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6 Days RONGAI Route Kilimanjaro Trekking with Burigi Chato Safaris

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the popular Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation). Rongai is a moderately difficult route and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.
Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for nearly the entire way. The descent is made via the Marangu route.
Burigi Chato Safaris® offers Rongai as a seven-day group climb or a six or seven private climb. The six-day variation does not have an acclimatization day on day four at Mawenzi Tarn.

per adult from

$3,274

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Duration

6 days

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 5x Breakfast
    • 5x Dinner
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Gate transfer, Crew wages, Guide, Cook and Porters.
    What's excluded :
    • Flights, Tipping the crew, Visas and Hotel

  • Day 1: Rongai Gate (1950m) – 1st Caves Camp (2600m)

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    Rongai Gate to Rongai Cave
    Elevation: 6,398 ft to 9,300 ft
    Distance: 8 km/5 miles
    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    Habitat: Rain Forest
    After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Arusha (1400m) and driven to the Marangu Gate (1980m). At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then be transferred by vehicle to the Rongai trailhead, which is 2.5 hours away from the Managu Gate. The trail begins in the tall cornfields then leads into the pine forest. This trail has a gradual ascent and allows hikers to enjoy their surroundings. About halfway up the trail you will have a lunch break and you will reach the 1st Caves Camp (2600m) in the late afternoon or early evening. The porters and chef, who move very fast up the mountain, will reach camp before you and set up your tents, boil drinking water, and prepare snacks for your arrival. After washing up, a hot dinner will be served. For overnight, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: overnight at Rongai cave

    Day 2: 1st Caves Camp (2600m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m)

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    Rongai Cave to to Second Cave
    Elevation: 9,300 ft to 11,300 ft
    Distance: 6 km/4 miles
    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    Habitat: Heath

    Second Cave to Kikelewa Cave
    Elevation: 11,300 ft to 11,811 ft
    Distance: 6 km/4 miles
    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    Habitat: Heath
    Following a hot breakfast, hikers will continue their ascent to Kikelewa Cave (3600m). The trail passes Second Cave (3450m) and this is a good spot to take a lunch break. Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kikelewa Cave

    Day 3: Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m)

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn
    Elevation: 11,811 ft to 14,160 ft
    Distance: 5 km/3 miles
    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert
    On this day, hikers will enjoy a short, yet steep trail to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m). In the moorland, you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundsel. At camp, hikers will enjoy spectacular views and allow their bodies to acclimate. Hot dinner and washing water will be prepared for hikers as they enjoy the magnificent sunset.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at mawenzi tarn camp

    Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    Marwenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut
    Elevation (ft): 14,160 ft to 15,430 ft
    Distance: 8 km/5 miles
    Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert

    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kibo Hut

    Day 5: Summit Attempt...Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
    Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
    Distance: 6 km/4 miles
    Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
    Habitat: Arctic

    Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
    Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
    Distance: 16 km/10 miles
    Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    Habitat: Heath
    Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). You continue your ascent to Gillman’s point (5681m). Reaching this section is an impressive achievement as the trail is steep, rocky, and at high altitude. Gillman’s is located on the crater rim. From this point, you will usually experience a snow covered trail until you reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Kibo Hut takes about 3 hours.

    At Kibo Hut, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Horombo Hut (3720m). You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at the hut after a strenuous day
    Duration: 12 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Horombo Hut

    Day 6: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
    Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
    Distance: 20 km/12 miles
    Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    Habitat: Rain Forest
    Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for 6 hours back to Marangu Gate (1980m). The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Gillman’s Point (5681m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight at your Hotel in Moshi.
  • Departure Point :
    Boma Road, Boma Rd, Tanzania
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Search us Burigi Chato Safaris on Google map it will direct you at our office in moshi, KilimanjaroAirports
    • Kilimanjaro Airport, Kilimanjaro National Park Tanzania
    • Arusha Airport, Arusha, Tanzania
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide, English - Written, English - Audio

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

Activity ID: V-257810P2

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