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Kilimanjaro Mountain Climb
Rongai Route

PROPOSED ITINERARY
KILIMANJARO MOUNTAIN CLIMB – RONGAI ROUTE

6 NIGHT / 7 DAYS (2017)

“It is more exhilarating and rewarding route giving you more experience of your lifetime. It gives you an opportunity to trek through two routes. Ascent through Rongai route and descend through Marangu route”.

 

The Rongai route ascent Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest point in Africa) from the northeastern side of the mountain passing along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. The trail retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness, with its natural status since its creation and offers a different perspective yet adventurous and enjoyable on mount Kilimanjaro through attempting it from the north. Its unique weather and vegetation state throughout a year gives an added advantage to the trekkers who are fond of wilderness life.

 

Day 01:

 

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International airport where you shall be met by our officials and to transfer to Hotel.

 

Briefing and kit check will be conducted this day.

 

Dinner and overnight at the lodge/Hotel.

 

Day 02 (Day 1 on the mountain):

 

Early morning breakfast.
Drive to Marangu gate.

 

After completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu National Park gate, we transfer by Land rover to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950m) on a small path that wind through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. [3-4 hours walking].

 

Day 03 (Day 2 on the mountain:

 

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves (3,600m) [6-7 hours walking].

 

Day 04 (Day 3 on the mountain):

 

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. [3-4 hours walking].

 

Day 05 (Day 4 on the mountain):

 

A day to acclimatize with a short morning walk up onto the Saddle.
Camp back at Mawenzi Tarn. [2 hours walking]

 

Day 06 (Day 5 on the mountain):

 

We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4,700m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! [6 – 7 hours walking]

 

Day 07 (Day 6 on the mountain):

 

We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around midnight. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685m). We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3,720m). [11-15 hours walking]

Day 08 (Day 7 on the mountain):

 

A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830m). [5-6 hours walking]. Transfer to Hotel for Dinner and overnight.

 

“End of Services”

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SERVICES NET RATE PER PAX IS US$:

COST FOR ENGLISH SPEAKING LOCAL DOCTOR IS USD 700 PER TREK

Single supplement, when climbing with others: USD 150 per climb.

Supplement for solo Climbers: USD 280 per climb.

INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE RATES:

 

  • Transfer from Kilimanjaro International Air port to Arusha.
  • 1 night accommodation and meals H/B at Hotel as specified in the itinerary. Pre climb.
  • Transfer from Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park gate. Before climb
  • Transfer from Kilimanjaro Gate to Arusha. After Climb
  • Guides and Porters food and salaries
  • All meals on the Mountain as specified in the itinerary
  • Park Fees paid to Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Rescue Fees
  • Camping Fees.
  • 1 night accommodation and meals H/B at Hotel as specified in the itinerary- Post climb.

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE:

 

  • Airport departure taxes Local and International
  • Personal mountain climbing gears ( we have few items in the stores for hire .Please ask)
  • Mineral water on the first day of the climb
  • Holiday supplements
  • Cost of local an English speaking doctor (cost for this service are given separate per trek)
  • Personal travel Insurance.
  • Sleeping bags
  • All other items of personal nature i.e. Laundry, Tel, Beverages etc
  • Tips.( Recommended : USD  200  and above per client per climb)

GENERAL ADDITIONAL  INFORMATION FOR  CLIMBERS.

 

PACKING LIST

 

Tips:

 

  • The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds) you will be charge USD 5 per every extra kg should your luggage weigh more than recommended weight.
  • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)
  • Wrap clothing in plastic bags
  • In the day pack, take along water, camera, binoculars, rain pants and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day.

 

FOOTWEAR:

 

  • Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike.
  • Take trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm (leather), waterproof, and with ankle-support
  • Take tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
  • Gaiters
  • Hiking socks
  • Wool socks

 

CLOTHING:

 

Your inner layer should be warm therefore preferably no cotton. Next layer should be insulating and warm, and the top layer should be water proof but breathable. Kilimanjaro may be on the equator, but the temperature can drop drastically.

 

We recommend that you wear shorts for first and last and pants for hiking and for lounging in the evenings

 

  • Short-sleeved t-shirts for first and last day only
  • Long-sleeved shirts for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
  • Long underwear
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants
  • Down jacket
  • Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
  • Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
  • Underwear
  • Sport bras, for women

 

COLD WEATHER:

 

  • Warm mittens and/or gloves (waterproof)
  • Wool or pile hat
  • Balaclava or neck gaiter
  • Crampons (may be needed March-May and November-December)

 

BAGGAGE:

 

  • Day pack, for you to carry
  • Large waterproof duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry
  • Plastic bags

 

SLEEPING:

 

  • Sleeping bag (-10 degrees F is recommended)
  • Sleeping pad and repair kit
  • Mattress (to put under the sleeping bag when camping)

 

OTHER:

 

  • Water bottles (2+)
  • Get 3 liters of bottled water before the trip. Guides will boil water for you along the route. Some people still bring a water filter to enhance the taste. You may want an insulated water bottle to keep it from freezing on the last day.
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Money (small Tanzanian bills for trek and cash Dollars for rest of trip) Travelers cheque are recommended but they fetch low rate locally.
  • Ski or trekking poles
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, film, mini-tripod
  • Video camera, tapes
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Batteries – bring double extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook, pencil and pen
  • Pocket knife
  • Electricity adapter
  • Energy bars and snacks
  • Playing cards, games, books
  • Chocolate or pens for village children, mementos for guides, porters, and other climbers

 

TOILETRIES:

 

  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand-wipes
  • Documents
  • Passport
  • Yellow fever certificate
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Address book

 

FIRST AID:

 

  • Ibuprofen
  • Band aids
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Malaria pills
  • Insect repellent
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Bandages and tape
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Prescription drugs

 

Please Note:

 

Rates for Mountain Climb are subject to change due to increase in park fees, government Taxes, etc.

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