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7 Days Kilimanjaro Trek – Rongai Route

7 Days Kilimanjaro Trek – Rongai Route

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices: $2220 - $2220
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 6 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited: Kilimanjaro
Activity level: Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
The Rongai route lies quite near the Kenyan border is used to access Mount Kilimanjaro from the north and it is the only and sole route to do so. This route experiences less traffic of climbers even though it’s popularity continues to rise, albeit gradually. Rongai’s slope is not steep as compared to the other Mount Kilimanjaro routes hence more people are opting for this route in preference to the much popular Marangu route. The other advantage of then Rongai Route is that by virtue of its location, this route receives less rain during the rainy season meaning it becomes less muddy and easier to climb and it is suitable for those people who have less experience in Mountain climbing. Descent of Rongai Route is made via the Marangu route. Orongai African Safaris offers Rongai Route as a seven day group climb or a six or seven private climb. The six-day option does not include an extra day for acclimatization on the fourth day at the Mawenzi Tarn.

 

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.

Elevation: 6,398 ft to 9,300 ft

Distance: 8 km/5 miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Accommodation

  • Budget camping
  • In or near Mt Kilimanjaro

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 2: Rongai Cave to to Second Cave

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

Rongai Cave to to Second Cave

Elevation: 9,300 ft to 11,300 ft

Distance: 6 km/4 miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Heath

Second Cave to Kikelewa Cave

Elevation: 11,300 ft to 11,811 ft

Distance: 6 km/4 miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Heath

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

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.

Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn

Elevation: 11,811 ft to 14,160 ft

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

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.

Mawenzi Tarn to Mawenzi Ridge

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

Distance: 2 km/1 mile

Hiking Time: 1-2 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Mawenzi Ridge to Mawenzi Tarn

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

Distance: 2 km/1 mile

Hiking Time: 1-2 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn 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, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.

Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut

Elevation (ft): 14,160 ft to 15,430 ft

Distance: 8 km/5 miles

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

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

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft

Distance: 6 km/4 miles

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

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

Distance: 16 km/10 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Heath

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 7: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

On our last day, 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 Moshi.

Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft

Distance: 20 km/12 miles

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Accommodation

  • No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

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  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

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