Rongai Route

6 Days | 5 Nights

Departs on selected days

Tour Cost

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Tour Overview
The Rongai route is the most popular and the second easiest Mount Kilimanjaro climbing route after the Marangu route. The route is less frequently used due to its remoteness and acclimatization-based nature. This is the only route that allows you to approach Uhuru Peak from the north side of the mountain and descend via the Marangu route.

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Rongai gate to Simba Cave Camp

Elevation: 1997m to 2635m

Early in the morning after breakfast, meet with your guide and the entire team at your hotel, ready to start a drive of about 4 hours to Rongai gate, which lies near the Kenya border north east of the country.
Upon arrival at the gate park formalities are taken, at this moment you can sit waiting for lunch or take a move around the area,the rainforest with your eyes open, possibly spotting some blue monkeys swinging on the tree branches. Soon after lunch you continue with hiking to the first camp where you will have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 2: Simba Cave Camp to Kikelelwa

Elevation: 2620m to 3600m

After breakfast, our hike continues through the moorland zone where you will notice the vegetation changes to shrubs and grasses. You will stop for lunch at the second cave where we meet the junction to the third cave and the Kikelelwa Camp. You will then turn east towards Kikelelwa Camp and here you will stay overnight.

Day 3: Kikelelwa Camp to Mawenzi tarn

Elevation: 3600m to 4330m

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.

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn camp to Kibo Camp

Elevation: 4330m to 4700m

A beautiful lunar landscape is crossed today, after which the ascent to the higher camp is continued. The Kibo Camp is located directly below Kibo summit, from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Kenyan plain. Here you can also see Mawenzi and the path very well. After lunch you can rest and regain your strength because the next day you will do the summit push to the peak of Kilimanjaro!

Day 5: Kibo Camp to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation: 4700m to 5895m to 3720m
The hiking begins at midnight, you’ll be woken up with a hot cup of tea and a biscuit before you begin your ascent in the dark. Once we reach Hans Meyer Cave, you’ll be able to have a break and refuel with an energy bar. We’ll then continue zigzagging our way as the terrain steepens coming onto Gilman’s Point. Standing on this crater rim, you’ll take a short break, take on some water and rest a little before you cross the crater to Stella Point. Our porters will have arrived ahead and heated up some ginger tea for us to drink and warm our insides before the final push.

We’ll then gradually make our way to Uhuru Peak, where you will be able to soak up the incredible views, stay for a picture, and enjoy your great achievement while standing on Africa’s highest point! We will then descend straight down the mountain towards the Kibo Hut where we will stop for a rest, lunch, and a celebration before heading back down towards Horombo Hut.

Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu gate

Elevation: 3720m to 1830m After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew it’s time to say goodbye. We continue to descend, stopping at the Mandara Huts for lunch. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. You return back to the Marangu Park Gate and receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles. From the gate, a vehicle will meet you to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha/Moshi.

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