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Rongai Route: 6 Days and 2 Nights (Hotel)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): Tanzania  
Specialty Categories: Mountain/Rock Climbing   Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1662 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1842 US Dollar (USD)

The Rongai route is the second easiest route (after the Marangu route) by which to ascend Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa with its two main summits, the craggy Mawenzi, 5149 m, and the 'flat-topped', glaciated Kibo, 5896 m. The Saddle, a 5 km wide, high-altitude, semi-desert separates the two. From the summit glaciers, screes, cliffs, Afro-alpine moorland then forests lead down to the cultivated foothills. The Rongai route takes you at a gentle pace through these dramatically different zones. The Rongai Route is on the north of the mountain and is a 4 hour drive from Moshi to Naro Moru town. Shortly beyond lies the Park Gate at about 2150 m.

The route can be done in 6 days going directly to Kibo Hut from where the final ascent is made or a more beautiful alternative is to do it in 7 days going to Kibo Hut via Mawenzi Tarn Hut. Accommodation throughout is in tents. For the ascent to Uhuru Peak from Kibo Hut a very early start is made since the scree is easier to climb when frozen and the views from the crater rim at dawn can be spectacular. Ski sticks are useful when ascending the scree to the summit. This is a tough walking trip but within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Kili airport where you will be met and transferred to Springlands hotel for B&B.

Day 2: Drive 4 hours to the Rongai Gate. Walk to Simba Camp at 2650 m, 2,5-3 hrs. The walk is initially through plantations then rain forest and finally bush country.

Day 3: Walk to 2nd Cave at 3450 m, 3½ hrs. A gentle day through bush then heathers.

Day 4: Gentle rising traverse through moorland over several ridges to Kikelea Caves, 3600 m, 3 hours.

Day 5: Moorland then screes to Mawenzi Tarn Hut, 4330 m, 3-3,5 hrs.

Day 6: Easy angled screes slopes lead across the Saddle to Kibo Hut, 4700 m, 4,5-5 hrs.

Day 7: Very early start for the summit on steep scree up to Gillman's Point (5681 m) which is on the crater rim. Continue around the rim to Uhuru Peak (5895 m) the highest point in Africa. Descend to Kibo Hut for tea and biscuits or soup and then down to the thicker air an relative warmth of Horombo hut.

Day 8: Descend to Marangu gate. Drive back to the hotel (B&B).

Day 9: Depart after breakfast.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro airport - hotel
- All park fees, guides, porters, cook
- Accommodation and food on mountain
- 2 nights B&B accommodation in hotel.

Price Excludes:
- Tips
- Airport transfers
- Extra drinks
- Meals other than breakfast, at the hotel.

About This Supplier
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Location: Wales
Joined InfoHub: Nov 2008
Client Request Served: 19

Over the last twenty two years Andrew Wielochowski has been running our mountain and adventure guiding company specializing in East Africa, the former Soviet Union Libya and Morocco. He speaks several languages, including Russian fluently, which he perfected over the many years he has been guiding in Russia and Central...

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