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Rongai Route 7 Days

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the popular Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation). Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for nearly the entire way. Descent is made via the Marangu route.

per adult from

$3,180

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Duration

7 days

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • Guides, Chef and Porters allowances
    • First and last accommodation
    • Airport pick up and drop off
    • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
    • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
    • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
    What's excluded :
    • Sleeping bags and walking poles
    • Tanzania Visa
    • Gratuity
    • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

  • Day 1: Arusha to Rongai Gate (Nale Moru)

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Nalemoru Gate (1990m) to Simba Camp (2625m)
    This morning we will drive to the village of Nale Moru for the starting point of the Rongai route. The first stage of the trek is through farmland and pine forests. You may have chance to see the beautiful Colobus monkeys or if you’re lucky enough, elephants or buffalos en route. Our first camp will be the Simba Camp located at the edge of the moorland zone at 2625m.
    Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
    Approx. time taken: 4 – 5 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner: Breakfast and lunch
    Accommodation included: Simba Camp Site

    Day 2: Hike Simba Camp to Second Cave

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Simba Camp (2625m) to 2nd Cave Camp (3480m)
    The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave Camp located in the moorland zone with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.
    Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi
    Approx. time taken: 3 – 4 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner: Breakfast and Lunch
    Accommodation included: Second cave camp site

    Day 3: 2nd Cave Camp (3480m) to Kikelewa Camp (3630m)

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    2nd Cave Camp (3480m) to Kikelewa Camp (3630m)

    Leaving the pine forest behind we carry on with a steady ascent walking though moorland. There are superb views of the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim of Kibo, the highest of the three volcanoes which form the mountain. We will leave the main trail and strike out across moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, the second of
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner: Breakfast and Lunch
    Accommodation included: Kikelewa Camp

    Day 4: Kikelewa Camp (3630m) to Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m)

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Kikelewa Camp (3630m) to Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m)
    This morning we have a short but steep ascent up grassy slopes which is rewarded by a superb view of the Kenyan plains to the north. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching our next camp at Mawenzi Tarn Hut directly below the towering cliffs of Mawenzi. This afternoon you have chance to rest or explore the surrounding area to aid acclimatization.
    Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
    Approx. time taken: 4 – 5 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner: Breakfast and lunch
    Accommodation included: Mawenzi Tarn Camp

    Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)
    We leave our campsite and cross the lunar desert of the ‘saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo After a couple hours trekking, reach this spectacular place, with the summit of Kilimanjaro in the background and our trail to the high camp stretched out before our eyes. Upon reaching our camp the remainder of the day will be spent resting in preparation of the final ascent after a very early night!
    Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
    Approx. time taken: 5 – 6 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner: Breakfast and lunch
    Accommodation included: Kibo Hut Camp

    Day 6: Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)
    Today is “The Big Day” – the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 – 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 – 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.
    Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi
    Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
    Duration: 15 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner: Breakfast and lunch
    Accommodation included: Horombo Hut Camp

    Day 7: Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)
    The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Arusha . Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.
    Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi
    Approx. time taken: 8 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included;
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner: Breakfast and lunch
    Accommodation included: Arusha planet lodge
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Arusha town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at Arusha planet lodge (or alternative). Airports
    • Kilimanjaro Airport, Kilimanjaro National Park Tanzania
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

2

Organised by Wild Root Safaris and Adventures

Activity ID: V-144663P4

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