Expedition to Kilimanjaro

7-day trek via Rongai route + 2 nights at the hotel before and after the climb
July 14 - July 22, 2021
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Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

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Arrival date: 14 Jul 2021
Departure date: 22 Jul 2021
Climbing start: 15 Jul 2021
Climbing finish: 21 Jul 2021
Places already reserved: 3
Places available: 12
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Itinerary

Day 1 - 14 July | Arrival

An Altezza Travel driver who will take you to your hotel will await you at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). The hotels in our programmes offer the comfort of rooms with hot showers, genial service teams, swimming pools and free Internet.
NB: hotel checking in time starts at 2:00 PM

Day 2 - 15 July | Trekking from Nalemuru Gate to Simba Camp

You will meet your mountain guides and crew in the morning before setting out for Kilimanjaro National Park's northern entrance: Nalemuru Gate (2,020 m). Here, the head guide will acquire the necessary permits and finalize search and rescue registration.
This day’s trek through coniferous forest of Kilimanjaro’s northern slope to Simba Camp is moderate, taking you up to 2,625 m. Remember not to hurry and maintain a comfortable pace. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will have pitched your tents and started dinner preparations.
It is advisable to adhere to the following rules from the very beginning of your climb:

  • Stay away from alcohol and caffeine.
  • Make sure you drink a minimum of 4 liters of water every day, taking it frequently and in small doses.
  • The use of Diamox tablets is a good idea as it staves off altitude sickness symptoms. These are taken in the morning before the day’s climb. Consult your family doctor to make sure that you can safely take it.

 Do not be unduly alarmed if you experience discomfort during the night- high altitude has this effect on the human body. Nausea and headaches are a common occurrence in the mountains. However, make sure you alert your guide to any symptoms of altitude sickness.

Elevation
2,020 m to 2,625 m
Hiking time
3-4 hours
Distance
8 km
Difficulty
Low
Habitat
Rainforest
Day 3 - 16 July | Trekking from Simba Camp to Second Cave Camp

Early in the morning after breakfast, the group will depart from Simba Camp to start trekking towards your second high altitude camp: Second Cave Camp (3,480 m). This route is rather easy and will only take around 3 hours, so when you reach the camp you will still have ample time to rest and explore the surrounding area. After lunch you will have a couple hours to rest, followed by an acclimatization hike in the direction of Kikilewa Camp (3,630 m) on a stretch of the Rongai Route at a short distance with a 100-meter gain in altitude, after which you will hike back down to Second Cave Camp.

NB: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.

Acclimatization hike:
Altitude gain: Second Cave Camp (3,480 m) —  Kikilewa Camp (3,580 m)
Walking distance: 2.5 km
Duration: 1–2 hrs

Elevation
2,625 m to 3,480 m
Hiking time
2-3 hours
Distance
4 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Moorland
Day 4 - 17 July | Trekking from Second cave Camp to Kikilewa Camp

After breakfast you will begin trekking to Kikilewa Camp (3,630 m), where you can see Kibo Volcano at its finest (barring cloudy weather). This will be a relief day, so after lunch you will have time to sleep before the next trekking towards Mawenzi Tarn Camp. In the evening after dinner the guide will check health conditions of the each person of the group and give the necessary instructions for tomorrow's trekking.

Elevation
3,480 m to 3,630 m
Hiking time
3-4 hours
Distance
5 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Moorland
Day 5 - 18 July | Trekking from Kikilewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of trekking to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, which is situated at the foot of Mawenzi Volcano, Kilimanjaro's second summit. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and a two-hour rest, after which there will be an acclimatization hike towards Mawenzi Volcano with a 200-meter gain in altitude, followed by a hike back down to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, where you will have dinner in the evening.

Acclimatization hike:
Altitude gain: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,310 m) —  Mawenzi Volcano (4,510 m)
Walking distance: 2 km
Duration: 1–2 hours

Elevation
3,630 m to 4,310 m
Hiking time
4-5 hours
Distance
6 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Moorland
Day 6 - 19 July | Trekking from Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Kibo Camp

This day will be spent trekking towards Kibo Summit Camp (4,700 m). The landscape will change significantly to give
way to a rocky semidesert. The actual trekking is not very difficult; just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to
keep up your strength for the trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit. When you reach the camp, we recommend you sleep
well, avoid strenuous activity, and drink as much as you can, because that very night you will be ascending Uhuru Peak
(5,895 m).

Elevation
4,310 m to 4,700 m
Hiking time
5-6 hours
Distance
9 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Alpine desert
Day 7 - 20 July | Uhuru Peak Summit Attempt and Descent to Horombo Hut

The team will depart School Hut Camp with its elevation of 4,715 m at night. The trek up to Uhuru Peak’s 5,895 m puts more of a strain on your cardiovascular system than your muscles as the high altitude takes its toll on your body despite the moderate gradient of the climb. One guide will be assigned to every two climbers, constantly evaluating their fitness over the duration of this part of the climb. A walk on the nearest glacier can be undertaken upon reaching the summit. The descent to 3,720 m at Horombo Camp will include a 2-hour rest stop at Kibo Camp. It is highly advisable to keep in mind that 9 out of 10 climbing accident happen on the way down, so watch your step!

Elevation
4,700 m to 4,715 m
5,895 m to 3,720 m
Hiking time
12-14 hours
Distance
21 km
Difficulty
High
Habitat
Arctic
Day 8 - 21 July | Final Descent to Marangu Gate

The final descent to Marangu Gate’s 1,860 m starts after breakfast. The stop at the gate presents a good opportunity for a last exchange of impressions and memories of the expedition with the whole of your support crew. The climbers will receive their certificates of achievement at our offices before being driven back to their hotel.

Elevation
3,720 m to 1,860 m
Hiking time
5-6 hours
Distance
18 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Rainforest
Day 9 - 22 July | Departure

Rest and recuperation at the hotel before your transfer to the airport. Hotel check-out time is generally 11:00 AM but late check-out or day-use of the rooms are available for a modest additional fee.

Total price

7-day climb + 2 days in a hotel
Climbing: Rongai route (7 days)
Climbing: Rongai route (7 days)
$2 325
Tour price includes (climbing)

Transfers:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;

Entry fees:

  • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Accommodation:

  • One night at 3* hotel (Aishi Machame Hotel or Altezza Lodge) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Altezza Kilimanjaro Tents).

Please note:

All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).

Meals:

  • Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks.A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).

Hiking and safety equipment

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits.

Climbing crew:

  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
Tour price excludes (climbing)
  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
  • Mountaineering insurance.

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