8 Days-Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

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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.

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All about the 8 Days-Kilimanjaro Rongai Route.

Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo camp. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience. There are different options to complete the climb in 5, 6, or 7 days.

Only northern approach to Kilimanjaro
Offers a true wilderness experience on the early stages of the climb
Very tough final summit night from the north
Fewer acclimatization opportunities
Less scenic and flat than other routes

Also known as the Nalemuru route. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes,

The trek to Uhuru Peak is considered to be a relatively straightforward endeavour; however, ample time must still be provided for proper acclimatization to prevent altitude sickness. The three shortest routes, Marangu, Rongai, and Machame, are less challenging and are often trekked by individuals with limited mountaineering experience. Some trekkers employ altitude-sickness medication, including acetazolamide, but taking at least seven days is the best way to avoid altitude sickness as the body needs proper time to adapt and acclimatize to high altitude.

The tour departs close to the Kenyan border and offers stunning and impressive views over the African Savannah and rugged Mawenzi. Just after Mawenzi Tarn Camp, climbers will pass the only mountain lake in Kilimanjaro National Park. The trails are well developed and pass through fir forest, rain forest and alpine desert. Although the Rongai route can generally be thought of as an easy route, the rockier stages in the summit area are sometimes a little more demanding. The decent follows the Marangu route and traverses the lush and green rain forest on good paths. Climbers will overnight in mountain tents during the entire climb.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables
  • Portable toilet and toilet tent
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfers
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
  1. Day-1 Arrive in Tanzania

    You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged hotel in Arusha, and meet one of our team who will brief you on your upcoming schedule for trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on the trekking day.

    ● Accommodation: Gold Crest Hotel
    ● Meals: Breakfast Lunch Box & Dinner

  2. Day-2 Drive to Ronga Gate-

    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.

    ● Elevation: 2000m/6560ft to 2635m/8645ft
    ● Distance: 7km
    ● Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    ● Habitat: Montane Forest

  3. Day-3 Simba Camp to 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.

    ● Elevation: 2635m/8645ft to 3487m/11,440ft
    ● Distance: 6km
    ● Walking Time: 3-4 hours
    ● Habitat: Moorland

  4. Day-4 Second Camp to Kikelelwa Camp

    After breakfast we shall hike south easterly turn directly toward the jagged peak of Mawenzi. Traversing, open moorland past vegetation blackened and damage in a fire in 2007, the path meanders and undulate and, assuming you have already walked from Simba camp this morning, you will feel rather drained by the time you stumble into Kikelelwa camp, situated by a couple of caves by the Kikelelwa River.

    ● Elevation: 3487 m/11440ft to 3675m/12057ft
    ● Distance: 6 km
    ● Hiking Time: 2-3 hour
    ● Habitat: moorland

  5. Day-5 Kikelelwa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Hut Camp

    Through this stage to Mawenzi Tarn Hut is relatively short, hence is usually to complete our trip during the morning. So that is allowing us to have time for brief and acclimatization to trek in the afternoon for those who feel up it. It`s also steep as you gain 600m, passing through moorland vegetation as it climbs steadily.

    ● Elevation: 3675m/12057ft to 4302/14114ft
    ● Distance: 4km
    ● Hiking time: 2-3
    ● Habitat: Semi-desert

  6. Day-6 Mawenzi Tarn hut to Kibo

    This lovely day begin with a slight retracing of your steps before you strike out westward crossing the ridge and dropping down the slope to tiptoe along the beautifully barren saddle`s northern edge. With views like screensavers to east and west, it`s a rare trekker indeed who doesn`t rare this day as their favorite on the mountain.

    ● Elevation: 4302m/14114ft to 47oom/ 15400ft
    ● Distance: 9 km
    ● Hiking time: 5-6 Hours
    ● Habitat: Alpine desert

  7. Day-7 Kibo to Summit & Back to Horong 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.

    ● Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
    ● Down to 3700m/12,200ft
    ● Distance: 6km up / 15km down
    ● Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
    ● Habitat: Alpine Desert

  8. Day-8 Horombo to Marangu gate & Back to hotel Arusha

    After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through 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 Arusha (about 1 hour).It is time for celebration.

    ● Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1905m/6250ft
    ● Distance: 19km
    ● Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    ● Habitat: Forest

  9. Day-9 Back Home

    After checking out, you will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the airport to start your journey home.

    ● Meals: Breakfast,

Mountain Tents

Accommodation

During trekking you will overnight in two-man mountain tents equipped with sleeping mats. Single travellers often share a tent with another group member of the same gender, but single tents can be requested at extra cost.

Mountain tent

  • Sun Hat, ideally with a neck cover
  • Warm Beanie or Fleece Headband
  • Buff or Neck Gaiter
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses

Hands and Walking 

  • Lightweight Inner Gloves
  • Warm Outer Gloves / Mitts
  • Adjustable Trekking Poles
  • 4-5 Pairs of Underwear
  • Top and Bottom Base Layer
  • 3-4 Short Sleeve and 1-2 Long Sleeve Trekking Shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers
  • 1 Polartec Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Insulated Winter Jacket
  • Mid-weight Hiking Boots
  • Camp Trainers / Trekking Sandals
  • 4-5 Pairs of Trekking Socks
  • 1 Pair of Warm / Thick Trekking Socks

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