Join Us in Grasping Kilimanjaro via The Rongai Route

Limited spots available. To book now, contact me or via Instagram: GraspTheAdventure

First 5 to sign up receive a free Grasp The Adventure product bag!

Dates:

Price:

Difficulty:

28/11/2019 to 7/12/2019

10,700 AED (Including Flights)

Moderately Difficult

Why Trek Kilimanjaro with Grasp The Adventure:

 It is time to tick this awesome achievement off your bucket list, I am talking about standing on the roof of Africa, the continent where human life began! Grasp The Adventure is super excited to help make that possible for you, and more importantly, to be by your side when you first gain sight of Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit  at 5895 m above sea level. Our number 1 goal is to promote the spirit of adventure and the love of nature while forming bonds as powerful as the mountains we hike on. I sincerely believe that a hike is not successful only when it has a 100% summit rate, but when every Grasper is overtaken by positive vibes, uplifting energy and the support of the entire Grasp The Adventure family.

About The Trail:

The seven day Rongai Route is the route of choice for those looking for a scenic climb with excellent success rates, but away from the crowds and with an incredible sense of wilderness to it; after all, this is one of the few hikes where seeing wildlife on the mountain is still possible. This is also the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, which is a lot drier and more favorable in November-December. The descent is in the south-east via the Marangu route, so you will get to see both sides of the mountain. Be prepared for one of the most scenic nights of your life as we camp beneath the Mawenzi Peak.

The Rongai climb has a gradual climb profile and rises very steadily, there aren’t any steep climbs involved, nor major ups and downs. Moreover, the camp sites are staggered very well and on our last day before the summit push, we will only ascend a few hundred meters which gives us the entire afternoon to rest and acclimatize.

This route is considered moderately difficult.

Is This Hike For You?

It is important to remember that we are talking about summiting the highest mountain in Africa here, it is no joke! So how do you know if you’re up for it? We are committed to doing whatever we can to ensure your safety and comfort; that is why:

  • We are partnering with a local company in Tanzania with extensive experience on Kilimanjaro and a summit success rate of 98.9%
  • Certified mountain guides will lead the hike while porters transport the group’s belongings, camping equipment, food, mess tent, etc.
  • You will only be required to carry your day pack which will include whatever you may need during the hike, such as raincoat, snacks, camera and water.
  • Professional chefs will be preparing your breakfasts, lunches and dinners with foods specific to the altitudes we’re at in order to minimize and avoid indigestion and altitude sickness issues
  • The camp sites will be equipped with two portable toilets, one for each gender.
  • First aid kits, safety equipment and an air cylinder will also be provided in case of emergencies.
  • Blood oxygen levels and health checks will also be conducted regularly throughout the hike to ensure your wellbeing.

The Route has no steep climbs nor descents, it is not technical and you may not need to use your hands at any point. However, the hike is physically strenuous and the high altitude will push your stamina to its limit. Therefore, high fitness levels and some hiking experience are required. Don’t freak out though, share your thoughts with us and if you are really committed to conquering this mountain, we will do what it takes to get you prepared in time. Refer to section ‘Health & Fitness’ for more details.

Price: 10,700 AED

(This price includes a return flight from Dubai to Kilimanjaro on Fly Dubai, in case you do not want the flight or are flying from another country, please contact me to revise the price)

Inclusions Exclusions
Return flight, Dubai- Kilimanjaro as per itinerary Tanzania Visa if required
Pre and post climb accommodation B&B, double room sharing basis Vaccinations & Malaria Pills
Early check-in and breakfast the day of arrival Altitude sickness tablets (Diamox)
Lunch & dinner on pre and post hike days Travel Insurance
All meals while on the mountain Optional Tours (safaris, Masai Village visit)
Transportation Sleeping bag
Guides, chefs and porters for the hike Sleeping pad
Sleeping tents on the mountain Pillow
All Kilimanjaro hike fees Clothing (check packing list for details)
All park fees Personal Expenses (souvenirs, snacks, beverages)
Professional photography & videography throughout the hike Safari trip
2 Portable toilets at each camp site Masai Village Visit
Quality mess tent with table and chairs Late check-out on final day
Purified drinking water throughout the hike
Crisis management and safety procedures
Tips for the guides, chefs and porters
One local preparation hike in November
One Grasp The Adventure hiking t-shirt

Packing List:

The average temperature at the base is between 21 to 27°C; closer to the summit, night temperatures can go down between -7 to -29°C so be prepared for wet and cold nights!

