The Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.
Day 1 – Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport / Moshi
You are met at the Airport or in Arusha City, drive to Moshi.
Overnight: Springland Hotel
Day 2 – Rongai Gate – 1st Caves camp
Hiking time: 5h Distance: Approximately 8 kms Habitat: Forest (Montane)
Register at the Marangu park gate, after which you transfer (approximately 2 ½ hours) to the Rongai trailhead. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The first night’s camp is at First Cave, at about 2,600 metres. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below First Cave
Overnight: First Cave
Day 3 – 1st Cave – Kikelewa Cave
Hiking time: 6 – 7h Habitat: Moorlands
The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some.
Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves).
Day 4 – Kikelewa Cave – Mawenzi Tarn camp
Hiking time: 3 – 4h Habitat: Moorlands
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.
Overnight: Mawenzi Camp
Day 5 – Mawenzi Tarn camp – Kibo hut
Hiking time: 4 – 5h Habitat: Alpine desert
Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight.
Overnight at Kibo Camp
Day 6 – (Summit Attempt) Kibo hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo hut
Hiking time: 8h to Uhuru, 6h to Horombo :Habitat: Stone scree / ice-cap summit: Distance: Approximately 6 kms ascent, 21 kms descent
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.
Overnight: Horombo Camp.
Day 7 – Horombo hut to Marangu Gate
Hiking time: 6h: Distance: Approximately 27 kms
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. View more Mt Kilimanjaro tips. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!
Overnight: Springland Hotel
Day 8 –Moshi /Arusha City or Kilimanjaro Airport
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Airport for your return flight or to Arusha to start your safari.
END OF YOUR HIKING EXPERIENCE!!
Validity: 01 Jan – 31 Dec 2024
|NO OF PAX||
|1 Pax Only||$3,090|
|2 Pax Each||$2,740|
|3 Pax Each||$2,620|
|4 Pax Each||$2,330|
|5 Pax & Above||$2,290|
|Single Room Supplement||$100|
- Two nights’ accommodation at the Spring lands Hotel in Moshi (before and after the climb)
- Return transportation from Arusha / Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain.
- Qualified guides with mountain crew
- National Park fees
- Tents and sleeping mattresses
- Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
- Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles
- Rescue Fees
- Pulse oximeters
- First aid kit
- Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
- Boiled water on the mountain
- All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain.
- Emergency oxygen”
- Other meals not mentioned as included, items of a personal nature,
- Mountain Equipment.
- All type of Drinks
- Gratuities to Porters and Guide/s, the driver guides.
- Visa and visa fees for Tanzania.
- Flying doctors’ coverage: Optional @ US$ 50.00 per person.
– We highly recommended you have your personal insurance.
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