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8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route trip normally starts from Marangu National park gate. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route climb always starts at the remote northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro near the Kenyan and Tanzanian border. You should expect to start your 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route  hiking through a true wilderness area towards the jagged Mawenzi Peak and then cross barren desert saddle before climbing up Kibo’s eastern crater wall. The 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route ascents Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain and is normally accessed from Kenyan through the Loitokitok border crossing into Tanzania.

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route offers a unique and quality traverse of Kilimanjaro, approaching the peak by a remote track on the Kenyan side of the massif and reaching the summit (5896m) via the high altitude desert of the “Saddle” then descending on the Tanzania side through the Mweka trail. This 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a totally different perspective of Kilimanjaro. Rongai Route is also apparently the easiest Mount Kilimanjaro trekking option with fairly gentle gradients and shorter daily trekking phases.

Trip tips: Accommodation on the trek is camping throughout in roomy mountain tents shared by two people. Guides leading the trek always walk along with the climbers and closely monitor the trekker’s adjustment to altitude. All your equipment will be carried by local porters on the mountain, you only carry a day-pack with personal gear. When camping on our trips you will not have to participate in camp chores. We buy fresh produce locally and to ensure good standards of hygiene all food is prepared by our own staff and can cater for special dietary requirements and there are no extra food-kitty payments.

Service Summary
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route
Service Type
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Arusha,Tanzania,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Mount Kilimanjaro
Description
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route trip normally starts from Marangu National park gate. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route climb always starts at the remote northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro near the Kenyan and Tanzanian border.

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route

The Rongai Route is a more gradual ascend and it therefore preferred by those with little or no backpacking experience but is equally enjoyable for even the most hardened climbers. With only 6 days on the mountain and only 4.5 days before Uhuru Peak, there is a little time for altitude acclimatization. This route ascents quickly and steady. Rongai Route is highly recommended for the trekkers who lack the time to spend more days on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Itineraries

Day 6

Summit Day – Horombo Hut: It takes about 11–15 hours walking.

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 2

Rongai One Camp It takes about 3–4 hours walking.

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 3

Rongai Second Cave: It takes about 6–7 hours.

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 4

Mawenzi Tarn Hut: It takes about 3–4 hours walking

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 5

Kibo Hut: It takes about 5–6 hours walking

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 7

Marangu Park Gate – 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 overnight on Bed and Breakfast basis.

Day 9

Transfer to Arusha Airport

After breakfast Aardvark Expeditions Team can organize a private departure transfer to Arusha Airport or to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home or flying to Zanzibar Island.
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route Includes

Meet and greet service, Assistance at the airport on arrival, Mountain guide and porters, Emergency evacuation insurance, Transfer as specified, All park fees, Camping fees/Hut fees and rescue fees, All pre and post climb accommodation as mentioned from the itinerary, 2 nights Accommodation in town, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners on the mountain,

Service Summary
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route
Service Type
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Arusha,Tanzania,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Mount Kilimanjaro
Description
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route trip normally starts from Marangu National park gate. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route climb always starts at the remote northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro near the Kenyan and Tanzanian border.
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route Excludes

International flight, Visas, Airport tax– but it can be paid direct by client(s), Driver guide, Tips, Climbing gears – if required it can be hired locally, Sleeping bags, Walking sticks, Drinks, Personal travel and Baggage insurance, Telephone bills, Laundry and any items of personal nature.

Medical equipment which can be rented well in advance for the following costs: US$ 250 per group for hyperbaric chamber, US$ 210 per group for an emergency oxygen cylinder and US$ 140 per group for a stretcher. Please note these prices include a porter to carry the equipment.

Portable toilets: If you are concerned about using public toilets, a portable toilet is available for an extra US$ 110 per person or US$ 180 per group. This service must be confirmed at the time of booking.

Additional Remarks about your travel to Tanzania:

We may have to re–route the itinerary or accommodation in similar hotels or lodges in case we don’t availability.

Price for domestic fights, airport taxes and park /entry fees can change without prior notice. Our guests should be aware that this will be beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you.

Passenger travel information:

Passenger should bring only soft sided bags on safari while duffle bags and bigger backpacks are suitable for the Kilimanjaro climbing as well as for Mount Meru climb.

