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Rongai Trek - 9 Days

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport/Arusha. Overnight at Planet Lodge

Day 2: Arusha/Rongai. Overnight at Simba Campsite

Day 3: Simba/Second Cave. Overnight at Second Cave

Day 4: Second Cave/Kikelewa. Overnight at Kikelewa Campsite

Day 5: Kikelewa/Mawenzi Tarn. Overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Campsite

Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn/Kibo. Kibo Campsite

Day 7: Kibo/Summit and Horombo Hut. Overnight at Horombo Campsite

Day 8: Horombo/Moshi Area. Overnight at Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 9: Moshi/Kilimanjaro Airport. Fly Out

Day 1: Kilimanjaro airport/Arusha

Our driver will pick you on your arrival at the airport whereby you will drive to Arusha town for overnight at the lodge booked for overnight.

  • Destination: Kilimanjaro airport/Arusha town
  • Accommodation: Planet lodge
  • Meals: BB

Day 2: Arusha/Rongai gate  

Transfer takes (about 4-5 hours) to the attractive wooden village of Nale Muru (1950 m / 6398 ft). 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 / 8530 ft) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. We use or 4WD min Van/Land cruiser to take you to the gate.

  • Destination: Rongai gate
  • Accommodation: Simba campsite
  • Meals: B,BL,D

Day 3: Simba/Second Cave

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.

Alternatively, you can hike to Kikelewa Camp and spend a rest day at Mawenzi Tarn Camp.

  • Destination: Second Cave
  • Accommodation: Shira campsite
  • Meals: B,BL,D

Day 4: Second Cave/Kikelewa

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.

  • Destination: Kikelewa
  • Accommodation: Kikelewa campsite
  • Meals: B,BL,D

Day 5: Kikelewa/Mawenzi Tarn

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, 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.

  • Destination: Mawenzi Tarn
  • Accommodation: Mawenzi tarn campsite
  • Meals: B,BL,D

Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn/Kibo

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!.

  • Destination: Kibo
  • Accommodation: Kibo campsite
  • Meals: B,BL,D

Day 7: Kibo/Summit/Horombo Hut

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 (5685m/18,650ft) 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, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo.

  • Destination: Summit/Horombo Hut
  • Accommodation: Horombo campsite
  • Meals: B,BL,D

Day 8: Horombo/Mosh area

After breakfast, A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m / 8858 ft), 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. 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 to your hotel in Moshi area. Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!

  • Destination: Mosh area
  • Accommodation: Weru weru river lodge
  • Meals: B,BL,D

Day 9: Moshi area/Kilimanjaro airport

In the morning after done with your breakfast our driver will pick you from the hotel and drop you at the airport for your flight back home.

  • Destination: Moshi area/Kilimanjaro airport
  • Accommodation: Departure
  • Meals: B


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, BL=Picnic Lunch, D=Dinner



  • All Park fees, Picnic lunches. Rescue fees, Camping fees.
  • All transfers as Indicated in the itinerary above.
  • Accommodations – Sleeping in the dome tents.
  • Services of Bright Safaris Camping equipment. These are Tents, camping table and chairs etc.
  • Meals as per the above itinerary – 3 Meals a day – Vegetarians and Non vegetarians.
  • Services of Bright African Safaris staff throughout. The cook will be responsible for your 3delicious meal daily.
  • Services of a Senior Bright African Safaris Naturalist Trekking Guides and assistance guide.
  • All baggage handling – Recommended weight for clients’ backpack to be carried up the mountain is 15kgs.  Kindly allow 5 kg for personal daypacks including Cameras.
  • We will provide for our clients – first Aid Kit.
  • We will provide guides and assistant guides in this trekking. Our Guides are licensed and have received training from Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park Instructors. From 1-4 clients you will be having two guides and from 5-6 you will be having three guides.

Not Included:

  Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits (as well as gifts like local crafts etc)

  Any local and international flights tickets (airline).

  Tips for staff such as guides, porters and the cook staff

  Fees for passport, visas, immunizations and insurance

  Meals and expenses en route to Tanzania

  Laundry, phone and other items of a personal nature

Budget Camping: food supplied (Menu)

Breakfast: Fruit, egg, Fruit juice, eggs, bread/French toast/plain toast/pancakes.margarine/jam/honey/peanut-butter,cereals/porridge,Milo Pancakes, Oats, Omelette’s, tea/coffee

Picnic lunches:  Sliced carrot & cucumber strips, seasonal fruits, boiled eggs, vegetable/meat cutlets, sandwiches (egg/cheese/tuna/tomato).

Dinners :  Soup (Mushroom/cucumber soup, Pumpkin soup/chicken/vegetable) bread, a meat dish, rice/pasta/potatoes, Fish curry/Noodles, vegetable dishes(Vegetable Kish etc, fruit, some local dishes which am sure they will be more interested to you.

Desserts:    Bush made cake accompanied with local Brewed Tanzanian coffee, Tea, Cup of hot Chocolate, Milo’s etc.

Snacks:  Peanut/Crisps/Popcorn/Cookies.

Below is the list of the gears that you should bring with you for trekking.

FOR FEET: Mt. Boots, Socks – at least 4/5 pairs (This must be thin and thick ones) 1 pair of gaiters, Sandal/open shoes,(optional)

FOR BOTTOM: 1 thermal (warm) trousers, 1 thermal (warm) long underwear, 1 wind/water proof trousers.

FOR TOP:  2 or 1 long sleeved thermal shirts, 1 thermal T-shits, 1 thermal jacket or sweater, 1 down jacket, preferable wool attached one.

FOR HANDS:  1 pc of roll foam or air mattress, 1 warm sleeping bag.

OTHER GEARS: 1 head lump and spare batteries, 1 pair or 1 pc of walking sticks, 1 pair of sunglasses or ice goggles, Sun block cream or Lotion, Lipstick cream, First Aid Kit, Camera + films with its spare batteries, passport book, a day pack, a rucksack or safari bag.

FOR DRINKING:  Drinking water bottle (NALGEN) or any other brand like SIGG or optional, camel pack.

Note: These Items can be hired here in Arusha before your Trek; Most of the items mentioned above can be hired for 10 – 15 dollars for the whole Trek

Cost Breakdown: Adults: @ $ 3,600 • Children: @ $ 3,200






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