Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Rongai Route 6 Days

6 Days / 5 Nights On The Mountain, 2 Nights In Arusha Hotel  |  Private Tour  |  Basic |  ETPKR6B

TRIP INTRODUCTION

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The Rongai Route begins near to the Kenyan border and approaches our most majestic mountain from the north, the only one of the various routes to do so. It is sometimes referred to as the Loitokitok or the Nalemuru Route, but Rongai is its most frequent name tag.

Why would you choose this route? Well, it is still a fairly popular route, but it carries much less ‘traffic’ than either the Machame or Marangu alternatives. This means that it gives a slightly less crowded and more remote trekking experience. For the descent, those who ascend on Rongai must descend on Marangu. In terms of difficulty, Rongai would probably best be described as ‘moderate.’ In terms of scenery, it has some fairly striking, stark wilderness sections, though other routes could perhaps lay claim to a bit more variety.

Trip Highlight

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Words can never describe the breath-taking views enjoyed from the summit, the very ‘Roof of Africa,’ but the incomparable, exhilarating sense of achievement in getting to the top of Kilimanjaro is surely in itself the highlight of any trip.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Month Season Traffic Weather Road Trails Sky Recommendation
January Peak Medium Little to no rainfall Dry Sunny & Cloudy Highly Recommended
February Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny & Cloudy Highly Recommended
March High Low Short Rainfall Wet & Muddy Cloudy Highly Recommended
April Low Low Long rainfall Wet & Muddy Cloudy Recommended
May Low Low Short Rainfall Wet & Muddy Cloudy Recommended
June Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny & Cloudy Highly Recommended
July Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
August Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
September Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
October Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
November High Medium Little to no Rainfall Wet & Muddy Sunny & Cloudy Recommended
December High Medium Little to no Rainfall Wet & Muddy Sunny & Cloudy Recommended

Physical Level

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Challenging. Guests undertaking one of our trips categorized as ‘challenging’ 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 ‘challenging’ 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.

Accommodation

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Accommodation on this tour is in our Basic category, with two night’s hotel accommodation in Arusha and five nights out on the Mountain in the public campsite. Our Basic level accommodations are selected by Easy Travel to focus on good value.

Tour Summary

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6 Days on the Mountain, 2 Nights in Arusha Hotel 1 Arusha – 1 Simba Camp – 1 Kikelewa Camp – 1 Mawenzi Tarn – 1 Kibo Camp – 1 Horombo Camp – 1 Arusha
  • Day 1 – Kilimanjaro International Airport To Arusha
  • 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 Tarn Camp
  • Day 6 – Kibo Hut – Summit – Horombo Hut
  • Day 7 – Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate – Arusha
  • Day 8 – Departure – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Tour Map

Chart

Day Start (Location) Altitude (Meter) Altitude (Feet) Finish (Location) Altitude (Meter) Altitude (Feet) Time (Hrs) Vegetation(Zone) Distance (km) Distance(Miles)
1 Rongai Gate 1950 6398 Simba Camp 2620 8596 3-4 Rain Forest 8 5
2 Simba Camp Second Cave 2620 3450 8596 11,319 Second Cave Kikelewa Camp 3450 3600 11,319 11,811 3-4 3-4 Heath & Moorland 6 6 4 4
3 Kikelewa Camp 3600 11,811 Mawenzi Tarn 4300 14,108 3-4 Alpine Desert 5 3
4 Mawenzi Tarn 4300 14,108 Kibo Camp 4700 15,420 5-6 Alpine Desert 8 5
5 Kibo Camp Uhuru Peak 4700 5895 15,420 19,341 Uhuru Peak Horombo Camp 5895 3720 19,341 12,205 6-8 4-5 Ice Camp Heath & Moorland 6 16 4 10
6 Horombo Camp 3720 12,205 Marangu Gate 1970 6463 5-7 Rain Forest 20 12
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Tour Itinerary

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After your long flight, you’ll be pleased to spend your first night in comfort at your hotel, the Planet 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 hotel in Arusha to relax after your flight. Your adventure has begun!

              • Accommodation
              • Planet Lodge Hotel
    • Meal Plan Dinner at hotel.
    • Journey time and Distance 1 hour, 55 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha
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After an early breakfast at your hotel, we depart around 08.00hrs, arriving at the Nalemuru Gate for around 13.00hrs, when we will enjoy our picnic lunch.

We complete the registration formalities and are introduced to the all-important trekking team who will accompany you up the mountain. Your porters will load up, and then we are ready to start the trek! Today’s starting altitude is at 1950 metres and during our trek we will ascend up to a new altitude of 2620 metres. The vegetation at first is pine forest, as well as some vegetable fields, but you briefly enter lusher forest where colobus monkeys can sometimes be seen. After the forest, the landscape changes to heathland with its characteristic huge heathers. Our goal is to reach Simba Camp 2620 meters by 17.00hrs; our walking distance today is only 8km/5miles and our projected walking time is around 3-4 hours. After relaxing on arrival at the camp, we will take our dinner at about 19.00hrs.

