This route is considered by many as the easiest route to reach the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The route ascends from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya and offers a different perspective due to its unspoilt wilderness and natural beauty. Jumbo Tours and Safaris leads treks up the unique Rongai Route known to be more scenic than the Marangu Route, easier than the Machame Route, and the success rate on the Rongai is very high. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Rongai you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. The Rongai starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The Rongai joins the Marangu for the summit climb, then you descend the Marangu Route on the mountain’s southeast side, so you see Kilimanjaro from many view points. There are two versions of this trek – a direct 6-day itinerary, and a 7-day itinerary that takes a longer route. The more expedient 6-day itinerary is described below and the longer variation is described in the extra days section.
Hiking time: 3-4 hours 8km
Habitat: Montane forest
Register at the Marangu park gate with a transfer (approximately 2 ½ hours) to the Rongai trailhead. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The first night’s camp is at First Cave, at about 2,625 meters. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below First Cave (Simba cave camp).
Hiking time: 5-6 hours 10km
The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching Kikelelwa Cave at about 3600 meters. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some. Overnight at Kikelelwa Cave camp.
Hiking time: 3-4 hours 5km
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.
Hiking time: 4 – 5 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert.
Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach School Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins at midnight. Overnight at School Hut Camp.
Hiking time: 12-16 hours 21km
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kilimanjaro shuffle and move slowly. From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it.
Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.
Hiking time: 5-6 hours 12km
Heather & moorland, Montane forest
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!
Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the standard hotel in Arusha/Moshi
Transfers to/from the mountain gates.
Expert guides, cook, assistant guides, and porters.
Three meals a day during the climb.
Bottled water on the first day of the climb boiled and filtered on the mountain.
Entry fees, Camping fees, rescue fees and crew fees.
Mountains 4 Season sleeping tents double occupancy.
Sleeping mattress, foam.
Mess tent, table, chairs and lanterns.
Oxygen tank in case of emergency.
Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent.
Crew salaries (Guides, cook and porters).
Tips (see tips guidelines)
Items of a personal nature
Gamow Bag is extra
Local Tanzanian Mountaineering Doctor for hire
Tips and gratuities
Simba Cave Camp
Simba Cave Camp
Mawenzi Tarn camp
Mawenzi Tarn camp
Kilimanjaro climbing is a unique trekking experience and attempted by 30,000 climbers each year. There are many pros and newbie hikers come to explore the highest freestanding mountain of the world. To climb 5,895m height you need a full crew to reach to the top. The crew includes guides, cooks, and porters. Porters are generally respected as the hero of Kilimanjaro. They doesn’t only accompany you to the peak also they carry all your needed stuff too.
They carry all the gears like clothing gears, hiking gears, and camping gears. The only thing you need to carry is your day pack. While porters are playing a role as the hero of Kili climb, they are unfortunately treated badly compared to other staffs. They are the low paid employees of the trekking companies. Most of the time they are not hired permanently, they used to work as freelancers.
They don’t only carry the gears they also help a lot in the campsites. They usually set up the tent, fill the bottle with clean water, and help cooks as well.
Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and also known for its world’s most iconic peaks. Climbing Kili is such a great activity with some hard steps to forward. Sometimes you may face some problems or lose hope for the climb. Guides can motivate you in a very optimistic way, appreciate your every step.
Mt. Kilimanjaro has almost every climate zone and that will suffer climbers the most. Because every routes has its own way to treat its climber.
Kilimanjaro guides are insightful, experienced, & flexible in nature. They know exhaustive description, history & geography about the land & the mountains. They can effortlessly demonstrate the do’s & don’ts etiquettes and inform you about the further journey.
If you want to know more reacted culture & tradition about the Chagga or Wachagga tribe, an experienced guide will show you the appropriate way. The approachable & companionable nature separates them from others. An adventurous path with a perfect guide can make your climb or trek better.
