8 days

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Rongai

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Rongai

Climb Mt Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest peak

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  • Trek to the highest point in Africa – enjoy mountain scenery, sensational views and a great sense of achievement! The Rongai route is one of the least travelled paths to the summit so it's the perfect route if you want to beat some of the crowds on the other tracks.

    Why we love it

    • The chance to tick an item off your bucket list and trek 5895 metres to the summit of Africa’s highest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro
    • Celebrating your achievement with a swim, a cold beer and the best hot shower of your life at Aishi Lodge
    • Pass through a variety of different climactic and vegetation zones on the mountain, including lush farmland, delightful rainforest, alpine moorland, volcanic desert, glaciers, ice and snow!


    Day 1 - Machame Village

    • Your adventure will begin at the Marangu Hotel in the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro. You will be able to see the beautiful snow-capped mountains from the hotel grounds on a clear day.
    • Please make sure you are at Marangu Hotel by early evening, as your tour commences here with a full briefing and kit inspection before dinner by an experienced Kilimanjaro climber, in preparation for the start of our trek. Please note that it is sometimes necessary to have this meeting on the morning of Day 2 if someone arrives late. Please check at reception for up to date information on where and when this important meeting will take place.

    Day 2 - Nale Moru - First Cave

    • Upon completing all of the necessary registration formalities, you will be driven to Nale Moru. This is where you will embark on your climb through unspoilt wildreness.
    • You will wind through pine plantations and farmland on your first first half day of walking. The climb is gentle but consistent, and the forest that you'll be climbing through is rich with wildlife.
    • You will reach your first stop of the walk, which is on the edge of the moorland zone (2,600m) in the late afternoon.
    Moorland Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Kikelewa Cave

    • The Kikelewa Caves are on the agenda today. You will set off at around 8am. The first ascent from the campsite is steady, taking you to Second Cave at 3450 metres, where you can enjoy stunning views across Kibo and the eastern icefields of the crater rim.
    • You will go off the main track after lunch and traverse the mooreland on smaller paths, in the direction of the sharp Mawenzi peaks.
    • You will set up camp this afternoon near Kikelewa Caves at 3800 metres. (Walking time: 6 - 7 hours).
    Kikelelwa Caves or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Mawenzi Tarn Camp

    • You will have a slight reprieve today, with only three to four hours walking to reach your day's destination. You will however, be attacking some steeper terrain. The day will start with a short but steep climb up grassy slopes. When you reach the top, you will be rewarded with resplendant 360 degree views.
    • You will pass through the last of the vegetation zone before reaching your campsite for the night at Mawenzi Tarn (4330).
    Mawenzi Tarn Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Kibo Campsite

    • You will be crossing the lunar desert today, which marks the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. You'll continue on to reach the Outward Bound campsite (4730 metres), that sits at the base of the Kibo crater wall. It is a truly spectacular campsite.
    • The rest of the day will be free to relax and regain your strength before the summit ascent.
    Outward bound Campsite or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Summit day - Horombo Camp

    • You will embark upon the important, steep and demanding summit trek at 1am this morning. You will climb by torchlight through the darkness and volcanic scree to reach Gillman's Point on the crater rim at 5685 metres. You will rest here and enjoy the beautiful sunrise over Mawenzi.
    • Those who are keen to reach the peak, will set off on the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak at 5895 metres from here. Ice cliffs and glaciers still occupy the summit area, and you will pass them on your ascent.
    • Descending back to Kibo at 4700 metres will be relatively fast, and after you spend some time resting, you will continue down to Horombo at 3720 metres, which is your final campsite.
    Horombo Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Marangu

    • A final day of walking will precede a well earned rest at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort in Marangu. A steady descent will take you down through moorland to Mandara Hut at 2700 metres. The descent continues through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu at 1700 metres.
    • At the gate you can often buy beers (or from the villages on the way back). There’s then just a very short hike to the road head where you’ll be met by the vehicle and transferred back to the hotel for a swim, a beer, and a VERY welcome hot shower! Celebrations at the hotel will, no doubt, continue into the evening.
    Kilimanjaro Mountain Lodge or similar

    Day 8 - Marangu

    • Your tour will come to an end this morning after breakfast.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Peregrine’s specialist English-speaking local mountain guide.
    • The services of porters and a cook on the trek.
    • 6 days in Kilimanjaro National Park ascending along the Rongai Route and descending along the Marangu Route.
    • Equipment: a sturdy kit bag for your main luggage which will be carried by the porters.
    • Entrance and park/mountain fees.
    • 5 nights camping in spacious dome tents set up for you by the porters.
    • 2 nights in a comfortable hotel located at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Airport taxes or any other departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip. From 1st Jan 2015, gratuities are included for the essential services that you will receive as part of your tour package, but this will not include a tip for your mountain guide
    • Personal items
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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PFJR
Group size 4 - 15
Start City: Marangu Village, Tanzania
End City: Marangu Village, Tanzania
Style: Small Group

What to know

Physical preparation is essential to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. You will trek on terrain with plenty of ascents and descents, often on steep trails, and at altitude.

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