Kilimanjaro Treks - Rongai Route

6 Day Trip

Rongai Route

Kilimanjaro climbing, Rongai route in 6 Days begins at the remote, northern side of Kilimanjaro, near the Kenyan border. We hike through a true wilderness area towards the jagged Mawenzi Peak, then cross a barren desert saddle, before climbing up Kibo’s eastern crater wall. The Rongai route is a more gradual ascent, and is therefore preferred by those with little or no backpacking experience, but is equally enjoyable for even the most hardened trekkers.

Day-1 : Arrive in Moshi

Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Moshi where We will gather in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance. The Kilimanjaro trek begins and ends at Moshi.

After breakfast transfer to Nalemorurongai starting gate and after completing the necessary registration formalities at the National Park gate, The climb begins from NaleMoru (1,950 m) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering the pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp, Rongai One, is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path toward the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Kikelewa campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves (3,600 m).

A short but steep climb is rewarded by superball-roundd views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m), 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. [3-4 hours walking]

We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4,700 m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.

We will start the final and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m) We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700 m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach Horombo Camp (3,720 m).

A steady descent takes us down through the moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We then continue descending through a lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu then after signing out transfer to Moshi (1,830 m).

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport. Alternatively, you can extend your trip to Tanzania and go on a safari or relax in the Indian Ocean.
* Departure Arusha/Moshi town
* Departure Time 08:00 AM
* Return Time Approximately 05:30 PM on the seventh day

Price Includes Price Excludes
➔ Accommodations the night before and the night after the trek two nights in Moshi ➔ Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
➔ Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents ➔ Personal Expenses (e.g., laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
➔ Professional, experienced, mountain guides ➔ Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
➔ All Park fees ➔ Tips
➔ Entry fees, Rescue fees, camping fees, or hut fees ➔ Special high-altitude insurance
➔ All meals while on the Mountain ➔ Covid Tests
➔ Arrival and Departure transfers ➔ Extra Guide+ Porter Support (if)
➔ Guides, Porters, cook salaries, and park fees ➔ Equipment and clothing’s (Available on rent)
➔ Quality Mess tents with tables and chairs ➔ Flight from your home country
➔ Transport to the gate on starting day and after the trek
➔ Clean, purified drinking water
➔ Private, portable chemical flush toilets
➔ Fair and ethical treatment of porters
➔ Portable Summit Emergency Oxygen
➔ Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for the successful summit attempt

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