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Kilimanjaro Climb via Rongai Route

RONGAI ROUTE, TREKKING

6 or 7 Days

TREKKER TIPS

Which Route is the Best?

Factors considered are summit success rate, terrain, acclimatisation and safety. We rank Machame and Lemosho route the best followed by Rongai and Marangu.

Is there any medical check needed?

No check-up on arrival. Climbers should seek medical fitness pass from his/her medical practitioner before deciding on trekking Kilimanjaro.

What do I need to Prepare?

Preparation is vital. We have a complete list of everything you need to carry for the tour. Our travel expert will make you have preparation checklist at fingers tips.

How About Internet Access?

Tanzania government has recently installed a high speed internet on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, however we provide no guarantee to connectivity.

OVERVIEW

The Rongai route is among the least visited of all trails on Mt Kilimanjaro, those who choose this trail will experience a quiet flat walk for much of the trek. The route can be done in 6 days or 7 days and is suitable for more acclimatization leading to a higher summit success rate.

PROGRAMS

6-DAYS RONGAI TREK

The second day’s route leads to the heath and moorland zone. In good weather, you will have a great view of the savannah. The trail continues to Second Cave where you will have hot lunch and overnight. After lunch, you will have a short walk for acclimatization.

 

DAY 2 FACTS

Elevation: 2625m/8612ft to 3440m/11286ft

Distance: 8km/4miles

Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours

Habitat: heath and moorland

Accommodation: Tent

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

The hike continues into the semi-desert terrain. This relatively shorter hiking day brings you closer to the Eastern ice field. Due to the shortness of the hike, after lunch, your guide will take you for acclimatization later in the evening

 

DAY 3 FACTS

Elevation: 3440m/11286ft to 3800m/12467ft

Distance: 3km/1.8miles

Hiking Time: 2 - 3 hours

Habitat: semi-desert

Accommodation: Tent

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

On this day we depart early and the hike continues through the Alpine desert for the remainder of your ascent. The hike will take you below the Kibo crater wall to Kibo Hut overnight. Today we will have an early dinner and get ready for the summit

 

DAY 4 FACTS

Elevation: 3800m/12467ft to 4720m/15419ft

Distance: 11km/6.8 miles

Hiking Time: 5 – 6 hours

Habitat: Alpine desert

Accommodation: Tent

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

At around 11 pm it will be time to leave your tent and have a light breakfast. After that, you will start the attempt at the summit around midnight. After two hours you will reach the Hans Meyer Cave, the first milestone to the summit. The hike will continue and before sunrise, you will reach the crater rim at Gilman’s point.

From here you will walk along the crater rim pass through Stella point and after 1 -2 hours you will be at Uhuru Peak. You did it and now you are on the roof of Africa. On a warm day, the trail will lead back to Kibo Hut, where refreshments will be waiting for you. After a short rest, you will continue to Horombo Hut overnight.

DAY 5 FACTS

Kibo Hut - Uhuru Peak

Elevation:  4720m/15419ft to 5895m/19340

Distance: 6 km/3.7 miles

Hiking Time: 6 - 7 hours

Habitat: Arctic

Accommodation: Tent

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

Elevation: 5895m/19,341ft to 3720m/12139ft

Distance: 9km/5.5miles  

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert, Moorland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Your last day on Kilimanjaro takes you back through the heath and moorland to Mandara Hut where you will enjoy hot lunch with a view of the rainforest. After a short break, the descent continues through the tropical rainforest where you can easily spot blue monkeys, Black, and white Colobus monkeys. After a long walk, you will arrive at the gate and be transferred to the hotel where the guide will present you with your summit certificate.

 

DAY 6 FACTS

Elevation: 3720m/12139ft to 1879m/6102ft

Distance: 19km/11.8 miles

Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

Habitat: Moorland/Montane

Accommodation: Tent

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

WHAT MAKES IT 7-DAYS

On the third day, we diverge the trail and head to Kikelelwa instead of heading to 3rd Cave. The trial will require us an extra day four overnight at Mawenzi Tarn hut. This extra is all meant for more steady and smooth acclimatization.

7-DAYS RONGAI TREK

The second day’s route leads to the heath and moorland zone. In good weather, you will have a great view of the savannah. The trail continues to Second Cave where you will have hot lunch and overnight. After lunch, you will have a short walk for acclimatization.

DAY 2 FACTS

Elevation: 2625m/8612ft to 3440m/11286ft

Distance: 8km/4miles

Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours

Habitat: heath and moorland

Accommodation: Tent

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

The hike continues upwards through moorland to Kikelelwa Camp. The camp is located in a protected sink surrounded by senecios (ground sell plant). You will arrive around noon and have enough time to explore the surroundings and enjoy the view.

DAY 3 FACTS

Elevation: 3450m/11300ft to 3600m/11975ft

Distance: 8km/4miles

Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours

Habitat: heath and moorland

Accommodation: Tent

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

The hike continues into the semi-desert terrain. This relatively shorter hiking day brings you closer to the Eastern ice field. Due to the shortness of the hike, after lunch, your guide will take you for acclimatization later in the evening

 

DAY 4 FACTS

Elevation: 3600m/11975ft to 4315m/14156ft

Distance: 3 km/1.8 miles

Hiking Time: 2 - 3 hours

Habitat: heath and moorland

Accommodation: Tent

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

On this day we depart early and the hike continues through the Alpine desert for the remainder of your ascent. The hike will take you below the Kibo crater wall to Kibo Hut overnight. Today we will have an early dinner and get ready for the summit

 

DAY 5 FACTS

Elevation: 4315m/14156ft to 4720m/15486ft

Distance: 11km/6miles

Hiking Time: 5 - 6 hours

Habitat: Alpine desert

Accommodation: Tent

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

At around 11 pm it will be time to leave your tent and have a light breakfast. After that, you will start the attempt at the summit around midnight. After two hours you will reach the Hans Meyer Cave, the first milestone to the summit. The hike will continue and before sunrise, you will reach the crater rim at Gilman’s point.

From here you will walk along the crater rim pass through Stella point and after 1 -2 hours you will be at Uhuru Peak. You did it and now you are on the roof of Africa. On a warm day, the trail will lead back to Kibo Hut, where refreshments will be waiting for you. After a short rest, you will continue to Horombo Hut overnight.

DAY 5 FACTS

Kibo Hut - Uhuru Peak

Elevation:  4720m/15419ft to 5895m/19340

Distance: 6 km/3.7 miles

Hiking Time: 6 - 7 hours

Habitat: Arctic

Accommodation: Tent

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

Elevation: 5895m/19,341ft to 3720m/12139ft

Distance: 9km/5.5miles  

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert, Moorland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Your last day on Kilimanjaro takes you back through the heath and moorland to Mandara Hut where you will enjoy hot lunch with a view of the rainforest. After a short break, the descent continues through the tropical rainforest where you can easily spot blue monkeys, Black, and white Colobus monkeys. After a long walk, you will arrive at the gate and be transferred to the hotel where the guide will present you with your summit certificate.

DAY 6 FACTS

Elevation: 3720m/12139ft to 1879m/6102ft

Distance: 19km/11.8 miles

Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

Habitat: Moorland/Montane

Accommodation: Tent

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner