Rongai Route – 7 Days

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On the mountain’s northeastern side, only the Rongai Route is accessible. Because it is the second-easiest route after Marangu and has incredible wilderness conditions, this route is becoming more and more popular. Climbers who want to avoid the massive crowds of climbers on other routes are advised to take the Rongai Route. This path may be completed in 7 s and can be begun from either the Tanzanian or Kenyan side of the mountain. Only used to ascend the mountain, the Rongai Route eventually connects with the Marangu Route, which likewise leads upward. There are many caves along this road, some of which are utilized as lodging.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Arusha Airport, (ARK/HTAR), Moshi and Arusha
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
All Park fees. Entrance , Camping & Rescue Fees Wages for our Professional Mountain Crew
Quality Mountain camping equipment Pre and Post Accommodationin Moshi / Arusha
Airport Transfers. On Arrival and Depature Kilimanjaro Transfer. Before and After Climb
All meals While on the Mountain (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner ) Professional Mountain guide with W.F.R knowledge.
Flights Personal gear
Tips for guides, porters and cook Entry visa for Tanzania
Vaccinations Travel insurance
Dinner in the hotels before and after the climb Optional Tours & Activities

What is the success rate of the Rongai route?

With the lengthier journey option, the chances of summiting using the Rongai Route are significantly higher. The average success rate across all operators is 80% for the 7- trek


Day 1: Arrival

When you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), a representative of Kilimanjaro Ascent will be waiting to greet you and drive you to the hotel that is included in the tariff. The hotel offers all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay, including warm rooms, hot water, courteous service, a pool, and Internet connection. There will be a briefing with our management in the evening, and they will make sure you are prepared to start the ascent.

Be aware that check-in begins at 2:00 PM.


Day 2: Ascent from Rongai gate to Simba Camp

Before making the quick journey to the Rongai Gate trailhead, we travel from Moshi / Arusha. The path meanders through fields of corn and potatoes before slowly ascending through a forest, where various animals live, including the black and white colobus monkey.

  • Elevation: 6,398 ft to 9,300 ft
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest


Day 3: Ascent from Simba Camp to Second Cave Camp

This morning, we start with a gradual ascent to Second Cave. Following a lesser road that leads to the craggy peaks of Mawenzi, we continue our trip through moorland until arriving at Seconda Cave for the night.Rongai Cave to to Second Cave

  • Elevation: 9,300 ft to 11,300 ft
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Heath


Day 4: Ascent from Second Cave Camp to Kikelelwa camp

Following a lesser road that leads to the craggy peaks of Mawenzi, we continue our trip through moorland until arriving at Kikelewa Cave, where we will spend the night.

  • Elevation: 11,300 ft to 11,811 ft
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Heath


Day 5: Ascent from Kikelelwa camp to Mawenzi Turn Hut

To’s hike is a quick ascent of a grassy slope. Beautiful views of the wilderness region can be seen. The terrain drastically changes as we move from the heath zone into the Alpine Desert zone. At Mawenzi Tarn, our camp is located beneath the craggy spires of Mawenzi. The rest of the can be used for leisure activities or local exploration.

  • Elevation: 11,811 ft to 14,160 ft
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert


Day 6: Ascent from Mawenzi Turn Hut to Kibo Hut

Between Mawenzi and Kibo, we progressively ascent before crossing the “Saddle,” a lunar desert. At the base of the Kibo crater wall is where our camp, Kibo Hut, is located. After arriving, we take a nap and eat a light dinner to get ready for the summit .

  • Elevation (ft): 14,160 ft to 15,430 ft
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert


Day 7: Ascent to Uhuru peak then Descent to Horombo Hut.

We start the ascent very early in the morning (about midnight). The hardest part of the walk both physically and mentally is this section. At this altitude and time of , the wind and cold can be very strong. We climb in the dark for several hours, stopping frequently but only briefly. You will be rewarded with the most breathtaking sunrise you are ever likely to witness approaching Mawenzi Peak at Gilman’s Point (18,600 feet). Finally, we reach Uhuru Peak, which is both Mount Kilimanjaro’s and Africa’s highest point.

We descend to Horombo Hut after pausing for a short while to admire your success and the African plains. We have our final meal on the mountain later in the evening before a well-earned rest.

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

  • Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

  • Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
  • Distance: 16 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Heath


Day 8: Descent from Horombo Hut to Marangu gate

We have a long, mostly downhill hike through the lush rainforest on our final . We pick up our summit credentials once we get at the park headquarters at the Marangu gate. We’ll be met by a car that will take us back to the Moshi / Arusha

  • Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
  • Distance: 20 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest


Day 9: Departure.

You have a room to to pack, get ready, and so on in order to get ready for your trip home or your next trips to East Africa.


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