Rongai Route Discovery

6 Days

Overview

Popular Mount Kilimanjaro Itinerary: A favored route for summiting Kilimanjaro, providing breathtaking views as it encircles the mountain. Typically completed in 6 days, with the option to add extra days for acclimatization at Shira plateau or Barafu. Spectacular vistas await on this highly sought-after trek.

Itinerary

Pick up from airport and transfer to accommodation in Arusha for an overnight stay.

Hiking: 5h
In the morning, we will head to Marangu Park gate to register before commencing our hike on the Rongai trail through rainforests towards the first camp of the journey.

Hiking time: 7h
We continue our journey across moorlands towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route before reaching Kikelwa Cave. The views start to open up and offer a great view of the water streams below inside the cave.

Hiking time: 4h
On Day 4, we will walk towards the jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi and camp at Mawenzi Tarn Camp. It is a short but steep climb and offers stunning views of the wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before we reach our next camp at Mawenzi.

Hiking time: 5h
We will cross a dessert area known as The Saddle, situated between Mawenzi and Kibo towards Kibo Hut and make our final preparations and rest before commencing our hike towards the Summit.

Hiking time: 14h
We commence our climb to the Summit at around midnight. Most of the journey follows a path of steep scree towards Gilman’s Point on the Crater Rim and is considered the most difficult part of the journey. We will then descend to camp for lunch and a short rest before continuing on to Horombo Hut.

Hiking time: 6h
On our final day, we will leave Horombo Hut, heading towards the Marangu Gate and head back towards Arusha.

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How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Rongai Route Discovery

Contact Info

Phone: +255 764 103 944

Email: info@pellosafaris.com

Location: Kaloleni, Arusha