Mount Kilimanjaro Climb
July 7th- July 15th 2016
Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport / Sal Salnero Hotel (D)
Day 2: Moshi / Sal Salnero Hotel (FB)
Day 3: Transfer to the Rongai trailhead, begin climb / Rongai One Camp
Day 4: Ascent to the Second Cave/ Kikelewa Cave Camp
Day 5: Relatively short but step trek / Mawaenzi Tarn
Day 6: Cross the saddle between Mawenzi Peak and Kibo / Kibo Hut
Day 7: Summit Uhuru Peak / Horombo Huts
Day 8: Final day of trekking / Sal Salnero Hotel
Day 9: Depart back to the US or onto safari
Rongai is the only route to approach Kilimanjaro from the north and is also the most unfrequented route. The Rongai route starts from the drier north side of Kilimanjaro near the Kenya border. This route offers a variety of fabulous views that most climbers never get to see, and the possibility of observing wildlife- it’s the mountains best kept secret.
The final ascent passes the Hans Meyer Cave and reaches the crater rim at Gillman’s Point before following the rim path to the summit at Uhuru Peak. This nine day itinerary gives excellent acclimatization and also offers you an unusual view of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Rongai Route Itinerary: 9 Day Itinerary (minium 6 people and max 12 per group)
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) and be transported to Moshi.
Overnight at Sal Salnero Hotel Website: www.salsalinerohotel.com
Meet for origination, pre-climb briefing and an equipment check at 8 a.m. The morning is for packing and trip preparation. After will have a chance to relax at the hotel or join a town tour, visit a local market and see the sights in the city of Moshi.
Overnight Sal Salnero Hotel
Early 6am wake, breakfast and departure. Drive to the Marangu gate to register then transfer to the Rongai trailhead. The climb will begin at Nale Moru (6,400 ft) on a small path that winds 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. You will enjoy the expansive views over the Kenyan plains as we arrive at our first campsite at Rongai One Camp (8,500 ft).
Ascent to the Second Cave (11,300 ft) with superb views of Kibo. 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. Overnight at Kikelewa Cave Camp (11,800 ft).
This day is a relatively short but step trek however you will be amazed by the views and sights. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. Overnight at Mawaenzi Tarn
Wake to cross the saddle between Mawenzi Peak and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut (15,400 ft) at the bottom of the crater wall. The rest of the day is spent resting , early dinner and a few hours sleep to wake for an early morning final ascent. Overnight at Kibo Hut
Rise early to start the final and most demanding part of the climb. It’s a slow march in the darkness on a switchback trail to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (18,600 ft). A short break time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Then continue an additional few hours to summit Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft), reaching the roof of Africa. Then descent to overnight at Horombo Huts (12,200 ft).
Final day of trekking. This trek is a pleasant one down to Marangu Gate, depending on time we may stop for lunch at Mandara Huts. At the gate you will sign-out and receive your Mount Kilimanjaro certificate. Then head to our Celebration party and over night at Sal Salnero Hotel
After breakfast, depending on your itinerary and date of departure we will arrange for a private transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or onto Safari if that is something scheduled in your itinerary.
Price: $ 3,500 (Per Person, Double Occupancy)
Additional 5 day photographic safari and 4 day Zanzibar extention can be added for an additional $4,500
What is Included:
All accommodations and meals on mountain
Hotel Lodging the night before and the night after the climb (dinner and breakfast included) Double occupancy
Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport and to/from park entrance/exit gates
Tents (double occupancy)
Private toilet tent
Support personnel (guides, cooks and porters)
All camping and dining equipment (excluding sleeping bag and pad)
International Airfare to Kilimanjaro Airport, (JRO) Tanzania
Tips for guides and porters
Sleeping bags, sleeping pads and other personal gear
Tanzania Visitor Visa ($100 US)
Mandatory Medical Insurance
Additional drinks and/or snacks
Any Alcohol Drinks
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