They got various special training, so their body adequate with the environment. This is also possible that they can understand the nature and accordingly craft the journey. Kilimanjaro guides are physically fit & have the leadership quality in them, which is inbuilt. And we know with a good leader, magic can happen ultimately.
Find a perfect guide is difficult! So you can book a slot before your trekking & enjoy the allure of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Private toilet tents are nevertheless important than other tents. Hygiene & sanitation are must for every climber as well as for the nature. You need this to maintain the privacy & can do your nature’s call at comfort. Most of the time climbers face many difficulties during the bathroom activity & some are not comfortable to change either.
Private toilet tent can be used as multi-purpose. You can use it as a toilet, bathroom, & changing room as well. Just purchase a high quality tent, so you can use it multiples times. Every day your kind-hearted potters set a toilet tent for you, so you can easily do your regular nature’s call anytime. While maintain the privacy, with an easy foldable, lightweight, private toilet camp. Another issue is, this mountain has almost all the climate zones. So, you will use the private one to avoid rain, cold or fog.
Mount Kilimanjaro has some public toilets but the difference is – sanitation. You can found it in every camp site & use it without of any hesitation. Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most visited place in Africa. So as a visitor your first duty is to maintain the sanitation of the place.
There are many frequently asked questions about Mount Kilimanjaro. Let’s focus the lights on some of these. Here we go:
Q: Is hiking Mount Kilimanjaro hard?
A: It really depends on your definition of ‘hard’. Because hiking to Mount Kilimanjaro is a life time achievement. With a perfect plan & gears it can be the most relaxed path. And another thing your selection of routes will judge your journey.
Q: Do you need any training to climb?
A: Every year, from different countries, states, & regions visitors come for the mountain trekking. Kilimanjaro never disappoints anyone, you can gain some wonderful memorise too.
But if you want then practice some stretching & walking before a week. Maintain some food habit, get checked from your doctor. And make sure to carry the medical approval card.
Q: How long does it take to summit Kilimanjaro?
A: Proper planning makes your summit easier. The time span is depends upon various routes. That may be the toughest or easiest or taking much time. You can go Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, & Umbwe routes according the flora & fauna, and other climate zones.
Q: What should I pack?
A: Before go for your checklist, once contact with your respective travel organisation. Because they may provide you some essential stuffs or you need to carry anything. Try to go for the most essential things, because there will be a weight limit for every person. Here are some essentials;
At the Mount Kilimanjaro, all you need is the right gear for the right time. In this situation, electronic gadgets play a vital role in the field of emergency. Mountain climbing is not only something that needs physical training but also needs the finest preparation before the trek. The important fact is, you need to pick the priority first.
Add your priority in your list that may be the gears or the gadgets. Because it is advisable to carry 12 kg/person. So you can carry your smartphone, power bank, which can charge any device easily. After that all you need a headlight, torch, with some spare batteries for an emergency. And to charge every gadget you need a solar charger.
The more you climb the more you need relaxation. So, you can have an mp3 player with a portable headphone for entertainment purposes. Camera- you can’t miss it out. The memory at such a high altitude should be captured.
And experience the splendid beauty of Kilimanjaro. On your way to the roof of Africa, try to carry 12 kg of the personal bag, because porters will carry your camping equipment, kitchen tent, toiletries & food equipment. Climbing Kili is the life time experience, so enjoy it completely.
Tipping is like a tradition. Mount Kilimanjaro attracts enormous visitors every year. Trekking is a lifetime adventure. So you need to worth it for every possible perspective. The guide is one who directs the path in your journey. An experienced guide has the capacity to craft your climb beautifully. Because they know the appropriate routes to reach the destination.
You can utilize their experience during your journey. They can judge the atmosphere easily & lead you consequently. So, pay them some tips & make them contentment. Because guides can lead you in the best possible way & protect you from some uncertainty.
In general, pay your guide the tip at the end of your journey because in that way you don’t need to carry more money with you. You can give the tips to the organization or directly to the guide. The entire process is from the first day to the end of the day accordingly you should add the tips & give it to them with a smile.
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