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Africa Mountain Climbing, Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking, Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Safaris, Tanzania, East Africa
ACKT3A: [7 Days] Kilimanjaro Special 'Romantic' Trek
'Up Rongai on Kenya Side, Down Marangu in Tanzania!
Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. This immense mountain is made up of three volcanoes: Shira, Mawenzi, and our goal, Kibo, the tallest one in the middle. Of the famous seven peaks in the world, this is the easiest to get to and to climb, and it requires no technical climbing experience. Any moderately fit person can summit Mt. Kilimanjaro with the assistance of our guides and porters. AfriChoice! takes climbers up Kilimanjaro every day of the year. Our treks start from either Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport and we have daily departures up the mountain.

AfriChoice! has a small-group policy of mountain climbing and we limit the number of climbers to not more than 8. We do combine groups up to this limit if they are starting the same route on the same day. We also arrange for private groups at no extra cost. We take in single travelers to a group though we also arrange trekking for individuals. There are two main routes on the mountain: the Marangu and Machame but we also offer treks through the less traveled routes of Rongai, Shira, Umbwe and Lemosho. Learn More >

Mt. Kilimanjaro - Rongai Special - Trekking Itinerary
This is our most romantic route!!! 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, and is one of the least travelled routes. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many view points. Here is the special Kilimanjaro climbing via Rongai Route;

Day 00: Arrival in Tanzania (Itinerary Starting from Kenya Side)
Transfer from Nairobi or Namanga to Lokichogio Town, at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro on the Kenya side. Dinner and overnight at the Kibo Hotel, Marangu Hotel or Mountain Inn.

Day 01 : To Simba Camp, 6400ft to 9000f, About 4 hours (9km)
Transfer by Land Rover from Lokichogio Town (about 3 hours) to the attractive wooden village of Nale Muru (1950 m). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2600 m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

Day 02 : To Kikelewa Camp, 8500ft to 11,800f, About 7 hours
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (3450 m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios near Kikelewa Camp (3600m)

Day 03 -- To Mawenzi Tarn, 11,800ft to 14,200ft, About 4 hours
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4330 m), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. 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 04 -- To Kibo Camp, 14,200ft to 15,600ft, About 5 hours
Cross the lunar desert of the 'Saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4750 m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night!

Day 05 -- To Summit and Horombo Hut, 15,600ft to 19,300ft, About 11 Hours
Begin the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. Proceed very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman's Point (5685 m) Rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5895 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4700 m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo (3720 m).

Day 06 -- To Moshi, Elevation (Ft): 12,200ft to 5500ft Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
After breakfast, A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m), 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). 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 Springlands Hotel in Moshi. Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration! Dinner and overnight at the Kibo Hotel, Marangu Hotel or Mountain Inn.

Day 00: Depart / Onward Travel Arrangement
After breakfast, depart for your next destination to either:
(a) The National Parks for a wildlife safari
(b) Kilimanjaro International Airport for for home-bound / onward flight
(c) Arusha Town by road, or
(d) Namanga if proceeding to Nairobi, Kenya by road.

NOTES: All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer are for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (NB: Prices increase with elevation). This route is usually done on 6 days but can be done in 7 days for better acclimatization.

PRICE GUIDE: 2016-2017 (Tanzania Travel Planner)
USD 1685
USD 269
USD 185
USD 1595
USD 269
USD 185
USD 1515
USD 269
USD 185
USD 1575
USD 269
USD 185
ABBREVIATION KEY: NO. Of Pax = NO. Of Participants, USD = U.S. Dollar
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INCLUDED In The Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Price
Transport in a 9-seater safari minibus (Arusha-Kilimanjaro-Arusha)
All park entrance fees to the mountain
All campsite ground fees
All campsite equipment
Roomy two-person tents where there are not permanent huts
Foam mattresses in the tents / huts
Benches / Simple Tables and Chairs
Three well-balanced hot meals a day
NB: Government taxes and levies are EXCLUDED
Temporary Membership to AMREF's Flying Doctors & Rescue Services
EXCLUDED In The Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Price
International airfares in and out of Tanzania
Travel Insurance and Personal Accident Cover (Highly Recommended)
Tourist Entry VISA fees to the specific country
Accommodation whist in Arusha before of after Mt. Kilimanjaro Trekking
Climbing gears, sleeping bags and all items of personal use
All expenditure of personal nature such as phone calls, internet and laundry
Tips and gratuities to driver guides, porters, or hotel staff.
ADDITIONALS: Other Optional Items You Need To Bring
General Items & Notes:
The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds)
Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $5/day
Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags
Wrap clothing in plastic bags
In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day.
You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters or donations to the Mt. Kilimanjaro Porters Society
Extra luggage can be left at the base hotel for no charge.
Valuables can also be left in a safe deposit box at the base hotel ($1/day).

Kilimanjaro Climbing Baggage
Day pack, for you to carry
Large duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry
Plastic bags

Clothing for Kilimanjaro Climbing
You want your inner layer to be wicking -- no cotton. Next layer should be insulating and warm, and the top layer should be water proof but breathable. You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping. Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly. Mt. Kenya may be on the equator, but it gets cold up there!
Shorts, for first and last day only
Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
Short-sleeved or t-shirts
Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
Long underwear
Fleece jacket or wool sweater
Fleece pants
Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)
Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
Warm Underwear
Sport bras, for women

Cold Heights Kilimanjaro Climbing Accessories
Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
Wool or pile hat
Balaclava or neck gaitor
Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)

Kilimanjaro Climbing Footware
Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!
Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferrably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support -- not too light and not too heavy
Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
Hiking socks for warmer conditions
Wool socks for colder conditions
Sock liners to wick away moisture

Sleep Gear for Hikers / Climbers

Sleeping bag (Rated -10 degrees F/-25 degrees C or colder is recommended)
Sleeping pad and repair kit
Tents are supplied by AfriChoice! at no charge
Foam sleeping pads are provided by AfriChoice! at no charge (Thermarest is highly recommended, however)
Further Information and Getting Started...
We would be happiest to hear from you. Our dedicated Kilimanjaro Trekking Department will only be too glad to put together a package especially for you, your group or your family. Your safari consultant will always be at your assistance in all stages of planning your Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Safari in Tanzania, Africa. For more information regarding Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Adventures or Tanzania wildlife safaris, feel free to contact us. We shall listen and ensure to provide for trekking needs. For more information feel free to Contact Us >
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