Kilimanjaro Climbing Rongai Route

Conquer Africa`s highest peak from the drier, northern side of the mountain. Follow the Rongai Route, climbing the mountain from the North and descending via the popular Marangu Route with its diverse climate zones and stunning views. This route`s gentle approach has a high success rate due to the slow ascent. You`ll camp beside the only lake on the mountain and enjoy spectacular views over Kenya`s Amboseli Plains. Local guides, cooks and porters will provide support during your trek and at campsites along the way.

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Length of safari:
8 days
Best months:
All year
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Activity level:
Active - Hiking, horse riding
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You will experience the thrill of the highest point in Africas snow caped free standing mountain.

Day 1 Arrive Moshi

Arrive in Moshi and make your way to the hotel. Attend a pre-departure meeting with your guide scheduled for the evening.

Day 2 Rongai Gate to Simba Camp (B,L,D)

Hiking Time: 3-4 hrs
Total Distance: 8km
Starting Altitude: 1950m
Final Altitude: 2750m
Habitat: Montane forest

After breakfast, we begin the 3-4 hour drive to Rongai Gate. Begin the ascent from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1950m) following a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track starts to climb consistently, but gently, through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. Make first camp at the edge of the moorland zone (2750m) where the forest begins to thin out and extensive views of the Kenyan plains can be seen.

Most days the hiking will begin early in the morning. You will hike from between 3 to 6 hours each day. The guides will take you at a moderate pace, so as to allow you time to acclimatize to the altitude changes. Your guides will continually repeat the words, “pole pole” (po-ly, po-ly), which means “go slowly” in Swahili.

The lower terrain is gorgeous and fascinating, as we will pass through a thick rainforest zone. Over the next three days you will continue to your ascent to the saddle of Kilimanjaro. From up here the views are vast and beautiful. As the camps have limited activities, you should take advantage of your time on the hikes to take in all the scenery and great views.

Day 3 Simba Camp to Kikelelwe Camp (B,L,D)

Hiking Time: 3-5 hrs
Total Distance: 7km
Starting Altitude: 2750m
Final Altitude: 3450m
Habitat: Moorland

Continue on a steady ascent during the morning walk, approximately 5km up to the Kikelelwe Camp with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, leave the main trail and strike out for the approximatly 3-5 hour walk across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with great vistas near Kikelelwe Caves (3600m).

Day 4 Kikelelwe Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (B,L,D)

Hiking Time: 4 hrs
Total Distance: 10km
Starting Altitude: 3450m
Final Altitude: 4330m
Habitat: Semi-Desert

Continue on a short but steep climb up grassy slopes where you will be rewarded with superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4330m), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Feel free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization during the afternoon. Overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Campsite.

Day 5 Mawenzi Tarn Camp to School Camp (B,L,D)

Hiking Time: 5 hrs
Total Distance: 8km
Starting Altitude: 4330m
Final Altitude: 4700m
Habitat: Alpine desert

Cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School Campsite (4700m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Spend the remainder of the day resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night!

Day 6 School Camp to Summit to Horombo Hut Camp (B,L,D)

Hiking Time: 10-15 hrs
Total Distance: 28km
Starting Altitude: 4700m
Final Altitude: 3700m (via 5895m)
Habitat: Alpine desert

Start the final and, by far, the steepest and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight around 12am. Plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5685m). Rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. If you are still feeling strong, make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5895m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. Descend to Kibo (4700m), which is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3700m).

Day 7 Descent - Horombo Hut Camp to Marangu Gate to Moshi (B,L,D)

Hiking Time: 5-7 hrs
Total Distance: 18km
Starting Altitude: 3700m
Final Altitude: 1830m
Habitat: Montane forest

Continue down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m.), the first stopping place on the Marangu route. Descend through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830m.). Transfer to Springlands Hotel in Moshi for a well-deserved night in relative comfort.

Day 8 Depart Moshi (B)

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  • Kilimanjaro Weather and Climate
  • Lying just south of the equator, Kilimanjaro is affected by the passage of the Intertropical Convergence Zone, which brings with it the main rainy periods. The highest rainfall occurs between mid March and early May, and slightly less between the beginning of November and late December. Rain and, higher up, snow, can however be encountered at any time of year - even in the driest periods (January, February and September). Normally the drier seasons are associated with clear, dry weather which can last for weeks on end. The best weather is generally encountered in the mornings, and convectional rainfall, if any, tends to come in mid-afternoon. Temperatures vary considerably with height and time of day. On the plains surrounding Kilimanjaro the average temperature is about 30°C. At 3000m. frosts can be encountered at night while day time temperatures range from 5 to 15°C. Night time temperatures on the summit can be well below freezing.

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