Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro
Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai is only route that starts from the north side. Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro on this route is used by few trekkers. Those of this African mountain climbing expedition route joins with the Marangu on the final ascent to the summit. This is on the fifth day of your hiking expedition.
You will however see few others along the way. Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro on this route affords the opportunity to witness the Mawenzi volcano. It is the second highest peak of Kilimanjaro. You also get to see the magnificent saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo Peak. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on this route takes you through a rugged terrain and there is very limited acclimatization time.
Fitness plays a huge role in the success of hiking Mount Kilimanjaro here. Expect see many changes of vegetation and scenery each day. This is due to the rising terrain and decrease in precipitation. Accommodation while hiking Mount Kilimanjaro will be in mountain tents. Your dining shall be in our mess tents. Toilet tents with convenient and sanitary portable flush toilets are set up at all camps.
6 Days Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro
Day 1: RONGAI GATE (6,550 ft) – RONGAI 1 CAVES CAMP (9,285 ft)
Met on arrival in Arusha by our Tanzania safari rep. Enjoy a detailed briefing on the 6 days hiking Mount Kilimanjaro program. This will be followed by a departure from Arusha at 0800hrs. This will be a 5 hours drive to the Rongai gate.
You will be in time for registration and a meet up with guide and porters. Commence hiking Mount Kilimanjaro with a 3 to 4 hour walk to the first camp. The walk is at a leisurely pace through fields and then into the rain forest. You will arrive at your camp set in the heather. It is here that you will have your dinner and overnight.
Day 2: RONGAI 1 CAVES – RONGAI 2 CAVES CAMP (11,300 ft)
You will wake up to an early breakfast. On this day your will be hiking Mount Kilimanjaro for 4-5 hours. This is a trek through the heather that brings you to second caves.
If the weather is clear, Mawenzi will be in plain view; a stunning sight. You will have some stops along the trek. This is to see the exotic heather-zone flowers and plants which grow alongside the trail.
Day 3: RONGAI 2 CAVES – KIKELEWA CAVES CAMP (11,800 ft)
Today is a short trek designed to help you acclimatize. You will take smaller track off the main trail through the moorland. You will be heading towards Mawenzi’s steeply rising slopes.
On this day you will spend about 3 – 5 hours hiking Mount Kilimanjaro. From the campsite you will enjoy magnificent views towards Mawenzi and Kibo.
Day 4: KIKELEWA CAVES – OUTWARD BOUND CAMP (15,585 ft)
Trek from the moorland into the stark highland desert. The temperatures turn cold as you near the foot of Kibo. This is a 5 – 7 hours of hiking Mount Kilimanjaro to Outward Bound Hut.
You have time to prepare all your gear for the night ahead. Remember to turn in early to rest.
Day 5: OUTWARD BOUND – UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft) – HOROMBO (10,200 ft)
Your hiking Mount Kilimanjaro day will starts early. This will be with a wakeup call at 0000hrs. An early morning cup of tea or coffee will prepare you for 0100hrs departure. You will stop at Hans Meyer cave on the way.
This is where the firs white Mount Kilimanjaro climber described in his journal. You will move from your camp to the rim of the crater. This is at Gillman’s Point (18,750 ft. / 5,712 m. Proceed to Uhuru Peak, a trekking time of about 7 – 8 hours. Savor your conquest of Africa’s heist mountain. It is now time for your descent to Mweka Camp is about 5 – 6 hours.
You will proceed to Kibo hut where you will pause for rest and lunch food. Another 3 to 4 hours will take you to reach Horombo Camp.
Day 6: HOROMBO CAMP – MARANGU GATE (5,900 ft)
The final day of hiking Mount Kilimanjaro is here. You will descend straight to the Marangu Gate. The time takes is about 5 – 6 hours.
On arrival you’ll have lunch and will be awarded climbing certificates. Transfer back to Arusha for a much-welcomed shower and end your Tanzania safari tour to Kilimanjaro!
End of 6 Days Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro
6 Days Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro Costs:
Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Inclusions/Exclusions
- Group transport to and from Moshi to the trail head
- Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, rescue fees and Value Added Tax (VAT)
- Expert guide, assistant guides, cook and porters
- Bottled oxygen, for emergency rescue only
- Private toilet
- Four season, 3 person mountain tents, double occupancy
- Sleeping pad, foam, 1.5 inches thick
- Mess tents, tables, chairs, lanterns
- Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain
- Breakfast at hotel
Not included in 6 Days Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro price:
- Lunch or dinner at hotel
- Beverages at hotel
- Personal gear and equipment
Costs of additional services:
- Single supplement, for single tent/room, per trip $250
- Extra porter, for excess gear, per day $30
- Extra hotel night in Moshi, check in 11AM, check out 10AM, per double room $90
- Sleeping bag rental, Mountain Hardwear Lamina, synthetic -30F, per trip $50
No rental reservations necessary, payable in Tanzania
- Trekking poles rental, telescopic, per trip $20
No rental reservations necessary, payable in Tanzania
- Mount Meru climb (4 days/3 nights + 2 nights hotel),
per person $1,495 (2+ climbers), solo climber $1,695