Trekking through the peaceful sceneries of Rongai

Mt Kilimanjaro via the Rongai route

7 days

Up to
10 climbers

About this tour

Enjoy the remote trek through the beautiful Rongai.

Service details

Includes

  • Transfers to/from kilimanjaro international airport or to/from the stops of the shuttle busses from dar es salaam or nairobi.
  • National park gate fees
  • Hut/camping fees
  • Transport from moshi to starting point on mountain and return to moshi
  • Certified, experienced, english-speaking guides for all routes
  • Staff salaries
  • Rescue fees
  • 3 meals daily on the mountain
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Bottled water on the first day of the climb, boiled and filtered on the mountain

Does not include

  • Travel insurance
  • Your 2 nights hotel accommodation in moshi town, we can assist you with booking your hotel at tour operator rates, from budget (us$20/night) to 3 star hotels (us$80/night).
  • Tips for guides and porters >>> see details
  • Personal mountain equipment (no specialize equipment required)
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks at your hotel in moshi
  • Laundry (available at the hotel

Itinerary

Day 1

Rongai Gate (1,800m/5,900ft) to First Cave Camp (2,600m/8,400ft). Elevation Gain: 760 meters, 2,000 feet

After an early breakfast in Moshi, drive to the Rongai Gate near the Kenya border. After registering at the gate, begin your climb to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. During the first day, hike through forests where you may see and hear wildlife. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first campsite. Rongai ascends via the less forested northern side of the mountain.
Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the gate. The Rongai trail is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife.

Day 2

First Cave Camp (2,600m/8,400ft) to Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft). Elevation Gain: 1,000 meters, 3,280 feet

During day two hike through Kilimanjaro’s moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times. During this day, view Mawenzi Peak ahead.

Day 3

Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft) to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft). Elevation Gain: 730 meters, 2,390 feet

This day is an acclimatization day, allowing you to hike in the beginning of the day and rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo.

Day 4

Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Day four is an acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn. We advise hiking a bit higher this day before returning to Mawenzi Tarn in the afternoon.

Day 5

Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft) to Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft). Elevation Gain: 420 meters/1380 feet

Cross the lunar landscape of the saddle on this day to arrive at the final campsite. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone, giving you views of your final destination.

Day 6

Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, 3,760 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters, 7,140 feet

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your flashlight. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman’s Point.

The hike from Gilman’s to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.

Day 7

Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) Elevation Loss: 1,920 meters, 6,295 feet

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Moshi/Arusha. You will be able to buy t-shirts and sodas at the gate.


Our meeting point

We will meet at the Kilimanjaro Airport or at the Moshi or Arusha Bus Stations or at our offices (Moshi/Arusha)

Please let us know where you're coming from and we will be happy to support you!


Cancellation policy

Since we understand that planning ahead isn't always easy, to provide you with the best experience, we offer free-cancellation up to one week before departure. No questions asked.

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