Mount Kilimanjaro stands almost 6000 meters above sea level, but one does not need to be an experienced mountain climber to reach its peak but moderately fit. To climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro, you need to be in a fit and healthy state with a good all-round condition and strong will power– we will do the rest.
Before you ascend on your trekking adventure, you will meet with a Trekking Operations Manager for a briefing. Route, safety procedures and health issues will be discussed in detail and you have enough time to ask any remaining questions. Your trekking gear will be inspected to ensure that you have everything you need to be safe and comfortable. During your climb, you only carry your backpack with essentials such as water for the day’s hike.
Porters will carry all equipment, food and additional luggage – they are tough climbers and the true heroes of the mountain. Your safety is vital to us. Most of the mountain guides have been part of our team for many years, been up Kilimanjaro hundreds of times and all receive regular training. You are in good hands. The cooks are miracle workers. With simple gas cookers, they conjure up 3-course feasts, hot drinks and snacks to revive and nourish you when you need it most. Drinking water comes from mountain streams and is boiled before you drink it.
The Rongai Route is the third-most popular route on Mt. Kilimanjaro and involves a much shorter approach to Kibo than the Marangu Route. Accommodation is in tents and the length of this trek is six days. Be prepared for a quite strenuous walk.
Drive from Arusha to Marangu Gate for the necessary registration formalities and then be transferred by Land Rover to Rongai, which should take about 1.5 hours. The climb starts at the village of Nale Moru (6,400 ft/1,950 m) through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The climb is consistently and gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. Reaching first Campsite, at the edge of the moorland zone (8,500 ft/2,600 m.), giving you extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
Distance: 4.4mi/7km, 3-4 hrs Trekking
After breakfast start with steady walk ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (11,300 ft/3,450 m.). Start seeing Kibo Peak and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite is in a sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves (11,800 ft/3,600 m.)
Distance: 9.3 mi/15km, 5-7 hrs of trekking
Trailing start with short but steep climb up grassy slopes, which are rewarded with superb circular views and a tangible sense of wilderness, before reaching Mawenzi Tarn (14,200 ft/4,330 m.), for camping. Spend the rest of the day resting or exploring the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization.
Distance: (6.2 mi/10km, 5-7 hrs. of trekking)
Early morning proceeds with trekking crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School Campsite at the foot of the Kibo crater wall. Spend remainder of the day resting and preparation for the final ascent.
Distance: 5mi/8km, 6-7 hrs of trekking.
The last day will be a really early beginning for the summit (19,300 ft/5895m), normally 01:00 am, trailing through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point, take a rest for short while before continuing to the Uhuru Peak (which might take 3 hours) After relaxing, watching the sun rise and taking memorable pictures, start descending to the Horombo Hut and spend overnight there.
After breakfast descend to Marangu Gate, meet the driver and return to your hotel in Arusha
How intense is this trek?
This is quite a strenuous hike up to nearly 20,000 feet in only 5 days. Call it 9/10 on the Vacayou Strenuous Meter.
What airport do I fly into?
Book your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) which is an international airport in northern Tanzania that serves the cities of Arusha and Moshi.
Tour operated by Safari Soles Tours. Cancellation policy: If individuals cancel less than (1 day) prior to tour they will forfeit tour fees. Consideration for a refund can be made in extraordinary circumstances that can be proven. If individuals cancel less than 3 days prior to tour they will receive 70% refund(less bank transaction costs). If individuals cancel before (7 days) to tour date, a full refund will be made (less bank transaction costs). If for any reason the tour is cancelled by Safari soles tours, a full refund will be made to the contracting party.