7 Days Kilimanjaro Climb, Rongai Route
Tour SummaryThe Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, Rongai has low traffic. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the crowded 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). The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, and seven days are recommended. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo camp. This route descends down the Marangu route. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.
Day 0: Arrival
Transfer from the Airport to your chosen hotel. Our tour Manager will brief you on your forthcoming climb in the evening, answer your questions and make sure you are properly equipped for the climb. Overnight at Mt Meru Hotel.
Day 1: Nalemuru Gate to Simba Camp
You will meet your mountain guides and crew in the morning before setting out for Kilimanjaro National Park's northern entrance: Nalemuru Gate (2,020 m). Here, the head guide will acquire the necessary permits and finalize search and rescue registration. This day’s trek through coniferous forest of Kilimanjaro’s northern slope to Simba Camp is moderate, taking you up to 2,625 m. Remember not to hurry and maintain a comfortable pace. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will have pitched your tents and started dinner preparations. Overnight at Simba Camp
Day 2: Simba camp (2625m) - Kikelewa Camp (3679m)
We hike from Simba camp up towards Kibo till 3 482m for lunch at First Caves, a distance of 5.8km. After lunch we continue trekking until reaching Kikelewa Camp at about 3679 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you're on a really big mountain! Water can be found in a obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find a pool or two. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Kikelewa camp.
Day 3: Kikelewa Cave (3679m) - Mawenzi Tarn camp (4303m)
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: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4303m) - Kibo hut (4730m).
After breakfast we head west and continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo hut.
Day 5: Day 5 Summit attemp
Kibo hut (4730m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3705m). You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillmans Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest at Kibo hot, you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight.
Day 6: Horombo hut (3705m) - Marangu Gate (1860m)m) - Kibo hut (4730m)
After breakfast the crew arrange good and nice mount Kilimanjaro popular songs to sing on a small goodbye ceremony before you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign out your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. You now drive back to your hotel for a long overdue hot shower, nice dinner, overnight and celebrations
Day 7: Departure
Enjoy the tranquility of your hotel before the airport transfer. Note: while most hotels have an 11:00 AM check-out policy, they also offer late check-out for those with evening or night flights.For the extra fees
- Park fees.
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
- All transportation
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- All Meals based on full board
- Local flight.
- Drinking water on all days& soft drinks
- International flights
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
- Alcohol drinks