6 Days Kilimanjaro Rongai Route


Tanzania, Kilimanjaro, Rongai Route

Tour Overview

6 Days on the Mountain, 2 Nights in Arusha Hotel1 Arusha – 1 Simba Camp – 1 Kikelewa Camp – 1 Mawenzi Tarn – 1 Kibo Camp – 1 Horombo Camp – 1 Arusha

Day by Day

Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, check in then go through the security check point and officials at the counter will check the required documents to verify your identity. You will go to the exit door where you will find a Kojuu safaris driver guide with a signboard written your name on it. He will greet you and take your luggage to our transfer vehicle and transferred you to Arusha city. On arrival at the hotel our driver guide will assist you with check in process then the hotel porter will take your luggage to your room. You will freshen up after a long flight and later on you will go down the restaurant for dinner and after dinner you can choose to relax at the facilities area take photos and later on go to your room.

Accommodation: Overnight at Arusha Planet Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast basis
Journey Distance and Time: From Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha – 1 hour drive – 55km

Day 2: Arusha – Nalemuru Gate – Simba Camp

After an early breakfast at your hotel, we depart around 08.00hrs, arriving at the Nalemuru Gate for around 13.00hrs, when we will enjoy our picnic lunch. We complete the registration formalities and are introduced to the all-important trekking team who will accompany you up the mountain. Your porters will load up, and then we are ready to start the trek! The adventure beings with the drive through villages and coffee plantations to the remarkable wooden village of NaleMoru. On the northeast side of the mountain where you meet the porters.
The first part of the trail leads through moist rainforest, which quickly becomes lighter on the dry north side. Soon you will reach the heather zone. Overnight in the First Cave Camp (Simba Camp) in the tent at about 9,300 ft altitude. Simba Camp is located close to First Cave, with a magnificent view out over the plains of Kenya.

Accommodation: Overnight at Simba Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner
Journey time and Altitude: 3-4 hours’ walking, from 1950m at Nalemuru Gate to 2620m at Simba Camp

Day 3: Simba Camp – Kikelelwa Camp

Today’s stage begins in the morning with a steady climb up to Kikelelwa Camp. The route takes in a long stretch of heath, distinguished by heather, wild flowers and stony paths. As you walk, you can enjoy the view of Kibo and the east-facing glaciers on the crater rim. After lunch you will leave the main trail and continue along a narrower path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. You will finally reach ‘Second Cave’, which is located in a sheltered valley close to Kikelewa Caves and surrounded by giant senecio plants. The path crosses moorland and there is less ascent than you have experienced this morning, but this is certainly a long, tough day. At the end of the afternoon’s walk, you should reach camp at around 17.00hrs and dinner will be served at 18.00hrs.

Accommodation: Overnight at Kikelelwa Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner
Journey time and Altitude: Between 6- and 8-hours’ walking, climbing from 2620m at Simba camp

Day 4: Kikelelwa Camp -Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Today’s stage takes you to Mawenzi Tarn Hut. Following a short but steep climb up grassy mountainside, you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view as your reward. The heathland gives way to rocky highlands, littered with large and small volcanic boulders that testify to a previous period of volcanic activity. After a couple more hours on the trail, you will reach the site of your overnight accommodation, which enjoys a spectacular location, nestling in a valley between the towering spires of Mawenzi.

Accommodation: Overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner
Journey time and Altitude: Between 3-4 hours, climbing from 3600m at Kikelelwa to 4300m at Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Camp – Kibo Tarn Camp

You will now find yourself walking through the almost lunar landscape that is known as ‘The Saddle’ and links Mawenzi and Kibo. On arrival at Kibo Huts, located at the foot of the Kibo crater wall, it is time to ready your equipment and warm clothes for the next day’s trek to the peak. Make sure to store your drinking water in a Thermos to prevent it freezing solid. Then spend the rest of the day relaxing and go to bed early to ensure your ‘human batteries’ are fully charged for Kilimanjaro’s ultimate challenge.

Accommodation: Overnight at Kibo Tarn Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner
Journey time and Altitude: Around 5-6 hours, climbing from Mawenzi Tarn Camp at 4300m to Kibo at 4700m.

Day 6: Kibo Hut – Summit – Horombo Hut

You will be woken up around midnight, and there is just time for a light meal before you set off into the night. Most people find the tricky terrain, where the trail is littered with loose stones, to be the most challenging part of the ascent. The objective is to reach Gilman’s Point at dawn, so you can make it to Uhuru Peak – the highest point on Kibo – shortly after sunrise. You will stop briefly at Gilman’s Point to enjoy the magnificent view before continuing along the rim of the crater to Uhuru. The last stretch of the climb features an even incline. Depending on the season, you may encounter snow on the last part of the route to Uhuru Peak, which is your final goal: the top of Kilimanjaro and the highest point in Africa. Once you reach the peak at an altitude of 5,895 masl, you can give yourself a pat on the back, enjoy the magnificent view and have your picture taken in front of the Uhuru Peak sign as a lasting souvenir of your achievement.
It is then time to start the descent to Kibo Huts, which you will find passes remarkably quickly. At Kibo Huts, you will stop to enjoy a well-deserved lunch before continuing on to Horombo Huts, where a much-needed night’s sleep awaits.

Accommodation: Overnight at Horombo Hut
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner
Journey time and Altitude: 10-13 hours’ walk, from 4700m at Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak at 5895m then return to 3720m at Horombo Hut

Day 7: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate – Arusha

We make the final descent through the rain forest to Marangu Gate. Here we will have lunch and say goodbye to our mountain crew before leaving Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Drive back to Arusha for a hot shower and a celebratory dinner.

Accommodation: Overnight at Planet Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner
Journey time and Altitude: 6-7 hours’ walk from Horombo Hut 3720m to Marangu Gate 1970m, then return by vehicle from Marangu to Arusha 3hours drive

Day 8: Departure – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Experienced and professional mountain guides
  • Guides, porters and cook
  • All park fees
  • Rescue fee
  • Sleeping bags
  • All meals including large portions of fresh, healthy and nutritious food
  • 3 liters of bottled water for the first day of hiking per person
  • Guides will boil water or use steripens for water sanitization for you along the route
  • Clean and purified drinking water and soft drinks
  • High quality and waterproof four-seasons tents,
  • mattress and sleeping bag
  • Climbing poles
  • Quality mess tents with tables and chairs
  • Private and portable flush toilets
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  • First night and last night in Arusha
  • All airport transfers


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