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Kilimanjaro Climb 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 who want to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai route, this route still experiences low crowds. The 7-day Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai route has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes and therefore is recommended for those with less backpacking experience. Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route 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). Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, climbing the Kilimanjaro Rongai route makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas nearly the entire way. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai route the descent is made via the Marangu route.

Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

Includes

    • Park fees for the non-residents
    • All activities unless labeled as optional
    • Porters who will help carry your belongings during the ascent
    • A professional driver/guide, a cook & Transport to the park
    • All Taxes/VAT
    • Meals & Drinks
    • Quality tents for sleeping
    • Tent, tables, and chairs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Rescue costs

Excludes

    • International/ domestic flights
    • Tips, The Tipping guideline is US20.00 pp per day
    • Personal items (Cancellations, flying doctors, travel insurance, visa fees.)
    • The government imposed an increase in taxes and/or park fees
    • Hotel nights the days before and after the ascent

What to Expect

    • With a high success rate history, expect to make it to the summit
    • Lots's Incredible Sceneries on Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route
    • Excellent birdwatching opportunities

Day 1: Rongai Gate to Rongai Cave

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.

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rainforest

Elevation: 6,398 ft. to 9,300 ft.

Distance: 8 km

Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

Day 2: Rongai Cave to Second Cave

We begin this morning with a steady incline up to Second Cave. We continue trekking through moorland, leaving the main trail for a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, before finally arriving at Kikelewa Cave for the night.

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Heath Second Cave to Kikelewa Cave

Elevation: 11,300 ft. to 11,811 ft. Distance: 6 km

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Heath

Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

Day 3: Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn

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.

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn to Mawenzi Ridge

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 Tarn for camp.

Hiking Time: 1-2 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert Mawenzi Ridge to Mawenzi Tarn

Elevation (ft.): 14,400 ft. -14,160 ft.

Distance: 2 km

Hiking Time: 1-2 hours

Habitat: Alpine

Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

Day 5: Mawenzi Ridge to Kibo Hut

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 and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit da

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

Day 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

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 accomplishments, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoyed our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Arctic Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft.): 19,341 ft. to 12,250 ft.

Distance: 16 km Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Heath

Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

Day 7: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

On our last day of the Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route, 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 Arusha.

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: RainForest

Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

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