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 low crowds. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes. 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. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for nearly the entire way. Descent is made via the Marangu route.
DAY 1: Arrive In Tanzania
upon arrival to Kilimanjaro international airport , you will be collected by one of our staff at Kilimanjaro airport for transfer to your hotel as per the programme booked . after some rest at the hotel your head guide will meet you for your briefing , gear check and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.
DAY 2: SIMBA CAMP SECOND CAVE CAMP: 12km/7.5mi | 5-6hrs | Moorland
After a good night sleep and a hearty breakfast we continue along moorland terrain on a consistent ascending path. You will catch some terrific views of Kibo and get your first glimpse of the ice fields on the Eastern 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 THIRD CAVE CAMP: 7km/4mi | 3-4hrs | Semi Desert
After breakfast and packing, you continue your stead ascent, entering into the semi-desert terrain. This relatively short hiking day brings you closer to the Easter ice fields, continually drawing your attention to their beauty. Pay attention to your body and keep your guide informed of any signs of altitude sickness.
DAY 4: THIRD CAVE CAMP- KIBO HUTS: 10km/6mi | 4-5hrs | Alpine Desert
As you depart early the semi-desert zone from the Third Cave early in the morning and begin your trek into the Alpine Desert terrain for the remainder of your ascent. Today’s hike will take you just below the Kibo crater wall to the Kibo Huts. At this point, you will merge with the Marangu Route, which you will use to hike to the summit. You will prepare your clothing and equipment (replace batteries for headlamp and camera) before you go to bed by 7 PM and try to catch a few hours of rest before your summit attempt.
DAY 5: KIBO HUTS SUMMIT: 4km /2.5 mi up | 5-7hrs | HOROMBO HUTS: 14km /9mi down | 5-6hrs | Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit
Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused of the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.
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 photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.
Day 6: HOROMBO HUTS MARANGU GATE MOSHI: 18km/11mi |6-7hrs | Rainforest
After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down stopping at the Mandara Huts for lunch. You return back to the Marangu Park Gate and receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles. From the gate, a vehicle will meet you to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 45 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!
- Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
- 18% VAT on tour fees & services
- 3 Season mountain tents
- Double layered Sleeping Mats
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- Filtered water throughout the trek
- Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the hotel in moshi
- 2- way private airport transfers
- Tips to mountain crew
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services
- Any service not mentioned above
- Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$65 per toilet + toilet tent)
|Rongai Route Six day’s trekking + 2 night in the hotel|
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For Climbing Mountain Kilimanjaro the recommended Group Tip as follows;
- Guide : $US 15-20 per day
- Cook. :$US 10-15 per day
- Porters :$US 8-10 per day per porter
Departure & Return Location: Kilimanjaro International Airport (Google Map)
Departure Time: 2 Hours Before Flight Time