Rongai Route

7 Days / 6 Nights

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

Tour Description

The Rongai Route is one of the routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. It’s a slightly less crowded route compared to some others, offering a unique experience.

The Rongai Route, nestled on the northeastern side of Mount Kilimanjaro, offers a unique and less-traveled pathway to the summit of Africa’s highest peak. Known for its tranquility and scenic beauty, the Rongai Route is characterized by diverse landscapes, including lush rainforests, expansive moorlands, and the otherworldly lunar desert of the “Saddle.” This route provides a sense of wilderness and seclusion, making it an appealing choice for those seeking a quieter ascent. As climbers journey through the Rongai’s gradually ascending slopes, they are treated to panoramic views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. The trek culminates in the challenging summit attempt, where adventurers can stand triumphantly at Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the continent, as they savor the accomplishment of conquering Kilimanjaro via this less-trodden route.

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Rongai Route
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  • Drive to the Rongai Gate.
  • Begin the trek through the rainforest.
  • Reach Simba Camp (2,650 meters / 8,694 feet) for the overnight stay.

  • Trek through the moorland.
  • Pass the Second Cave (3,450 meters / 11,319 feet).
  • Acclimatization hike before reaching Kikelewa Camp (3,600 meters / 11,811 feet).

  • Continue the ascent towards Mawenzi.
  • Pass the Third Cave (3,870 meters / 12,696 feet).
  • Reach Kikelewa Cave Camp (3,600 meters / 11,811 feet) for the night.

  • Ascend to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330 meters / 14,206 feet).
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks.
  • Rest and acclimatize in the afternoon.

  • Trek across the lunar desert of the "Saddle."
  • Reach Kibo Hut (4,700 meters / 15,420 feet).
  • Rest, hydrate, and prepare for the summit attempt.

  • Begin the summit attempt around midnight.
  • Reach Gillman's Point (5,685 meters / 18,651 feet) at the crater rim by sunrise.
  • Continue to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters / 19,341 feet), the highest point in Africa.
  • Descend to Kibo Hut for a short rest.
  • Continue to Horombo Hut (3,720 meters / 12,205 feet) for the night.

  • Descend through the forest to Marangu Gate.
  • Receive your summit certificates.
  • Celebrate your achievement and transfer back to your hotel in Moshi.
  • Lodge safari according to the itinerary
  • Transportation
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Overnight accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Tips
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance

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