Kilimanjaro Hiking Via RONGAI ROUTE

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, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation). 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. The descent is made via the Marangu route. Burigi Chato Safaris® offers Rongai as a seven days group climb or a six days climb. The six-day variation does not have an acclimatization day on day four at Mawenzi Tarn.

per adult from

$2,828

NZD

Duration

6 days

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 5x Breakfast
    • 6x Dinner
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • 4x4 Safari Car, Wages for the crew , Camping Gear , First Aid Kit & Bush Chef Rescue
    What's excluded :
    • Flights Tipping the crew Visas & Hotel

  • Day 1: Moshi to Rongai Gate to Simba Camp

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    We take a ride to the Rongai gate to complete the necessary registration formalities. The climb begins from Nale Moru (6,400 ft) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering a pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through an attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out at the edge of the moorland zone. Then, we take in the expansive views over the Kenyan plains as we arrive at our first campsite at Rongai One Camp (8,500 ft).

    Distance covered: 4.3 miles
    Time to be used: 3 - 4 hours
    Meals: Lunch and Dinner
    Accommodation: Simba campsite
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: overnight at Simba Camp

    Day 2: Simba Camp to Second Caves Camp

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave(11,300 ft) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern Icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out and head southeast across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley, decorated with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves (11,800 ft).

    Distance Covered: 5.7 miles
    Time to be used: 6 - 7 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Accommodation: Second Caves Camp
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Second Caves Camp

    Day 3: Second caves Camp to Kikelewa Caves

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    A short but steep climb is rewarded by superb all-around views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn(14,200 ft), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization.

    Distance Covered: 2.3 miles
    Time to be used: 3 - 4 hrs
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Accommodation: Kikelewa Caves
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kikelewa Caves

    Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut (4700m)

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    We cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut (15,400 ft) at the bottom of the crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for an early morning final ascent.

    Distance Covered: 5.5 miles
    Time to be used: 5 - 6 hrs
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Accommodation: Kibo Hut
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kibo Hut

    Day 5: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    At 1 am we will begin the most demanding part of the climb by headlamp. First, we will plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (18,600 ft). Here we will rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft). You will pass close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo Hut (15,400 ft) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshments, we continue the descent to Horombo Huts (12,200 ft).

    Distance Covered: 12.3miles
    Time to be used: 11 - 15 hrs
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Accommodation: Horombo Hut
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Horombo Hut

    Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate to Moshi

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Huts (8,900 ft). We then continue descending through a lovely lush forest on a good path to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Marangu (6,000 ft), where we are transferred back to your lodge in Moshi.

    Distance Covered: 12.4miles
    Time to be used: 5 - 6 hrs
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Moshi/Arusha
  • Departure Point :
    Moshi, Tanzania
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Kilimanjaro International Airport, Kilimanjaro Airport Rd, Tanzania
    • Arusha Airport, Arusha Tanzania
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • 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.

Language

English - Guide, English - Written, English - Audio

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by #1 BEST Kilimanjaro Hiking | Climbing Operators | BURIGI CHATO SAFARIS CO L.T.D

Activity ID: V-219441P17

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