The Rongai Route is easier and more scenic than the Marangu or Machame routes, and the success rate is very high. All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside.
The route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many view points.
The cost for Marangu route will be as follow:
|Number of climbers||1 climber||2 climbers||3 climbers||4 climbers||5 climbers and above|
|Price in USD per Climber||$ 1900||$1895||$1870||$1840||$1830|
|DEPARTURE/RETURN||International Airport of Kilimanjaro|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
If you have an extra day to spare this will be spent with your guides who will brief you on the Kilimanjaro climb and also check on your equipment. This will also help you relax and acclimatize to the Kilimanjaro. During the briefing the guides will tell you what to expect in terms of vegetation, the path, the expected weather, safety and how to increase your chances of reaching the top. You will also have the opportunity to ask the guides any questions that you might be having regarding your climb. In the afternoon the guides will take you to visit the magnificent waterfalls where you will spend the cool afternoon relaxing by the falls as you meditate on the Kilimanjaro climb the next day. This walk will also be beneficial as it will relax your muscles after a long flight making your climb easier the next day. As you do this walk, you will also get to know your guides better so that by the time you start the climb they are not only your guides but your friends too!
If you don’t have a day to spare then there is no problem, the briefing will be done on the day of arrival or the morning before the climb.
Day 2:Rongai Gate (1950m) - 1st Caves camp (2600m)
Register at the Marangu park gate with a transfer (approximately 2 ½ hours) to the Rongai trailhead. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the NaleMoru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The first night’s camp is at First Cave, at about 2,600 metres. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below First Cave
Day 3:1st Cave (2600m) - Kikelewa Cave (3600m)
The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves)
Day 4:Kikelewa Cave (3600) - Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m)
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area. If you are spending an extra day on the mountain, you will camp for two nights here. You can hike up and around Mawenzi for your acclimatization hike.
Day 5:Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) - Kibo hut (4700m)
Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo Camp
Day 6:SUMMIT ATTEMPT, Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m)
You will rise around 2hours 30 minutes, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening, you will enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m / 8858 ft), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830 m / 6004 ft). At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to the Babylon Lodge in Marangu. At Babylon Lodge you will have hot water showers and thereafter it will be time to celebrate with your guides and porters. Kilimanjaro beer for those who drink and barbecue will be a good way to celebrate your success of being to the highest point in Africa! The guides will also sing for you and the jovial mood of the evening will make your trip worth remembering!
SOME INFORMATION REGARDING TIPS
-As a client tipping should not be given on the basis of reaching the summit but rather whether your guides and porters were professionals and they assisted you with the climb.
-You are not obliged to give tips and if your guides and porters for one reason or another did not meet your expectations please inform the office on your arrival at Babylon Lodge. Someone from the office will be there for debriefing and to talk to you about your experience on Kilimanjaro. You can tell him/her of the things that you enjoyed and what you think could be improved. We take our customer feedback very seriously and we are always working hard to improve the quality of our services to meet the needs of our customers
-The guides and porters should not press you for tips and if they do please inform the office immediately as this is not acceptable.
-Budget from USD $ 200 per person for tipping but the amount is at the client’s discretion. You can give more or less depending on what you have and how happy you were with the service.
-Please note that this is just a guideline and you can decide to adjust the tipping depending on the amount that you have. Tanzania shillings and dollars are acceptable for tipping.
– You can also decide to tip in terms of Items like your camel bag or any climbing equipment or clothes that you might not need to take with you back home. This can be in addition to the cash tip and the guides and porters will really appreciate. Items of clothes and shoes are also seen as valuables by the guides and porters.
-Please don’t give tips to the guides and porters while on the mountain. All tipping should be done at the end of the climb upon successful descend. We can help you to distribute the tips or you can do it by yourself at the end of the climb. Either way is good with us and we are always very happy if both the clients, guides and porters are happy upon a successful climb.
If you have any other question regarding our Kilimanjaro climb please don’t hesitate to contact us.We are looking forward to trek with you and provided you with the best Kilimanjaro experience.