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Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

from $ 2399

Experience Tanzania from the peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro

Trip Dates

  • 20.Aug. - 27.Aug.2017
  • 17.Sep. - 24.Sep.2017
  • 03.Dec. - 10.Dec.2017
  • 17.Jun. - 24.Jun.2018
  • 19.Aug. - 26.Aug.2018
  • 16.Sep. - 23.Sep.2018
  • 02.Dec. - 09.Dec.2018

Trip Dates

20.Aug. - 27.Aug.2017 available Book now
17.Sep. - 24.Sep.2017 available Book now
03.Dec. - 10.Dec.2017 available Book now
17.Jun. - 24.Jun.2018 available Book now
19.Aug. - 26.Aug.2018 available Book now
16.Sep. - 23.Sep.2018 available Book now
02.Dec. - 09.Dec.2018 available Book now

Trip Highlights

  • Trek to the summit of Africa's highest peak
  • Walk through pine forest to catch a glimpse of the Kilimanjaro Colobus Monkeys
  • Ascend to Kikelewa Caves, soaking up the superb views of Kibo on the way
  • Enjoy a real sense of wilderness at Mawenzi Tarn beneath the towering spires
  • Catch a spectacular sunrise from Gilman's Point before reaching the highest point of Mt Kilimanjaro

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Moshi

Day 2 - To Nale Moru, begin Kili climb

Day 3 - Trek to Kikelewa Caves

Day 4 - Trek to Mawenzi Tarn

Day 5 - Trek to School Hut

Day 6 - Climb to Gilman's Point and Uhuru Peak, descend to Horombo

Day 7 - Pass Marangu Gate, transfer to Arusha

Day 8 - Trip ends Arusha

The Sweat Level

HARDCORE

Fitness is an important aspect of our trips, and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. The trip has been assigned a Sweat Level of “Hardcore”. Trips with this grading include sustained physical activity over multiple days and may include trekking at altitudes above 5000m for an extended length of time. These trips require an excellent level of fitness and health and that you are comfortable trekking in all weather conditions. In preparation for the trip, we recommend partaking in full day walks or cycle trips each fortnight in order to build your endurance, coupled with cardio workouts three to four times a week, for at least three months prior to departure.

When To Go

As a general rule, mainland Tanzania is typically warm during the day and cool at night. Temperatures rarely exceed 27°C or fall below 10°C. While April to May experience long rains, November brings short rains that seldom last all day. Despite its equatorial location, Kilimanjaro can have severe weather conditions at higher altitudes and temperatures of -15°C at the summit are not uncommon. On the lower slopes days are warm and nights are cool, with rain possible at any time on the mountain.

Trip Inclusions

  • 5 nights camping, 2 nights hotel on a twin share basis
  • 6 x breakfast, 6 x lunch, 5 x dinner
  • National park fees valued at US$700
  • Transfers to and from the trail head
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Trekking crew to assist with meals and baggage
  • Luggage transfer/storage during trek

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Moshi

Welcome to Tanzania! On arrival in Moshi, make your own way to the group hotel. A trip briefing will be held at the hotel where you will meet your local guide and Yomads travellers. During the meeting you will learn more about the coming days and check that you have the necessary gear. The remainder of the day is free for you to spend at leisure before the first day of our Kili climb.

Meals: Nil

Day 2: To Nale Moru, begin Kili climb, walk approx. 4 hours

After breakfast we transfer to Nale Moru, the starting point of our trek. After registering at the gate, the walk begins through pine forest, keeping an eye out for the native Colobus Monkeys. Lunch will be had at the edge of the forest before we reach Sekimba at 2800m, the site of our first campsite.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: Trek to Kikelewa Caves (3600m), walk approx. 6 hours

Today we continue the steady ascent toward the 'Second Cave'. As we climb higher, superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim can be seen. Leaving the main trail, we strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi and our sheltered campsite in the valley.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Trek to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m), walk approx. 5 hours

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded with surrounding views and a real sense of wilderness. Vegetation is soon left behind as we make for our next camp, situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The remainder of the day is free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatisation.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Trek to School Hut (4750m), walk approx. 6 hours

Leaving Mawenzi behind, we climb through lunar desert to higher altitudes. Today we reach the ‘Saddle’, a barren plain between Mawenzi and Kibo; the two main peaks of Kili. The dramatic, windswept plain often provides stunning vistas as big clouds roll across the open land. Later, we arrive at School Hut to prepare for our early climb to the summit.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Climb to Gilman’s Point (5685m) and Uhuru Peak (5895m), descend to Horombo (3720m), walk approx. 13-15 hours

After a short night and a hot drink, we begin our ascent in the early hours of the morning. Climbing up to Kili’s crater rim, we hug the switchbacks along loose volcanic scree and make for Gilman’s Point (5685m) for a spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi and the ice fields. After a break we start the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5896m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo from the highest point in Africa is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to our campsite at Horombo.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Trek to Marangu Gate (1800m), transfer to Arusha, walk approx. 6 hours

The final leg of the trek takes us to the Marangu Gate where you will be awarded your certificate for completing the Kili climb before transferring to Arusha for a hot shower and some well deserved rest and relaxation.

Meals: B, L

Day 8: Trip ends Arusha

The journey ends today, leaving you free to head home or continue your adventure on your own.

Meals: Nil

Accommodation

Moshi 1N Hotel
Sekimba Camp 1N Camp
Kikelewa Caves 1N Camp
Mawenzi Tarn 1N Camp
School Hut 1N Camp or hut
Horombo 1N Camp
Arusha 1N Hotel

Disclaimer

This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control. Prices are valid up to 31/12/2017. For trips departing after this date, the price will likely increase subject to local inflationary pressures on operational costs.

The Sweat Level

  • Hardcore
Easy – these are pretty relaxed and are suitable for most fitness levels. Expect though to push a little outside of your comfort zone with the included activities, but they are not for lengthy durations.

Moderate - these will include cycling, walking, kayaking and other activities which will put a sweat on the brow. You should do some pre trip training like going to the gym, jogging, brisk walking or cycling at least 3 times weekly for months before you go to get your fitness level up.

Hardcore - these will include sustained walking or cycling over multiple days and that means you’ll need to get into a great fitness regime before your trip. The best preparation you can do is day walks or cycle trips one a fortnight that build your endurance fitness coupled with some hour long ‘cardio’ workouts up to 3 times a week, and continue this for 3 months before departure.

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