8 Days Rongai Route | Easy Travel

Rongai Route

An eight day trip to climb Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, trekking on the comparatively new Rongai Route. Expect rainforest and moorland landscapes, with perhaps a sighting of some Colobus monkeys on the lower slopes and even the occasional elephant higher up. You will have a private vehicle to take you to and from the mountain. Accommodation on the mountain on this ‘Basic’ category trip will be in tented camps – a true adventure.

Tour Duration

8 days, 7 nights


2 nights in Arusha


1 night in Simba Camp


1 night in Kikelelwa Camp


1 night in Mawenzi Tarn Camp


1 night in Kibo Camp

(upto mid night)


1 night in Horombo Camp


Area to Visit

Arusha


Simba Camp


Shira 1 Camp


Kikelelwa Camp


Mawenzi Tarn Camp


Kibo Camp


Horombo Camp


Tour Style

Accommodation on this tour is in our Comfort category, with two nights’


hotel accommodation in Arusha and seven nights spent on safari in our relaxing,
atmospheric camp


Our Comfort level accommodations are carefully selected by Easy Travel to provide the perfect balance between price and quality,and all offer private, en-suite facilities


Physical Rating

Tough Category. Guests undertaking one of our trips categorized as ‘tough’ will require a good level of fitness and proper physical preparation –perhaps two or three months – in advance of arriving in Tanzania.


To take one of these trips, you must be confident in your own level of fitness and stamina.


Our ‘tough’ trips involve a significant degree of high-altitude hiking, and at times a degree of discomfort can be expected. For example, on a summit day to reach the top of Kilimanjaro, a total of around 13 hours is required of participants and this is combined with a great deal of ascent and descent.


Special clothing and equipment are required for these trips, as advised on our trip notes, and accommodation is in tents or mountain huts, depending on which trip is undertaken.’

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Day to Day Program
DAY 1
Arrival Day and Welcome to Tanzania
DAY 2
Arusha – Nalemuru Gate – Simba Camp
DAY 3
Simba Camp - Kikelelwa Camp
DAY 4
Kikelelwa Camp – Mawenzi Tarn Camp
DAY 5
Mawenzi Tarn Camp – Kibo Camp
DAY 6
Kibo Camp – Summit – Horombo Camp
DAY 7
Horombo Camp – Marangu Gate – Arusha
DAY 8
Departure – Kilimanjaro International Airport
Trip Includes
Trip Excludes
Payment Policy




DAY 1
Arrival Day and Welcome to Tanzania
Your first night is to be spent at Karama Lodge in Arusha. If you have chosen to be picked-up by us from Kilimanjaro International Airport, your Easy Travel driver will be waiting to meet and welcome you and take you to your lodge in Arusha to relax after your flight.

Accommodation
Karama Lodge

Journey time and Distance
1 hour, 55 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

DAY 2
Arusha – Nalemuru Gate – Simba Camp
After an early breakfast at your Lodge (07.00), we depart one hour later and arrive at the Nalemuru Gate for around 13.00, when we take our picnic lunch.
Once we have completed registration, you’ve met the trekking team who will accompany you up the mountain and the porters have loaded up, we are ready to start the trek. Our starting altitude is at 2000 metres and today we will ascend up to 2670 metres, beginning our approach from the north-east. The vegetation at first is pine, as well as some vegetable fields, but you briefly enter lush forest where colobus monkeys can sometimes be seen. After the forest, the landscape changes to heathland with its huge heathers. We aim to reach Simba Camp by 17.00, as our walking distance today is only 6km and our walking time is around 3 hours. Dinner at Simba Camp will be at 19.00.

