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Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route

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Rongai Route Kilimanjaro

10-Day Trip

June 20th-30th

The Rongai route approaches the summit from the northeastern side of the mountain and is one of the quietest, less spoiled routes to the summit. It also has a more gradual slope, which makes it popular for first time backpackers. We take an extra day mid-mountain to acclimatize and rest before the final summit push. We also include a pre-departure training program for UAE residence before the trip ensuring a higher success rate; which no other company does.

Arrival in Tanzania

THURSDAY: Arrive in Kilimanjaro

Everyone will be picked up at the airport and shuttled to the hotel in Moshi as a group. We will spend the evening doing a final gear check, receiving on-site equipment rentals and preparing for our climb. The evening is free to relax and enjoy the beautiful Tanzanian sunset. Overnight: Moshi Hotel

FRIDAY: Acclimation Hike

We will leave the hotel around 9am for todays hike. We will trek 2 -3 hours to a waterfall (2400m/7874ft), returning to the hotel by 3pm. This is a relaxing hike that allows us to stretch our legs and acclimatize while returning a bit lower to sleep. Overnight: Moshi Hotel

Kilimanjaro Hike

SATURDAY: Rongai Gate (1,900m/5,900ft) to Simba Camp (2,600m/8,400ft)

Elevation Gain: 800m/2,500 ft

Hiking time: Approximately 5 hours

Habitat: Rainforest

After breakfast, we get picked up from the hotel and are driven to the starting point at Marangu Gate; approximately one hour from Moshi. Here we register and weight-in our gear before taking a short transfer to Rongai Gate. This is where you will begin ascending the mountain! The path winds through maize and potato fields and then gently climbs through rainforest habitat, which is home to a variety of wildlife including the black & white columbus monkeys. The Rongai route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro and is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife. Overnight: Simba Camp (First Cave)

SUNDAY: Simba Camp (2,600m/8,400ft) to Kikelewa Cave (3,600m/11,800 ft)

Elevation Gain: 1,000m/3,400ft

Hiking time: Approximately 6 to 7 hours

Habitat: Moorland

The second day begins with a steady incline up to Second Cave  (3,450m/11,300 ft) where you will stop for lunch. From here you will continue on through the moorland zone towards to Mawenzi Peak, giving you a great chance to take in the breathtaking views of the mountain along the way. If the skies are clear, you should be able to get some fantastic shots of Kibo Peak. The afternoon is gentler as you continue across the moorland to camp in a sheltered valley at Kikelewa. Overnight: Kikelewa Cave

MONDAY: Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,800ft) to  Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m/14,200ft)

Elevation Gain: 730m/2,400ft

Hiking time: Approximately 3 to 4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s hike is short but steep along a grassy trail. You will notice a change in the scenery as you enter the alpine desert zone. After a few hours of hiking, you will reach Mawenzi Tarn Hut which sits right beneath the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing or exploring the surroundings before a hearty dinner. Overnight: Mawenzi Tarn Hut

TUESDAY: Acclimatization Hike

Elevation Gain: hike dependant

Hiking time: Approximately 3 to 4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today you can have a lie in, as you will be staying at Mawenzi Tarn Hut for a second night. Depending on how you are feeling after yesterday’s climb, you can either take a steep walk up the scree slopes towards the peak of Mawenzi, or enjoy a gentler climb to the ridge or the lunar desert visiting the site of a plane crash on the way. Return to Mawenzi Tarn for a hot lunch and afternoon of rest. Overnight: Mawenzi Tarn Hut

WEDNESDAY: Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m/14,200ft) to Kibo Hut (4,700m/15,400ft)

Elevation Gain: 370m/1,200 ft

Hiking time: Approximately 5 to 6 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today we will cross the lunar-like landscape between the Mawenzi and Kibo saddle. From here you will start to get fantastic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro’s summit before arriving at Kibo Hut. Upon arriving you will start to prepare for your final ascent – THE SUMMIT – which you will begin around midnight! Overnight: Kibo Huts

