- Reach Uhuru, the Roof of Africa
- Conquer the peak of Mount Meru
- Very good acclimatization conditions
- Experience incredible flora and fauna
- Catch the first view of the sunrise over Afric
Start and end in Arusha! With the trekking (hiking, climbing) adventure tour – Rongai Route and Mt Meru combined tours, you have a 12 day trip package taking you through Kilimanjaro & Meru National Parks.
Rongai Route and Mt Meru combined tours. Mount Meru is Mount Kilimanjaro’s little sister, standing at 4,566m compared to 5,895m, but is still an impressive freestanding volcano, which makes a superb four day climb to the top. It last erupted in 1910, therefore, can be classified as an active volcano.
The first ascent was made by Dr. Fritz Jaeger, 1904. The town of Arusha lies at the base of Mount Meru Trekking, loads of Trek companies do this trek. Wild animals are frequently found on this mountain, therefore, an armed ranger usually accompanies the trekkers.
Grade C a strenuous climb so you need to be very fit in order to achieve this trek, you should be used to long trekking and had some high altitude experience.
Duration: 4 Days
Location: Mount Meru, Arusha,
Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai route The Rongai route is a more gradual ascent, and is therefore preferred by those with little or no backpacking experience, but is equally enjoyable for even the most hardened trekkers.
With only six days on the mountain and only 4.5 days before the summit climb, there is little time for altitude acclimatization. This route ascends quickly and steady. It is recommended for climbers who lack the time to spend more days on the mountain.
Start and end in Arusha! With the hiking & trekking tour Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route, you have a 6-day tour, Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Duration: 6 Days
DAY 1 – ARRIVE DAY
Our driver will pick you up at the airport and proceed to the hotel. Orientation for your trek will take place shortly after you arrive and your guides will provide comprehensive information that will assist you in reaching the summit. Your trekking gear will be checked before you leave.
DAY 2 – HOTEL TO MIRIAKAMBA HUT
Morning departure to Momela gate together with your mountain guide and crew. Game drives en route through Arusha National Park – continue up to Momela (top) gate where you get ready for the climb.
The first part of the trek is gradual and very rewarding as you begin to climb up through the almost magical forest with its old man’s beard (a kind of thick hanging moss), there’s an abundance of birdlife through this section and it’s great to have the shade of the thick canopy overhead. Picnic lunch at the half way point which has some rewarding views of the low-lying land – altitude is 2,514 meters.
DAY 3 – SADDLE HUT
After breakfast, with picnic lunch boxes, proceed slowly leaving the tall forest behind as you break into the low alpine scrub, the track follows small paths up along ridges with great views to the valley floor down below, take lunch at half way point, Altitude is 3570mts. After a short rest continue up to little Meru and enjoy the views over to Kilimanjaro.
DAY 4 – MIRIAKAMBA HUT
Proceed with your guide as you begin your slow climb to Mt Meru summit altitude is 4566mts. 06.15am is usual time for sunrise so if all goes well you can have 20mins before sunrise and breath in the amazing views as you watch another day begin. In your own time descend back down to Saddle hut, have a well-earned breakfast and relax. Continue down to Miriakamba Hut to relax and freshen up.
DAY 5 – MIRIAKAMBA HUT –MOMELA GATE
After breakfast, continue to make your way down to Momela gate.
Where all successful climbers will receive their summit certificates then have lunch and say goodbye to our mountain crew before leaving Arusha National Park and heading back to your hotel in Arusha town for a shower and some rest. Landside adventure and Safaris Ltd vehicle will be waiting to for you at the gate.
DAY 6 – RONGAI GATE (1,800M/5,900FT) TO FIRST CAVE CAMP (2,600M/8,400FT)
After breakfast in Arusha/Moshi hotel, depart to the Rongai Gate near the Kenya border. After registering at the gate, begin your trek to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. During the first day, hike through forests where you may see and hear wildlife. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first camp. Rongai ascends via the less forested northern side of the mountain.
The Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the gate. The Rongai trail is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife.
DAY 7 – FIRST CAVE CAMP (2,600M/8,400FT) TO KIKELEWA CAMP (3,600M/11,810FT)
During this day, view Mawenzi Peak ahead while trekking through Kilimanjaro’s moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times.
DAY 8 – KIKELEWA CAMP (3,600M/11,810FT) TO MAWENZI TARN CAMP (4,330M/14,200FT)
This day is an acclimatization day, allowing you to hike in the beginning of the day and rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo.
DAY 9 – MAWENZI TURN CAMP (4,330M/14,200FT) TO KIBO CAMP (4,750M/15,580FT)
On this day across the lunar landscape of the saddle before arriving at the final camp. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone, giving you views of your final destination-Uhuru Peak.
DAY 10 – KIBO CAMP (4,750M/15,580FT) TO UHURU PEAK (5,895M/19,340FT) TO HOROMBO HUT(3,720M/12,200FT)
Wake up around midnight; begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your flashlight. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman’s Point.
The hike from Gilman’s to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.
DAY 11 – HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT) TO MARANGU GATE (1,800M/5,905FT)
Today we will descend via Marangu gate, where all successful climbers will receive their summit certificates then have lunch and say goodbye to our mountain crew before leaving Mount Kilimanjaro and heading back to your hotel in Arusha or Moshi town
DAY 12 – DEPARTURE DAY
There are no activities planned today, so feel free to depart at any time. Or why not continue the adventure by exploring our amazing wildlife safaris or visit Zanzibar island beach for relaxation.
Price includes the following:
- AMREF Flying Doctors
- Accommodation while on a trek
- All meals for vegetarian/non-vegetarian
- 2 Nights hotel before and after the climb
- All entry fees, Camping fees, and Rescue fee
- Utensils, Awards Certificates of Achievements
- Professional mountains Guides, Cook, and Porters.
- Treated drinking water, Sleeping Mattress, Tables and Chairs
- 4 Transfers from JRO to hotel, from hotel to gate, from gate to hotel and from hotel to JRO
Price does not include the following:
- Tips & Visa
- Laundry services
- International flight tickets fees
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
- All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc
- Equipment including fleece jacket, socks, sunglasses, water bottles, body tights, scarf etc