Rongai-Route

The Rongai route 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.

Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for nearly the entire way. Descent is made via the Marangu route.

Tour Program

Highlight

Day1: Rongai Gate (1950m) – Simba Camp (2600m).

(Hiking Time: 3 – 4 Hours)

Day2: Simba Camp –Second Cave

(Hiking Time 2 – 3hours)

Day3: Second Tarn Cave (2600m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m).

(Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours.)

Day4: Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m).

(Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours)

Day5: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m) – Kibo Hut (4700m).

(Hiking Time: 4 – 5 hours)

Day6: Summit Attempt, Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m).  

(Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru)

Day7: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m).
(Hiking Time: 6 hours)

Map

Full Itinerary

Day1: Rongai Gate (1950m) – Simba Camp (2600m).

Hiking Time: 3 – 4 Hours.

Distance: About 8 Km.

Habitat: Montana forest

Pick up from your hotel drive for two hours and half to Marangu park gate for formalities registration after that transfer to the Rongai trailhead in about 3hours. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The first night’s camp is at Simba camp, at about 2,600 meters. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below samba camp.


Day2: Simba Camp –Second Cave

Hiking Time 2 – 3hours

Habitat: Moorland

Late Breakfast, enjoy the morning at Simba camp proceed with the hiking very slowly acclimatize your body until you reach Second cave (3480M) for hot lunch. Afternoon relax at second cave with dinner and overnight.


Day3: Second Tarn Cave (3480m) – Kikelewa Cave (3680m).

Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours.

Habitat: Moorlands.

After breakfast then continues up towards Kibo, reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 meters. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves).


Day4: Kikelewa Cave (3680) – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m).

Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours.

Habitat: Moorlands.

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.


Day5: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m) – Kibo Hut (4700m).

Hiking Time: 4 – 5 hours.

Habitat: Alpine desert.

Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo Camp.


Day6: Summit Attempt, Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m).

Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru

6 hours to descend to Horombo.

Distance: 6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent.

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.

You will wake up around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you madeit. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut for a short rest ten after you descent to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The descent to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around almost 14 hours, . Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and well-earned sleep.


Day7: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m).

Hiking Time: 6 hours.

Distance: About 27 Km.

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Arusha or Moshi where your trekking tour ends with sweet memories.

Inclusive

Camping safari according to the itinerary

Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle

Professional, English-speaking guide

Professional, English-speaking safari cook

Overnight stays in safari tents

Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)

Meals according to the itinerary

Mineral water

All mentioned activities

All national park fees

Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

Exclusive

Sleeping bag

Flight

Optional activities

Alcoholic and soft drinks

Visa fees

Tips

Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.

Travel insurance

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Good tips attempting the Summit Mt Kilimanjaro

Choose the right route for your Kilimanjaro climb One of the biggest problems on Kilimanjaro is people trying to go up the mountain way too quickly.

Mentally prepare, depending on your level of comfort with the outdoors, you may need to prepare yourself for life on the mountain.

Make sure you have the right clothing and boots for Ascending and descending.

Hydration is very important while climbing Kilimanjaro at higher levels of altitude, your body will dehydrate much quicker than it will at sea level, and you will have to make sure you are drinking plenty of water.

Don’t be afraid of little Headache, one of the greatest causes of headaches on the mountain is due to dehydration, so drinking water can greatly help to eliminate or lessen your headaches.

Slow and steady wins the race. When taking on a challenge like Kilimanjaro, or any long trek/climb, you have to remember that it is a marathon, not a sprint. Acclimatization to the low levels of oxygen in the mountains requires you to take your time, to slowly get your body used to lack of oxygen.

Bring some summit treats, there is always plenty of food to choose from on the mountain, but when your tummy is having a hard time with the altitude, those familiar snacks may be all you can get down.

New or extra batteries, replace your head lamp and camera batteries with new ones on your summit night.

Mountain water, the stream water high on the mountain Kilimanjaro has been tested and has been found to be fit for drinking. However, we recommend that you be on the safe-side and use water purification tablets before drinking.

Wet wipes, there is no washing water at Barafu, Kibo and Arrow Glacier camps. Wet Wipes are very useful

Stay out of the sun whenever possible, the second way of protecting yourself is to always wear your goofy looking, yet extremely important, sun hat.

Ladies…No make-up here is necessary!

Remember you are on holidays, enjoy yourself! The most important thing to remember is that you are on vacation, relax, have an open mind, and enjoy yourself!

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