Kilimanjaro’s Rongai Route is a 7-day camping route. It has the advantage of being an easier route with less travel compared to the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro. It attracts about 10% of visitors to the mountain. It is truly a full he traverse route that allows you to experience the dry north side and the lush south side. Also known as Leutkok root. Heading north from the Kenyan side of the mountain offers the advantage of a gentler and easier route, as well as spectacular mountain views throughout the approach. Increased chances of seeing wildlife such as buffalo, elephants and antelopes

RONGAI ROUTE - Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival

You will be met by one of our drivers at Kilimanjaro airport for an hour drive to Moshi or Arusha where you will spend a night before starting the hike the following day.

Day 2 – Moshi 800M – Rongai Camp 2800M

– 3hr drive, 4hrs walking

We depart early in the morning and drive around Kilimanjaro to the North side where the Rongai Gate is. It takes about 3hrs but offers some great views. After registering at the gate and sorting gear for the porters we then walk through the forest for 4hrs to reach Camp 1 at 2800m. This is a great day for seeing wildlife.

Day 3 – Rongai Camp 2800 – Kikelelwa Camp 3600M

– 6hrs walking

Today we move out on to the moorland of Kilimanjaro and have a longish day at 6hrs up to Camp 2 which is near Kikelewa Cave at 3600m.

Day 4 – Mawenzi Tarn Camp 4330M

– 5hrs walking

Today we are on open ground which at times can be steep as we make our way up to camp at the Mawenzi Tarn (4330m).

Day 5 – Acclimatization day

– Acclimatization day

Today is a rest and acclimatization day at the tarn. You can relax at camp or go on some walks in the area. This part of the mountain is beautiful and the views are stunning.

Day 6 – Mawenzi tarn – Kibo Hut 4730M

– 4hrs walking

4hrs open ground walking today with amazing views via the Saddle to reach camp near Kibo Hut at 4730m

Day 7 – Kibo Hut to UHURU PEAK to Horombo Hut

-SUMMIT DAY12hrs walking

Night-time ascent on rock and scree, occasional snow, to the crater rim and the summit. Cold temperatures with windchill. We summit via Gilmans Point (5680m), which is 5 hrs up scree and a further 2 hrs to summit (5985m) and descend to Horombo Hut at 3800m (total 12 hrs).

Day 8- Mandara hut to Marangu gate

-Exit the mountain

We then descend to Marangu Gate, along an easy path back into and through the forest for 4 hours. We then transfer by road back to the hotel where a hot shower awaits.

The Climb Cost For the Rongai Route includes:

What’s included

3 meals a day during the trip

All game drives as mentioned

All Taxes and VAT.

All wildlife reserve entry fees

Concession/ Camping Fees.

Drinking water while on safari (2 litres per person per day).

Services of a professional guide and Chef

Transfer from airport and drop off

Transport in modified 4WD Land Cruiser or Land Rover with a photographic roof

The price does not include

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

Gratuities for safari guide and camp staff

Personal Items (Souvenirs, Travel Insurance, Visa Fees, etc.).


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