Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Climb
10 Days / 9 Nights - Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Climb
Trek this seldom used route to the summit of Kilimanjaro and enjoy the feeling of unspoiled wilderness and solitude for much of the journey. The Rongai Route begins near the Kenya border, is more remote and harder to get to than most of the other routes, and thus does not experience the larger numbers of trekkers attracted to the more accessible routes.
Day 1 – Your flight arrives in Nairobi, Kenya. Your trip leader or a representative will meet you outside the Customs and Immigration area of the airport and escort you to your lodging just outside Nairobi. Lunch and dinner on your own.
Day 2 - We leave Nairobi and begin our journey toward Kilimanjaro. We stop for 2 nights in Amboseli National Park to view the magnificent elephant herds, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, and less common wildlife species. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 3 – Today we have a morning game drive and an afternoon hike with Maasai warriors, and later watch the sunset cast its vibrant hues on Kilimanjaro. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 4 – This morning we past the town of Loitokitok on the lower northern slope of Kilimanjaro to the trail head at 6,000 feet elevation. We are met by our porters and begin a 3 hour trek through forests of camphor and olive trees to our first camp at 8,000 feet elevation. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 5 - We continue up through the forest to the high moors toward Mawenzi Peak, Kilimanjaro's second-highest point at 16,893 feet elevation to Kikelewa Camp, 12,575 ft. elevation, where we will sleep tonight.
Day 6 – We continue up through the forest to the high moors to alpine Mawenzi Camp at the base of Mawenzi Peak, Kilimanjaro's second-highest point at 16,893 feet elevation, where we camp for the night at 14,290 feet elevation. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 7 – Today’s trek takes us up to the Outward Bound Hut, elevation 15,500 feet, situated beautifully between Mawenzi Peak and Kibo volcano. We arrive by lunchtime and have the day to rest and prepare for our summit attempt on Uhuru Peak, Africa’s highest point, 19,340 ft. elevation, beginning tonight just after midnight. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 8 – We arise at midnight, prepare ourselves, and begin the ascent toward Uhuru Peak, the “roof of Africa”. We reach the crater rim as the sun begins to reflect off the African plains and we continue on to the summit of Uhuru Peak. We reach the summit, and after taking in the unparalleled view of the plains far, far below, and savoring our success, we begin the fast, steep descent to the Horombo Hut at 12,500 ft. elevation where we will camp for the night . (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 9 – We continue hiking down the southern slope of Kilimanjaro across the moorlands, and into a lush forest that is home to colobus and Sykes monkeys. We arrive at the gate in the late afternoon and are driven to our hotel in Marangu, Tanzania where have a celebratory dinner and spend the night.. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 10 – Today we are flown back to Nairobi to catch our international flights back home.
INCLUSIONS & COSTS
Includes roundtrip transfers from/to Nairobi airport, 5 nights tented camping on the mountain, 2 nights hotel accommodation, 2 nights deluxe safari camp accommodation, most meals, guides, porters, group mountain gear, park fees and trekking permits.
2008 – USD $6,170 per person based on double occupancy / USD $6,670 per person based on single occupancy.
2009 – USD $5,995 per person based on double occupancy / USD $6,495 per person based on single occupancy.
Prices listed above are a reasonable expectation of land and package costs only.
Airfare from your home city to trip starting point, and from trip ending point back to your home city
Tips and gratuities for trip guides and trip support team members
October 19-November 1, 2008
February 3-16, 2009
June 1-14, 2009
July 1-14, 2009
July 31-August 13, 2009
August 29-September 11, 2009
September 28-October 11, 2009
Call 713-492-0179 for availability.