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Mount Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

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Trip Summary: 6 days on the Mountain

2009 / 2010 / 2011 Scheduled Dates: Arrival Day (Day 1): Every Friday of every week except in April and May

Trip Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to mid-level hotel in Arusha, Jacaranda Hotel.

Day 2
After breakfast, drive to Nare Moru village (6,500ft) where the trekking starts. We will walk through the cultivated land and pine forest on the way to Simba Campsite, 8,900ft, Camping, B.L.D.

Day 3
Breakfast, then the hike via Second Cave to Kikelwa Camp. Today's trek will offer impressive views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the rim of the crater, Kikelwa Camp, 11,800ft, Camping, B.L.D

Day 4
After breakfast we leave Kikelwa Camp for Mawenzi Tarn. We will spend an afternoon for exploring the surrounding area of Mawenzi Tarn which will also help us on acclimatizing, Mawenzi Tarn, 14,150ft, Camping, B.L.D.

Day 5
Today we cross the lunar desert of the 'Saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, Kibo, Camping, 15,000ft, B.L.D.

Day 6
Very early start for the summit scree up to Gilman’s Point (18,930ft) which is on the crater rim. Go on to Uhuru Peak. Descend to Kibo hut for a tea/soup/cookies and then down to Horombo hut, 12,000ft, B.L.D

Day 7
Breakfast, Descend from Horombo hut to Marangu gate. The waiting car will take you to Jacaranda Hotel. B.L.

Day 8
Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your return flight, B.

Price of the Package

YEARS 2011 2012
Prices (in USD) 1720 1750
Cost of adding an extra day of the trek 200 220
Schedule dates for 2009 / 2010 /2011: Friday of every week except in April & May

For those who think jet lag might affect them and/or prefer to arrive a day earlier, we recommend a day trip to the nearby Arusha national park for game drive and hiking for an extra cost of $180/person including additional night in hotel in Arusha.

Distance - Time(Approx.)
Rongai Gate - Simba Camp - 4 hours
Simba Camp - Kikelwa Camp - 6-7 hours
Kikelwa Camp - Mawenzi Tarn - 4-5 hours
Mawenzi Tarn - Kibo - 5 hours
Kibo - Uhuru Peak - 6-7 hours
Uhuru Peak to Horombo - 5 hours
Horombo - Marangu gate - 5-6 hours

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure Kilimanjaro Airport transfers. Also, free bus shuttle transfer Nairobi-Arusha-Nairobi if flying to/from Nairobi.
  • 2 nights accommodations at a mid-class hotel (Bed & Breakfast) in Arusha, before and after the climb. Upgrade to Ilboru Safari Lodge is available for $40/person for the 2 nights in Arusha.
    Also, upgrade to Impala Hotel is available, and this will cost $50/person for the 2 nights in Arusha.
  • Accommodation in mountain huts or mountain tents with mattresses We use the highest quality expedition tents of Eureka and The North Face, which are made and imported directly from USA.
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • All park fees, including mountain rescue fees, government taxes and all applicable fees and taxes.
  • Services of a Professional leading guide who is medically trained, certified, licensed and English speaking
  • Services of English-speaking assistant guide (s), a skilled cook, and enough numbers of porters for your luggage, food, and water, and a dinning tent.
  • Dining tent (provided only when a group is of 5 or more trekkers. If less than 5 trekkers, and you want it to be included, we will have to charge you $90/group)
  • Transport from your hotel to the mountain, and back to your hotel.
  • Use of radios/phones to increase your safety.
  • Group average of 4~6 climbers, maximum of 10
  • Discount is available for group of 3 or more, booking together

Price Excludes

  • Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa, traveler’s insurance, medical evacuation insurance (a 50$ value).
  • Tips to guides and porters.
  • International Airfare (unless explicitly stated).
  • Medical Equipment which can be rented well in advance for the following costs: $250/group for hyperbaric chamber, $210/group for an emergency Oxygen cylinder and $140/group for a stretcher. Please note these prices include a porter to carry the equipment.
  • Portable toilets: If you do not want to use public toilets which some of climbers have been complaining about being dirty, then add $110/person (or $180/group) for a portable toilet. Kindly, let us know at the time you make a booking and not afterwards.

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