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9 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing
Rongai Route

09 Days
Climbing Route: RONGAI (9 DAYS)
  • Route Overview

    The Rongai Route is one of the easiest routes and the success rate is very high. The route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many view points.

    The drive to the trail head takes about 3 hours from Moshi through many villages and coffee plantations, including a stop to register climbing permits at Marangu.

    The Rongai Route can also be accessed from Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Allow 2 hours including border crossing. We will need copies of passports ahead of time.

  • Day 1 Arriral Kilimanjaro Airport

    You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport and be transferred to Moshi for the rest of the day your treks will start the next day morning, depending on your arrival time our mountain guide will meet you at the hotel or airport for briefing on the next Kilimanjaro trek. Accommodation: Salinero Hotel Moshi or Planet lodge Arusha. Meals Plan: {D}

  • Day 2: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Rongai Gate (Nale Moru) - Hike to Simba Camp

    Pick up from your hotel in Moshi and drive to the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (about 2 hours including a stop to get permits at Marangu). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds 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. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. Budget Lodging: Simba Camp

    General Facts
    » Elevation: 2000m/6560ft to 2650m/8700ft » Distance: 6km/4mi » Hiking Time: 3-4 hours » Habitat: Montane Forest » Meals: {L, D}.

  • Day 3: Hike Simba Camp - Second Cave

    The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Budget Lodging: Second Cave Camp

    General Facts
    » Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3450m/11,300ft » Distance: 6km/4mi » Hiking Time: 3-4 hours » Habitat: Moorland » Meals: {B, L, D}.

  • Day 4: Hike Second Cave to Kikelewa Camp

    Head out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios nearby. Budget Lodging: Kikelewa Camp

    General Facts
    » Elevation: 3450m/11,300ft to 3600m/11,800ft » Distance: 9km/5mi » Hiking Time: 2-3 hours » Habitat: Semi Desert » Meals: {B, L, D}.

  • Day 5: Hike Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn

    A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb views. Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn, 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. If you are spending an extra day on the mountain, you will camp for two nights here. You can hike up and around Mawenzi for your acclimatization hike. Budget Lodging: Mawenzi Tarn Camp

    General Facts
    » Elevation: 3600m/11,800ft to 4330m/14,200ft » Distance: 6km/4mi » Hiking Time: 3-4 hours » Habitat: Semi Desert » Meals: {B, L, D}.

  • Day 6: Hike Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut

    Cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent very early. Budget Lodging: Kibo Hut Camp

    General Facts
    » Elevation: 4330m/14,200ft to 4750m/15,600ft » Distance: 9km/5mi » Hiking Time: 4-5 hours » Habitat: Alpine Desert » Meals: {B, L, D}.

  • Day 7: Kibo Camp to Summit and Horombo Hut

    Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s Point located on the crater rim (elev 5700m/18,700ft). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

    The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there! Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut Camp

    General Facts
    » Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft » Down to: 3700m/12,200ft » Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down » Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down » Habitat: Alpine Desert » Meals: {B, L, D}.

  • Day 8: Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Moshi

    After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Have lunch there then continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. A transferring vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate and drive you back to your hotel in Moshi. Accommodation: Salinero Hotel Moshi or Planet lodge Arusha.

    General Facts
    » 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft » Distance: 20km/12.5mi » Hiking Time: 4-5 hours » Habitat: Forest » Meals: {B, L, D}.

  • Day 9: Departure

    After breakfast you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or to shuttle bus to Nairobi or to your next destination. Meals Plan: {B}

  • Tour inclusions

    • Arrival and departure airport transfers
    • 2 night’s hotel in Moshi one before and one after trekking
    • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
    • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
    • Kilimanjaro entry fees
    • All meals while on the Mountain
    • Camping ( hut) fees
    • Rescue fees
    • Certified, experienced, English speaking guides
    • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
    • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
    • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
    • Clean, purified drinking water
    • Crisis management and safety procedures
    • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
    • Sleeping Mattress
    • Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor Society of Africa
    Tour Excludes
    • Tips for guides and support staff
    • Sleeping bag and personal items
    • Personal expenses ( Visas, airport taxes etc)
    • Extra activities and optional Tours not listed above (short safari after your climb etc)
    • Extra nights
    • Meals not listed above

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