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MT.KILIMANJARO - 7 DAY RONGAI




 
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MT.KILIMANJARO - 7 DAY RONGAI

The only northern approach route to Kilimanjaro, the Rongai route offers the closest to a wilderness experience. The trek in is through a remote and barren landscape where the rainforest has sadly been lost to agriculture. For those looking to get away from the crowds on Kilimanjaro's popular routes, though this offers a much quieter trail. Like the Marangu route, the Rongai route suffers from a low summit success rates as the topography does not allow the climber to "walk high, sleep low". Rongai route can also be climbed in 6 days. Please let us know if you want quotes for the same.

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  • The weather on Kilimanjaro ranges from hot to bitter cold. Mt. Kilimanjaro has 5 major ecological zones, each with its own temperature and life as the altitude increases. January and February are the warmest months, April and May are the wettest months, June and July are the coolest months, and August and September are the driest months. These generalities about the weather in Moshi hold true for Mount Kilimanjaro as well. Temperatures at the summit can range from -7 to -29 degrees Celsius. Due to its height, the mountain makes its own weather. It is impossible to predict the weather on the mountain.

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Is this Holiday for you ?

Kilimanjaro is a big mountain and each of the trekking routes to its summit involves around 4000 metres of ascent. The 7 day Rongai Route is potentially the quickest route on the mountain but it also has a drawback of not being able to follow the 'walk high, sleep low' formula.. However, it is a very quiet route with less climbers than other routes and is therefore preferred by climbers who want to get away from the crowd. Generally, the trek is on good trails and is never very steep. With the exception of the summit day (which is very long) each of the trekking days is short, usually just 4 to 5 hours of walking, which gives us the afternoons to take it easy. The summit day will present a considerable challenge to everyone, as much for the 3000 metres of descent as for the ascent.

  • Only Northern route approach route to the summit
  • Offers a true wilderness experience in the early stages of the climb.
  • Lower success rate due to the inability to naturally 'walk high, sleep low'

  • English speaking guides
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary as mentioned
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Oxygen tanks (only for descent)
  • Private group chemical toilet
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Tips
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc
  • Personal camera equipment & gear
  • Flights and airfare
  • Breakfast is usually fairly hearty, and includes porridge, sausage, eggs and toast with marmalade or jam. Of course, you’ll also have hot drinks, generally a choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
  • Lunch is either packed for you, to carry in your rucksack, or we stop for a hot cooked lunch depending on your itinerary. A typical packed lunch is a boiled egg, sandwiches, a portion of chicken, crisps, snack bar, fresh fruit and a drink.
  • Afternoon Tea is served at the end of the day's walking, once you get to camp. In addition to tea and other hot drinks, there are plenty of peanuts, popcorn, biscuits and snacks to help restore some of the energy you’ve just burned off.
  • Dinners are quite filling. They usually begin with a nice hearty soup, and then a main course such as chicken curry, spaghetti bolognese, fresh vegetables, and plenty of rice, pasta or potatoes, followed by a yummy dessert such as pancakes or banana fritters with maple syrup or nutella! Let your guide know if you are still hungry, or even if you think you could ‘pack in a few more bites’. Our cooks always try to provide more food than necessary to ensure everyone gets a good meal.
  • No Airport transfers are included as people travel from different parts of the world and a single group transfer is impossible to assign. We can, however, arrange a transfer from and to the airport as per your request. Please contact the UFO office for transfer details and cost.
  • During this trip the group will spend 2 nights in hotel and 7 nights camping.. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office.
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea at around 6- 6.30 am. At around 7-7.30 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8-8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next camp. While you have your breakfast, the guides will brief you for the day and do health checks. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely to the next camp by porters. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the trek ahead. Usually, our route will involve a mix of walking through rugged terrain and scrambling over loose rocks. Be prepared for some uphill climbing every day. Usually we walk for around 5-6 hours every day. On arrival at camp, we can relax in our mess tent and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7-7.30 p.m. in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. There will be time for debriefing with the guides and anything that you may have on your mind. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.
  • 9 Days, 2 nights hotel, 6 nights camping
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • max group size: 10

MEET AT THE GROUP HOTEL IN MOSHI.

Meet at the group hotel in Moshi. where you can finally meet your Rongai route trek partners and crew or mingle with other climbers if any staying at the hotel. The first day is reserved for resting and the chief guide will introduce himself and explain the week long climb to Mt. Kilimanjaro the group. Rest is essential before you embark towards your goal of climbing the Uhuru Peak.



  Accommodation
Hotel in Moshi
  Meals
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RONGAI GATE TO FIRST CAVE CAMP (2600m)

Transfer from your hotel to Marangu Gate for registration and then a further transfer to the Rongai trailhead (approx. 2½ hours).  Our porters prepare and pack our supplies and luggage before we start our ascent through the village of Nale Moru. The small winding path crosses maize fields before climbing gently through a pine forest until we reach First Cave at 2,600m altitude.



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Camping
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BLD
  Time
4-5 hrs walking (8 kms)
  Habitat
Montane Forest

FIRST CAVE TO KIKILEWA CAVE (3600m)

The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching Kikelewa Cave at 3600m. From here the views start to open up and you will see for yourself how huge a mountain Kilimanjaro really is. We overnight at Third Cave Camp (Kikelewa Caves).



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Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
6-7 hrs walking (9 kms)
  Habitat
Moorland

KIKILEWA CAVE TO MAWENZI TARN (4330m)

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4330 m), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization.



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Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
4 hrs walking (6 kms)
  Habitat
Moorland

ACCLIMITIZATION AT MAWENZI TARN (4330m)

We will spend an extra day at Mawenzi Tarn to help with acclimatisation.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Habitat
Moorland

MAWENZI TARN TO KIBO CAMPSITE (4750m)

We cross the lunar desert of the 'Saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4750m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent tomorrow!



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
3 hrs walking (4 kms)
  Habitat
Alpine Desert

KIBO CAMPSITE TO SUMMIT (5895m) TO HOROMBO HUT (3100m)

We will rise around 23.30 hours and after some tea and biscuits, we will start our ascent. 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). We then zigzag up to Gillman's point (5681m), on the crater rim. This section is very steep with much stone scree and is the most demanding section of the route. From Gillman's Point we could 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 we can spend, taking photographs, before we descend back to Kibo Hut and then Horomobo where we will stay overnight.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
6-8 hrs walking ascent (6 kms) ; 4-5 hrs walking descent (16kms)
  Habitat
Stone Scree - ice capped summit

HOROMBO HUT TO MARANGU GATE (1980m)

After breakfast we continue our descent, passing Mandara Hut, down to the Marangu Gate where you will receive your summit certificates. A vehicle will meet you to drive you back to the Hotel. 



  Accommodation
Hotel in Moshi
  Meals
BLD
  Time
5-7 hrs walking (20 kms)
  Habitat
Forest

DEPARTURE DAY

Get going for your next destination. If you want to extend your holiday in Tanzania with safari and other activities please contact UFO office.


For more information regarding the Kilimanjaro Rongai route please contact us at info@ufoadventuretravel.com




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