6-Day Rongai Route Trek in Mount Kilimanjaro

The Rongai Route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, near the Kenyan border. Rongai’s ascent profile is very similar to that of Marangu. It is one of Kilimanjaro’s easier routes. The climb to the top is gradual and steady. However, unlike Marangu, this route has low crowds and passes through remote wilderness areas. It is probably the only route where seeing wildlife in the first days is possible.

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  • What's included :
    • 5x Breakfast
    • 5x Dinner
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Return transfers Kilimanjaro airport to Moshi and Moshi to Kilimanjaro airport
    • Hotel the night before and the night after the climb, with breakfast included
    • Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summit aid) and the Basic first aid kit
    • Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook & their wages
    • Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs, tables & sleeping mattress)
    • Fresh Water for drinking & Hot water for a wash daily
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
    What's excluded :
    • Flights & Visas
    • Travel & Health Insurances
    • Gratuities
    • Personal hiking/trekking gear–you opt to rent the gears from equipment stores in Moshi
    • Optional but highly recommended Portable toilet
    • Personal medicine and water purifying tablets
    • Meals & drinks not specified and snacks

  • Day 1: Drive to Rongai Gate for registration and to begin the climb

    Stop At: Rongai, Tanzania
    After breakfast at your hotel, you will be collected by your head guide and driven to Kilimanjaro National Park, Rongai Gate for registration and to begin the climb. From here you travel by vehicle onto the village of Nale Moru at around 1,950 meters. Today’s walk is around 3 to 4 hours, beginning on a small path that winds its way through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. You will gradually ascend through an attractive forest to the edge of the moorland zone. Extensive views over the Kenyan plains will be the highlight of today. Note that it can be wet in the rainforest and it is recommended to carry your waterproofs with you should you need them.
    Dinner and overnight at Simba campsite (2,650m).
    Walking distance: 6.5 km/4 miles
    Walking time: 3-4 hours
    Altitude gain: 700 m/2300 ft
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Simba Campsite

    Day 2: Set off to the Kikelelwa Caves

    Stop At: Kibo, Tanzania
    After breakfast at camp, you set off to the Kikelelwa Caves. On this day you will walk around 5-6 hours from the campsite, with a steady ascent up to Second Cave at 3,450 meters. Here you are rewarded (weather permitting) with superb views of Kibo (the summit) and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Tonight we have dinner and camp overnight near Kikelelwa caves at 3,800m.
    Walking distance: 9 km/5.6 miles
    Walking time: 6-7 hours
    Altitude gain: 950 m/3110 ft
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kikelelwa Caves

    Day 3: Trek to Mawenzi Tarn Hut

    Stop At: Mawenzi Peak, Tanzania
    Today’s trek is shorter, being around 3- 4 hours but involves some steeper sections. Leaving camp at a short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by a real sense of wilderness and stunning all-round views. The vegetation zone is left behind. Dinner and overnight at Mawenzi
    Tarn Hut (4,330m).
    Walking distance: 6 km/3.7 miles
    Walking time: 3-4 hours
    Altitude gain: 730 m/2400 ft
    Afternoon acclimatization walk to about 4500 m/14760 ft
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Hut

    Day 4: Cross the lunar desert

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    On this day you will walk for 4 to 5 hours as we cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo (Kilimanjaro’s two highest peaks). Early dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut (4,700M)
    Walking distance: 9 km/5.6 miles
    Walking time: 4-5 hours
    Altitude gain: 370 m/1215 ft
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kibo Hut

    Day 5: Beginning the summit attempt

    Stop At: Uhuru Peak, Tanzania
    You will be woken early (around midnight) for a hot drink and snack before beginning the summit attempt. We will trek very slowly by torchlight to reach the crater rim at Gilman’s point at 5,685 meters. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi peak. We then continue to Uhuru (freedom) peak at 5,895 meters, the roof of Africa! We descend to Kibo hut, at 4700m to rest and have brunch before we continue down to camp at Horombo hut (3,720m).
    Walking distance: 5 km/3.1 miles ascent + 15 km/9.3 miles descent
    Walking time: 5-6 hrs + 1-2 hours up, 5-6 hours down (the
    overall walking time may vary from 10 – 16 hours)
    Altitude gain: 1000 m/ 3280 ft (Gilman’s Point) or 1195 m/3920 ft (Uhuru Peak)
    Descent: 2195 m/7200 ft
    Duration: 14 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Horombo Huts

    Day 6: Descend From Horombo Huts to Marangu Gate then A Drive to Moshi Town

    Stop At: Marangu, Marangu, Kilimanjaro Region
    The final day is a descent of around 5 -7 hours to Marangu Park Gate (1,700m) where you will sign out of the mountain. The walk is through lush forest on good paths. You will be met by a driver and transferred to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.
    Walking distance: 20 km/12.5 miles
    Walking time: 5 hours
    Descent: 1840 m/6040 ft
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight at your Hotel in Moshi/Arusha
  • Departure Point :
    Moshi Urban, Tanzania
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Our Airport-Pickup Representative(s) will be at the airport before your arrival, carrying a paper with your name(s); Kindly Observe to spot her/him.Airports
    • Kilimanjaro Airport, Kilimanjaro National Park Tanzania
    • Arusha Airport, Arusha, Tanzania
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 4/6/2020 - 10/21/2021
    Monday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Tuesday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Wednesday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Thursday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Friday:12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Saturday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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