7 DAYS RONGAI ROUTE
7 Days Rongai Route begins and ends in Moshi.
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO); there will be a private transfer waiting at the airport to pick you to Moshi for dinner and overnight stay. All airport transfers are part of the package. No extra fee is required.
Day1: Arrive in Marangu:
You will stay at the Hotel, a beautiful Hotel located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and is a perfect place to prepare you for adventure. We will gather at 5:30 pm for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Day 2: Rongai Camp (Full board)
After an early breakfast at Hotel, you will drive to the Rongai (Nalemoru) Gate near the Kenya border. We begin our climb on this unspoiled wilderness route. The walk then starts to climb consistently but gently through an attractive forest that shelters various wildlife. The forest begins to thin out, and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. The first day is only 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 walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After the hot lunch, we have free time to rest at the camp or in the afternoon; we can explore the surrounding area for 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)
Gradual rise through beautiful open moorland towards jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi to Kikelewa Camp (3679m) we reach in the late afternoon at Kikelewa Caves for dinner and overnight at the camp. Second Cave to Kikelewa Cave (3.600 m): 3-4 hours walking.
Day 5: Mawenzi Turn (Full board)
A Short but steep ascent to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m). Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn. The afternoon is free to help with your acclimatization. Kikelelwa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m):3-4 hours walking.
Day 6: Mawenzi Turn to Kibo Hut (Full board)
Today we cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo hut (4700m) at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall by early afternoon. There is no running water at Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. Mawenzi Turn to Kibo Hut (4,700m); 5-6 hours walking.
Day 7: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horrombo Hut (Full board)
Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags, and a slow but steady pace will take us to the rim of the main crater, Gillman’s 5,685 m. We will rest there for a few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the three-hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru peak 5,895 m., which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment, we descend to Kiko Hut is amazingly fast. We stop at Kibo Hut for some refreshment; we continue to descend to reach Horrombo Hut. Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut (3100 m): 13-15 hours walking.
Day 8: Horrombo Hut (Half Board)
Today we will descend past Mandara hut to Marangu Gate; successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. From here, you will be transferred to the Hotel for dinner and overnight. Horombo hut to Marangu Gate. (6-7 hours walking).
Day 9: Departure day:
After saying goodbye to our team in operation, you need a Private departure transfer from Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight unless you have an option to have Safari or any other option we will discuss.