Tour Deatails

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. Descent is made via the Marangu route.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Parkview Inn hotel in Moshi for your overnight.

Day 2 : Moshi to Simba Camp

Your day starts early with breakfast and a briefing. Transfer through many villages and coffee plantations for 3-4 hours to the attractive wooden village of Nale Muru (1,950 m/6,398 ft.). After signing in and preparing the porters, you begin the hike on a wide path winding through fields of maize and potatoes, then enter pine forest. You then start to climb gently but consistently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin and Simba Camp (2,600 m/8,530 ft) is near the “First Cave” at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

Day 3 : Simba Camp to Second Cave

Your morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave. En route, you will enjoy superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim.

Day 4 : Second Cave to Third Cave

Your continuing steady ascent takes you up to the Third Cave. Closer now, the eastern ice fields on the crater rim continue to draw you upwards. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.

Day 5 : Third Cave to Kibo Huts

Today, you hike up to the Kibo Huts at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall, and this is where you join the popular Marangu Route. Plan on doing your hike early in the day, then resting in preparation for your final ascent. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, then turn in early.

Day 6 : Kibo Huts to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1 AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet you. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak! Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. After your summit stay, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and re cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep!

You do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slowly slowly, or, “pole pole,” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Day 7 : Horombo Huts to Marangu Gate to Moshi

Wake as usual, pack, and descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there then continue your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate, which you should reach around 2 or 3 PM. A vehicle will take you back to the Parkview inn hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration!

Day 8 : Moshi to Lake Manyara

Drive from Moshi to Lake Manyara National Park, which takes about 4 hours. After having a picnic lunch in Manyara, you start a late afternoon game drive, which is the best time to view animals in this park. When you approach it from the East Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive back droid to the lake. In the tall trees of the ground water forest, monkeys leap from branch to branch, on the escarpment elephants stand in the shade of a baobab. Other animals frequently seen are zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, and others. Overnight at the flamingo safari lodge – full board.

Day 9 : Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Crater

Enjoy a half day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater. This is the best place in Tanzania to see black rhino as well as the prides of lion that includes the magnificent black-maned males. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a variety of water birds. Other game that you may see includes leopard, cheetah, hyena, other members of the antelope family, and small mammals. Drive back to the Flamingo safari lodge for lunch. In the late evening you can walk through coffee plantations to enjoy watching birds and waterfalls. Return to the Flamingo safari lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 : Ngorongro to Tarangire to Moshi

The drive from the Flamingo safari lodge to Tarangire National Park takes three hours. This park is spectacular in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, elands and oryx gather to stay in Tarangire until the onset of the rain when they migrate again to good grazing areas. Then, in the late evening drive back to the Parkview Inn hotel in Moshi.

Include/ Exclude

Include

  • Price Includes
  • Transfer pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.
  • Pre & Post Trek & Safari accommodation at Kilimanjaro Parkview Inn hotel
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain & Safari
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Professional and experienced English speaking safari guide
  • Park entrance fee
  • New 4×4 Toyota land cruiser with a pop up roof
  • Entrance Fees
  • Water for drinking
  • Government Taxes

Exclude

  • Visa to Tanzania
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Tips to Mt crew & Safari Guide

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