9 Day Rongai Route

RONGAI ROUTE,

7 DAYS ON THE MOUNTAIN – 9 DAYS IN TOTAL

The Rongai Route is one of the easiest routes and the success rate is very high. The route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many view points.

The drive to the trail head takes about 2.5 hours from Moshi through many villages and coffee plantations, including a stop to register climbing permits at Marangu.

  • DAY 1 : Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Tanzania transfer to Hotel in Moshi
  • DAY 2: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Rongai Gate (Nale Moru), Hike to Simba Camp.
  • DAY 3: Hike Simba Camp to Second Cave
  • DAY 4: Hike Second Cave to Kikelewa Camp
  • DAY 5: Hike Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn
  • DAY 6: Hike Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut
  • DAY 7: Kibo Camp to Uhuru Peak (Summit) to Horombo Hut
  • DAY 8: Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Moshi (Hotel)
  • DAY 9: Hotel in Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE

  • Return airport transfers to your hotel in Moshi or Marangu
  • Return transfers to Marangu Gate
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Moshi or Marangu.
  • Park entry fees,
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro Guides Association
  • National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Government taxes
  • Emergency first-aid kit

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
  • Travel insurance (Mandatory)
  • Airfare (We can assist)
  • Laundry (Available at hotel)
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook
  • Personal Gear / Hiking Gear (Can be rented from us in Tanzania)
WHEN TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO

Kilimanjaro can be climbed all year round. There is no summer and winter only wet and dry seasons. The weather of Kilimanjaro National Park varies by altitude, time of year and time of day. At the base of the mountain, it’s generally warm in the daytime. In contrast, the peak is snow-covered and nighttime temperatures get well below freezing. On the mountain, weather conditions are very unpredictable. Through the year, popular times to visit include Jun–Sep, the dry season. Jan–Feb, with warmer conditions but also some rain, is also popular. Most people avoid Mar–May, when there are heavy monsoon rains.

PRE-TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS AND VACCINATIONS FOR TANZANIA

  • Flights to Kilimanjaro: We can assist with Flights from anywhere on the globe to Kilimanjaro Airport (Please drop us a line or email to assist)
  • Travel Insurance: This is a very important part of the trip, we can assist if so required. Include hazardous activity cover.
  • Medical Insurance: Utmost important! Please we urge you to get Medical Cover for the duration of your adventure. Include pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Visas: Visas can be obtained at the port of entry (The Airport for a fee of $50US and for US Citizens $100US) Ref :http://immigration.go.tz/index.php/en/services/visa-information
  • Malaria: Consult with your Doctor or Healthcare professional for the correct medication.
  • Yellow Fever: Yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes.
  • Rabies Travelers to Tanzania may need a rabies vaccination if they will be staying in rural areas or spending much of their visit outdoors.
  • Hepatitis A: you can receive a single dose of immune globulin (IG) that can protect you from the disease for up to five months.
  • Hepatitis B: the CDC recommends that any adult or child traveling to the country should receive a hepatitis B vaccination prior to departure.
  • Typhoid Fever: Remember that typhoid fever immunization does not fully protect people from the disease, so use caution when eating and drinking in Tanzania.

THE GUIDES  

Good guiding is what gets you to the top and our guides are excellent! Some of our local guides have climbed and been trained in the USA and on Everest, and have years of experience on all major routes (including technical climbing).  They have undergone first aid courses, and are regularly updated on emergency scene management, artificial respiration, rescue CPR, choking, wounds and bleeding, shock, unconsciousness and fainting, fractures, burns and head and spinal injuries.

The guides motivate you and look after your every need – ensuring that everyone safely gets to the top.  We continually receive excellent reports filled with praise for these conscientious hard-working people.

Guide to climber ratio is usually one guide to every 2 or 3 climbers, ensuring more personal service and greater safety for our clients.

 

THE PORTERS  

It is hard to imagine the numbers of crew we need to run a safe, efficient operation. This has a direct bearing on the cost of the trip, but more importantly for us, we use relatively large crews to ensure we do not overload our team, while not over-utilizing and damaging the mountain.  They carry up – for your use – tents, tables, chairs, mess tents, all food and cooking utensils, as well as gas cookers – and on top of this YOUR personal gear as well as their own.

As an indication, for 4 climbers we have 14 porters, one cook, one guide and two assistant guides. For 10 climbers, it’s 34 porters, 2 cooks, 1 guide and 3 assistant guides. Of course, the porters also have an effect on the environment – the aforementioned ratios are a balance between the budget operators who provide limited gear and overload their crew, and some of the international operators who take up “everything but the kitchen sink,” and we combine safety and comfort with limited environmental damage.