Accommodation
Simba Camp

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
3 hours, 2670 m from Nalemeru Gate to Simba Camp

DAY 3
Simba Camp - Kikelelwa Camp
Your 07.00 breakfast is followed by today’s 08.00 departure. Our walking distance in total is 16km and we have an ascent of just over 1000 metres.
We would expect to spend about 6.5 to 7 hours walking today, covering a distance of 16km. At the start, notice how the once-large heathers become smaller as you climb and the trees become fewer and further between. Behind you, you can see over the border to Kenya if the weather is good. The path is a steady, steep and dusty ascent. A picnic lunch is eaten at 13.00, before you continue in a south-easterly direction with the craggy peak of Mawenzi in front of you.
The path crosses moorland and there is less ascent than you have experienced this morning, but overall this is a long day. At the end of the afternoon’s walk, you should reach camp at around 17.00 and dinner will be served at 18.00.

Accommodation
Kikelelwa Camp

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
6.5 hours, 3670 m from Simba Camp to Kikelelwa Camp


DAY 4
Kikelelwa Camp - Mawenzi Tarn Camp
You have the luxury of a later (08.00) breakfast and a slightly later departure. Today, after leaving Kikelelwa at 09.00, we have a very short day of walking – at just over 3km – but we have to ascend over 600 metres and we take between 3.5 and 4 hours to complete the stage.
The scenery and views on this route are truly wonderful. You will notice how the vegetation disappears as you climb. On arriving at the campsite around 13.00, it will be time for a hot lunch. Some people like to use the afternoon to acclimatize, and if you are lucky enough to experience clear weather then the views of Kibo can be spectacular. In any event, the setting for this camp is truly beautiful. Dinner is served at 18.00.

Accommodation
Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
4 hours, 4270 m from Kikelelwa to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

DAY 5
Mawenzi Tarn Camp - Kibo Camp
After a 07.00 breakfast and departure from Mawenzi at 08.00, we set off on today’s 9km walk, which will take you from an altitude of 4300 metres up to the 4720 of Kibo.
Expect to spend around 4.5 to 5 hours walking on the stage today. We begin the day westwards, then cross the ridge and proceed downwards and along the edge of The Saddle. You won’t see much vegetation today, but it is not unknown for an eland to be sighted – amazing at this altitude. Equally incredible are the views today, the favourite day of many trekkers. On the way, you stop for your picnic lunch at midday, before continuing the climb to Kibo, which we would expect to reach by 15.00. Dinner is served at the early time of 17.30: an early bedtime is recommended, ready for your summit day.

Accommodation
Kibo Camp

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
5 hours, 4720 m from Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Kibo Camp

DAY 6
Kibo Camp - Summit - Horombo Camp
Our schedule for our ‘Summit Day’ is very different. Rising at 23.00, we take our tea and biscuits (23.30) before a midnight departure. Today, we have around 1175 metres to climb, on what will be our toughest day, with around 13 hours of actual walking time and a distance of 21km.
Our expectation is to reach the summit from 07.00 onwards. We begin on a rocky path, and then climb via a series of zig-zags which get ever smaller. Our reference points on our ascent today are, first, William’s Point (5131 metres), Hans Meyer Cave (5258 metres) and then Gillman’s Point (5719 metres). The focus today is on walking slowly. On reaching the top, we take time to celebrate the successful climb, take photos and congratulate ourselves, then make the descent to return to Kibo hut for about 11.00 and take a very well-deserved, two-hour rest and enjoy a welcome hot lunch. Setting off again at 14.00, we continue our descent until we reach Horombo for about 17.00. Dinner will be served 19.00

Accommodation
Horombo Camp

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
13 hours, 5719 m from Kibo Camp to Horombo Camp

DAY 7
Horombo Camp - Marangu Gate - Arusha
Enjoying our breakfast at our now-familiar time of 07.00, we take the chance to thank our hard-working guides and porters at the ‘Tipping Celebration’.
We depart from Horombo and start our descent down towards Marangu Gate, stopping at Mandara for a hot lunch at around midday. Marangu Gate is reached by around 16.00, and today’s section is around 20km which takes 6.5 to 7 hours of walking time. Having reached Marangu Gate, you will be presented with your certificate, recognising your tremendous effort. We then return by vehicle to Arusha, to the comfort of your Lodge, for your overnight stay and some deserved relaxation. Or perhaps, if you still have some energy, you can celebrate your wonderful achievement. After all, you have just climbed Africa’s highest mountain!

