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Kilimanjaro trekking via Rongai Route

Kilimanjaro trekking via Rongai Route



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The Rongai Route is a less crowded and more scenic alternative to the popular southern and western routes up Mount Kilimanjaro. It starts on the northern slope of the mountain and passes through a variety of different ecosystems, including rainforest, moorland, and alpine desert.

One of the unique features of the Rongai Route is that it passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro. This is the only route that offers this view, and it is a truly stunning sight.

The Rongai Route is also a good option for those who are looking for a more challenging climb. The ascent is gradual, but there are some steep sections, and the altitude gain is significant. However, the rewards are worth it, as you will be able to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape and the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Oreteti Safaris offers an 8-day Rongai Route climb that includes all of the necessary gear, food, and support. Our experienced guides will help you to acclimatize to the altitude and safely reach the summit.

If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding Kilimanjaro climb, the Rongai Route is a great option. Contact us today to book your 8-day Kilimanjaro, Rongai Route climb.

Tour Features

Tour type

Mid-range Tour

This is mid-range tour uses 4-3 stars hotels & Lodges

Private Tour

Private Tour

This is a private tour with a private guide, designed exclusive for you.

Customizable Tour

Customizable Tour

This tour can be customized to fit your preferences and your needs

Departure Guaranteed

Departure Guaranteed

This tour can start any day, and it is available troughout the year.

2024/2025 Rates Per Person

Dates 2-3 pax 4-5 pax 6 pax
1 Jun to 31 Oct $2,509 $2,467 $2,400
22 Dec to 31 Mar $2,472 $2,380 $2,410
1 Nov to 21 Dec $2,423 $2,391 $2,300
1 Apr to 31 May $2,397 $2,313 $2,289

Trip Summary

Day 1

ARRIVAL

  Tulia Hotel & spa

Day 2

TREKKING FROM NALEMURU GATE TO SIMBA CAMP

  SIMBA CAMP

Day 3

TREKKING FROM SIMBA CAMP TO KIKILEWA CAMP

  KIKILEWA CAMP

Day 4

TREKKING FROM KIKILEWA CAMP TO MAWENZI TARN CAMP

  MAWENZI TARN CAMP

Day 5

TREKKING FROM MAWENZI TARN CAMP TO SCHOOL HUT CAMP

  SCHOOL HUT CAMP

Day 6

TREKKING TO UHURU PEAK AND DESCENT TO HOROMBO CAMP

  HOROMBO CAMP

Day 7

DESCENT FROM HOROMBO CAMP TO MARANGU GATE

  Tulia Hotel & spa, Arusha

Day 8

DEPARTURE

Day 1
Tour activity

ARRIVAL

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet an Oreteti Safaris representative, and transfer to accommodation in Arusha for relaxation, Dinner, and overnight. The hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay: cozy rooms, hot water, polite staff, a swimming pool, and Internet access. In the evening, there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb.

Tour activity

Tulia Hotel & spa

Day 2
Tour activity

TREKKING FROM NALEMURU GATE TO SIMBA CAMP

A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's northern entrance: Nalemuru Gate (2,020 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Simba Camp (2,625 m). Your trek this day will be moderate and take you through the coniferous forest up Kilimanjaro's northern slope. Remember not to hurry and always keep a comfortable pace. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put up tents and cook dinner for you.

Tour activity

SIMBA CAMP

Day 3
Tour activity

TREKKING FROM SIMBA CAMP TO KIKILEWA CAMP

Early in the morning after breakfast, the group will depart from Simba Camp to start trekking towards your second high altitude camp: Kikilewa Camp (3,630 m) where you can see Kibo Volcano at its finest (barring cloudy weather). This trekking is more physically demanding than the previous one, so once you are in the camp, full rest is recommended.

