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Kilimanjaro Trek - Rongai Route - Moshi Start

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Trekking + walking
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Destinations: Mount Kilimanjaro, Moshi Urban
Guide language: English
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Itinerary

Explore the mighty Kilimanjaro from the road less travelled via the Rongai Route

Welcome to the start of your journey to the ‘Roof of Africa’. Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, affectionately known as ‘Kili' is Africa’s highest mountain at 5895m. Kili is also the world’s highest free standing mountain and its towering snow capped, symmetrical cone is a world-recognized African image. A world heritage site, the whole mountain is designated a national park and Kilimanjaro National park covers an area of some 755 sq km, consisting of vast areas of montane forest with unique moorland flora and alpine desert higher altitudes


Day 1. Moshi

Arriving at any time today we will be able to relax and recover from the journey to Africa and Moshi.

Moshi is a small and pleasant town and there are plenty of markets and cafes to explore and relax in.

Day 2. Moshi to Rongai Camp Highlights. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Before leaving this morning, we have a pre trek briefing and then head out on the transfer to Nale Maru Gate on the northern side of the mountain close to the border with Kenya.

Our route takes us through lush rainforests before gradually opening up into grassy moorland and our first camp. 6 images Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Day 3. Rongai Camp to 2nd Cave

Starting the day we head out and cross the Kikelwa moor and on up to Kikelwa Cave where we stay the night.

We are rewarded by spectacular views across the Kenyan plains to the north.

Day 4. 2nd Cave to 3rd Cave

It's a relatively short but steep climb today up grassy slopes to our camp at Mawenzi tarn directly below the towering spires of Mawenzi.

We are able to relax and acclimatise to the altitude this afternoon.

Day 5. 3rd Cave to Kibo Huts

Leaving the vegetation zone behind as we cross the lunar desert of scree between Mawenzi and Kibo.

We aim to get to rest early tonight in order to start our trek in the early hours tomorrow.

Day 6. Kibo Huts to Uhuru Peak

With the aim of being on the summit at or shortly after sunrise means we have to start trekking shortly after midnight.

'Pole Pole' one foot infront of the other as we make our way up the steep scree in the darkness to reach the roof of this mighty continent.

After a short time on the summit we return down to Horombo Hut for a hearty dinner.

Day 7. Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Our final day trekking is a short three hour scenic route through to the park gate where we bid farewell to our loyal and hard working porters and transfer back to our hotel in Moshi for a well earned celebration.

Day 8. Moshi

With a good night's sleep behind us we have a final breakfast before arrangements end

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Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.
Springlands Hotel, Moshi

Located on the southern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro near Moshi, the professionally-run Springlands Hotel is set in relaxing tropical gardens with pool and is the ideal base to start/finish mountain treks. The hotel offers regular shuttle bus services into town or you can hire a bike, and there are pleasant walks into the adjacent forest.

Rooms – single, twin, double, triple en suite rooms.

Facilities – restaurant, bar, swimming pool, TV lounge, internet, laundry, gym, sauna.

Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. Springlands Hotel, Moshi

Located on the southern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro near Moshi, the professionally-run Springlands Hotel is set in relaxing tropical gardens with pool and is the ideal base to start/finish mountain treks. The hotel offers regular shuttle bus services into town or you can hire a bike, and there are pleasant walks into the adjacent forest.

Rooms – single, twin, double, triple en suite rooms.

Facilities – restaurant, bar, swimming pool, TV lounge, internet, laundry, gym, sauna.

Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

The Rongai Route
The Rongai Route retains a sense of untouched wilderness which is lost on some of the more popular routes. This remote and less frequently used path is the second easiest route to Kilimanjaro’s peak. While it is still a tough route, with steep paths at times, it is within the limits of a fit individual and affords some marvelous views over the Amboseli Plains (in neighboring Kenya) with genuine possibilities for wildlife viewing.
Our trek begins in rainforest until approx 2500m where, foliage turns to giant heathers and moorland grasses, supporting animals and birdlife as we approach the Mawenzi tarn, vegetation becomes sparser and we begin to close in on the snow line and the jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi. Just above this we reach a desert of scree before arriving at School Camp near Kibo Hut. This is our last camp before the summit and close to where all summit routes combine. The descent is by the Marangu Route on the Southern Side.
Accommodation on the mountain is in portable tents pitched by the porters, in bush camps with few facilities. Access to the trek start is 2-3 hours by vehicle from Moshi. The return is approximately 30 minutes.

TRANSPORT:
Mini bus, foot

MEALS:
Meals included are – Breakfast (B) x7, Lunch (L) x6 Dinner (D) x5
On the mountain, meals are prepared by the trek cook. If you have any dietary requirements, please ensure you tell Acacia when you book.

OPERATOR:
This tour is operated by a respected local tour operator. You will benefit from their extensive local knowledge and enthusiasm as well as helping Acacia support local businesses in Africa.

Includes & Excludes

Meals
7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners

Accommodation
Local hotel with twin-share en suite rooms (2 nights), camping with basic facilities (5 nights)

Includes.
All tour highlights
National Park fees
Camping Rescue fees
Accommodation
Meals as indicated
Services of mountain guide(s), driver and porters Excludes.
Travel insurance
Flights
Airport taxes
Airport transfers
Visas
Sleeping bag
Water on the first day of the trek
Additional supplements
Items of a personal nature
Tips
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Acacia is Africa
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