Accommodation
Planet Lodge

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
7 hours from Marangu Gate to Arusha

DAY 8
Departure - Kilimanjaro International Airport
After a good night’s rest at your lodge, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 10.00. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.)
If you have booked a transfer to the airport, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travellers who have booked to go on safari, our Easy Travel guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a briefing.
Meal plan
Breakfast

Journey time and Altitude
1 hours, 55 km from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport

Trip Includes
Easy Travel Trip Safety: Helicopter Rescue
A Helicopter Rescue Service will be provide to Air transfer you before dark from the Mountain to hospital in Moshi during Emergency (This Service will only be applicable if you have Medical Insurance, Weather permitting Helicopter Rescue will be organized.

Easy Travel – Transport: Coaster Bus

Easy Travel – Trip Crew:
  • Easy Travel mountain guide
  • Easy Travel mountain chef
  • Easy Travel mountain porters

Easy Travel Treat:
8 Breakfast, 7 Lunch & 6 Dinner
Treated Drinking Water

Accommodation:
2 night in Arusha, 6 nights on the Mountain

1st night - Planet Lodge
Half Board ( Dinner, Breakfast )

2nd night - Simba Camp
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

3rd night - Kikelelwa Camp
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

4th night - Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

5th night - Kibo Camp
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

6th night - Horombo Camp
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

7th night - Planet Lodge
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

Park Entrance Fee:
  • Park fee
  • Camp fee

Camping Equipment:
  • Sleeping Tents
  • Dinning Tents
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Utensils
  • Tables and chairs

Award:
Certificate of Achievement if you reach Gilman’s point(5681M), Stella point(5685M) or Uhuru point(5895M).

Taxes:
18 % VAT (Value Added Tax)

Trip Excludes
Flight:
International Flights and Insurance

Visa:
$100 per person for US Nationals and $50 per person for other Country Nationals (read trip notes for more details)

Own Room:
My Own Room ($230 per person)

Drinks:
All type of soft and hard drinks

Personal items:
  • Laundry
  • Toiletries

Tips:
  • Mountain guide: $25 US per day / per guide / per group.
  • Mountain Chef: $15 US per day / per group
  • Mountain Porter: $8 US per day / per porter

Disclaimer - Important!
Trip Duration
8 days, 7 nights ( 1 night in Arusha before climb and 1 night in Arusha after climb, 1 night in Simba Camp, 1 night in Kikelelwa camp, 1 night in Mawenzi Tarn Camp, 1 night in Kibo Camp (upto mid night), 1 night in Horombo Camp)

Payment Policy:
In order to confirm this Tour, You need to pay 20% deposit of the Tour amount at the time of confirmation, and Final Payment of 80% can be paid on arrival.

Deposit can be paid with Bank Transfer with addition of $45 bank fee or Credit Card with addition of 3.5% Bank fee.

Final Payment can be paid via Credit Card with addition of 3.5% Bank fee or with USD Cash. (Bills should be not older than 2006).
Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation of a holiday must be made in writing and is effective from the date we receive the written notification. Cancellation charges are expressed at a percentage of quoted price as follows –

Period Cancellation Charge
From time of confirmation up to 15 days prior to arrival 0% 0%
From 14 days to 01 day 20% 20%
From the start of the Tour 100% 100%
If the reason for cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim the cancellation charges from your insurance company. Notwithstanding the above, if we have issued your domestic airline tickets and you choose at any time to cancel them then the cancelling for Domestic Tickets will be 100% .

*The above Payment and Cancellation policy is specifically for Rongai Route and it does not apply to other tours.



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