Kilimanjaro is among the world’s highest free-standing mountains, rising 4800m from the undulating plain that is the ancestral home of the Maasai people. What makes it challenging is

the altitude but by allowing 6 days for the ascent (and not the 4 or 5 that some parties attempt), proper acclimatization is possible and the summit can be safely achieved by most fit walkers.

We now offer different routes on Mt Kilimanjaro as described briefly below. For a full description and comparison of the three routes, please click on the itinerary link above. We also offer the opportunity to combine Mt Kilimanjaro with Mount Kenya – for details of that trek.

Please note that none of the routes we offer ascend the so-called “Coca Cola” Marangu Route, so named for the large number of trekkers that use it. We believe that the quieter, more scenic paths offer a better mountain experience.

Mount Kilimanjaro – Rongai Route.

The Rongai Route is a straight-forward route which is relatively quiet. Starting from the northern side of Mt Kilimanjaro near the border between Kenya and Tanzania, it offers scenic views across the Amboseli National Park of Kenya.

For acclimatization purposes, we spend an extra day at the spectacular Mawenzi Tarn.

Dates & Prices:

Here at trek Mountains we do things a little differently from many of the bigger trekking companies. This is your trek – you’ve been dreaming about it, and saving up for it for long enough now, so we want to offer you the trip you actually want to do, not just a set itinerary on set dates.

All of our treks can be done by as few as 2 people, and some even by just one person. Unlike many trekking companies, we don’t have a big list of set itineraries, dates and prices. Although we have some trekking itineraries on the website, they are just there to inspire you. Instead we start from a different place – and that is you, your dream and your dates.

If you want a trip just for you and your friends that’s fine. If you are happy to share your trip with other people we’ll match up other enquiries that we get from like-minded people. The good news is, many of our 2017 price is the same as they were in 2016, and some are even cheaper! We look after individuals, couples, families and groups. We promise to treat your dream trek with the care and attention it deserves.

Mount Kilimanjaro – Choice of Rongai.

Max altitude: 5895m Strenuous / Expedition. Land-only duration: Trekking – 8 days.

We can run this on dates to suit you for a minimum group size of 2. There are 2 main trekking seasons in East Africa which are the drier seasons:

  • mid-December to mid-March – typically dry and warm but there can be snow.
  • June to early October – typically driest but a bit cooler.

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Route description: Rongai Route.

Located on Tanzania’s border with Kenya, 330km south of the equator, Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent. This colossal mountain is composed of three extinct volcanic cones – 3962m Shira, 5149m Mawenzi, and 5895m Kibo, whose crater rim forms the summit. Trekkers have long been drawn to Kilimanjaro and it is not hard to see why. Now

here else on earth are such extremes of climate and vegetation to be seen in a single location.

Glaciers spill off its snowbound summit, leading to desert-like screes and open moorland, where giant lobelias and tree heathers thrive, while its lower slopes are clad in luxuriant rainforest which is home to striking black and white colobus monkeys, antelopes, raucous hornbills and many other animals and birds.

Kilimanjaro is among the world’s highest free-standing mountains, rising 4800m above the undulating plain that is the ancestral home of the Masai people. There are several routes up the mountain, presenting different levels of challenge, from the popular ‘tourist’ trail starting at Marangu to the quieter and more scenic Rongai, Machame and Umbwe routes. The climb up Kilimanjaro is a long, but technically not difficult walk. What makes it challenging is the altitude but by allowing 7 days (and not the 5 or 6 that some parties attempt), proper a acclimatization is possible and the summit can be safely achieved by most fit walkers.

A straight-forward route which is relatively quiet. The route starts close to the Kenya / Tanzania border, and offers big views north into Amboseli National Park.

For acclimatization purposes, we spend an extra day at the spectacular Mawenzi Tarn.

Fitness & Experience:

The walk up Kilimanjaro is long and arduous, particularly the approach to the summit. The altitude, combined with the cumulative effects of several days of ascent and descent, mean

that a high degree of fitness and stamina are essential. For these basic routes, no technical climbing experience is involve d, though some short sections may involve a scramble and may

not be suitable for anyone who is affected by vertigo.

The paths are generally good, though they may be muddy especially at lower altitudes. On the summit day you will encounter scree, snow and ice. Trekking poles are recommended, particularly on summit day to help take some of the strain of the long descent. Regardless of the route you take, the secret of success is to take the climb slowly – you will become familiar with the Swahili cry of ‘pole, pole ’ from your guides. Drinking plenty of water is also essential at altitude and in the heat (at l east 4 liters of liquid per day).

DAY TO DAY DESCRIPTION ITINERARY:

Walking and Journey Times are Approximate.

Rongai Route:

Day 1: All Routes: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport On arrival transfer to our hotel by road – a journey approximately 1 hour. After your long journey, the day is free to relax at the hotel. In the evening we meet with our local trek guide for a briefing on the climb and to check through equipment and clothing.

Meals included: D.

Day 2: Rongai Route:

Start of Trek to first camp. We set off early for our drive to Rongai at 1950m, a village on the border between Kenya and Tanzania.

Here we register for our entry into the National Park, rendezvous with our trekking crew and begin our trek. The path gains height on a steady basis, moving through farmland and a pine forest.

