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  • Location Tanzania
  • Duration 6 days
  • Min Age 12+
  • Max People 12
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About This Route

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Starting from the northeastern side of the mountain near the Kenyan border, the Rongai Route rises above the Amboseli plains and approach the summit of Kilimanjaro west of the Mawenzi peak. It is an unfrequented route and is also the easiest camping approach to Uhuru Peak. The descent normally uses the Marangu Route. There are two variations to this route. Rongai route is best option during the rainy season, due to its location, which receives little rain. This route can be climbed for 6days, although 7days is recommended for better acclimatization.

Arrive In Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Parkview In hotel/Kilimanjaro wonders Hotel or any booked in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.

Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis.

Arrive in Tanzania

Nalemoru Gate

This morning we will drive to the village of NaleMoru for the starting point of the Rongai route. The first stage of the trek is through farmland and pine forests. You may have chance to see the beautiful Colobus monkeys or if you’re lucky enough, elephants or buffalos en route. Our first camp will be the Simba Camp located at the edge of the moorland zone at 2625m.

  • Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
  • Approx. time taken: 4hours - 5hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 1 Simba Camp (2625m) to 2nd Cave Camp (3480m)

Simba Camp

The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave Camp located in the moorland zone with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.

  • Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi
  • Approx. time taken: 3hours to 4hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 2 2nd Cave Camp (3480m) to Kikelewa Camp (3630m)

Kikelelwa Camp

Leaving the pine forest behind, we carry on with a steady ascent walking though moorland. There are superb views of the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim of Kibo, the highest of the three volcanoes which form the mountain. We will leave the main trail and strike out across moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, the second of Kilimanjaro's volcanoes. We will set up camp today in the sheltered valley near Kikelewa caves at 3630m.

  • Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi
  • Approx. time taken: 3hours - 4hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3 Kikelewa Camp (3630m) to Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m)

Kikelelwa Camp

Our day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical, but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for fresh water before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp.

  • Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
  • Approx. time taken: 4hours - 5hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4 Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

Kibo Hut

We leave our campsite and cross the lunar desert of the ‘saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo After a couple hours trekking, reach this spectacular place, with the summit of Kilimanjaro in the background and our trail to the high camp stretched out before our eyes. Upon reaching our camp the remainder of the day will be spent resting in preparation of the final ascent after a very early night!

  • Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
  • Approx. time taken: 5hours – 6hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5 Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Horombo Hut

Today is “The Big Day” - the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 - 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 - 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

  • Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 12 hours - 15 hours
  • Meals: Bed & Breakfast

Day 6 Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)

Marangu Gate

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.

  • Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi
  • Approx. time taken: 8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Depart Tanzania

Moshi

This day left for your next destination. If you have safari, then might be used to beginning your safari or fly to Zanzibar or fly back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

Include

  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at Parkview Inn or Kilimanjaro wonders Hotel.
  • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Portable flush toilet can be provided for free upon client’s request.

Exclude

  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Tips to mountain crew

Tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro is recommended for group sharing as following:

  • Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
  • Cook $10 – $15/day
  • Porters $8 – $10/porter/day.
Shira Route
Month Temperature Precipitation Cloudiness Crowds
January Warm Medium Low High
February Warm Medium Low High
March Moderate High Medium Low
April Moderate High High Low
May Moderate High High Low
June Cold Medium Medium Medium
July Cold Medium Low High
August Cold Low Low High
September Moderate Low Low High
October Moderate Low Medium Medium
November Moderate High Medium Low
December Moderate Medium Medium Medium

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