All passengers must have identification card or international passport with them for internal flights.
Luggage for internal flights is strictly limited 15 kilograms per person including hand luggage. Any excess baggage will be changed by the airline company during check–in.
All passengers landing in Tanzania may be asked to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.

Service Summary
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route
Service Type
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Arusha,Tanzania,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Mount Kilimanjaro
Description
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route trip normally starts from Marangu National park gate. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route climb always starts at the remote northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro near the Kenyan and Tanzanian border.

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Service Summary
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route
Service Type
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Arusha,Tanzania,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Mount Kilimanjaro
Description
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route trip normally starts from Marangu National park gate. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route climb always starts at the remote northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro near the Kenyan and Tanzanian border.
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A1: Practically all our safaris are customized to individual groups according to bookings making them individual group safaris however there are instances when one wishes to join a group; in those cases we can make such an arrangement for our client depending on seat availability and date of travel. For those joining groups we would normally suggest the 3 Days Masai Mara Safari, 4 days Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Tour, 2 Days and 3 Days Tsavo Tour and overnight trips to Mount Kenya as these are popular trips that run every other day.

A2: On off-road trips we use 4x4 wheel drive vehicles depending on the size of the group and tour cost. For one or two individuals we use smaller SUVs unless clients specifically require larger vehicles like those who are on photographic or birding tours where we use the larger Toyota Land cruiser or the Land Rover. All the vehicles for game viewing have pop-up roofs to facilitate better game sighting, viewing and photography. Clients on a “shoe-string budget” might get a better deal when we provide them with minibuses that seat eight with open hatches for better game viewing.

A3: Safaris can be undertaken in East Africa throughout the year with the best seasons being during the warmer seasons when the sun is at the equator mainly between December to February and July to September. The other months are cooler with tropical storms sometimes ruining the game viewing, mountain climbing or beach holidays. The prices at these low hotel occupancy seasons however results in bargains for the traveler as we are able to offer rates that are lower to compensate for the reduced hotel prices.

Kenya enjoys a mild tropical climate. The average annual temperature for the capital city, Nairobi (altitude 4,980 feet) is 77ºF maximum and 56ºF minimum. The coastal town of Mombasa (altitude 50 feet) is 86ºF maximum and 73ºF minimum. There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. The long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coolest in July to August.

A7: Yes, visitors require a visa to enter Kenya. For details, please consult the Kenyan Embassy or Consulate nearest to you or alternatively apply for a visa online by logging onto: http://www.evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

A8: A health certificate is not a requirement for travel to Kenya unless traveling from a Yellow Fever zone. It is highly recommended that travelers to Kenya take precautions against Malaria starting a few weeks before travel and continuing with your prophylaxis a few weeks after travel to be on the safe side ( please remember that prevention is better than cure ). Please consult your doctor prior to departure.

A9: East Africa is no different from any other place in the world. However the usual precaution should be observed. Avoid displaying expensive possessions; walking through unlit urban areas at night, and follow the guide's instructions in the bush. It is also recommended that you leave valuables and airline tickets in the hotel's safe.

A10: The official currency is the Kenya Shilling. Visitors to Kenya can exchange foreign currency at banks or authorized hotels and Foreign Exchange Bureaux. Most international currencies are easy to exchange in Kenya. Travelers cheques are widely accepted, and many hotels and restaurants accept credit cards. Most Banks in Kenya are equipped to advance cash on major international credit cards. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into Kenya. Anyone wishing to take more than Kenya Shillings 500,000 out of the country will require written authorization from the Central Bank.

Tanzania and Uganda also accept foreign currency and credit cards but to a lesser extent. Please convert most of your currency in the major urban areas into the local shillings (the exchange rates are better in the cities) as doing so in the rural areas offer veritable challenges and this might create hurdles for the traveler.

English is the “language of communication” in East Africa. It is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants and visitor establishments. Swahili is East Africa’s national language. A little Swahili goes a long way in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, especially in the rural areas. It is worth learning a little, and most locals are thrilled to hear visitors attempt to use any Swahili at all. For example, “Jambo” means hello and is often the first word learnt by visitors to Kenya.

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Service Summary
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route
Service Type
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Arusha,Tanzania,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Mount Kilimanjaro
Description
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route trip normally starts from Marangu National park gate. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route climb always starts at the remote northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro near the Kenyan and Tanzanian border.

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