Look out in the forest for colobus monkeys, with their distinctive markings. Herds of elephants live in this zone, so don’t be too surprised if you see them too! Our camp is where the forest meets moorland, offering great views across the plains of Kenya.

Approx. 5 hours walking 700m ascent, 70m descent Camp around 2650m.

Meals included: BLD

Day 3: Rongai Route:

Trek to Kikelewa Caves. Our ascent this morning takes us to our lunch spot at the “Second Cave”. From here we can savour views of Kibo peak. Our afternoon walk heads towards the raggedy peak of Mawenzi, crossing open moorland to our camp in a sheltered spot near the Kikelewa Caves.

This area is home to the spectacular giant tree-groundsels, which grow only in these highland zones of East Africa.

Approx 9-9½ hours walking.

Ascent 1250m, descent 200m Camp at 3550m.

Meals included: BLD

Day 5: Rongai Route:

Acclimatization Mawenzi Tarn. The altitude of Kilimanjaro means it is necessary to spend a day here acclimatizing before ascending further.

There is the chance to ascend to around 4500m, a walk which offers lovely views and which is an important aid to acclimatization, thereby helping us reach the summit safely. Return to our campsite for an afternoon of rest. Approx 2-3 hours walking.

Ascent 200m, Descent 200m Camp at 4300m.

Meals included: BLD

Day 6: Rongai Route:

Trek to Kibo Hut. Today’s walk crosses the saddle between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo, passing the wreckage of a small aircraft en-route. It is a short day of easy trekking, but no doubt we will be noticing the altitude.

On arrival at camp it is advised to rest well and to prepare for a long day of trekking tomorrow. Approx 5 hours walking.

Ascent 600m, Descent 200m Camp at 4750m.

Meals included: BLD.

Day 7: Rongai Route:

Trek to summit, descend to Horombo. We set off very early, typically around 1am on what will be a very long day of walking. Ascending around 1000m by the light of head torches we zigzag up for around 4-5 hours to the crater rim at Gillman’s Point.

From here we can watch sunrise on Mawenzi Peak, where we were 2 days earlier. From Gillman’s the ascent to Uhuru Peak takes around another 3 hours. At 5895m we are on the highest point of the whole of the African continent. African mornings usually allow great views of the crater, Mawenzi and beyond to the neighboring mountain of Mt Meru which stands at 4565m.

Our descent follows the same route back to our previous night’s camp at Kibo Hut for lunch before descending the gradual path down to the Horombo huts where we camp.  The trekking today is very tiring, not only because of the ascent and descents, but also because of the altitude. Trekking poles are strongly recommended for all.

Approx 14-15 hours walking. Ascent 1250m, Descent 2250m, Summit 5895m Camp at 3720m.

Meals included: BLD.

Day 8: Rongai Route:

Trek to end of trek, transfer to hotel, depart Tanzania. Descending from Horombo Huts we notice that the vegetation changes again, finally trekking once again through pine forests, passing through the traditional first campsite on the Marangu Route at the Mandara Huts before reaching Marangu Gate at 1900m.

Our trekking crew will leave us here, and we continue by road transfer to the group hotel where we can relish the showers in the day rooms before the transfer to Kilimanjaro airport.

Approx 5 hours walking. Ascent 350m, descent 2385m.

Meals included: BL.

Important note regarding the timing of return flights:

if you are flying from Kilimanjaro airport on day 8, it is essential that your flight must not de part Kilimanjaro airport earlier than 1900 hours.

Whilst we expect that the trek will run as per the itinerary, participants should accept that there is a possibility of changes being necessary subject to local conditions.

Preparing for your trek: Please see our document “Preparing for your trek to East Africa” See hiking tips below for all the advice you need about visas, insurance, money, equipment, and medical matters.

Flights:

You are welcome to book your own international flights to Kilimanjaro for this trip. If there is a group of you we may be able to book your international flights for you – please contact us. No flights should be booked until you have received written confirmation from the trek Mountains office that your departure is guaranteed to run.

Minimum numbers and our pricing policy:

This trip is advertised based on a 5 person price based on twin sharing rooms. It can, however, be run with just 2 people. We can offer this trip as a trip just for your part y on dates to suit you. If the 5 person twin share price is not relevant to your party, we will quote according to the number of participants and the number of single / shared rooms that you require.

Alternatively, you may prefer that we open up the trip to other bookings. In that case, if there are  less than 5 of you in your party we will give you a price based on the number of participants so that the trip can be guaranteed immediately. The final price will reduce as more trekkers join the trip.

Rates Includes:

  • 1 night Hotel accommodation in town hotels.
  • Transfers to and from the Airport.
  • Mountain huts accommodation.
  • Guides and Porters salaries, accommodation, meals and entry fees.
  • Park entry fees.
  • Park rescue fees.
  • Kilimanjaro certificates.

Rates Excludes:

  • Last Night accommodation in town hotels.
  • Transfers to and from the Mountain base.
  • Visa and vaccination fees.
  • International and domestic flight tickets.
  • Things of personal nature.
  • Tips to driver guide, Hotel and Lodge staff.

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