Rongai Route

6 Days

The Rongai route is among the natural beauty trails used to hike to the Kilimanjaro summit. The Rongai route is the only Kilimanjaro route that starts on the northern side. Visitors who choose the Rongai route enjoy the natural scenery, the wilderness sense, and quietness. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai route trip offers a panoramic view of Mawenzi peak. Also, Rongai routes show more attractions such as volcanoes and glaciers such as Furtwangler and Diamond. Kilimanjaro Tanzanite Safaris DMC guides advise climbers to book a 7 days trip and to get enough time for acclimatization. Acclimatizing enough is very useful for beginner climbers to avoid altitude sickness. Get a free night when you book all inclusive Kilimanjaro trekking package price through Rongai route.

Overview

  • Length: 6 days
  • Category: Kilimanjaro climbing
  • Destinations: Kilimanjaro via Rongai route
  • Attractions: Africa’s highest mountain, five different vegetation zones
  • Tour guide languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
  • Start in: Moshi
  • End in: Moshi/Arusha
  • Essential items: hiking boots, long sleeve shirts, fleece jacket, cotton pants, digital camera, warm trekking socks, sun hat, day pack

Day 1: Rongai Gate (1950m) – 1st Caves camp (2600m)

Hiking time: 5 hours.

Distance: About 8 km’s.

Habitat: Montane forest

Register at the Marangu park gate with a 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.

Day 2: 1st Cave (2600m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m)

Hiking time: 6-7 hours.

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 3: Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m)

Hiking time: 3-4 hours.

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.

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) – Kibo hut (4700m)

Hiking time: 4 – 5 hours.

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 5: Summit Ascent( Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m) )

Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru, 6 hours to descend to Horombo.

Distance: 6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent.

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.

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. 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.

Day 6: Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m).

Hiking time: 6 hours.

Distance: About 27 km’s.

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. 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 Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! 

Price Include:

  • Kilimanjaro park permits
  • Camping facilities
  • Sleeping bags
  • First aid
  • 3 proper meals+ mineral water and tea/coffee
  • Experienced and professional team including guides, cooks and porters
  • Certificates for successful

Price Exclude:

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Trekking gears rentals
  • All things of personal nature
  • Tips for guides and cooks
  • Alcohol
  • Items not specified in terms and conditions
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