• Opening Hours: 8am - 6pm
  • Arusha Tanzania
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$2,580 /

Per Person
  • 7 Days
  • Min People : 2
  • Kilimanajro - Tanzania

Rongai route 7 days itinerary is the best, this route is termed to be the second easiest route for climbing Kilimanjaro after Marangu. Trekking via this route one can choose between the two starting points, Tanzania side or Kenya side. Rongai route is the only route approaches the summit of Kilimanjaro Africa from the north east & has wonderful wilderness setting. the route has fewer crowds than other routes and is recommended for people who don’t want a huge number of climbers in one route. Rongai route is only for ascending and its end merges with Marangu route which is for both ascending & descending. The route is endowed with lot of caves, which partly saves as overnight accommodation.

  • DestinationKilimanjaro Tanzania
  • Departure/Return LocationKilimanjaro International Airport
  • Departure TimePlease arrive by 9:15 AM for a departure at 9:30 AM
  • Return TimeApproximately 10:30 PM
  • Package Included
    • Accomodation
    • Airport Transfers
    • Park & Camping Fees
    • Lunch Box & Dinner
    • Drinking Water.
    • Sleeping Tents.
    • Rescue Fees
    • Driver-guide
    • Itinerary activities
  • Package Excludes
    • Additional Services
    • Personal insurancee
    • Tipping
    • Visa
    • Any Private Expenses
    • Insurance if applicable
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Tour Plan

01

Day 01 : Arrival Day. Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro international airport meet Back to Africa safaris staff & transfer to Planet Lodge in Arusha. Later our Kilimanjaro manager together with your guide for Kilimanjaro will meet you at your lodge for detailed briefing & gear checking before leaving you to enjoy lovely lodge’s environment before dinner & overnight.

Overnight at Planet Lodge or similar in Arusha. Dinner & breakfast included.

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Day 02 : Arusha – Rongai Gate – 1st Caves Camp (2,600 m)

The starting point of your Kilimanjaro trekking Rongai Route is at Park Gate of Marangu, then you will have a transport to the Rongai trail ahead (1,950 m). Normally, the transport is of about 3 hours to the Rongai gate. If time allows, a packed lunch can be taken at Nelemoru. This trial takes you along the cypress plantations and montane forest. You can possibly spot some colobus monkeys.

The path is ending at the 1st Cave camp (2,600 m) and it is gradual allows you to enjoy the surroundings. Porters & cook are moving faster so at the time you reach the camp you will find them waiting and already build up your tents. They might have even prepared popcorn for you and something hot to drink. At the camp you will get hot water to wash then changing clothes you have been trekking with, stay warm. Enjoy the camp environment waiting for dinner time. At night Mountain temperature may drop to a freezing point, be prepared. Overnight at 1st Caves Camp (2,600 m) All meals include.

Overnight Overnight at 1st Caves Camp (2,600 m) . All meals include.

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Day 03 : 1st Caves Camp (2,600 m) – Kikelelwa Cave (3,600 m)

From the 1st Caves Camp start your day with a light breakfast, then you will arrive at the moorland vegetation type enclosed in heather. This trail will lead you towards the second Cave Camp (3,450 m), the place where you will have lunch. After lunch and some rest you carry on up to the third Cave Campsite (3, 600 m), (Kikelelwa Cave) the alternative name. 6 Days trekking is the best as it gives enough time for acclimatization.

By the time you reach the Kikelelwa Cave , porters will have already prepared a tent for you, hot water to wash & coffee/tea and snacks (same procedure as per previous day). The camp is surrounded by a bunch of small caves in a valley a bit below saddle. After dinner you will go to sleep get prepared of crazy cold at night.

Overnight Kikelelwa Cave also known as the 3rd Cave (3,600 m). All meals included.

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Day 04 : Kikelelwa Cave (3,600 m) – Mawenzi Tarn camp (4,330 m)

Light breakfast before starting your 3rd day at Kikelelwa cave. Start your hiking day on an easy and moderate slope, you will notice changes on landscape and the pass now is becoming steeper and soon you will reach Mawenzi Tarn Camp at the altitude of 4,330 m.

This is a very remarkable campsite as it is in a hollow beneath the sharp peak of Mawenzi which is close to a small lake. Arriving at the camp same procedures will follow as previous days, soon hot lunch will be served followed by some relaxing hours. You can use this afternoon for resting and exploring the areas around the campsite. You can have some walks to a number of ridges and towers in this area which will possibly offer a stunning view of Kibo. For a great acclimatization and for amazing views of Mawenzi this is the right place. Enjoy the magnificent sunset from you campsite then dinner and overnight.

Overnight Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4.330 m). All meals included.

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Day 05 : Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330 m) – Kibo Hut (4,700 m)

After a light breakfast you will start your today’s program by hiking over a small ridge before having an easy walk on a nice path that is on the northern part of the saddle. With a good weather views around this area is wonderful. The vegetation type that will dominant the today’s walking is an alpine desert furnishing with some hardly grasses and occasionally everlasting flowers.

