The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the popular Marangu route. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for nearly the entire way.

DEPARTURE TIME  Upon request
INCLUDED
Accommodation in tents as indicated in the itinerary Professional English-speaking guide
Personal porter Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Drinking water Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
Camping equipment – tents, sleeping mattress and camping furniture  National park fees
NOT INCLUDED
Accommodation in Arusha at the start and end of the tour Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
Beverages other than water Sleeping bag (can be rented, please ask us at the time of the booking)

 

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Day 1

Arusha – Nalemoru Gate ( 1990m) – Simba Camp (2625m): You will have breakfast before all the gear is loaded. It is a long drive – about four hours – to the north side of Kilimanjaro. After registration at Nalemoru Gate, the hike begins. You will walk pass small farms, pine trees and the up into the forest on the mountain slopes. You might be lucky to see the colobus monkeys with extravagant black and white tails. The porters will go in front to set up camp while you will hike at a moderate pace to reach the Simba campsite (2 625m) in about four hours. The tents and some warm washing water will be ready. A warm supper will be served. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
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Day 2

Simba Camp (2625m) – Kikelewa Camp (3630m): After some hot porridge and eggs you will set off on today’s section. Vegetation is changing and you see more shrubs as you walk through the moorland zone. On a clear day you should see the Kenyan plains and Mawenzi peak. There will be a break at Second Cave (3 450m) where you will stop for lunch before crossing over some ups and downs to reach Kikelewa Camp. Tea is served! The camp has great views. Relax and breathe in the tranquillity of the mountain. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
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Day 3

Kikelewa Camp (3630m) – Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m): Today you will not see the weird-looking senecias as the landscape change to resemble a rocky moon landscape. If there are no clouds, you will see the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. After about six hours of work you should reach Mawenzi Hut. A small lake nearby freezes over at night so expect the night to be very cold.  Fear not, a hot supper waits. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
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Day 4

Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m) – School Hut (4715m): On a good firm path, you will cross the Saddle today. You will feel the altitude and might experience symptoms of altitude sickness – headache and nausea? Takes lots of fluid and keep going very slowly. You will hear your guide say pole pole – slowly slowly. One last tough section and you will be there. You will camp at School Hut tonight, but not before some dinner and hot chocolate. Get your daypack ready and go to bed early as you will be woken up at around 00:00 to start the final stretch to the summit. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
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Day 5

School Hut (4715m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3700m): Rise and shine! It will be dark and very cold when you enter the darkness on the way to the top. A row of headlights in front of you will show the way. Take it slow and listen to your guide. The ground will be frozen and you will get very tired, but keep going. After about seven hours you will be standing on the crater’s rim – Gillman’s Point (5 715 m). Warming up in the sun, it is just an hour or two to reach Uhuru peak at 5 895m. You will be standing on the highest mountain in Africa! The return path is almost the same, but now the ground is defrosted and it will be dusty. It will be late morning when you arrive at School Hut. Here you will rest for an hour and have a hot meal. Onwards! The descent continues to Horombo Hut where you will rest for the night. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
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Day 6

Horombo Hut (3700m) – Marangu Gate (1860m) – Arusha: Today is the last day on the mountain. The descent to Marangu Gate will take about six hours. Here, the crew will say farewell and the transfer driver will be waiting. Breakfast; Lunch

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