Itinerary for 6 Night 7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing – Rongai Route
Day 1 – July 24, 2019 – Arrive at JRO/ Arusha:
Arrival in Kilimanjaro International Airport, Meet and assist at the airport and after going through Immigration, Baggage Claim and Customs, Transfer to Tulia Boutique Hotel & Spa to stay overnight at on Bed and Breakfast basis. We will gather in the evening for a pre-climbing briefing and climbing equipments check. We will also confirm that you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance as well.
Day 2 – July 25, 2019 – Resting day in Arusha:
Leisure stays at the hotel for an extra amount.
Day 3 – July 26, 2019 – Rongai One Camp:
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Marangu National Park Gate in order to complete the necessary registration formalities before transferred to Rongai starting point. The climb start from Nale Moru (6,400 ft) on a small path that wind through fields of maize and potatoes before entering a pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through an attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife including the Colobus Monkey. These monkeys are black with along “cape” of white hair and a flowing white tail. Then we take in the expansive views over the Kenyan plains as we arrive at our first campsite at Rongai One Campsite (8,500ft). It takes about 3–4 hours walking.
Day 4 – July 27, 2019 – Rongai Second Cave:
After breakfast, the morning walk is a ready ascent up to the Second Cave (11,300) with superb views of Kibo and the eastern icefields on the crater rim. After lunch we leave the main trail and strike out and head southeast across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley which is decorated with Giant Senecios near Kikelelwa Caves (11,800 ft). It takes about 6–7 hours.
Day 5 – July 28, 2019 – Mawenzi Tarn Hut:
A short but steep climb is rewarded by a superb all around views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn Hut (14,200 ft) 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. It takes about 3–4 hours walking.
Day 6 – July 29, 2019 – Acclimatization Day at Mawenzi Tarn Hut:
Today you have an additional day to acclimatize. We explore the area with a walk upon to the saddle towards Camel’s Black. We will return back to the camp at Mawenzi Tarn Hut (14,200 ft). It takes about 2–3 hours walking.
Day 7 – July 30, 2019 – Kibo Hut:
We cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut (15,400 ft) at the bottom of the crater wall. The reminder of the day is spendt resting in preparation for an early morning final ascent. It takes about 5–6 hours walking.
Day 8 – July 31, 2019 – Summit Uhuru Peak 5895masl – Horombo Hut:
We start the final and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight around 1:00am. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (18,600 ft). We rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi Peak. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft) passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo Hut (15,400 ft) is surprisingly fast and after some refreshments, we continue the descent to Horombo Hut (12,200 ft). It takes about 11–15 hours walking.
Day 9 – August 1, 2019 – Marangu Park Gate – Drive Back to Arusha:
After breakfast, a steady descent takes you down through moorland to Mandara Hut (8,900 ft). We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Marangu (6,000 ft) where are transferred to Tulia Boutique Hotel & Spa to stay on Bed and Breakfast basis.
Day 10 – August 2, 2019 – Airport Departure Transfer:
After breakfast Aardvark Expeditions Team can organize a private departure transfer to Arusha Airport or to Kilimanjaro International Airport to flight back home or flying to Zanzibar Island to proceed on your own arrangements.
End of the Kilimanjaro Trekking:
7 Days Rongai Route – Mount Kilimanjaro.
Group size: Minimum 4 people – Price cost US$ 2,650 per person.
Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary, Professional, English-speaking guide, Mountain crew (cook and porters), Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents, Camping equipment (tents, chairs, tables), Meals according to the itinerary, Drinking water, All national park fees, All mentioned transfers.
Sleeping bag, Flights tickets, sleeping mats, Portable toilet and toilet tent, Optional activities, Alcoholic and soft drinks, Visa fees, Tips, Personal spending money for souvenirs etc, Travel insurance.