7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trek (Rongai Route) - Quest Horizon Safaris

7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trek (Rongai Route)

Why this itinerary?
A 7 day ascent that is relatively gradual. The numbers of hikers on this route tends to be less than Machame or Marangu routes and the chance of seeing wildlife higher. Comes highly recommended but note that the drive to the starting point takes a long time and the descent is via the Marangu route

Description
A 7 day ascent of Kilimanjaro starting on the Eastern side of Kilimanjaro. This side of the mountain is relatively dry and has a relatively short forest zone. It skirts the base of Mwenzi and then ascends via Gilman's point to Uhuru Peak. There is an acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn. The descent is via the Marangu route trail.

Highlights
Kilimanjaro: views over the Mawenzi and Kibo saddle, close views of Mawenzi, the Kibo crater and ash pit and glaciers on the roof of Africa.

Day 1: KILIMANJARO - RONGAI

In the morning you drive around Kilimanjaro to the Eastern side to Nale Moru to register at the gate. Hiking is through farm and pine plantations and then through afromontane forest.

Dinner and Overnight Simba Camp (Full board).

Day 2: KILIMANJARO - CAVES

Ascent to Second Cave (3450) with views of the Eastern ice fields. After lunch leave main trail and head towards Mawenzi. Kikelewa caves campsite is in sheltered valley.

Dinner and Overnight Kikelewa Caves Camp (Full board).

Day 3 KILIMANJARO - MAWENZI

Hike up close to Mawenzi tarn (4330) located in a cirque beneath Mawenzi. In the afternoon you head out for an acclimatization walk with your guide.

Dinner and Overnight Mawenzi Tarn Camp (Full board).

Day 4: KILIMANJARO - MAWENZI

Today is an acclimatization and rest day. Your guide takes you on a hike which normally lasts for around 4 hours.

Dinner and Overnight Mawenzi Tarn Hut (Full board).

Day 5: KILIMANJARO - KIBO

Today you cross the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo in the alpine desert zone. The camp is situated at 4700 meters. In the afternoon it is time to prepare for the night ascent and then an early dinner and to bed for a few hours.

Dinner and Overnight Kibo Camp (Full board).

Day 6; KILIMANJARO - HOROMBO

An early start is required to arrive in time for a dawn on the roof of Africa! You ascend Kibo volcano via Gilman's point (5685m) which takes around 6 to 7 hours. It is then a further 11/2 to 2 hours to the summit and then descent to Kibo for refreshment and refuels and then continues down to Horombo camp.

Dinner and Overnight Horombo Camp (Full board).

Day 7: KILIMANJARO – Marangu Gate

The final section descends to Marangu hut via Mandara hut to Marangu gate where you are picked up and transfer back to your hotel for a well deserved shower!

END OF SERVICES

Items included:

Arrival and departure airport transfers.
Kilimanjaro entry fees.
Camping (hut) fees.
Transfer to and from the mountain.
Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes.
Salaries for Kilimanjaro support staff.
All meals on the mountain.
Sleeping Tents or hut camping.
Sleeping mattresses.
Cooking and eating utensils.

Items not included:

Tips for guides and support staff.
Sleeping bag and personal items.
Private portable toilet and privacy tent.
Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
Extra activities.