A Journey to Mt. Kilimanjaro

8 Person 9 Days
From $3200 pp/dbl

8 night / 9 day Rongai Route climb package starting and ending in Moshi including two nights accommodation at Ameg Lodge (bed and English breakfast), 6 night / 7 day Rongai Route climb, camping fees, all food on the climb, transfers to and from the gate, guides and porters, tents, and mattresses. Rongai transfers and park fees included

Mount Kilimanjaro stands 330 kilometres south of the equator, on the northern boundary of Tanzania. Its location, on an open plain close to the Indian Ocean, and its great size and height strongly influence the climbing conditions. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent. It is composed of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo at 5,895 metres (19,340 feet), Mawenzi at 5,149 metres (16,896 feet), and Shira at 3,962 metres (13,000 feet). It is also one of the world's highest free standing mountains, its bulk looming 4,800 metres above an undulating plain that averages around 1,000 metres above sea level. Its long axis lies in a north-west to south-west line for 60 kilometres and, at its widest part, Kilimanjaro is 40 kilometres across

As you reach the crater rim, the sun should be rising to display Africa in all its glory beneath you. The views are spectacular and it makes the entire journey worth every step!
Departure/return location
Dar-es-salam Airport
Start Date
Flexible
Duration
9 Days
Included
  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Insurance
  • Meals
Not Included
  • Flights
  • Transport

The Rongai Route approaches the highest mountain in Africa from the north and retains a sense of untouched wilderness. It has a relatively gentle gradient and short daily stages as it winds its way from the starting point just south of the Kenya-Tanzania border. It passes through farmland and forest, past Alpine moorland to the beautiful summit cone. There are magnificent views throughout, glaciers and ice cliffs of the summit, and across the East African plains far below

The nights are spent camping and we provide top mountain guides, porters and safari chefs to look after you. Camping equipment is supplied and it is carried by the porters. There are no shower / bath facilities while doing the climb, and toilets will be long drops. On request, you will be provided with a bowl of warm water to wash with.

Kilimanjaro National Park comprises the area above the 2,700 metre contour. It includes the moorland and highland zones, Shira Plateau, Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. In addition, the Park has six corridors, or rights of, way through the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve. The Forest Reserve, which is also a Game Reserve, was established in 1921. The Park was established in 1973 and officially opened in 1977.

The Park exists to preserve Mount Kilimanjaro's outstanding scenic and geological features and its flora and fauna for the use and enjoyment of all people, present and future. This is also the aim of the Forest and Game Reserve below the Park itself, and these different agencies are co-operative in the conservation of all the mountain's resources.

Day 1
  • Tonight will be spent at Ameg Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis. (Deluxe room)Ameg Lodge Kilimanjaro is based at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
  • Set in a 4.5 acre area, it has been constructed with local Tanzanian materials and designed to combine antique African and modern contemporary styles, creating an articulate and seductive ambience. Frangipani and palm trees adorn the grounds amidst a variety of colourful tropical plants
  • 8h-10h:After an early breakfast, a senior guide will do your climb briefing. You will then be driven to Rongai Gate, where you will meet the rest of your guides and porters. After the formalities at the gate have been completed, begin your ascent to the first cave en route. The climb should take approximately 2 to 3 hours. This part takes you through the cultivation area of the mountain, where you can see how local farmers tend to their lands on the slopes. Overnight at Simba Camp (1,800 metres).
  • 8h-10h:: Early in the morning, begin trekking out past the second cave, and on to the third cave. This should take you approximately 6 to 7 hours. The climb today is relatively difficult, taking you through forest and well into the moorland. Overnight at Kikelelwa Camp (3,800 metres).
  • 8h-10h:Continue ascending to Mawenzi Tarn Hut, which should take approximately 7 hours to get to. Overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,330 metres).
  • 8h-10h:Continue ascending to Mawenzi Tarn Hut, which should take approximately 7 hours to get to. Overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,330 metres).
  • 8h-10h:: Early in the morning, begin trekking out past the second cave, and on to the third cave. This should take you approximately 6 to 7 hours. The climb today is relatively difficult, taking you through forest and well into the moorland. Overnight at Kikelelwa Camp (3,800 metres).
  • 8h-10h::Today you will be heading for the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres). You will be woken at around midnight to commence the 5 hour hike on heavy scree to Gillman's Point (5,686 metres). You will be walking in the dark as the ground is frozen and this makes it easier to ascend this steep section.
  • 8h-10h:: After breakfast, descend to Marangu Gate. You will be transferred to the hotel for a well-needed shower. Overnight at Ameg Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • 8h-10h:: Early in the morning, begin trekking out past the second cave, and on to the third cave. This should take you approximately 6 to 7 hours. The climb today is relatively difficult, taking you through forest and well into the moorland. Overnight at Kikelelwa Camp (3,800 metres).
 

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