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.

7 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: Rongai Gate to First Cave Camp

After an early breakfast in Moshi, drive to the Rongai Gate near the Kenya border. After registering at the gate, begin your climb to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. During the first day, hike through forests where you may see and hear wildlife. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first campsite. Rongai ascends via the less forested northern side of the mountain.
Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the gate. The Rongai trail is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 2: First Cave Camp to Kikelewa Camp

During day two hike through Kilimanjaro's moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times. During this day, view Mawenzi Peak ahead.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 3: Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

This day is an acclimatization day, allowing you to hike in the beginning of the day and rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Day four is an acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn. We advise hiking a bit higher this day before returning to Mawenzi Tarn in the afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Kibo Camp

Cross the lunar landscape of the saddle on this day to arrive at the final campsite. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone, giving you views of your final destination.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 6: Kibo Camp to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your flashlight. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman's Point.
The hike from Gilman's to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 7: Horombo Hut to 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 Marangu Gate to take you back to Moshi/Arusha. You will be able to buy t-shirts and sodas at the gate.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included


Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Mweka 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 Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi.
At Mweka 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 Stella 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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