Rongai Route Kilimanjaro Trekking

Route Overview

This is one of Kilimanjaro’s most accessible routes, and it has grown in popularity in recent years. This route is located on the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro and features a variety of spectacular landscapes as well as various plant and animal species. The average length of this trip is 6 days. You can, however, add an acclimatization day to make it a 7-day climb.

The Rongai Route is more scenic than the Marangu Route and easier than any other camping route for climbing Kilimanjaro, with a very high success rate. Unlike the Marangu Route, where you sleep in huts, you sleep in tents on the Rongai Route; the porter will have your tent pitched and ready for you at the end of each day’s trek. This route begins on the mountain’s north side, just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled. For the summit climb, the route joins the Marangu Route. The descent follows the Marangu Route on the mountain’s southeast side, allowing you to see Kilimanjaro from a variety of vantage points.

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Tour Itenerary

Welcome to the Land of Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, and Zanzibar – Tanzania.
We will pick you up at Kilimanjaro International Airport, meet and assist from your Lomo Tanzania safari guide who will be with you on your safari.
Depending on your arrival time, you will be welcomed with a cup of coffee, tea and hot chocolate served with some delicious snacks and a glass of champagne at your disposal.
Our guide will help you with luggage in your comfortable safari vehicle and safely start to drive for 1 hour to your hotel in Arusha town.
You will be assisted to check-in at your hotel, and if possible followed with a short safari briefing or it can be done tomorrow early morning.

The Accommodation – Moivaro Arusha Lodge

Moivaro Lodge is situated right in the heart of beautiful, natural scenery and yet is only 7 km from the town of Arusha: an ideal spot to enjoy the impressive flora and fauna of East Africa.
At the Lodge you will be ensured that you are looked after in a unique, friendly, and peaceful manner, helping you to prepare for your safaris and cosseting you on your return in the evening.
The spacious thatched brick cottages are set in a lovely tropical garden, with private verandas ensuring every visitor all the privacy needed. Relax and enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Meru from the comfortable veranda, go for a stroll around the Moivaro property, or laze at the pool nestling amid tropical trees and coffee plants.

Meal plan
Hot served dinner will be provided at Moivaro Arusha Lodge

Elevation(m): 1,387/915 m to 1,950 m to 2,750 m
Distance: 9 km
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest

You’ll eat breakfast early. Our vehicles will transport you through many villages and coffee plantations for 3-4 hours to Rongai Gate (1,950 m/6,398 ft). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin your hike on a wide path that winds through maize and potato fields before entering montane forest. You will then begin a gentle but consistent ascent through attractive forest that is home to a variety of wildlife. As you approach Simba Camp (2,600 m/8,530ft) with spectacular views of the Kenyan plains, the forest thins out.

Elevation: 2,750 m to 3,600 m
Distance: 17 km
Hiking Time: 7 hours
Habitat: Moorland

After an early breakfast, you’ll make your way to the second cave, where you’ll have lunch. At this point, you leave the main trail and take a smaller path across the moorland toward Mawenzi side peak and Kikelewa Camp in a sheltered valley. You will have your dinner and overnight rest at the Kikelewa Camp.

Elevation: 3,600m to 4,330m
Distance: 7km
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Habitat: Semi-Desert

After breakfast, you will face a short, steep climb up grassy slopes, which will be rewarded with spectacular all-around views of the vast surrounding wilderness. After leaving the vegetation, you will arrive at the Mawenzi Tarn Camp, which is located in a spectacular cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi Peak. Following this hike, you will arrive at the Mawenzi turn hut camp, where you will also see the amazing undried Lake with no inlet or outlet. Here you will have lunch, rest, dinner, and overnight.

This is your extra day on the mountain, and you will stay at Mawenzi Tarn for two nights. You’ll hike up to Mawenzi for a fantastic acclimatization hike. Then return to the camp for lunch, dinner, and an overnight stay.

Elevation: 4,330 m to 4,695 m
Distance: 8km
Hiking Time: 5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After an early breakfast, you will cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi peaks to reach the Kibo Huts at the base of Kibo’s crater wall. The rest of the day should be spent resting and preparing for your summit ascent.

Elevation: 4,695 m to 5,895 m to 3,690 m
Distance: 4 km up, 14 km down
Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert.

After a light breakfast at midnight, prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise by climbing before dawn. Leave for the peak at 12:00 a.m., switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and arrive at Gilman’s Point on the crater rim between 4:00 and 6:00 a.m. You will be facing the fabled crater and its icecaps at this point. After 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the famous snows, you will arrive at Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, where you will spend some time taking photos, depending on how you feel.

After finishing your summit activities, return to the Kibo Huts for lunch, rest, and equipment collection before continuing down, re-crossing the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and spend the night at Horombo camp.

 

Elevation: 3100m to 1700m
Distance: 9km
Descending time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest.

This is your final day on the mountain. After breakfast, you will walk through Montane forest to the Mweka park gate. This descent will take approximately 3-4 hours. Sign out at the gate and prepare to board the vehicle for the transfer back to the hotel for your certificate presentation and well-deserved celebration.

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