        • Accommodation in tents at Simba Camp
    • Meal Plan Breakfast, Picnic Lunch box and Dinner
    • Journey time and Altitude 3-4 hours’ walking, from 1950m at Nalemuru Gate to 2620m at Simba Camp
    • Walking distance 8km/5miles
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Wake up! With your first night on the mountain complete, you are served breakfast and then can expect to depart about 08.00hrs. We will walk further today, approximately 12km/8miles and we have an ascent of around 980 metres. Our expectation is that this will involve about 6 to 8 hours of actual walking. 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 often dusty ascent. A picnic lunch is eaten at about 13.00hrs, 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 this is certainly a long, tough day. At the end of the afternoon’s walk, you should reach camp at around 17.00hrs and dinner will be served at 18.00hrs.
  • Accommodation in tents at Kikelelwa Camp
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Picnic Lunch box and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude Between 6 and 8 hours’ walking, climbing from 2620m at Simba Camp to 3600m at Kikelelwa Camp
  • Walking distance 12km/8miles
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An hour extra to enjoy in bed, as we schedule a slightly later departure. Why? Well, our distance today is short at only 5km/3miles, though we do have to ascend over 700 metres so you may come to appreciate that extra sleep! As you continue to climb today, you will notice how you leave the vegetation behind you: it definitely thins out rapidly at this altitude! But the views on Rongai are truly exceptional. We aim to arrive at Mawenzi Tarn Camp 4300 meters nice and early, probably around 13.00hrs, in time for a cooked lunch. The afternoon is a time for acclimatization in this beautiful setting. In clear weather, the views up to Kibo 4700 meters are exceptional. Dinner tonight will be served around 18.00hrs.

  • Accommodation in tents at Mawenzi Tarn Camp
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Cooked Lunch and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude Between 3-4 hours, climbing from 3600m at Kikelelwa to 4300m at Mawenzi Tarn Camp
  • Walking distance 5km/3miles
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We’re back to our early breakfast schedule again, to ensure we are ready to depart Mawenzi by 08.00hrs. From our starting altitude at 4300 metres, we will ascend today to Kibo Camp, which sits at 4700 metres. On the way, we head westwards before crossing the ridge and continue towards along the edge of what is known as the Saddle. While there is little vegetation to admire, don’t be too surprised if you see an eland – quite astonishing, really, at this lofty altitude. Our objective is to arrive at Kibo Camp 4700 meters at around 15.00hrs, having stopped for our midday picnic lunch. This evening, as we prepare for tomorrow’s summit attempt, we will be served dinner at an early hour (around 17.30) which will allow you to retire to bed at a good time!

  • Accommodation in tents at Kibo Camp
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Picnic Lunch box and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude Around 5-6 hours, climbing from Mawenzi Tarn Camp at 4300m to Kibo at 4700m.
  • Walking distance 8km/5miles
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Our schedule for our ‘Summit Day’ is necessarily very different to our other days on the mountain. Rising at 23.00hrs, we take our tea and biscuits (23.30hrs) before a midnight departure. Today, we have around 1195 metres to climb, on what will be our toughest day, with around 10-13 hours of actual walking time and a total distance of 22km/14miles.

Our expectation is to reach the summit from 07.00hrs onwards. We begin on a rocky path, and then climb via a series of zig-zags which get ever tighter as we climb.

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 pole pole – that is, slowly. On reaching the Uhuru Peak (5895 meters), we take time to celebrate the successful climb, take those essential photos and congratulate ourselves, before making the descent to return to Kibo hut for about 11.00hrs. There we take a very well-deserved, two-hour rest and enjoy a welcome Brunch. Setting off again at 14.00hrs, we continue our descent until we reach the now-familiar Horombo Hut 3720 meters for about 17.00hrs. Dinner today will be served at 19.00

  • Accommodation Horombo Hut
  • Meal Plan Brunch and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude 10-13 hours’ walk, from 4700m at Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak at 5895m then return to 3720m at Horombo Hut
  • Walking distance 22km/14miles
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After breakfast at our now-familiar time of 07.00hrs, we take the chance to thank our hard-working guides and porters at the important ‘Tipping Celebration’. Afterwards, we depart from Horombo Huts and start our descent down towards Marangu Gate 1970 meters, stopping at Mandara around midday for a cooked lunch.

Marangu Gate 1970 meters is usually reached by 16.00hrs, and today’s section is approximately 20km/12miles which takes us between 5 to 7 hours of walking time. Having reached Marangu Gate, you will be presented with your certificate, a fitting souvenir recognising your tremendous achievement. 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 Hotel
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Cooked Lunch and Dinner (at hotel)
  • Journey time and Altitude 6-7 hours’ walk from Horombo Hut 3720m to Marangu Gate 1970m, then return by vehicle from Marangu to Arusha 3 hours drive
  • Walking distance 20km/12miles
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After breakfast at our now-familiar time of 07.00hrs, we take the chance to thank our hard-working guides and porters at the important ‘Tipping Celebration’. Afterwards, we depart from Horombo Huts and start our descent down towards Marangu Gate 1970 meters, stopping at Mandara around midday for a cooked lunch.

