7 Days Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

Prices: 7 Days of Climbing & 1 Night Accommodation On Arrival.

      • Classic Price: USD. 2,015  per Person.
      • Premium Price: USD. 2,615  per Person.

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 7 Rongai Route

The Rongai route ascents Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective of Kilimanjaro by approaching the famous mountain from the north. Rongai is ideal for those who are not confident to hike steeper paths, those who want to avoid traffic, and those who want to enjoy a quieter hike. 

The Rongai route’s premier advantage is that it is one of the quietest routes on the mountain, although it becomes busier when it connects with the Marangu route just before reaching Kibo hut. The route also descends along the Marangu route, however, on this trip, the intrepid climber will retain a sense of wilderness and adventure by sleeping in tents and not using the A-frame huts of the Marangu route.

Scenically, Rongai is extraordinarily beautiful as it travels through an unspoiled rain forest and remote wilderness area, although it is not as scenically varied as Machame, Lemosho and Shira. It is also preferred when climbing during the rainy season because the north side of the mountain receives less precipitation.

7 Days Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Itinerary:

Day 0: Arrival Tanzania.

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International airport and transferred to Arusha for your overnight stay.

  • Overnight: Arusha / Moshi
  • Meal Plan: HalfBoard.

Day 1: Rongai Gate to Rongai Cave

  • Elevation: 6,398 ft to 9,300 ft
  • Distance: 8 km/5 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

We drive from Moshi to Marangu Gate for permits before taking a short transfer to the Rongai Gate trailhead. The path winds through corn and potato fields and then climbs gently through the forest which is home to a variety of wildlife, including the black and white colobus monkey.

Day 2: Rongai Cave to to Second Cave

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

Second Cave to Kikelewa Cave

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

We begin this morning with a steady incline up to Second Cave. We continue trekking though moorland, leaving the main trail for a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, before finally arriving at Kikelewa Cave for the night.

Day 3: Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn

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

The hike today is short and steep up a grassy slope. Views of the wilderness area are stunning. As we exit the heath zone and emerge into the Alpine Desert zone, the landscape changes dramatically. Our camp is situated beneath the jagged spires of Mawenzi, at Mawenzi Tarn. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing or exploring the area.

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn To Mawenzi Ridge

  • Elevation (ft): 14,160 ft -14,400 ft
  • Distance: 2 km/1 mile
  • Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Mawenzi Ridge to Mawenzi Tarn

  • Elevation (ft): 14,400 ft -14,160 ft
  • Distance: 2 km/1 mile
  • Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Mawenzi Tarn for camp.

Day 5: Marwenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut

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

We climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.

DAY 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

  • Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

  • Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
  • Distance: 16 km/10 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Heath

After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 7: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

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

On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive us to Airport. (One More night in the hotel is recommended)

Important information's to know

  • Children under 10 years are not Allowed to Summit Kilimanajro
  • Children are paid 50% of Adults rate – Children are considered from 5 to 15 years.
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with paying adults.
  • Children under 6-years must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
  • A small amount of walking May involved, carry with you hiking shoes.
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.
  • A Yellow fever vaccination is mandatory when enters Tanzania.
  • Visas are available on arrival. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.
  • A deposit of 20% is required to confirm the booking; this amount is for booking accommodations and domestic flights if applicable. (Refundable up to 7-days before Departure date)

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What included on Prices

 
  • 1 Nights’ accommodation at the hotel.
  • Return transfers between the hotel to the start / finish point of a climb.
  • All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping / hut fees and climbing permits.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team).
  • Chief guide carries a Pulse Oximeter.
  • Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid).
  • Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only).
  • All mentioned activities unless labeled option.
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the Climb.
  • Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain.
  • Camping Fees
  • Camping Equipments.
  • Water for washing up daily.
  • Porter to carry your duffel bag, with maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one camp to the next camp.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.
  • All Airport Transfers.

What is Excluded on Prices (Available on request)

  • International and airport taxes.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Passport and travel visa requirements (Tanzania visa is required).
  • Compulsory tips for crew/day from group (average tip is anything from USD $20/guide | USD $15/assistance guide | USD $10/Chef | USD $5/@porter.
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Accommodation after Trekking (available on request).
  • Visa fees.
  • Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania.
  • Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.

About Classic Price Package

Our classic adventures are what the majority of climbers are looking for. The combination of great comfort and high safety standards makes our classic Kilimanjaro hikes enjoyable and memorable. This is the most popular option among our clients.

This climbing package includes everything that a climber may need for the hike – our experienced mountain crews, high-quality group equipment, nutritionist-designed meals. Our safety protocols, though, are the same for all our hiking adventures – only the guides with Wilderness First Responder certification are assigned to lead a party. Other safety measures include a supply of oxygen cylinders, complete medical kits and compulsory medical check-ups (two per day).

The progress of each trekking party is tracked with GPS device. You may share the link with your family and friends, who will be able to monitor your progress in a real-time mode.

On Arrival you will stay in a good hotel with caring staff, hot water, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming poo

About Premium Price Package

Our premium Kilimanjaro adventures include extra features such as spacious walk-in tents, advanced meal plan on the hike, portable toilet, camping cots, satellite phone to stay in touch with your family and friends and some other upgrades on Kilimanjaro. It is the highest quality service a luxury-focused climber can get here!

Safety protocols for the premium adventures include mandatory Wilderness First Responder Certification of all our guides, oxygen cylinders, medical kits and compulsory medical check-ups (two per day).

Before and after your trip you will be staying in a 5* hotel in Arusha (breakfast and dinner included).

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