Rongai Route – 7 days

Rongai Route – 7 days

Rongai Route – 7 days

About the route

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. This route is one of the easiest routes up to Kilimanjaro’s summit and it joins with Marangu route at Kibo hut. The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, and seven days are recommended. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route. This route descends down the Marangu route. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less hiking experience.

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your accommodation in Moshi town, you will meet your guide for brief of your trekking and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain equipment, Rent the missing equipment if needed. Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

Day 2: Nalemuru Gate to Simba Campsite

This morning we will drive to the village of NaleMoru for the starting point of the Rongai route. The first stage of the trek is through farmland and pine forests. You may have chance to see the beautiful Colobus monkeys or if you’re lucky enough, elephants or buffalos en route. Our first camp will be the Simba Camp located at the edge of the moorland zone at 2625m.

  • Elevation 1990meters to 2625meters
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 4 – 5 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Day 3: Simba Campsite to Second Cave Campsite

The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave Camp located in the moorland zone with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.

  • Elevation 2526meters to 3480meters
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day 4: Second Cave Campsite to Kikelewa Campsite

Leaving the pine forest behind, we carry on with a steady ascent walking though moorland. There are superb views of the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim of Kibo, the highest of the three volcanoes which form the mountain. We will leave the main trail and strike out across moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, the second of Kilimanjaro’s volcanoes. We will set up camp today in the sheltered valley near Kikelewa caves at 3630m

  • Elevation 3480meters to 3630meters
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day 5: Kikelewa Campsite to Mawenzi Turn Hut

This morning we have a short but steep ascent up grassy slopes which is rewarded by a superb view of the Kenyan plains to the north. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching our next camp at Mawenzi Tarn Hut directly below the towering cliffs of Mawenzi. This afternoon you have chance to rest or explore the surrounding area to aid acclimatization.

  • Elevation 3630meters to 4310meters
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 4 – 5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day 6: Mawenzi Turn Hut to Kibo Hut

We leave our campsite and cross the lunar desert of the ‘saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo After a couple hours trekking, reach this spectacular place, with the summit of Kilimanjaro in the background and our trail to the high camp stretched out before our eyes. Upon reaching our camp the remainder of the day will be spent resting in preparation of the final ascent after a very early night.

  • Elevation 4310meters to 4700meters
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 5 – 6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 7: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

You will be awoken around 11:30pm with a cup of coffee or tea and get ready for the summit. You will begin your trek at 12:30am to the summit.

The temperature range below freezing at midnight. The trail zigzags up through heavy scree towards Gilman’s point. Once reaching Gilman’s point, you will have a cup of hot tea to warm up your body while enjoying the sunrise.

You will begin your trek for another 1.5 hour over a gently slope around the edge of the crater rim to Uhuru peak – the highest point in Africa and on Kilimanjaro mountain. After a short time at the summit you will start to descend the steep scree trail back to Kibo hut for lunch and rest.

Descend to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight.

  • Elevation 4700 meters to 5895meters to 3720meters
  • Distance: 20km
  • Hiking Time:13 – 14 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic

Day 8: Horombu Hut to Maragu Gate

After breakfast and last celebration with porters, you will trek down to Marangu gate, you will have a hot lunch at the gate and a car will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation in Moshi for shower and rest.

  • Elevation 3720metes to 1800meters
  • Distance: 10km
  • Hiking Time:6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert

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Map of the Route

What’s Included

  • Park fees, hut fees, rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees and services
  • Transport to and from the park gates
  • Three meals daily while your on the mountain
  • Certified English-speaking guides
  • Recommended salaries for porters and guides
  • Two nights accommodation in Moshi (Pre and post climbing accommodation)
  • Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport

What’s Excluded

  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Flights
  • Mountain climbing equipment and clothes (but they available for rent)
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.
  • Gamov Bag is extra
  • Alcohol

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