  • Head torch
  • Spare batteries
  • Warm, winter hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Scarf or balaclava
  • T shirts (you’ll be getting one awesome Grasp The Adventure hiking t-shirt as a gift to wear at the summit!)
  • Thermal top and bottom
  • Sleeping bag
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Water/wind proof jacket
  • Gaiters
  • Poncho
  • Warm, water proof gloves
  • Hiking trousers (water proof or resistant)
  • Hiking socks
  • Warm socks to sleep in
  • Hiking boots
  • Water bottle or camel back water bladder
  • Day pack with rain cover
  • Hiking poles
  • Sunscreen
  • Sanitary kit (toiletries, toilet paper, wet wipes, sanitizer, tooth brush, tooth paste, etc.)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills, activated charcoal, Panadol, Malaria pills, altitude sickness pills
  • Lip balm
  • Moisturizing cream
  • Nose drops

Health & Fitness:

We will do whatever we can to help you succeed;  however, the summit push will be challenging and only you can make sure you make it by preparing yourself, physically and mentally. Throughout the hike, there will be regular blood oxygen level and medical check-ups; your health and safety is our number one priority. We will follow a strict ‘No food, No climb’ and ‘No water, No climb’ mentality as staying hydrated and nutritious are keys to a healthy summit push.

All the guides are certified Wilderness First Responders (WFR) which means they have the tools and knowledge to make critical medical and evacuation decisions. They receive annual training in emergency first aid and can prevent, recognize and treat altitude-related illnesses.

In case you need to turn back at any point due to health concerns; it is not a problem whatsoever, Kilimanjaro will always be there and you can attempt it any other year, staying safe is more important than reaching the summit. The guides will assist you back down to a safe altitude and off the mountain.

When you sign up to the hike, we will share an exercise and nutrition plan with you to help you prepare for the hike. Follow it strictly, get into the mood, set your goals and I have no doubt we’ll conquer the hell out of that mountain together as one Grasp The Adventure Family!

Care for the Porters:

Note: Many companies that run hikes to Kilimanjaro cut costs by mistreating porters and violating their human rights. We ensure that any company we deal with provides the porters with good conditions, 3 meals a day, weight lifting limits and fully abide by Porter rights and guidelines. Moreover, the porters will be tipped generously, you do not need to worry about that as it is already included in the price you pay.

Itinerary:

Thursday 28/11: Travel from Dubai to Kilimanjaro

Meet at Dubai International Airport at 9 pm to catch 11 pm Fly Dubai flight direct to Kilimanjaro International Airport

Friday, 29/11: Arriving in Tanzania, Arusha

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport at 4:05 AM. We will be met by the local staff and transferred to Arusha in the peaceful surrounds of our pre and post trek accommodation- Meru View Lodge, from where there are great views of the mountain. The rooms will be booked for early check-in so you can head straight to bed and get some rest. After breakfast, relax by the pool or go for a walk around the town; today you’ll have free time to go souvenir shopping too. Later in the day, we will meet the guides for the briefing where they’ll provide essential information about the trek to the roof of Africa. We will be having lunch and dinner in Arusha as a group, these meals are included in the price paid.  Make sure you get a good night’s sleep because tomorrow is the day you set out on the adventure of a lifetime!

Saturday, 30/11: Rongai gate / Nalemoru (1950m) to Simba Camp (2650m) (First Cave Camp)

Time: 3-4hrs / Distance: 6.5km / Altitude Gain: 700m

Pick up from the hotel for a two and a half hour drive to Marangu park gate for formalities and registration. After that transfer to the Rongai trailhead in another 3 hour drive. Meet our guide and porters before we begin the hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The first night’s camp is at Simba camp, at about 2,650 meters.