Marangu Gate 1970 meters is usually reached by 16.00hrs, and today’s section is approximately 20km/12miles which takes us between 5 to 7 hours of walking time. Having reached Marangu Gate, you will be presented with your certificate, a fitting souvenir recognising your tremendous achievement. 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 Hotel
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Cooked Lunch and Dinner (at hotel)
  • Journey time and Altitude 6-7 hours’ walk from Horombo Hut 3720m to Marangu Gate 1970m, then return by vehicle from Marangu to Arusha 3 hours drive
  • Walking distance 20km/12miles

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Easy Travel Trip Safety: Helicopter Rescue A helicopter rescue service will be provided to air transfer you (during daylight hours only) in an emergency from the mountain to hospital in Moshi. Note that this service will only be applicable if you have Medical Insurance which covers high altitude trekking up to 6000 meters, and this service is always subject to weather conditions.
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  • Transport to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha at the beginning and end of your trip.
  • Transport from your Arusha hotel to the start of the climb and return to your Arusha hotel at the end of the climb.
Accommodation
  • 2 nights in Arusha, 5 nights on the Mountain in the Tents
  • 1st night – Planet Lodge
  • 2nd night – Simba Camp
  • 3rd night – Kikelewa Camp
  • 4th night – Mawenzi Tarn Camp
  • 5th night – Kibo Camp
  • 6th night – Horombo Camp
  • 7th night – Planet Lodge
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  • Day 1: Planet Lodge – Dinner
  • Day 2: Planet Lodge – Breakfast
  • Day 2: on the Mountain – Picnic Lunch Box
  • Day 2: Simba Camp – Dinner
  • Day 3: Simba Camp – Breakfast
  • Day 3: on the Mountain – Picnic Lunch Box
  • Day 3: Kikelewa Camp – Dinner
  • Day 4: Kikelewa Camp – Breakfast
  • Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp – Cooked Lunch
  • Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp – Dinner
  • Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Camp – Breakfast
  • Day 5: on the Mountain – Picnic Lunch Box
  • Day 5: Kibo Camp – Dinner
  • Day 6: Kibo Camp – Mid night Tea and Biscuit
  • Day 6: Kibo Camp – After summit Brunch
  • Day 6: Horombo Camp – Dinner
  • Day 7: Horombo Camp – Breakfast
  • Day 7: Mandara Hut – Cooked Lunch
  • Day 7: Planet Lodge – Dinner
  • Day 8: Planet Lodge – Breakfast
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  • Dedicated, expert Easy Travel mountain guides, mountain chef, mountain porters
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  • Mount Kilimanjaro Entrance Park Fee and Camping Fee
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  • Sleeping Tents
  • Dining Tents
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Utensils
  • Tables and Chairs
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  • Of course, we have a high success rate and your trip includes a Certificate of Achievement if you make it to the summit at Uhuru (5895m). But your trip includes a Certificate of Achievement even if you only reach Gilman’s point (5719m) or Stella point (5685m).
Taxes 18 % VAT (Value Added Tax)

What’s Not Included

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Flights International and Domestic Flight
Visa $100 per person for US Nationals and $50 per person for other county Nationals
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Drinks All type of Soft and Hard Drinks
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  • Technical Gear
  • Technical Clothing
  • Footwear
  • Handwear
  • Accessories
  • Laundry
  • Toiletries
Tanzania - tips - mt kilimanjaro trek - rongai route 6 daysTips Mountain Guide: $25 per day / per guide / per Group Mountain Chef: $15 per day / per group Mountain Porter: $8 per day / per porter

DISCLAIMER

We know that a day’s safari can make you hungry and we ensure that we always provide you with a balanced and nutritious lunch that will leave you satisfied. Generally, we provide you with either a picnic lunch box or a hamper lunch. You can read more about these here. On any particular day, we wish to remain flexible: after all, there may be times when the last thing you want to do is interrupt your wildlife-watching simply to watch your driver-guide set up a picnic table. On such occasions, it may be preferable to eat a lunchbox at the designated picnic sites, to ensure that you don’t miss any excitement! We will try to offer you something different each day, working with the hotels, camps and lodges to ensure that your midday meals are a pleasurable experience. Bon appetit!

Our aim is always to keep you safe and to give you the best experiences. We will only make changes to your chosen itinerary for one of those two reasons. Bear in mind that as accommodation is pre-booked, your itinerary will not change substantially. However, where visitors are spending multiple days in Serengeti National Park, the driver-guide may change the itinerary from day-to-day, according to conditions, travelling time and what is happening in the park. So, where – for example – the itinerary description indicates that you will go to the Visitor Centre on Day 4, your driver-guide may decide to visit it on Day 5 instead. If he does make a programme change, he will have a good reason for it and he will inform you.