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Group size: 12 People
Departure date: Every Friday
The trekkers joining this itinerary through Rongai Route will benefit from the fact that this route is not crowded like other routes. Trekker will enjoy not only trekking but also panoramic views of mount Kilimanjaro and spots of wildlife will make the climb more enjoyable.
Kilimanjaro climbing- Rongai route 7 days Itinerary
Kilimanjaro climbing- Rongai route 7 days Itinerary is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the popular Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation). Rongai is a moderately difficult route and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.
Departure & Return Location
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) (Google Map)
8:30AM After breakfast
What to Expect
The Rongai route is considered to be one of the easier routes up Kilimanjaro. The climb is both gradual and steady.
Rongai Route is highly recommended for the trekkers who lack the time to spend more days on Mount Kilimanjaro.
You should expect to start your hiking through a true wilderness area towards the jagged Mawenzi Peak and then cross barren desert saddle before climbing up Kibo’s eastern crater wall.
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Day 1Rongai Gate to Simba Camp
Elevation: 6,398 ft to 9,300 ft Distance: 8 km/5 miles Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest
We drive from Moshi to Marangu Gate for permits before taking a short transfer to the Rongai Gate trailhead. The path winds through corn and potato fields and then climbs gently through the forest which is home to a variety of wildlife, including the black and white colobus monkey.
Day 2Simba Camp to Second Cave to Kikelelwa Camp
Elevation: 9,300 ft to 11,300 ft to 11,811 ft Distance: 12 km/8miles Hiking Time: 8-9 hours Habitat: Heath
We begin this morning with a steady incline up to Second Cave. We continue trekking though moorland, leaving the main trail for a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, before finally arriving at Kikelelwa Cave for the night.
Day 3Kikelelwa Cave to Mawenzi Turn
Elevation: 11,811 ft to 14,160 ft Distance: 5 km/3 miles Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert
The hike today is short and steep up a grassy slope. Views of the wilderness area are stunning. As we exit the heath zone and emerge into the Alpine Desert zone, the landscape changes dramatically. Our camp is situated beneath the jagged spires of Mawenzi, at Mawenzi Tarn. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing or exploring the area.
Day 4Mawenzi Turn to Mawenzi Ridge to Mawenzi Turn
Elevation (ft): 14,160 ft -14,400 ft Distance: 2 km/1 mile Hiking Time: 2 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert
This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Mawenzi Turn for camp.
Day 5Marwenzi Turn to Kibo Hut
Elevation (ft): 14,160 ft to 15,430 ft Distance: 8 km/5 miles Hiking Time: 5-6 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert
We climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.
Day 6Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft Distance: 19 km Hiking Time: 9 -10 hours Habitat: Arctic
Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Day 7Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft Distance: 20 km/12 miles Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Rain Forest
On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.
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