ROUTE OVERVIEW

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes. It 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). Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for nearly the entire way. Descent is made via the Marangu route.

  • 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.

  • Day 2: Rongai Cave to Second Cave to Kikelewa 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.

  • 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.

  • Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn to Mawenzi Ridge to Mawenzi Tarn

    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.

  • Day 5: Marwenzi 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.

  • Day 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

    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.

  • 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 Arusha/Moshi.

  • Day 8: Millennium Hut Camp – Hotel/lodge

    Early morning after breakfast, you will proceed with descent down across the Alpine moorland to passing Mweka Hut on the way to Mweka Gate; a descent of about 6 hours. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will be suitable (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). Once at the Mweka Gate, you will sign out and followed by summit certificates representation. Here, you will be handed a Silver Certificate for having reached Stella Point (5732m), or a Gold Certificate for Uhuru Peak (5895m). After a short session of jubilation and farewell with your crew (guide/s, cook/s, and porters); and tipping of course, and having lunch you will take a waiting car and be transferred back to Arusha town where you will check in at your hotel/lodge for a welcome shower, dinner and overnight. [2 hour drive]

INCLUSION:

Transfer from Kilimanjaro airport (JRO) to Arusha or Moshi
Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro entrance gate
All national park gate fees for visitors and also for the supportive mountain crew (entrance, camping, rescue)
Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides
Guides, Porters and Cook salaries
All meals on the mountain (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Mountain equipment and gear – tents, Sleeping Mats, mess tent, table and chairs
Fuel for cooking, cooking and eating utensils
Filtered water throughout the trek
All government taxes including 18% VAT

EXCLUSION:

A sleeping bag
Kilimanjaro airport (JRO) drop off
International flights
Travel insurance
Visa fee
Tips for mountain crew (guides, porters and cook)
Laundry Services
All items of a personal nature
Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra

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Trip Itinerary
  • 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.

  • Day 2: Rongai Cave to Second Cave to Kikelewa 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.

  • 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.

  • Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn to Mawenzi Ridge to Mawenzi Tarn

    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.

  • Day 5: Marwenzi 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.

  • Day 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

    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.

  • 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 Arusha/Moshi.

  • Day 8: Millennium Hut Camp – Hotel/lodge

    Early morning after breakfast, you will proceed with descent down across the Alpine moorland to passing Mweka Hut on the way to Mweka Gate; a descent of about 6 hours. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will be suitable (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). Once at the Mweka Gate, you will sign out and followed by summit certificates representation. Here, you will be handed a Silver Certificate for having reached Stella Point (5732m), or a Gold Certificate for Uhuru Peak (5895m). After a short session of jubilation and farewell with your crew (guide/s, cook/s, and porters); and tipping of course, and having lunch you will take a waiting car and be transferred back to Arusha town where you will check in at your hotel/lodge for a welcome shower, dinner and overnight. [2 hour drive]

Inclusion & Exclusion

INCLUSION:

Transfer from Kilimanjaro airport (JRO) to Arusha or Moshi
Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro entrance gate
All national park gate fees for visitors and also for the supportive mountain crew (entrance, camping, rescue)
Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides
Guides, Porters and Cook salaries
All meals on the mountain (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Mountain equipment and gear – tents, Sleeping Mats, mess tent, table and chairs
Fuel for cooking, cooking and eating utensils
Filtered water throughout the trek
All government taxes including 18% VAT

EXCLUSION:

A sleeping bag
Kilimanjaro airport (JRO) drop off
International flights
Travel insurance
Visa fee
Tips for mountain crew (guides, porters and cook)
Laundry Services
All items of a personal nature
Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra

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If you would like to climb mountain(s) inclusively or you wish to go on safari, or have questions about variations of our itineraries, and/or select a custom date, contact us at info@kilimanjaro-climb.se or call +255 763 259 010 to arrange a private climb or safari based on your specific desire.

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