RONGAI ROUTE

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, Rongai has low traffic. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the crowded 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).


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 at Kibo camp. This route descends down the Marangu route. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

6 DAYS KILIMANJARO RONGAI ROUTE ITINERARY

Day 0 : Pickup to Airport
You will be picked up from airport. From there you will go to the hotel in Moshi for an orientation on your trek. Your guides will be there to provide you with details on your trek and will also check your trekking gears.
Dinner and overnight at hotel Moshi

DAY 1

After completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu National Park gate, we transfer to Rongai. The climb begins from Nale Moru (1,950 m) on a small 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, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long 'cape' of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp, Rongai One, is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


DAY 2

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the 'Second Cave' (3,450 m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Kikelewa campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves (3,600 m).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


DAY 3

A short but steep climb is rewarded by superb allround views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatisation.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


DAY 4

We cross the lunar desert of the 'Saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4,700 m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


DAY 5

We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman's Point (5,685 m) We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700 m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach Horombo Camp (3,720 m).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


DAY 6: Marangu Gate.

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at the lower station of Marangu Gate to take you back to Moshi.
At the Gate gate you sign your name and details in a register book. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gilmans Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive Golden certificates.
You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner descent bed and celebrations!!
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included

Included in the packages

  •      »Private transport from the hotel to the Park s gate (starting point for the climb)
  •      »All National Park entry fees
  •      »All camping fees
  •      »2 night's hotel the night before and the night after the climb, with breakfast included
  •      »Hut fees [ Marangu route }
  •      »Friendly and competent Trained Mountain Guides, assistant guides, porters and professional cooks.
  •      »3 full fresh meals daily.
  •      »Hot drinks on the mountain and Hot water for washing will be provide everyday on the mountain.
  •      »Quality specious tents, sleeping mats, camping tables ,camping chairs and Mess/Dining Tent.
  •      »Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt
  •      »Qualified medical guides
  •      »Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
  •      »Salaries for Guides, cook and porters.
  •      »Rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Park rescue team fees)
  •      »Government taxes
  •      »Pickup and drop off to Airport
  •      »Evacuation services
  •      »Supplementary Portable Oxygen and Complete First Aid Kit (used in case of emergency only)
  •      »ulse oxy-meter carried by all chief guides
  •      »3-4 liters of mineral/treated water (per Climber) provided daily during the climb
  •      »Portable toilet available at an additional cost (There are public toilets on the mountain)

NOT INCLUDED IN OUR PACKAGES PRICES
  •      →Items of a personal nature
  •      →Tips for guides, porters and cook
  •      →Personal Hiking/Trekking gears (Some Gears are available for Rent)
  •      →Snacks, personal medicine
  •      →Meals, drinks and snacks not specified in hotel
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