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Kilimanjaro’s Rongai Route

offered by supplier M18888 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 - 7 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 20 people
Destination(s): Tanzania  
Specialty Categories: Mountain/Rock Climbing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1397 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1642 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Moshi. Arrive at the Kilimanjaro or Dar es Salaam International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Springlands Hotel or similar hotel in Moshi for your overnight.

Day 2: Moshi to Nale Muru, to Simba Camp, Montane Forest.

Your day starts early with breakfast and a briefing. Transfer by Land Rover through many villages and coffee plantations for 4-5 hours to the attractive wooden village of Nale Muru (1,950 m/6,398 ft). After signing in and preparing the porters, you begin the hike on a wide path winding through fields of maize and potatoes, then enter pine forest. You then start to climb gently but consistently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin and Simba Camp (2,600 m/8,530 ft) is near the “First Cave” at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

Day 3: Simba Camp to Second Cave, Moorland. Your morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave. En route, you will enjoy superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim.

Day 4: Second Cave to Third Cave, Semi-Desert. Your continuing steady ascent takes you up to the Third Cave. Closer now, the eastern ice fields on the crater rim continue to draw you upwards. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.

Day 5: Third Cave to Kibo Huts, Alpine Desert.

Today, you hike up to the Kibo Huts at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall, and this is where you join the popular Marangu Route. Plan on doing your hike early in the day, then resting in preparation for your final ascent. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, then turn in early.

Day 6: Summit Day! Kibo Huts to Uhuru Peak, to Horombo Huts, Alpine Desert.

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1 AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet you. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak!

Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. After your summit stay, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and re cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep! You do the beginning of this climb in the dark with 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. Slowly slowly, or, “pole pole,” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Day 7: Horombo Huts to Marangu Gate, to Moshi.

Wake as usual, pack, and descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there then continue your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate, which you should reach around 2 or 3 PM. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to the Springlands Hotel or similar hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration! Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania or Kenya. A trip to the beaches at Zanzibar is a good way to recuperate. We can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris around Moshi and the Kilimanjaro region.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- National Park gate fees.
- Transport from Moshi to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi.
- Hut / camping fees and tents.
- Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes.
- Porters’ salaries.
- Rescue fees (required by the national park).
- All meals on the mountain.
- Two nights accommodation in Moshi bed and breakfast, double or triple occupancy.
- Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils.
- Oximeters are available upon request.

Price Excludes:
- Tips for guides and porters.
- Mountain equipment (e.g. sleeping bags).
- Some equipment is available for rent. See our rental price list.
- Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro Airport ($20/person one-way).
- Transfer from Arusha per private car hire $80 one way.
- Lunches and dinners at the Springlands Hotel.

About This Supplier
Location: Canada
Joined InfoHub: Nov 2008
Client Request Served: 2

M18888 is a local outfitter based in Moshi, Tanzania. Founded 23 years ago by Tanzanian woman Zainab Ansell, has evolved into Tanzania’s largest Kilimanjaro outfitter and one of the country’s largest safari operators, with daily departures up the Kilimanjaro Mountain with a choice of six routes. We put more people...

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