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6 Days Rongai Route Hiking Safari in Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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Caves Camp, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Hiking Safari in Tanzania

Are you looking for a vacation where you can go hiking and see animals around? Kilimanjaro Wonders Expedition Safari is ready to help you! Participating in this vacation, you will ascend and descend Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. You will get guidance by a professional mountain crew, international certificates for a successful ascent, five nights' accommodation, and three meals daily.

Key information

  • Private or group safari: Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Minimum or maximum group size: minimum 1, maximum 40
  • Children policy: children under the age of 13 who are allowed to participate by his / her parents will pay half price
  • Starting point and ending point: Moshi
  • Languages: English, German, Spanish, Chinese, and Italian-speaking guides
  • Main animals to be viewed: Buffalo, blue monkeys, colobus monkey, olive baboons, leopards, elephants
  • Park fee is included

Highlights

  • Hiking in Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Guided by a professional mountain crew
  • International certificates for a successful ascent
  • Opportunity to spot wild animals
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • 3 square meals daily

Styles


6 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin), German, Italian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 40 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
18:00

You will stay in tented camps for five nights.

Program

Day 1: Rongai Gate (1950 meters) - the first Caves Camp (2600 meters)

After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Moshi and driven to the Marangu Gate (1980 meters). At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then be transferred by vehicle to the Rongai trailhead, which is 2.5 hours away from the Marangu Gate.

The trail begins in the tall cornfields then leads into the pine forest. This trail has a gradual ascent and allows hikers to enjoy their surroundings. About halfway up the trail, you will have a lunch break and you will reach the 1st Caves Camp (2600 meters) in the late afternoon or early evening.

The porters and chef, who move very fast up the mountain, will reach camp before you and set up your tents, boil drinking water, and prepare snacks for your arrival. After washing up, hot dinner will be served. For overnight, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!

  • Hiking time: 5 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 8 kilometers
  • Habitat: Montane forest

Day 2: First Caves Camp (2600 meters) - Kikelewa Cave (3600 meters)

Following a hot breakfast, hikers will continue their ascent to Kikelewa Cave (3600 meters). The trail passes second cave (3450 meters) and this is a good spot to take a lunch break.

Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by the chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.

  • Hiking time: 6 - 7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorlands

Day 3: Kikelewa Cave (3600 meters) - Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330 meters)

On this day, hikers will enjoy a short, yet steep trail to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330 meters). In the moorland, you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundsel. At camp, hikers will enjoy spectacular views and allow their bodies to acclimate. Hot dinner and washing water will be prepared for hikers as they enjoy the magnificent sunset.

  • Hiking time: 3 - 4 hours
  • Habitat: Moorlands

Day 4: Mawenzi Turn Hut (4330 meters) - Kibo Hut (4700 meters)

After breakfast, hikers will continue ascending east for a half-day hike to Kibo Hut. Kibo is located in the “Saddle,” which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo in an alpine desert. There is no water at this camp, but hikers can buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office.

An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!

  • Hiking time: 4 - 5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

Day 5: Summit Attempt

Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave (5150 meters). You continue your ascent to Gillman’s point (5681 meters). Reaching this section is an impressive achievement as the trail is steep, rocky, and at high altitude. Gillman’s is located on the crater rim.

From this point, you will usually experience a snow-covered trail until you reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895 meters). Reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Kibo Hut takes about three hours.

At Kibo Hut, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Horombo Hut (3720 meters). You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at the hut after a strenuous day.

  • Kibo Hut (4700 meters) - Uhuru Peak (5895 meters) - Horombo Hut (3720 meters)
  • Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru and 6 hours to Horombo
  • Habitat: Stone scree / ice-cap summit
  • Distance: Approximately 6 kilometers ascent and 21 kilometers descent

Day 6: Horombo Hut (3720 meters) - Marangu Gate (1980 meters)

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for six hours back to Marangu Gate (1980 meters).

The national park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Gillman’s Point (5681 meters) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895 meters) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, you will drive back to Moshi for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

  • Hiking time: 6 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 27 kilometers

Hiking Kilimanjaro

Training to climb Kilimanjaro is as much about your physical endurance as it is about your mental stamina. The ability to draw on physical reserves as your energy depletes is key. However, if you speak to high altitude climbers they will all say that your mental stamina is just as important as your physical endurance. This is definitely true of Kilimanjaro, particularly on summit night! Here are four things you can do to be perfectly prepared for the summit:

  • Aerobic training
  • Strength training
  • Practice hiking
  • Metal stamina

Kilimanjaro Wonders Expedition Safari truly believes most people - regardless of age or physical condition - can climb Kilimanjaro (within reason, of course!). All one needs to do is ensure their cardiovascular system is firing on all engines and that they have the mental strength to see the hike to the end. Over and above the importance of training to climb Kilimanjaro is having the knowledge of how the body acclimatizes to altitude.

Location

This holiday is taking place in Kilimanjaro. There are seven routes from which one can climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The Machame, Umbwe and Marangu routes approach the summit from the South.

The Rongai route which starts from the North East is dryer than the other routes and therefore a little less scenic. Because it is slightly out of the way, the route is never overcrowded. Some people start their climb from the East using the Lemosho and Shira route. Both are very scenic and beautiful.

The newest route is the Northern Circuit, which is also the longest route. The Northern Circuit provides lots of opportunities to acclimatize and hence success rates are high on this route.

The Rongai Route is one of the easiest routes and the success rate is very high. The route starts on the north side of the mountain just South of Kenyan border and is one of the least traveled routes.

The descent is down in the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so the climbers see the mountain from many viewpoints. The drive from the trailhead takes about three hours from Moshi through many villages and coffee plantations, including a stop to register climbing permit at Marangu.

Food

KWESA Tours is happy to provide you with daily meals during the holiday.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Hiking in Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Professional mountain crew (all guides have "Wilderness First Responder" and "Wilderness First Aid" certificates, along with over seven years of experience in climbing)
  • Each participant will be provided with a porter (who can carry up to 15 kilograms of personal baggage)
  • International certificates for a successful ascent
  • Warm and comfortable sleeping pads (two inches thick)
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen systems and pulse oximeters
  • Group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery, and cutlery)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • 3 square meals daily

What's not included

  • Airline tickets
  • Visa fee
  • Personal gear rentals
  • Tips for the mountain crew
  • Mountaineering insurance

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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