7 Days Kilimanjaro Adventurous Rongai Route Trek
Climb Kilimanjaro on the Rongai route used to guarantee you a quiet trek away from the masses. This route is marketed as a remote wilderness experience and for much of the year it still is. However in the couple years Rongai has seen a surge in popularity. If you climb Kilimanjaro on the Rongai route during the main season (August to mid October) and if your climb starts on the usual group departure day, you may find yourself in the middle of a pretty big crowd. Rongai is the easiest route up Kilimanjaro, in some respects easier than Marangu. Rongai has excellent success rates. Rongai is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north. You have to descend on the Marangu route on the southern side, so you get to see both sides of the mountain. The northern side of Kilimanjaro is drier. You are unlikely to have to slosh through mud and drizzle on the first two days.
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What's included :
- 2 nights accommodation
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Round-trip shared transfer
- Transport by private vehicle
- Bottled water
- Coffee and/or Tea
What's excluded :
- Airport/Departure Tax
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- DVD (available to purchase)
- Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected
- DAY 1: Rongai Gate to Rongai Cave
Drive to Marangu Gate for permits before taking a short transfer to the Rongai Gate trailhead. The trek begins from Nale Moru village and follows a gradual and winding trail that first crosses maize fields before entering the rainforest. The first day’s hiking is easy going and you will arrive at Rongai First Cave (2,620 meters) around mid-afternoon.
DAY 2: Rongai Cave to to Second Cave
Second Cave to Kikelewa Cave
We begin this morning with a steady incline up to Second Cave. We continue trekking though moorland, leaving the main trail for a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. You will stop for lunch at Rongai Second Cave (3,450 meters), 6km from the First Cave Camp, before turning east to Kikelewa Camp (3,600 meters) for your overnight stay.
DAY 3: Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn
You will arrive at Mawenzi Tarn in time for lunch and then have the whole afternoon to explore the surrounding area and acclimatize. Views of the wilderness area are stunning. As we exit the heath zone and emerge into the Alpine Desert zone, the landscape changes dramatically. Our camp is situated beneath the jagged spires of Mawenzi, at Mawenzi Tarn.
DAY 4: Mawenzi Tarn to Mawenzi Ridge
Mawenzi Ridge to Mawenzi Tarn
This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. Note that: Seven and Eight day trekkers typically hike from Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut and back on day four. They then trek to Kibo Hut again on day five before continuing to Uhuru peak on day six / seven.
DAY 5: Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut
We climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. At Kibo Hut you will get served dinner and will go to bed early as you will be awoken around 23:30 to begin your summit attempt. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit.
DAY 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak. we descend to Horombo Hut.
DAY 7: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
On our final day from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate (1,870 meters) is a long one, nearly 20km! This long trek mostly downhill will take you through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel.
Departure Point :Off shaban Road, Bhd City Link Hotel, Kimandolu Street, Arusha, Tanzania
Departure Time :8:00 AM
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Kilimanjaro trekking with all meals on the trek, porters, guides, round trip to the airport, 2 nights accommodation at town
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.