7 Days – Rongai Route

Trekking route: Rongai route
Trekking duration: 9 days / 8 nights (6 nights on Kilimanjaro and 2 nights in Moshi)
Trekking period: 2020/21
Number of participants: From 1 person

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, Rongai has low traffic. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the crowded 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).

The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, and seven days are recommended. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo camp. This route descends down the Marangu route. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

Trekking itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania at Kilimanjaro International Airport
On your arrival, you will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to a hotel in Moshi town; where you will meet a mountain guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gears. The missing gears can be hired on this day or on the next morning before leaving for Kilimanjaro.
Hotel in Moshi: bed and breakfast included.

Day 2: Nalemoru Gate (1990m) to Simba Camp (2625m)
This morning we will drive to the village of Nale Moru for the starting point of the Rongai route. The first stage of the trek is through farmland and pine forests. You may have chance to see the beautiful Colobus monkeys or if you’re lucky enough, elephants or buffalos en route. Our first camp will be the Simba Camp located at the edge of the moorland zone at 2625m.
Distance covered: 8km / 5miles
Approx. time taken: 4 – 5 hours
Meals:  Included.

Day 3: Simba Camp (2625m) to 2nd Cave Camp (3480m)
The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave Camp located in the moorland zone with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.
Distance covered: 5km / 3.1miles
Approx. time taken: 3 – 4 hours
Meals:  Included.

Day 4: 2nd Cave Camp (3480m) to Kikelewa Camp (3630m)
Leaving the pine forest behind us carry on with a steady ascent walking though moorland. There are superb views of the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim of Kibo, the highest of the three volcanoes which form the mountain. We will leave the main trail and strike out across moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, the second of Kilimanjaro’s volcanoes. We will set up camp today in the sheltered valley near Kikelewa caves at 3630m
Distance covered: 5km / 3.1miles
Approx. time taken: 3 – 4 hrs
Meals: Included

Day 5: Kikelewa Camp (3630m) to Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m)
This morning we have a short but steep ascent up grassy slopes which is rewarded by a superb view of the Kenyan plains to the north. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching our next camp at Mawenzi Tarn Hut directly below the towering cliffs of Mawenzi. This afternoon you have chance to rest or explore the surrounding area to aid acclimatization.
Distance covered: 8km / 5miles
Approx. time taken: 4 – 5 hours
Meals: Included.

Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)
We leave our campsite and cross the lunar desert of the ‘saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo After a couple hours trekking, reach this spectacular place, with the summit of Kilimanjaro in the background and our trail to the high camp stretched out before our eyes. Upon reaching our camp the remainder of the day will be spent resting in preparation of the final ascent after a very early night!
Distance covered: 8km / 5miles
Approx. time taken: 5 – 6 hours
Meals: Included.

Day 7: Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)
Today is “The Big Day” – the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 – 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 – 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.
Distance covered: 22km / 13.7miles
Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours
Meals:  Included.

Day 8: Horombo hut (3705m) – Marangu Gate (1860m) – Moshi
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely.
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 Moshi for a long overdue hot shower in a hotel.
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: Approximately 29 km
Hotel in Moshi:  Included.

Day 9: Depart Tanzania
The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

Hotel in Moshi: bed and breakfast included.

Options after Kilimanjaro Trekking:
Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania.

7 days on Rongai route, group size price per person for year 2020-21

1 person $ 2050/person
2-4 people $ 1,950/person
5-7 people $ 1,900/person
8-10 people $ 1,850/person
11 & above $ 1,800/person

**Tanzanian Residents pay 80% of rates **East Africa Citizens pay 60% of rates

Prices include:
• Airport or border transfers before and after Kilimanjaro trekking.
• Hotel in Arusha/Moshi, before and after trekking, bed and breakfast included.
• Transfer from the hotel to Kilimanjaro Gate for the start of trekking.
• Transfer from Park Gate to Hotel after trekking.
• Accommodation in the campsites during the trekking.
• All Kilimanjaro climbing fees.
• 3 meals per day during the trekking.
• The services of our mountain guide, cook and porters.

Not included in the price
• Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
• Beverages during the trekking like alcohols.
• Sleeping bags and other private trekking gears.
• Travel insurance
• All items of personal nature.
• Tips to mountain guides, cook and porters (find below the recommended amounts).