7 Days Rongai Route

7 Days Rongai Route Trek + 2night hotel stay

Route Overviews

The Rongai route ascents Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along with the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoiled wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north. Experienced guides consider the Rongai route to be both easier and more scenic than the Marangu Trail. Summit attempts begin in the pre-dawn hours, with climbers usually reaching Gillman’s Point at sunrise. For those who feel strong enough, an approximately three hour round trip hike will take you from Gillman’s Point to Uhuru Peak.

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

After arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our driver will take you to the Tulia hotel and Spa where the rest of the day is at leisure. You might want to explore the town of Arusha or just relax at the hotel. In the evening you will be briefed by our team on site in preparation of the upcoming trekking tour. You will spend the night at the Tulia Hotel and Spa
Bed and Breakfast included

Day 1: Rongai Gate (1950m) – 1st Caves Camp (2600m)

Altitude; ↑650m
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Register at the Marangu park gate with a transfer about 2 hours to the Rongai trailhead. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the NaleMoru 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 First Cave, at about 2,600 meters. There are a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Here you will spend the night over the camp, dinner and breakfast included

Day 2: 1st Cave (2600m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m)

Altitude; 1000m
Hiking Time: 3-7 hours
just early in the morning after received a nice breakfast the trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) and reaching Kikelewa Caveat 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). Bed, dinner and breakfast includes

Day 3: Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m)

Altitude;730M
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

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. Lunch includes.

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn to – Mawenzi Ridge – Mawenzi Tarn

This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent the 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. Dinner includes

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m) – Kibo hut (4700m)

Altitude; 370M
Hiking Time: 5-6 h
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 Dinner includes

Day 6: Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m)

Altitude;1195m, ↓2175m
Hiking Time: 10-14 h

You will rise 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. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly.

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 made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest, you gather all your gear for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. Dinner and Breakfast includes.

Day 7: Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)

Altitude; ↓1740m
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
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. Click here for more info on. 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 Tulia Hotel and Spa Arusha, Here you will celebrations and spend Overnight at the hotel. Bed and breakfast included

Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip and go on safari.

Items included:

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfer

Items excluded:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

Tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro is recommended as following

  • Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
  • Cook $10 – $15/day
  • Porters $8 – $10/porter/day.