Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route
The Rongai Route is one of the easiest routes and the success rate is very high. The route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south ...Read Full Description
- Arusha, Tanzania; Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; Tanzania
- Trip Length:
- 6 days
- Best Time to Go:
- Any time.
- Recommended for:
Infants (under 2)
Children (2 - 5)
Children (6 - 8)
Children (9 - 11)
Children (12 - 14)
Children (15 - 17)
Adults (18 - 20)
Adults (25 - 29)
Group Retreat, Mancation, Summer Vacation
Detailed Trip Description
The Rongai Route is one of the easiest routes and the success rate is very high. The route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many view points. The drive to the trail head takes 4-5 hours through many villages and coffee plantations.
Day 1 - Kilimanjaro
Rongai Gate - Simba Camp (First Cave).
Book into your hotel in Moshi or Arusha for overnight and briefing by your guide.
To Simba Camp (First Cave)
1950m to 2880m
6400ft to 9450ft
About 3-4 hours / 4 miles
Temperatures: high 70's to mid 80's F
Transfer by Land Rover (about 4-5 hours) to the attractive wooden village of Nale Muru. After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
Day 2 - Tanzania
To Second Cave
2880m to 3450m
9450ft to 11,320ft
Hiking time: About 3-4 hours / 4 miles
Temperatures: low 40's to high 60's F
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.
Day 3 - Tanzania
To Third Cave
3450m to 3870m
11,319ft to 12,700ft
Hiking time: About 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.
Day 4 - Tanzania
Mawenzi Tarn camp (Third Cave) - Kibo hut.
To Kibo Camp
3870m to 4750m.
12,713ft to 15,600ft.
Hiking time: About 5 hours.
Habitat: Alpine desert.
Hike to Kibo campsite at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night!
Day 5 - Tanzania
To Summit and Horombo Hut
4750m to 5895m
15,600ft to 19,340ft
Hiking time: About 11-13 hours / 5 miles
Temperatures: mid teens to mid 20's F
(and down to 3720m)
(and down to 12,200ft)
Hiking time: About 3-4 hours / 6 miles
Temperatures: low 50's to high 60's F
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.
Begin the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. Proceed very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman's Point (5685m,18,650ft) Rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo.
Day 6 - Arusha
3720m to 1700m.
12,200ft to 5500ft.
Hiking time: About 5-6 hours / 11 miles.
Temperatures: high 40's to mid 70's F.
After breakfast, A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m / 8858 ft), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
Private Car Service
A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!
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