THURSDAY: SUMMIT DAY - Uhuru Peak (5,895m/ 19,340ft)

Elevation Gain: 1,195m/3,940 ft

Elevation Loss: 2,175m/7,140ft

Hiking time: 13 - 15 hours (6-7 hrs to Uhuru Peak; 7-8 hrs to Horombo Hut)

Habitat: Arctic Conditions

This is where the going gets really tough! Just before midnight, you will venture into the night and begin your final ascent to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Head northwest through the heavy stone scree following multiple switchbacks between Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers until you reach Stella Point (5,685m/18,651ft). This section is probably the most challenging part of the route, and will require great physical and mental effort. Continue to move slowly, always listening to your guide.

After a short rest at Stella Point, you will hike along the crater rim for another hour before reaching your ultimate goal – Uhuru Peak! Congratulations! You have now made it to the “Roof of Africa”. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend there, but it is important to start your descent within good time to ensure you get enough rest back at Barafu Camp. After your rest and a hot lunch, you’ll gather the rest of your belongings and descend to  Horombo Hut (3,750m/ 12,303ft)where you’ll enjoy dinner and a well-earned sleep! Overnight: Horombo Hut

FRIDAY: Horombo Hut (3,750m/ 12,303ft) to Marangu Gate (1,830m/6,000ft)

Elevation Loss: 1,890m/6,200 ft

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Rainforest

After eating breakfast, you will begin the easiest part of your adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro via scenic paths through the forest to Marangu Gate. Successful hikers who made it to Stella Point and Uhuru Peak will be awarded their certificates. Then it’s time to drive back to your hotel to enjoy a hot shower, scrumptious dinner and a cold Kilimanjaro beverage! Overnight: Moshi Hotel

SATURDAY: Departure Day

We will be leaving at 9 am to reach the airport for the 2 pm departure time.

COST: 10,500 AED

Pre-Departure Training Program

UAE Trekker’s offer an extensive pre-trip preparation program that no other operator in the business does. This includes:

  • 2 pre-trek Ski Dubai training sessions.

  • 4 free day-treks (Wadi Monay, Wadi Showkah, Wadi Shah, etc)

  • 50% discount on overnight or weekend treks (Liwa, Wadi Qatar, Kumzar, etc)

  • Gear support in sourcing, loans and purchases.

  • 1 group pre-departure briefings and full gear checks.

  • Pre-trip training and preparation benchmarks and reminders

You are joining UAE Trekkers because you want to

  1. Know who you are going to summit Kilimanjaro with before you leave,

  2. Train as a team to be able to support each other on the mountain, and

  3. Gain insight from experienced summitters in gear choice; ensuring you are fully prepared.

Though we understand that people travel for work and do fitness activities on their own, please make every effort to attend at least some of the training sessions, if not all.


Items Included on the Trek

  • Airport transfers

  • Accommodation in hotel 3 nights before and after trek.

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain tents based on 2 person occupancy

  • Professional, experienced guides of a ratio of 1:2 on summit day, 1:3 for the trek.

  • All park permits and salaries of guides, porters, cook, and support staff.

  • All meals while on the mountain and in the hotel.

  • Quality dining tents with table and chairs on the mountain

  • Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food

  • Clean, purified drinking water

  • Dedicated toilet for our group while on the mountain

  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters

Additional Cost

Tips for Mountain Team: Guide, Assistant Guides, Cook and Porters

A team usually consists of 20 or more people. We collect tips (recommended around $200 per person or $10 a support member) and distribute them to our support team at the hotel on the last day. This is something they greatly appreciate, a way of giving directly back to the community, and a beautiful way of saying thank you to a group of people that helped accomplish an achievement of a lifetime.

Not Included

• Airfare, Visas, personal mountain climbing gear, or alcoholic beverages

Travel Insurance: Cancellation Policy of UAE Trekkers

As soon as you send us your deposit and buy your plane tickets you should make sure that you have travel insurance.  This will cover you in any eventuality against costs for cancellation.  To be on the safe side, buy a policy from World Nomads against any eventuality.  This trip is non refundable!

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