We follow the recommendations per the Porters Assistance Project in Kilimanjaro – this means: * That our staff and crew are allowed free access to both our OWN free clothing bank for cold weather gear. * Are paid correctly per Kilimanjaro National Park regulations. * Carry correct loads. * Have insurance.  * Are treated in an acceptable manner.

In addition to this, our guides frequently undergo a major Mountain Rescue refresher course, as well as Rope Courses – so you can travel with even more confidence in our guides and crew, knowing that they are correctly looked after.

 

A NOTE ON THE TIPPING

The tip that you hand to your crew at the end of the climb is an additional way of thanking them for the hard work that they put into your climb, and should not be dependent on whether or not you summit successfully. Rather, tips should consider whether your supporting team were professional and had your safety and best interests in mind at all times.

In accordance with the KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project) guidelines, we’ve introduced a system where every climber, on completion of the climb, completes a form stating the amount being given as a tip.

The guides have to complete the form with the names of all the crew members that accompanied you on the mountain & you are more than entitled to see what the allocations are.  This system was introduced due to some of the fly-by-night operators’ guides that did not distribute the tip money fairly, and this is one way to make the distribution effort more transparent & fair.

Please use the below amounts as a recommended tip per crew member, which should be divided by the number of climbers in your party. This guide is based on a 5 night/6 day climb.  You are very welcome to tip more should you so wish in order to express your gratitude for the crew’s assistance.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Make sure your travel documents are valid and if you require a visa – CHECK BEFORE YOU FLY. South African passport holders do not require a visa for Tanzania.  Other nationalities please check. Should you travel via Kenya on a South African passport, you may require a visa (even in transit through Nairobi Airport). Enquire for more details and up to date status on this, as it may change.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Yellow Fever inoculation certificates are still checked on arrival in Tanzania – although technically they are no longer needed.  Please check before travelling for the latest update.  Should you require a yellow fever inoculation, it needs to be administered minimum 10 days prior to travel.  Tanzania is a malaria area and Malaria prophylaxis are recommended. Please consult your doctor or local travel clinic.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Is compulsory for all guests travelling with Hikers Edge to please ensure that the policy you take covers you for climbing Kilimanjaro and includes evacuation. We can also assist you with this.

CURRENCY

Major credit cards are widely accepted. We recommend USD cash that may be converted to Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh).

WEATHER

Kilimanjaro attracts a range of weather and temperatures – varying day by day – sometimes step by step!  Ensure you have the correct gear (see our list) to combat any detrimental weather conditions.

As the usual rainy season is from April to end May, and shorter rains in November, we do not recommend climbing Kilimanjaro over this period.  Obviously it can be done – but then expect more rainfall than ‘usual’.

The rest of the year is great for climbing – and it’s nice to also pick a full moon for your summit night.

CHARGING FACILITIES

At the hotel there is power, (240 volt) for recharging items.  Tanzania has 3-pin square plugs.  On the mountain there are no recharging facilities during your hike.  We recommend you take additional batteries or solar chargers accordingly.

THE CLIMB

Rest: Sleep can be a great problem on the mountain. Sleeping tablets, a good mattress and warm sleeping clothes are all highly recommended to ensure a comfortable climb.

Feet: Take care of your feet. Pack two pairs of decent hiking socks – one pair per day and fresh socks each night and please remember to have short toe nails, coming down is just as strenuous as going up and your toes will press into the front of your boots and cause pain and discomfort especially when your toe nails isn’t short.

Pacing: Walk slowly. Put your slowest climber in the lead. Pole Pole is the way!

Medication: It is advised that you take either Diamox (Not available in South Africa) or the generic Azomid (Available in South Africa), also we suggest taking Decadron for your last night on the mountain.

PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST BEFORE YOU TAKE ANY MEDICATION

We suggest taking the following basic first aid kit along:

  1. Broad base antibiotics
  2. Headache tablets
  3. Stomach disorder medication
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Water purifying Drops / Tablets

Altitude: Altitude is the greatest factor which you can’t prepare yourself for. Walk slowly & take in PLENTY of fluids.

Mental Attitude: The summit night will be your greatest test. Listen to your guide, walk slowly, “close your eyes” one step at a time and remember that at sunrise you will have conquered the greatest peak in Africa.

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