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Rongai Route

Duration : 07 Days / 06 Nights


The Rongai route is the only route that reaches Kilimanjaro from the north direction, in the close proximity to Kenyan border. It is true that this route experiences low-traffic, but still gaining tremendous popularity among the climbers.

Our Tour Itinerary

Day 0 : Airport – Arusha

Pick up from Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to Arusha, night at Meru Inn,B/B.

Day 01 : Rongai Camp

After an early breakfast in Arusha , you will drive to the Rongai (Nalemoru) Gate near the Kenya border. We begin our climb on this un spoilt wilderness route. The walk then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. The first day is only a half-day walk. Nalemoru Gate to Rongai Camp (2,600 m): 3-4 hours walking.

Day 02: Rongai Second Cave

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave, (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After hot lunch we have a free time to rest at the camp or in the afternoon we can explore the surrounding area for acclimatization walk to Third Cave. Rongai Camp to Second Cave' (3,450 m): 3-4 hours walking.

Day 03: Rongai Kikelelwa Cave

Gradual rise through beautiful open moorland towards jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi to Kikelewa Camp (3679m) we reach in late afternoon at Kikelewa Caves for dinner and overnight at the camp. Second Cave to Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m): 3-4 hours walking.

Day 04: Rongai Mawenzi Turn

A Short but steep ascent to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m). Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn. The afternoon is free to help your acclimatization.Kikelelwa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m):3-4 hours walking.

Day 05: Mawenzi Turn to Kibo Hut

Today we cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and KiboHut (4700m), at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall by early afternoon. There is no running water at Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. Mawenzi Turn to Kibo Hut (4,700m); 5-6 hours walking.

Day 06: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horrombo Hut

Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Gillman's 5,685 m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru peak 5,895 m. which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Kiko Hut is amazingly fast, and we stop at Kibo Hut for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Horrombo Hut. Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut (3100 m): 13-15 hours walking.

Day 06: Horrombo Hut

Today we will descend past Mandara hut to Marangu Gate, successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. From here you will be transferred to Arusha nights at Meru House Inn, B/B.

Price in USD

2 People Sharing USD 2600 Per Person
4 People Sharing USD 2400 Per Person
5+ people sharing USD 2200 Per Person

PRICE KILIMANJARO IS INCLUDE:- Park fees, Camping fees, Rescue fees, three meals a day, mountain guide, cook, Porters, tents, mattress, mess tent, chairs, table, all transfers , Three nights in Arusha . Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro Airport and drinking water.

PRICE NOT INCLUDE:- Tips to the guide, cook and porters.


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