7 Days Rongai Route

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RONGAI ROUTE

This remote and less frequently used route is the second easiest route to Kilimanjaro. The approach to the mountain is from the less-forested north side. Rongai route is great for those travelers who have already got high altitude experience and are willing to escape the crowd of other climbers since this route is quite far from the town. At the same time, you will be able to enjoy the amazing landscapes of one of the most beautiful and interesting route toward the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Rongai route is the best option during the rainy season, due to its location, which receive little rain

ITINERARY

DAY 1.  ARRIVAL

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet an Emandy Adventures representative, and pick you up and transfer to the hotel. The hotel will provide all the essentials for comfortable stay, in the evening you will meet with the director for briefing, and who will also make sure you are ready to start the climb.

DAY 2. TREKKING FROM NALEMORU GATE TO SIMBA CAMP

This morning we will transfer by road to Nale Moru (1,950m) to begin our climb, on this Rongai route. The first day is only a half-day walk on a small path that winds through farmland and pine plantations. It is a consistent but gentle climb through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. We reach our first overnight stop by late afternoon at the edge of the moorland zone. Meals and overnight at the camp

Change in elevation: Nalemoru (Rongai) Gate (1950m) - Simba Camp (2625m)

Hiking time: 4h

Hiking distance: Approximately 8km

DAY 3. TREKKING FROM SIMBA CAMP TO KIKELEWA CAMP

The trail continues after breakfast towards Kibo and reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you're on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some. At kikelewa Camp you can see Kibo Volcano at its finest (barring cloudy weather). This trek is more physically demanding than the previous one, so once you are in the camp, we recommend to have enough rest. Meals will be prepared at the camp.

Change in elevation: Simba Camp (2625m) – Kikelelwa Camp (3600m)

Hiking time: 8h

Hiking distance: Approximately 10km

DAY 4. TREKKING FROM KIKELEWA CAMP TO MAWENZI TARN CAMP

Early wake up, breakfast and start of trekking to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, which is situated at the foot of Mawenzi Volcano. A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.

Change in elevation: Kikelewa Cave (3600) - Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m)

Hiking time: 5h

Hiking distance: Approximately 6km

DAY 5. TREKKING FROM MAWENZI TARN CAMP TO KIBO HUT

Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Meals will be prepared at the camp.

Change in elevation: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m) - Kibo Hut (4703m)

Hiking time: 5h

Hiking distance: Approximately 6km 

DAY 6. TREKKING AND ASCENT TO UHURU PEAK AND DESCENT TO HOROMBO CAMP

You will rise around 23h30, This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillman's Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day

Change in elevation: Kibo Hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 14h

Hiking distance: Approximately 6km ascent and 21km descent

DAY 7. DESCENTING FROM HOROMBO CAMP TO MARANGU GATE

In this day you will pass through the health and moor zone to the Mandara Hut, then you will pass to the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours hiking, you will back at the Marangu gate. Will follow a transfer return you to a hotel in Moshi. After lunch, have a good rest, meals and overnight at your hotel.

Change in elevation: Horombo Hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1860m)

Hiking time: 6h

Hiking distance: Approximately 18km

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