At this juncture Rongai route will adjoin Marangu route when reaching the saddle in-between Mawenzi and Kibo. The pass to the summit at this point is as the same as from Marangu route. The final part of today’s hike that leads to Kibo hut is steeper. Reach Kibo hut at 47,00 m during lunch time. Hot water to wash & other procedures will follow, get enough rest and some acclimatization and be ready for the final part of your Kilimanjaro trekking Rongai route 6 days.

On this day dinner will be served early but before or after dinner your guide will give you a detailed briefing of your final push to the summit. Go to bed early & try to get enough sleep as this is your big night at Kilimanjaro but before bed you should have prepared everything needed for your final ascent. Things needed for your final attempting to the summit are thermal clothing, ski-stick, and thermal flask for water, don’t forget to put in replace your headlamp and batteries.(guide will remind you during briefing).

Overnight at Kibo Hut (4,700 m). All meals including.

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Day 06 : Kibo Hut (4,700 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m)

The summit day on Rongai Route, the wake up time will be at around 23:00 to 23:30. Have some biscuit and tea before you start, you will firstly hiking through a very rough path with rocky passing Williams Point at an altitude of 5,000 m, Hans Meyer Cave at 5,150 m and Gillman’s Point at an altitude of 5,681 m situated on the crater rim. To reach Hans Mayer Cave from Kibo hut you will need almost two and a half hours. Gillman’s Point is not that far from Hans Meyers Cave, it is in a distance of about an hour. To reach the summit from Gillman’s Point is about 1.5 hour walking distance.

The remaining of the climbing is normally covered with snow and a walking is along the rim of the crater all the way to Uhuru Peak. On the way to Uhuru Peak you will pass Stella Point stands at an altitude of 5,752 m; this point is where the other routes reach the rim. Now you are almost at the summit but might be very challenging. Congratulation you have made it to the roof of Africa via Rongai route 6 days of tough hiking.

At Uhuru Peak you should not expect to spend much time, few minutes will be enough in such an altitude, so you may expect to take some picture before starting your way down. Now it is the time for descent back to Kibo hut 4,700 where your lunch is to be served. From Kibo hut you need about 3 hours to reach Horombo hut 3,720 m. Arriving at the camp in the afternoon, get hot water to followed by coffee/tea with snacks, Change clothes & have a deep breath while relaxing waiting for dinner.

Overnight at Horombo Camp in luxurious beds. . All meals included.

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Day 07: Horombo Hut – Marangu gate (1,980 m) – Arusha

After heavy breakfast at Horombo hut you are last day at Kilimanjaro will then start. Passing Mandara hut at an altitude of 2,700 on your way down to Marangu gate, here you will have a short break for lunch then proceed down to Marangu gate at (1,980 m)

At Marangu gate you will sign some of your details into a register book and you will be provided with a summit certificate, a green color certificate is for those who reached Gillman’s Point and a gold certificate (Big Diploma) for Uhuru Peak. Celebrations, singing & dancing including farewell & tipping session for the crew can be at Horombo hut in the morning or here when receiving certificate. At the time you reach the gate your driver will have already arrived and waiting to take you back to your Planet Lodge in Arusha possibly for long overdo hot shower before transfer to the Airport for your flight home or dinner & overnight.

OvernightPlanet lodge or similar in Arusha city. All meals included.

Location Map

Mount Kilimanjaro Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and is located in northeastern Tanzania, near the border with Kenya. Here are some key facts and information about Mount Kilimanjaro.

Key Features:

Height: Mount Kilimanjaro's highest peak is Uhuru Peak, which stands at 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level. It is one of the Seven Summits, which are the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.

Volcanic Origin: Kilimanjaro is a massive stratovolcano that consists of three distinct cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Kibo is the highest and is dormant, while Mawenzi is also dormant but rugged and difficult to climb. Shira is the lowest and extinct.

Climbing Kilimanjaro:​ Climbing Kilimanjaro is a popular trekking and mountaineering destination. It does not require technical climbing skills, but it is a challenging high-altitude trek. The most common routes to the summit include the Marangu Route, Machame Route, Lemosho Route, and Rongai Route. The Machame Route is known for its scenic beauty.

Flora and Fauna: The mountain is home to a variety of unique flora and fauna. The lower slopes are covered in lush rainforests, while the upper slopes are known for their alpine vegetation. Kilimanjaro is also a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its rich biodiversity.

Cultural Significance:​ The Chagga people, who live around Kilimanjaro, have a strong cultural connection to the mountain. They refer to it as "Kilema Kyaro," which means "Mountain of Caravans."

Summit Experience: Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro is a remarkable experience, with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The summit is marked by a sign at Uhuru Peak, and it is a popular destination for trekkers and mountaineers.

Visiting Lake Manyara: Lake Manyara National Park is a popular stop on many northern Tanzanian safari itineraries. It's approximately a 2-3 hour drive from Arusha, making it easily accessible. The park is open year-round, but the dry season (from June to October) is the best time for wildlife viewing. There are various lodges and camps in and around the park, offering accommodation options to suit different budgets.

Climbers typically need to arrange guided treks to ensure safety and proper acclimatization due to the high altitude. It's important to be well-prepared, physically fit, and take altitude sickness seriously when attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

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