Kilimanjaro Rongai

7 Day Route

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences less crowded because of its remote location the route offers trekkers a unique wilderness experience where it is possible to see large wildlife like antelope, elephant and buffalo. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes which makes to be the easiest route. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the popular Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation). Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1: NALE MURU GATE – SIMBA CAMP| Rainforest
Elevation: 1997m/6552ft to 2635m/8645ft
Altitude gained: 638m
Distance: 7km/4.3mi
Time: 3-4hrs

Drive to the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru. 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 with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.


DAY 2: SIMBA CAMP – SECOND CAVE CAMP|
Moorland
Elevation: 2635m/8645ft to 3487m/11440ft
Altitude gained: 852m
Distance: 5.8km/3.6mi
Time: 5-6hrs

The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. The small shrubs of the moorland became thinner as you approve the Second Cave. Temperatures begin to drop.


DAY 3: SECOND CAVE CAMP – KIKELEWA CAMP| Semi Desert
Elevation: 3487m/11,440ft to 3675m/12057ft
Altitude gained: 188m
Distance: 5.9km/3.7mi
Time: 2-3hrs

We begin this morning with a steady incline up to Second Cave. We continue trekking though moorland, leaving the main trail for a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, before finally arriving at Kikelewa Cave for the night.


DAY 4: KIKELEWA CAMP- MAWENZI TARN| Semi Desert
Elevation: 3487m/11440ft to 4302m/14114ft
Altitude gained: 627m
Distance: 3.75km/2.3mi
Time: 3-4hrs

The hike today is short and steep up a grassy slope. Views of the wilderness area are stunning. As we exit the heath zone and emerge into the Alpine Desert zone, the landscape changes dramatically. Our camp is situated beneath the jagged spires of Mawenzi, at Mawenzi Tarn. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing or exploring the area. You can hike up and around Mawenzi for your acclimatization hike.


DAY 5: MAWENZI TARN – KIBO HUT|
Alpine Desert
Elevation: 4302m/14,114ft to 4714m/15,466ft
Altitude gained: 412m
Distance: 8.9km/5mi
Time: 4-5hrs

Cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and  Kibo to reach Kibo campsite at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent very early.

DAY 6: KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT – HOROMBO HUTS| Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit
Elevation: 4302m/14,114ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 721m
Distance: 4km/2.5
Time: 5-7hrs
Descent to 3721m/12,208ft
Altitude lost: 2174m
Distance: 15.75/9.8mi
Time: 5-6hrs

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak.

Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!

After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

DAY 7: HOROMBO HUTS – MARANGU GATE – MOSHI| Rainforest
Elevation: 3721m/12,208 to 1905m/6250ft
Altitude lost: 1816m
Distance: 20km/12.5mi
Time: 7hrs

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest 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 us here and drive us back to the hotel in Moshi. Enjoy a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations!

 

Included

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking
  • Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters 4.5)
  • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water and Full Board meals
  • All National Park & Camping Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
  • Rescue Fees and Emergency Evacuation Coverage with AMREF
  • Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
  • Gate Transfers
  • Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder
  • Portable Private Toilet and Porter
  • Quality Imported Equipment

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (Required)
  • Gamow Bag
  • Medication
  • Tips for porters and mountain crew (20% Industry Standard Recommended)
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.
  • Additional lodge nights if early decent from the mountain

 

 

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