Tour activity

KIKILEWA CAMP

Day 4
Tour activity

TREKKING FROM KIKILEWA CAMP TO MAWENZI TARN CAMP

Early wakeup, breakfast, and the start of trekking to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, which is situated at the foot of Mawenzi Volcano, Kilimanjaro's second summit. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and a two-hour rest, after which there will be an acclimatization hike towards Mawenzi Volcano with a 200-meter gain in altitude, followed by a hike back down to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, where you will have dinner in the evening

Tour activity

MAWENZI TARN CAMP

Day 5
Tour activity

TREKKING FROM MAWENZI TARN CAMP TO SCHOOL HUT CAMP

This day will be spent trekking towards School Hut Camp (4,715 m). The landscape will change significantly to give way to a rocky semidesert. The actual trekking is not very difficult; just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to keep up your strength for the trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit. When you reach the camp, we recommend you sleep well, avoid strenuous activity, and drink as much as you can, because that very night you will be ascending Uhuru Peak (5,895 m).

Tour activity

SCHOOL HUT CAMP

Day 6
Tour activity

TREKKING TO UHURU PEAK AND DESCENT TO HOROMBO CAMP

Night departure from School Hut Camp (4,715 m) and the start of your trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit: Uhuru peak (5,895 m). The trekking will be moderate from a physical standpoint, but the altitude presents a much more serious problem. For the entire length of the trekking, each pair of climbers will be accompanied by their own guide, who will be monitoring your stamina and mental resolve. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Kibo Camp and after a two-hour rest continue your descent to Horombo Camp (3,720 m).

Note: Don't forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails. 

Tour activity

HOROMBO CAMP

Day 7
Tour activity

DESCENT FROM HOROMBO CAMP TO MARANGU GATE

You will be offered a warm breakfast in the morning, after which we will head for the Kilimanjaro National Park's exit: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, and then you will have the chance to share your opinions on the trip in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates (in our office) and provide you a transfer back to the hotel.

Tour activity

Tulia Hotel & spa, Arusha

Day 8
Tour activity

DEPARTURE

Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport.

Note: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

package includes Package Includes

Tour price includes (climbing)

Transfers:

  • Return transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to accommodation in Arusha;
  • Return transfer from accommodation in Moshi to the entry gate into Kilimanjaro National Park.

Entry fees:

  • Park Fees: all park fees collected by Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fees, and all others). 

Accommodation:

  • Accommodation at 3* to 4*hotel  one night before and one night after the expedition. You will have all for a comfortable stay - friendly staff, clean rooms, Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a swimming pool;
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern comfortable 4-season North Face VE-25 tents);

Please note: by default, you will share a room and a tent with your travel companion. If you travel solo on a group expedition, we will room you with a same-sex participant. A single supplement is available upon request.

Meals:

  • Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;
  • All meals on the hike. You will find delicious energy-rich meals on our mountain menus. Our professional chefs will prepare assorted soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit, and vegetables. Vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water).

Hiking and safety equipment:

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • All group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • Complete medical kits including Diamox.

Climbing crew:

  • Professional guides licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All guides are holders of Wilderness First Responder certification. All of them have 7+years of successful experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).

We are proud to be the members of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project. It is an unbiased evaluation of our commitment to fair treatment of our mountain crews. Of all operators,  Oreteti Safaris is paying the highest wages to the porters, guides, cooks, and other Kilimanjaro teammates. 

Taxes:

  • 18% VAT, 1% TDL, and 0.3% Service Levy. Oreteti Safaris is an honest and responsible tour operator working in full compliance with the tax law of the United Republic of Tanzania.

package includes Package Doesn't Include

  • International flights;
  • Tips (200–250 USD per climber for the whole mountain crew);
  • Visa fee (100 USD for American citizens and 50 USD for all others);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the climb);
  • Portable toilets (if required - 250 USD per unit, one can be shared between 3-4 people);
  • Mountaineering insurance. You'll need special insurance for climbing Kilimanjaro that covers high-altitude trekking up to 6000 m.

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