Sunday, 1/12: Simba Camp (2650m) to Second Caves Camp (3450m)

Time: 3-4hrs / Distance: 4km / Altitude Gain: 800m

After a delicious, late breakfast we will continue to move in the direction of the looming peak of Kibo to the Second Cave. We will venture on a gentle incline through the fuscous brown moorland and heather vegetation zones. The arid plains are scattered with hoary desert plants and the heather is dominated by whimsical plantation and celestially enormous trees. Hot lunch will be provided at the Second Caves Camp. Afternoon relax at second cave with dinner and overnight to allow for acclimatization.

Monday, 2/12: Second caves Camp (3450m) to Kikelewa Caves (3600m)

Time: 3-4hrs / Distance: 5km / Altitude Gain: 150m

After breakfast, we continue up towards Kibo, reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 meters. The views start to open up and you begin to see how you’re on a really big mountain! Your chances of viewing Kibo, which is shrouded in ghost-grey mist, are high. You may also spot the great buffalo with winding horns and more jackals. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves).

Tuesday, 3/12: Kikelewa Caves (3600m) to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m)

Time: 3-4hrs / Distance: 6km / Altitude Gain: 730m

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The chatter of the birds breaking the quiet of the world whilst clouds shaped like tufty pillows glide slowly across the sky. The parched fauna and flora of the moorland is temporarily banished as we travel through a region of wilderness. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.

Wednesday, 4/12: Mawenzi Tarn (4330m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

Time: 4-5hrs / Distance: 9km / Altitude Gain: 370m

The route gradually develops into a steeper, rockier trail as we further ourselves from the Mawenzi Tarn Hut. Traveling along the meek landscape of the ashen ‘Saddle’, an expansive lava stone ridge amid Mawenzi and Kibo, provides stunning views of the lofty peak of Kilimanjaro. After an appetizing meal, the remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight.

Thursday, 5/12: Kibo Hut (4700m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) to Horombo Hut (3720m)

Time: 6-8hrs ascent, 5-6hrs descent / Distance: 5km ascent, 15km descent / Altitude Gain: 1195m, Altitude Loss: 2195m

We will wake up around 11:30 pm, and after some tea and biscuits we shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. From Gillman’s Point we will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – we made it! Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long we can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut for a short rest and then down to Horombo hut.

Friday, 6/12: Horombo Hut (3720) to Marangu Gate (1980m) to Arusha

Time: 5-6hrs / Distance: 20km / Altitude Loss: 1740m

After breakfast we’ll continue our descent, passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate we sign our names and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. We then drive back to Arusha and check into Meru View Lodge where a steaming shower and plush bedding await, how good does that sound right now? We will then have dinner (included) out together in Arusha to celebrate our great achievement while reminiscing and laughing over the struggles that we faced on the way up. Exhausted from the long but accomplishing week, get to bed after dinner and sleep the night away while appreciating the simpler things in life.

Saturday, 7/12: Free Day for an Optional Safari or Masai Village Visit

So you flew all the way to Tanzania, it would be a shame to leave without checking out the wildlife or trying to keep up with a Masai Tribe’s speedy dance routines! Well don’t worry because today is your chance to do just that, you can go on a safari trip or visit a Masai Village; tired and just wanna chill out instead, no worries, you can visit a spa, chill by the pool or go for some more souvenir shopping. The bus will be waiting for us at the hotel at 7:45 pm to head to the airport for our 10:45 pm direct flight to Dubai. Arrival will be at 5:35 am on Sunday. It is here that we say goodbye with heavy hearts as we venture back into the real world, after a successful 9 day escape. We may have been strangers before the trip but I guarantee we’ll come back as One, Big Grasping Family!

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”
― Barry Finlay, Kilimanjaro and Beyond

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