7 day Rongai Route
7 Days $2,500 USD
Upon your arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport our driver will pick you up and drive you to your hotel for the evening.
Day 1: Moshi - Rongai 1st Caves Camp (9,285 ft./ 2,830 m)
After breakfast, you will meet some of your crew members before we head off on the drive to the Marangu gate at Mount Kilimanjaro. After completing the registration process, we will drive for approximately 5 hours until we arrive at the Rongai Gate. This walk on the first day is at a leisurely pace through fields and into the rain forest. We will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the Rongai 1st caves camp.
Day 2: Rongai 2 Caves Camp (11,300 ft./ 3,450 m)
After breakfast, we start our day with a 4-5 hour climb through the heather which will bring us to the second caves. If the weather is clear, a stunning view of Mawenzi will be in plain sight. We will enjoy stopping to see the interesting heather-zone flowers and plants which grow alongside the trail. Our day ends at the Rongai 2 caves camp where we will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3: Kikelewa Caves Camp (11,800 ft./ 3600 m)
Today is a short trek designed to help you acclimatize. A smaller track leads off the main trail through the moorland and towards Mawenzi’s steeply rising slopes (Mawanzi peak). After a 3-5 hour trek, we will arrive at camp for a hot lunch, and a chance to acclimatize while exploring the surrounding landscape of bizarre plants and rock formations and caves. We will have dinner and spend the night at the Kikelelwa caves camp.
Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (14,160 ft./ 4,315 m)
Trek from the moorland and eventually into the stark highland desert towards Mawenzi, on trails not frequented by many tourists. From the Tarn Campsite you will enjoy a magnificent view across the saddle towards Kibo; your final target. Total trekking time is 5-7 hours. Dinner and overnight at Mawenzi Tarn camp.
Day 5: Mawenzi - Kibo
The trekking time today is 5 – 7 hours, though a relatively easy hike across the wide saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The trek takes us across the massive saddle which is an impressive crossing with spectacularly stark landscape. After our trek we will prepare our gear and get to bed early to be ready for the big trek ahead during the middle of the night.
Day 6: Horombo Camp (10,200 ft./ 3,110 m)
We will wake up at midnight and depart from the camp at approximately 1 a.m. From our camp to the rim of the crater (Gillman’s Point (18,750 ft./ 5,712 m)) to Uhuru Peak, the trekking time is about 7 – 8 hours. Upon our departure, the temperatures will be between -0 to -10° C, and then from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. (just before sunrise), you can expect temperatures from -10° to -20° C. The slope is steep, with switchbacks, over loose rock and scree with some boulders as we near Gilman’s Point. We will stop at Hans Meyer cave on the way, the famous place Kilimanjaro’s first Western climber described in his journals. Once we arrive at Gilman’s Point at the edge of the crater (after approximately 5 – 6 hours), the trail to the summit is less demanding and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim (depending on the season). After 3 hours of descending to Kibo Hut, we pause to rest and have some food before continuing on another 3 to 4 hours to reach Horombo Hut.
Day 7: Marangu Gate to Moshi Hotel
We will descend straight to the Marangu Gate (5 – 6 hours) where you can proudly collect your certificate. You will then meet your driver who will escort you back to your hotel in Moshi where you can enjoy a long hot shower.
Transportation in comfortable and reliable 4-wheel drive vehicles with pop-up roofs for maximum viewing and photography opportunities
Three meals per day unless specified otherwise
Mineral water daily (1.5 liter per person)
Professional trained and experienced English-speaking guides
Medical insurance (available on request - $70 USD per person)
Tips and gratuities