Rongai route, Duration: 6 – 7 days
Accommodation: Camping (Tents)
The Rongai Route is one of the easiest routes and the success rate is very high.
Rongai route allocated north eastern of Kilimanjaro mountain, near to border between Kenya and Tanzania. Rongai is the route where you can spot some animals such as Elephant, Red duiker, Dik-dik, England giraffe as well as Buffalos. Most of this animals shift from Amboseli in Kenya to search for water and shelter as well as escaping from predators because it is rarely to find more predators population in Kilimanjaro mountain zones. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many beautiful sceneries.
The topography of this route does not allow for the application of the climb high and sleep low principle and hikers generally suffer more from altitude sickness on the Rongai route compared to other routes (an additional acclimatization day is highly recommended on this route to avoid altitude sickness). The Rongai route uses the scree summiting path from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and descend via the Marangu route.
6 Days Rongai Route Itinerary
Day 1: Rongai Gate to Simba Camp
Rongai starting point (1996m) – Simba camp (2626m)
Hiking time: 4 hours
Distance: Approximately 6.7 km
Habitat: Montane forest
From town to Marangu national park gate for registration taking almost one hour through tarmac road. There after registration the driving proceeding to rongai starting point through Tarakea which approximately taking almost 2 hours. With your Guide there at Rongai starting point you will meet with porters before starting hike from NaleMoru village across maize fields before entering pine fores , then climbs gently through the montane forest, hiking from this beautiful country side view to Simba camp (2626m) for resting and overnight. Facilities available at Simba camp including public toilets wooden table with benches but not hut.
Day 2: Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp
Samba camp (2626m) –Kikelewa camp (3679m)
Hiking time: 6 -7 hours
Distance: Approximately 11.8 km
In day two hiking srart from Simba (3679m) to Kekelewa camp 3679m. Lunch will be at first cave distance of about 5.8 km from Simba camp. After having lunch at first cave trekking will proceed through moorland until reaching Kekelewa camp where hot water for washing provided to you before having dinner then rest for overnight.
Day 3: Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Kikelewa Cave (3679m) – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4303m)
Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 3.7 km
Hiking on a short steep grass slopes offers a beautiful scene views of this area of wildness. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach at Mawenzi Camp. At Mawenzi camp you can get acclimatization during afternoon and exploring the area.
After dinner you will get a rest and overnight.
Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Kibo Hut
Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4303m) – Kibo hut (4720m), summit at night
Hiking time: 5 hours
Distance: Approximately 9km
Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast in the morning hiking starting from the camp heading west then continue ascending on the east side of Kiboacrossing saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. After almost 5 hours you will reach Kibo hut where you will have a hot lunch and resting for a remaining hours. Then after you will get a dinner and resting until you will rise around 23h20 taking some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, here you will experience a tough moment. Through a screes path consists a rocky to the Hans Mayer cave (5150m) with good resting sport before proceeding hike zigzag to Gilma’s point (5181m), which is located at the rim of crater. At this section you required to be physically fit with mental effort, probably this section is the most demanding the entire route. From Gilma’s point (5181m) you will encounter snows all the way to Uhuru Peak (5895m) the roof of Africa.
Total exhilaration and satisfaction – You made it
Day 5: Descending to Horombo Hut
Weather condition at the summit will determined on how long you be able to spend there with an enjoyment time of taking wonderful photos over there for exhibition of reaching the highest point of Africa. After spending few minutes at the summit it is time to descending down with short break at Kibo where you will gather all your gears left behind for the ascend and head down to Horombo Hut (3720m). It will take almost 3 hours from Kibo hut to Horombo hut. On the evening time you will enjoy you last dinner with last nice dream jungle night.
Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu gate (1800m)
Hiking time: Approximately 6 hours
Distance: 16.7 km
Habitat: Moorland/Heath and Montane forest
After breakfast you will ascending down to Marangu gate passing Mandara hut. It is strongly recommended not to pay tip to the porters until you make sure all your gears are reached safely.
When you reach at Marangu gate you will sign out your name and details. Here at Marangu gate all successful climbers will be awarded certificates at the point they reached. Where by those who are reached Gilman’s point (5685m) will be awarded Green Certificate and those climbers who reached Uhuru peak will be awarded Gold Certificate.
After all this process you will drive back to town to the hotel for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations, then you can add day trip, or Tanzania Safari or back to airport for next destination.
What is Included in your price for 6 Days Rongai Route?
- 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Moshi.
- 5 nights’ accommodation in mobile tent.
- Airport transfer on arrival and departures from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
- Camping equipment such as camping chairs, table, sleeping tent, and mess tent.
- Entrance and camping fees.
- All government taxes.
- Transfer to Kilimanjaro National Park and back to Moshi in comfortable vehicles
- Emergency oxygen cylinder.
- Pulse ox-meter.
- AMREF flying doctors.
- Meals and soft drinks as per itinerary.
- Private English speaking guides.
- Salaries of guide, cook, and porter as per recommended by their organization and KINAPA.
- Private Mobile toilet.
What is Excluded in your Price for 6 Days Rongai Route?
- Extras at the hotel i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- Tipping (recommended).
- Flights-Airport transfers.
- Personal gear available for hire.