Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is for many traveler’s dream, the Rongai route starting from the east of the mountain towards west. Only a limited number of groups are allowed on the route at any time.
- 6 Day Kilimanjaro Climb
From the Lodge/hotel:The guides will meet you the afternoon before the trip at the hotel/Lodge and provide you with information about the trip, including what and how to pack before you begin your trekking adventure and any other last-minute questions. The day your trek begins, breakfast is served at 6 am and the guides will be on-site for you withvehiclesto transfer you to the starting point,which is about 2-3hrs drive from Moshi and Arusha to the Lemosho trail starting point. Here you will meet the rest of your crew and set off at a leisurely pace into the dark forest of Lemosho.
Day 1: Kilimanjaro
Rongai Gate (1950m ) to Simba camp – First Cave (2600m)
Hiking time: 3-4hrDistance:
Registrations will take a place at the Marangu gate, after which you transfer approximately 2 ½ hours) to the Rongai trailhead. Sign in and meet your team crews, just right after the introduction, you begin your trekking on a wide path that wind through the fields of maize and potatoes before entering the pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife/birds. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The camp is at the edge of the Moorland zone. The first night’s Simba camp is at about 2,600m. Water can be found just down the trail below the Camp during dry season. This evening you get to see the extensive views over the Tanzania and Kenya plain.
Day 2: Kilimanjaro
Kikelelwa Camp – Cave (3600m )
Hiking time: 4- 5hr
The trail continues up towards Kibo hut, passing Second Cave. After lunch, you leaves the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the standing peaks of Mawenzi peak which is the second peak tall in Kilimanjaro national park, but more of a technical climb. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain as the air get thin! Today’s camp, the second on the journey up the mountain, lies just before the saddle that connects Mawenzi, Kibo and Uhuru peaks. The campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios/Lobelia, one of the largest species of flowering plants. Water is in the obvious stream below the camp, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some. Overnight a (Kikelelwa Camp.
Day 3: Kilimanjaro
Mawenzi Tarn hut – Camp (4330m)
Hiking time: 3 – 4hr
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 hut/camp spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi peak. This location not only allows you to savoir some thrilling views across from Kibo, but offers a chance to rest and further acclimatize before continuing on to higher points on the mountain Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.
Day 5: Kilimanjaro
Summit Attempt)Kibo hut ( 4700m )Uhuru Peak (5895m )Horombo hut ( 3720m )
Hiking time: 6hr to Uhuru, 3h to Horombo
Habitat stone scree / ice-cap summit
Distance: Approximately 6 kms ascent, 21 kms descent
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the zigzag 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, here you can rest and enjoy the views of the glaciers at the crater rim, soaking in what will be one of the most spectacular sunrises of your life. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillman’s Point during the rain season you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Reaching this point around 6-8am will give you the most spectacular views, and you need to snap your photos before the clouds set in. After a well-deserved celebration at the top of Africa, descend straight down to Kibo Hut for lunch, maybe a rest then on to Horombo Hut for the last overnight. . The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day, but with full of memories. 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.
Day 6: Kilimanjaro
Horombo hut ( 3720m ) to Marangu Gate ( 1980m )
Hiking time: 6hr
Distance: Approximately 27 kms
This morning enjoy a leisurely hike of 5-6 hours through lovely lush rainforest to the trailhead at Marangu Gate. Stop at the Mandara hut for hot lunch, then continue down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign out your name and details at the registration office. 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,Pool, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight at the hotel/Moshi or Arusha.!
TRIP EXTENSION: Continue to uncovering the secrets of Africa on one of our exciting optional extensions.
Motorcycle safari, Mountain biking safari.
Magic Ireland of Zanzibar.
Maasai boma visit.
Upon arrival in Arusha/Moshi you will have Dinner and then we will end our climb. The group should tip the guides and porters, around $250-400 (Per clients) per trip, this will depends on number of climbers.
Please note this itinerary is subject to change with or without prior notice according to local conditions or national park rules.
Aiport pickup & drop off
2 nights in Arusha/Moshi Hotel the night before and the night after the climb BB.
Mountain Guide, Cook, Porters
Park Fees, Hut Fees and Rescue Fee
Air rescue fees, in case of an evacuation. AMREF
All Camping equipment, Tents, chairs, table
All food and Catering equipment’s, breakfast, lunch and dinner
Certificate of Achievement
Free storage of excess baggage not required on the Mountain
Fully equipped High Altitude and Wilderness First Aid Kit/S
Complimentary 1 drink after the climb
Drinks and Laundry at Lodges
Personal Mountain Gears
Sleeping bags/Available for rent
Sleeping matt/Available for rent
Gratuities/ Tipping for team/crew
Medical, personal and Luggage Insurance
any excess luggage more than 15 KG per client
Any amendments to the above itinerary
DEPARTURE DATES AND TIME
The departure dates for all of our east African safaris, treks, tours, and other adventure packages are totally flexible according to your own personal needs. Please contact (us) for further and more detailed information, as well as information on all our adventure packages into Tanzania and east African in general.