Kilimanjaro Climb - Rongai Route
Day 1 Arrival transfer to Moshi:
Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to our hotel in Moshi.
Overnight at Keys Hotel.
Day 2 Climb Briefing - Simba Camp 1950m (6,400ft) to 2634m (8,642ft) 6.5kms/ 4miles:
After an early breakfast, we will have a senior guide do our climb briefing. After the briefing we will be driven to Rongai Gate, where we will meet the rest of our guides and porters. After the formalities at the gate have been completed, we begin our ascent to the first cave en route. The climb should take approximately 2 to 3 hours. This part takes us through the cultivation area of the mountain, where we can see how local farmers tend to their lands on the slopes.
Overnight at Simba Camp
Day 3 Second Cave Camp 2634m (8,642ft) to 3486m (11,437ft) 6kms/ 3.7miles:
Our hike today is close to the same distance as yesterday. However today we gain 852M/2795 feet and the path get a little steeper. We will be over 10,000 feet, the elevation high altitude may start to effect you. We will arrive into camp for a hotel lunch. After lunch and some time to relax we will head out for an acclimatization hike or relax in camp depending on how you are feeling with the higher altitude. Today you should take Diamox (if planning to) - in the morning. You may experience tingling fingers, toes and nose from this drug. As it is a diuretic, it is most important to keep your fluid intake high.
Day 4 Kikelelwa Camp 3486m (11,437ft) to 3,672m (12,047ft) 6kms/ 3.7miles:
Early in the morning, you will begin trekking out past the second cave, and on to the 3rd cave. The climb today is relatively steep, taking you through the forest and well in to the Moorland. You will be feeling the effects of the altitude today. You have a hot lunch when you arrive into camp. Relax a bit and do an afternoon acclimatization hike. Some great views on this hike if the skies are clear.
Take a fleece/sweatshirt with you today, as it cools down considerably during and after lunch. It can get down to 0C (32F) this evening. Again, keep your wet weather gear handy, and some snacks for the route. Drink plenty of water. Make sure you change clothes as soon as you get to camp. You must keep dry and warm!
Day 5 Mawenzi Tarn 3,672m (12,047ft) to 4,308m (14,134ft) 3.3kms/ 2 miles:
This morning if it is clear you will see the two peaks - Mawenzi and your destination Uhuru. Today you continue ascending to Mawenzi Tarn Hut, which stands at 4 308m (14,134ft) and takes about 4 - 5 hours to get there. It is a short steep ascent. You will have a hot lunch in camp after your short but hard hike today. After a rest we will do another acclimatization hike. A few hours hike to gain elevation and get your body ready for the higher altitude coming up. You will ascend one of the area peaks and hopefully have a beautiful view all the way down to Moshi! Climb up for about an hour slowly, rest for 20mins or so and then back to camp for dinner. Tired your best to get a good night sleep. It gets hard to sleep at this altitude. As well it can be very chilly at this camp.
Day 6 Kibo Hut 4,430m (14,200ft) to 4,750m (15,520ft) 7kms/ 4.4miles:
We will cross the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. We will take it slowly in order to acclimatize. Settle down for an early night at Kibo Hut
Day 7 Kilimanjaro Summit 4,6750m (15,520ft) to 5,895m (19,340) down to 3,690m (12,100ft):
Today we will be heading for the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres). We will be woken at around midnight to commence the 5 hour hike on heavy scree to Gillman's Point (5,686 metres). We will be walking in the dark as the ground is frozen and this makes it easier to ascend this steep section. As we reach the crater rim, the sun should be rising to display Africa in all its glory beneath us. The views are spectacular and it makes the entire journey worth every step! Continue 1 to 2 hours around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, along the wide paths of the crater rim - peering down on to massive glaciers shining in the morning sun.
Arriving at Uhuru can be quite emotional, with the strain of the summit finally behind us and Africa surrounding us. After a few photos at the summit, we begin our steady descent to Kibo Hut for a rest and some nourishment, then continue to Horombo Hut for overnight.
Day 8 Descend to Marangu 3,690m (12,100ft) to 1,980m (6,500ft):
After breakfast, we descend to Marangu Gate. We will transfer to the hotel for a well-needed shower and an evening of celebration by the swimming pool. Ah sleeping on a real bed! Overnight Keys Hotel.
Day 9 Departure:
After breakfast you are free to relax at the hotel. Transfer to the airport or stay on for a safari or enjoy an extension to Zanzibar.
COSTINGS From June 2015 - June 2016
USD 1495 per person sharing + USD 830 Park Fees Price based on 2 - 5 people
single room and single tent surcharge is $95 USD
USD 1295 per person sharing + USD 830 Park Fees Priced based on 6 - 15 people
single room and single tent surcharge is $95 USD
Park fees subject to change as per the Tanzanian Government.
- Return airport / hotel transfers
- Two nights accommodation at Keys Hotel (English breakfast and dinner)
- 6 night / 7 day Rongai Standard Route climb
- Park fees, camping fees, all food on the climb, transfers to and from the gate, guides and porters, tents, and mattresses.
International flights and taxes, Visas, drinks, meals not stated, tips (USD 180-USD200 per climber for a 6 night climb), items of a personal nature, travel insurance, health requirements, and any services not specified.
$500 USD per person Non Refundable deposit due at time of Booking
Final Payment Due 90 days prior to departure
80 days or more $500USD deposit + plus any hotel deposit that may be required.
79-31 days prior to departure 50% non refundable
30 days or less 100% nonrefundable
Duration: 8 Nights
Max Group Size: you decide
Accommodations: hotel, camping
Price: $1,495 USD per person based on 2 travelling plus $830 USD park fees.