7 Days Rongai Route
Embark on a thrilling Kilimanjaro Rongai Route adventure, beginning at Marangu. The expedition encompasses various camps like Rongai Camp, Second Cave, Kikelelwa Cave, Mawenzi Tarn, and Kibo Hut, ultimately culminating at the summit, Uhuru Peak. You’ll receive summit certificates as you descend through Horombo Hut and conclude your unforgettable journey. This 9-day experience offers the perfect blend of challenging trekking, spectacular landscapes, and the chance to explore Kilimanjaro’s unique wilderness. Ideal for those seeking a Kilimanjaro Rongai adventure with a touch of luxury, this itinerary is designed for all adventure enthusiasts.
Day1: Arrive in Marangu
Your journey commences as you check into the Hotel, a beautiful establishment located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, providing the perfect launchpad for your Kilimanjaro Rongai adventure. At 5:30 pm, we’ll convene for a pre-climb briefing and equipment check, ensuring your mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance are in order.
Day 2: Rongai Camp (Full board)
Following an early breakfast at the Hotel, you’ll be driven to the Rongai (Nalemoru) Gate near the Kenya border to commence your journey on this pristine wilderness route. The trek will gently ascend through a captivating forest teeming with wildlife. As the forest gives way to the moorland zone (2600 m), you’ll enjoy extensive views over the Kenyan plains. This first day is a half-day walk. Nalemoru Gate to Rongai Camp (2,600 m): 3-4 hours walking.
Day 3: Rongai Second Cave (Full board)
The morning trek involves a steady ascent to the Second Cave (3,450m) with panoramic vistas of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After a hot lunch, you’ll have free time to rest at the camp or, in the afternoon, embark on an acclimatization walk to Third Cave. Rongai Camp to Second Cave (3,450 m): 3-4 hours walking.
Day 4: Rongai Kikelelwa Cave (Full board)
You’ll make a gradual ascent through the open moorland toward the jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi, arriving in the late afternoon at Kikelewa Caves (3679m) for dinner and overnight. The journey from Second Cave to Kikelewa Cave (3.600 m) takes 3-4 hours of walking.
Day 5: Mawenzi Turn (Full board)
A short but steep ascent leads to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m). You’ll leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn. The afternoon is free to assist with acclimatization. Kikelelwa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m): 3-4 hours walking.
DAY 6: Mawenzi Turn to Kibo Hut (Full Board)
Today, you’ll traverse the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo Hut (4700m) at the base of the Kibo Crater wall by early afternoon. Kibo Hut has no running water. The remainder of the day is spent preparing for the final ascent, with an early night in store. Mawenzi Turn to Kibo Hut (4,700m): 5-6 hours walking.
Day 7: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horrombo Hut (Full board)
You’ll wake before midnight and commence a steep climb over loose volcanic scree, navigating well-graded zig-zags. A slow but steady pace will lead you to the rim of the main crater, Gillman’s Point (5,685 m). A brief pause will allow you to relish the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those feeling strong can continue to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m), Africa’s highest point. After taking in the achievement, the descent to Kibo Hut is swift. After a stop at Kibo Hut for refreshments, the journey continues downward to Horrombo Hut. Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut (3100 m): 13-15 hours walking.
Day 8: Horrombo Hut (Half Board)
Today, your descent will take you past Mandara Hut to Marangu Gate. Successful climbers will receive their summit certificates, and from there, you will be transferred to the Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate (6-7 hours walking).
Day 9: Departure day
As you bid farewell to our team, a private departure transfer will take you from Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight, marking the conclusion of your unforgettable journey.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- Hotel the night before and the night after the climb. Bed and Breakfast.
- Professional, experienced, mountain guides
- All Park fees
- Rescue fees by vehicle
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Arrival and Departure transfers
- Porters and cooker
- Clean, purified drinking water
- Summit Emergency Oxygen
EXCLUDED FROM THE PRICE:
- Tanzania Visa
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc
- Meals before and after climb
- Tips and gratuities for guides and porters (recommended to be 10 – 15% of climb costs)
- Personal clothing and mountain equipment