Kilimanjaro – Rongai Route – 7 days
$1800 per person
Kilimanjaro – Rongai Route – 7 days trek begins in Moshi when you arrive on day 1 at your lodge. The climb begins at the remote, northern side of Kilimanjaro, near the Kenyan border. We hike through a true wilderness area towards the jagged Mawenzi Peak, then cross a barren desert saddle, before climbing up Kibo’s eastern crater wall.
The Rongai route is a more gradual ascent, and is therefore preferred by those with little or no backpacking experience, but is equally enjoyable for even the most hardened trekkers. It is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity among climbers, this route still experiences low crowds
This route is perfect for those looking for an alternative to the Marangu route due to provides more shelter from the weather and high winds. Rongai route is best option during the rainy season due to its location, which receive little rain but it does usually have far lower traffic than the other routes. It is generally considered to be the easiest of the quality routes on the mountain. Rongai is the best route for people who are looking for a decent quality experience and are perhaps not absolutely confident about their fitness and the route is good for people with no much experience on mountain climbing.
Departure Timemorning from Marangu
Return Timeafternoon to Marangu
Dress CodeComfortable trekking and athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
IncludedAccommondation per Tour DescriptionAll meals during safari as per itineraryDestinations transfers (airport transfer)Emergency Evacuation by Flying DoctorGovernment Taxes, VAT and all relating service chargesKnowledgeable driver/guidePark FeesRescue Fees
Not IncludedBeveragesDrinking water one bottle of 1.5 ltr a day while on safariFlightsMeals not listedOptional ToursPersonal Expenses (i.e. laundry and communications)Private 4x4 custom built vehicleTanzania VisaTips for guidesTrip & medical insurance
Day 1: Marangu
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). To Marangu at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort, where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort, which is beautifully located on the lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure. We will gather in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
5-6 hours · 6.7 miles elevation: +4,400 ft.
Day 2: Rongai One Camp 2,600 m/8,500 ft
After completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu National Park gate, we transfer by Landrover to Rongai. The climb begins from Nale Moru (1,950 m) on a small path that wind 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 is at the edge of the moorland zone, Rongai One Camp (2,600 m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
3-4 hours · 4.3 miles elevation: +2,100 ft
Day 3: Second Cave 3,45 m/11,300 ft
This is only a morning walk up to the campsite at Second Cave (3,450 m). The walk is a steady ascent with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. The afternoon can be spent enjoying the view over the Kenyan plains or doing a short acclimatization walk up towards Third Cave.
6-7 hours · 5.7 miles · elevation: +3,300 ft.
Day 4: Kikelewa Caves 3,600 m/11,800 ft
We now leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m). After lunch, there is time to explore the valley or to rest.
3-4hours · 4.3 miles · elevation: +500 ft.
Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn 4,330 m/14,200 ft
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 acclimatization.
3-4 hours · 2.3 miles · elevation: +2,400 ft.
Day 6: Kibo campsite 4,700 m/15,400 ft
We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4,700m) 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.
5-6 hours · 5.5 miles · elevation: +1,200 ft.
Day 7: Horombo Hut 3,720 m/12,200 ft
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 our final campsite at Horombo (3,720 m).
11-15 hours · 12.3 miles · elevation: +3,945 ft. gain · -7,145 ft. loss
Day 8: National Park gate at Marangu 1,830 m/6,000 ft
5-6 hours · 12.4 miles · elevation: -6,200 ft.
Day 9: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Mount Kilimanjaro is an inactive strato-volcano in northeast Tanzania, near the border with Kenya. At 5,895m (19,340 feet) above sea level, Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak and the world's highest free-standing mountain. Aided by its relatively easy ascent - Kilimanjaro has become a major destination for mountaineers and trekkers from around the world. It's also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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