even in the cities. For your customized services, please specify during the booking process or contact our Destination & Products Specialist.

Meals

The Kilimanjaro Climb is totally a tent and camp trek. We sleep in camps, cook and eat at camps. Our well trained and experienced mountain trekking cooks and the team prepare delicious & hygienic breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most meals are European and Indian curry style. We serve hot meals for breakfast and dinner but sometimes packed lunch that includes sandwich, egg, chicken, nuts, fruit, cake, juice, hot tea, etc. will be provided. There will also be a welcome dinner with authentic Tanzanian cuisine and a continental farewell dinner after the trip to all our guests.

Accommodation

Kilimanjaro climb is a camping-style climb where you cannot expect a hotel or guesthouse unlike expecting warm lodges during the trek to Everest Base Camp Trek in the Himalayas. Our camping crew will carry all the logistics that we need on the mountain for sleeping. Usually, we have a tent sharing basis for two people which is comfortable and enough space to keep your stuff inside the tent. If you want a single tent, it is possible for you to get, but will be charged a single supplement for USD 499 that includes two nights in Moshi hotel.

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FAQs

Based on the research published by the Climb Kilimanjaro Guide, the average summit success rate across all the routes is 65%. The Machame route is considered to be the easiest one amongst all different routes to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. While all different routes on Kilimanjaro climb have their own difficulties and own experiences, Mt. Kilimanjaro is seriously a high-altitude mountain. Even though the normal routes of Kilimanjaro climb are not technically difficult, the altitude has hit hard and taken its toll on climbers annually thereby bringing the success rate down to 65%. Different operators have different success rates based on numerous factors and Himalayan Glacier has an impressive success rate of over 85% on its Kilimanjaro trips.

Climbing a mountain 5,895 m (19,341 ft.) high is definitely a dangerous thing to do. An estimated 50,000 people climb Kilimanjaro every year from which around 1,000 people are evacuated from the mountain and approximately 10 fatalities are reported. It means that the chance of death on the mountain is only 0.0002% which is practically zero. In other words, there is just one death per 5,000 climbers and the main cause of death is altitude sickness.

There are forested areas on the Kilimanjaro trail and obviously snakes are found in the cloud forests. Some of the species found on the lower slopes of the mountain are the Gabon, Green Mamba, Boomslang, and the Twig Snake. All snakes pose a potential threat so it is wise to always respect them and their habitat in case you encounter one on the way. Snakes are known to be highly sensitive to movement, so when they sense something arriving, they will clearly stay away from the main trails to save their own lives.

Yes and no! You may want to climb Kilimanjaro alone without other hikers or crowd – it is possible. But even then, you will be assisted by guides and porters. Although you will be the only trekker, you will not be alone in the truest sense as the Tanzanian Tourism Board does not permit trekking without a guide, porter and other crew members. The ratio of trekkers to support crew is 1:4 meaning that if you are the only climber, you will be assisted by 4 other members of your trekking company.

When you look at the difference between Kilimanjaro Climb and Everest Base Camp Trek, you are going to higher altitude much quicker on Kilimanjaro than Everest base camp. From Moshi (2,932 ft.) to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft.) it takes 4 to 6 days depending on the route, which is more than 16,000 ft. gain in altitude. From Kathmandu (4,600 ft.) to the base camp of Everest (17,599 ft.) it takes 8 to 9 days, which is almost 13,000 ft. gain in altitude but trekkers need to walk longer daily distance on the Everest Base Camp trek. In the Everest region, trekkers will sleep at teahouses or luxury lodges throughout the entire trip whereas on Kilimanjaro, except for the Marangu route, trekkers will have to sleep inside tents. While there are lots of ups and downs on the Everest trekking route, the summit night on Kilimanjaro is harder than anything on the entire Everest trail. The overall summit success rate on Kilimanjaro, as per the statistics is 65% while the success rate of Everest Base Camp is over 90%. So, Kilimanjaro climb is harder than Everest Base Camp trek especially because of the quick ascent and rapid altitude gain on Kilimanjaro.

The summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, also known as Uhuru Point, lies in the glacial zone with an average temperature hovering around -6°C (21°F) during day time. However, all summiting attempts begin around midnight in order to reach the Uhuru peak at dawn. So, you will be trekking during the night time when the temperatures range between -7 to -29°C (19 to -20°F).

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