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Mount Kilimanjaro summit via the Rongai route, 6 days

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m), Africa's highest peak, with this 6-day trek via the Rongai route, starting near the Kenyan border, along a certified local guide from the Enosa Expeditions team.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration6 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro via the less frequented Rongai route

  • Enjoy stunning views over the African savannah and rugged Mawenzi

  • Go on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, along an experienced local guide!

Description

This 6-day trek takes you to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m), Africa’s highest peak and one of the world’s Seven Summits, via the scenically attractive Rongai route, departing close to the Kenyan border.

This itinerary approaches the summit from the less frequented and drier north-eastern side of Kilimanjaro, offering amazing views over the African savannah and rugged Mawenzi.

We will be hiking throug well developed trails and pass through fir forest, rain forest and alpine desert. Just after Mawenzi Tarn Camp we will pass the only mountain lake in Kilimanjaro National Park.

Although the Rongai route is generally be thought to be a relatively easy route, bear in mind that the rocky passages in the summit area may be a little more demanding than in other routes.

We will descend via the Marangu route, hiking through green and exuberant rainforest on good trails. You can check the day-by-day itinerary below. During the entire climb we will be staying overnight in mountain tents.

So what are you waiting for? If you want to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, just contact us, book your trip and let’s start planning this unique adventure in Tanzania together.

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Disclaimer

Please note that you will need to sign a liability waiver prior to the beginning of the trip. The participant will need to have appropriate insurance coverage.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Moshi

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our transfer driver will welcome you and transfer to a nice and comfortable hotel in Moshi. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure – relax at the hotel pool or take a taxi and explore the town of Moshi. In the late afternoon one of our Kilimanjaro team members, will brief you on your upcoming trek.

Day 2: Moshi – Nalemoru Gate (1,990 m) – Simba Camp (2,625 m)

After breakfast we will take you around Mt Kilimanjaro to its north-western side and after 3 to 4 hours, you will arrive at the Nalemoru Gate. Once the registration process is completed and your luggage divided between the porters, your adventure begins. The path runs alongside mountain farmers’ fields and pine forests before it enters the sparse mountain forest zone, where black and white colobus monkeys can often be seen. After an approximate 3 to 4 hour hike, you will reach the Simba Camp where you will spend the night.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3: Simba Camp (2,625 m) – Kikelewa Camp (3,630 m)

Today’s trek passes through the heather and moorland zones and the views of Mawenzi and the vast Kenyan steppes are nothing short of grand. You will have lunch at the Second Cave (3,450 m) and after a short break, you will cross the undulating terrain to Kikelewa Camp. This camp boasts incredible views and after a strenuous day’s climb, you can relax and take in its peaceful ambience.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4: Kikelewa Camp (3,630 m) – Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,310 m)

The typical senecien vegetation will soon disappear and the scenery will become more barren with the occasional rock formations. In good weather you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Kibo and Mawenzi summits as well as Kenya’s savannah grasslands. After passing a few more rock formations, you will arrive at the Mawenzi Hut. For many mountain climbers, it is the most atmospheric camp on the mountain.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,310 m) – Kibo Hut (4,700 m)

On a relatively easy path, today’s itinerary takes you over the Kibo Saddle. A lack of vegetation is characteristic for the landscape here as only a few types of grass and other plant species can survive in this dry area and thin air. Just before we reach our destination, one last rock passage has to be conquered. Finally you will arrive at the School Hut, where you can relax and mentally prepare yourself for tomorrow’s summit stage. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6: Kibo Hut (4,700 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

The climb begins at around 00:00h and after a 5 to 7 hour walk on frozen volcanic ash, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5,715 m) on the crater’s edge. The sun rays will warm you while you trek for another 1 to 2 hours until you reach Uhuru Peak and finally stand on “Africa’s Roof”. The descent on the now thawed lava ash runs almost along the same route and you will arrive at the School Hut in the late morning. A warm meal will be served and after a well-deserved break, the descent continues to the Horombo Hut.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Moshi

After trekking for approximately 5 to 6 hours, you will have managed the easy descent and you will return to the Marangu Gate during the early afternoon. You will say goodbye to your mountain crew and a short transfer will take you back to the Sal Salinero Hotel. Here you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your achievement.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8: Moshi – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can go on safari or extend your stay at the beach.

 


About the guide

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We are an experienced Tour Operator company, offering high-quality service and unique mountain trekking, safaris and beach holidays in Tanzania.

All our treks to the mountain are led by highly trained and qualified guides, registered with the Kilimanjaro National Parks Board. Each of our guides has been selected over years, based on experience, safety record and through feedback from previous clients. Over the years they have made a major contribution to our proud success rate of 96%+.

The guides are all fluent in English, have been trained in first aid and hold a valid license to climb all routes on Kilimanjaro. In case of an emergency they will help you to come down via the evacuation tracks to the nearest gate. All our guides, like many Tanzanians for that matter, have a good sense of humour and will help make your trip the experience of a life time.

Our Kilimanjaro guides are organized in the Kilimanjaro Guides Association (KGA). Each guide is in charge of his team consisting of assistant guides, cook(s) and porters.

Get in touch with us and we will help you create your dream holiday in East Africa!


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