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Kilimanjaro Rongai Route 7 Days

Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route 7 Days

$1850

per person

The Rongai Route is the only trail that starts from the Northern, or Kenyan side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Because of its remote location the route offers trekkers a relatively unspoiled wilderness experience where it is possible to see large wildlife like antelope, elephant and buffalo. The North-East side of the mountain gets significantly less moisture than the southern slopes which means that trekkers are less likely to encounter rain. Trekkers are also more likely to get clear, unclouded views of the mountain. The Rongai Route is flatter than the other…

The Rongai Route is the only trail that starts from the Northern, or Kenyan side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Because of its remote location the route offers trekkers a relatively unspoiled wilderness experience where it is possible to see large wildlife like antelope, elephant and buffalo. The North-East side of the mountain gets significantly less moisture than the southern slopes which means that trekkers are less likely to encounter rain. Trekkers are also more likely to get clear, unclouded views of the mountain. The Rongai Route is flatter than the other Kilimanjaro routes but because of its profile it does not offer trekkers good options to climb high and sleep low. It can be hiked on a six, seven or even eight day. The seven or eight day Rongai routes are highly recommended as trekkers have extra days to acclimatize.

Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and follows the same path taken by Marangu trekkers which passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. Due to its remote setting the Rongai Route receives the least traffic of all the routes on Kilimanjaro and descends via the Marangu trail. Seven and eight day trekkers usually spend an additional day at Mawenzi Tarn (4,300 meters) to acclimatize. Eight day trekkers also stop on day two at Rongai Second Cave (3,450 meters) before proceeding to Kikelewa Camp (3,600 meters).

  • Departure
    Moshi Town to Rongai Gate
  • Departure Time
    Please be ready by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM
  • Return Time
    Approximately 1:00 PM in the last day
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, cold weather jacket, gloves, pants, spare clothing.
  • Include
    Emergency oxygen
    Hotel Accommodations According to the Itinerary
    All Park Fees
    Helicopter Rescue
    Taxes
    Camping Facilities
    Transfers to and from the park for Kilimanjaro climbers
    Crew salaries
    Sleeping tents
    Professional Guide
    Sleeping Mat
    Meals according to the Itinerary
  • Not Included
    Camping Safari Equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
    Overnight stays in safari tents
    Professional Safari Cook
    Camping safari according to the itinerary
    Flights
    Other Optional Activities
    Alcoholic and Soft Drinks
    All Mentioned Activities
    Mineral water
    Transportation in a 4×4 Safari Vehicle
    Climbing gears
    Meals not listed
    Visa Fees
    Personal expenses
    Travel insurance
    Tips and gratuities
    Personal trekking equipment
    Airport Transfers
1

Day 1 : Rongai Gate – Rongai Caves Camp

We drive from Moshi to Marangu Gate for obtaining permits required for the summit and then take a short road trip to the Rongai Gate trailhead. We’ll come across numerous corn and potato fields and the climb gently through the forst areas which accommodates variety of wildlife which also includes the black and white colobus monkeys.
2

Day 2 : Second Caves Camp – Kikelewa Cave

The day will begin with a morning trek where we’ll steadily incline up to the Second Cave. Continuing on with the trek, we pass through the moorland toward the jagged peaks of Mawenzi leaving the main trail behind. Kikelewa Camp will be our destination for the day where we’ll be spending our night.
  • Rongai Cave to Second Cave
  • Elevation: 9,300 ft to 11,300 ft
  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Heath
Second Cave to Kikelewa Cave
  • Elevation: 11,300 ft to 11,811 ft
  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Heath
3

Day 3 : Kikelewa Cave – Mawenzi Tarn Camp

The hike today will be short and steep but along a grassy slope. It is surrounded by a vast wilderness area, and as we exit it, we enter the Alpine Desert zone and the landscape contrastingly alters. The campsites will be at the jagged areas of Mawenzi, Mawenzi Tarn to be precise. You’ll spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the surrounding area.
  • Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn
  • Elevation: 11,811 ft to 14,160 ft
  • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
4

Day 4 : Mawenzi Tarn Camp – Mawenzi Ridge

You’ll be spending the entire day hiking at the Mawenzi Ridge which offer landscapes of Kibo and Mawenzi. This extra day is meant for acclimatization. After exploring the area to the fullest, we’ll then head back to Mawenzi Tarn to prepare our camp.
  • Mawenzi Tarn to Mawenzi Ridge
  • Elevation: 14,160 ft -14,400 ft
  • Distance: 2 km/1 mile
  • Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
5

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn – Kibo Hut

Our camp, known as Kibo Hut, will be at the bottom of the Kibo Crater Wall. Once at the hut, we relax for the rest of the day and prepare for the upcoming summit day.
  • Marwenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut
  • Elevation: 14,160 ft to 15,430 ft
  • Distance: 8 km/5 miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
6

Day 6 : Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

Just past midnight, we’ll begin our summit to the top. This is considered the most challenging part of the journey when the wind and cold can be extreme at any period of the day. With short and frequent breaks, we ascend in the darkness. Once reaching at the Stella Point which is at an elevation of 18,900 ft, you’ll be rewarded with one of the stunning view of the sunrise coming over the Mawenzi Peak. Then we ascend all the way to the roof of Africa and highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro, the Uhuru Peak. After celebration of your accomplishment at the peak, we descend down to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we’ll be having our last dinner in the mountain and we’ll then go to sleep.
  • Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
  • Elevation: 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic
Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
  • Elevation: 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
  • Distance: 16 km/10 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Heath
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Day 7 : Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate

On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. Youth Adventures vehicle will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.
  • Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
  • Elevation: 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
  • Distance: 20 km/12 miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Number of People Price in USD
1 1,850
2  1,834
3 1,818
4  1,802
5  1,786
6  1,770
7  1,754
8  1,738
9 1,722
10 1,700
11+ 1,690
 

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