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Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route 6 Days

Overview

Rongai is the only route on Kilimanjaro that approaches the mountain from the North. This route requires longer transport and it is less visited, so it can cost a bit higher than the others. You can finish Rongai route in 6 or 7 days, but note that shorter trek does not offer acclimatization day to accommodate high altitude conditions. This route might be not as attractive as Machame or Lemosho, but it offers amazing view of Mawenzi and Kibo Peak. The success rate is relatively high, with 70% – 80% chance to reach Uhuru Peak. Rongai has gradual and easy path, with a very steady rise, and its is much drier than any other route on the mountain, so you should not expect much rains on your climb. The sleeping is in tents, in a very well organized camps. Descend is at Marangu Gate.

ARRIVE IN TANZANIA

Upon you arrive you will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) with our representative and transferred to your hotel in Moshi/Arusha town; you will be meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment final check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 1: NALEMORU (1800M) TO SIMBA CAMP (2600M)

  • Distance: 6km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

You will be driven from your hotel in Arusha or Moshi for about 5 hours to the Rongai Gate near the Kenya border. After registering at the gate, we take the first hike through forests where you may see and hear wildlife roaming. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first Simba campsite. Rongai ascends via the less forested northern side of the mountain.

The Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the gate. The Rongai trail is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 2: SIMBA CAMP (2600M) TO SECOND CAVE (3450M)

  • Distance: 9km
  • Walking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Hike through Kilimanjaro’s moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times. During the hike, view Mawenzi Peak ahead. The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave, (3,450m) with superb views of Mawenzi and Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After hot lunch we have a free time to rest at the camp or in the afternoon we can explore the surrounding area for acclimatisation walk to third Cave.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 3: SECOND CAVE (3450 M) TO THIRD CAVE CAMP (3880M)

  • Distance: 9km
  • Walking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert

Gradual rise through beautiful open moorland towards jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi to third cave camp (3880m) we reach in late afternoon at third caves for dinner and overnight at the camp. Second Cave to third cave.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 4: THIRD  CAVE (3880M) TO KIBO HUT (4750M)

  • Distance: 5km
  • Walking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

A Short but steep ascent to Kibo Hut(4750m). Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Kibo Hut. Here we will trek to Kibo Hut at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The afternoon is free to help your acclimatization. Enjoy and rest at the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 5: KIBO HUT (4750M) TO SUMMIT UHURU PEAK (5895M) THEN DESCEND TO HOROMBO HUT (3720M)

  • Distance: 6km up/ 15km down
  • Walking Time: 6-9 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

Cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo hut (4700m), on this day to arrive at the final campsite. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone, giving you stunning uninterrupted views of your final destination. The day is spent relaxing in and preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. Mawenzi Turn hut to Kibo Hut is 5-6 hours trek.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 6: HOROMBO HUT (3720M) TO MARANGU GATE (1800M).

  • Distance: 19 km
  • Walking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Forest

After breakfast, descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Then continue descending through a lush forest path to the national park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

A vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DEPART TANZANIA

Today is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight back home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town before heading to the airport. You can schedule your Tanzania wildlife safaris or beach vacation in Zanzibar.

Meals: Breakfast Included 

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