Climb Kilimanjaro on Rongai route:
Join a GROUP trek
Book a PRIVATE trek
Rongai route is the only route beginning on the north eastern slopes of Kilimanjaro.
The trail is a gradual 6 day ascent to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Begin with easy hiking on the first day within the rain forest (you may be lucky to see some wildlife). As the ascent continues hiking days become more rugged and weather exposed on crossing the saddle under Mawenzi peak.
The route joins Marangu route at Kibo Hut. Rest here before the beginning the summit ascent on a zig-zag path via Gilman's Point. The descent from the summit to the gate is via Marangu route.
Rongai is a camping route. The huts on the descent are occupied by Marangu route hikers.
On the Marangu route descent there is access to basic toilet blocks and water taps.
How to Book:
Decide on the route - choose a private or group trek - select the links under BOOK NOW (opens in a new window) - select dates and any options - add your details - submit your booking.
Rongai route: 8 days / 7 nights (6 trek days)
You can a dd an extra climb day on a private trek to help acclimatization (7 trek days).
Day 1: Arrive into Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to Moshi hotel for overnight. (Transfer and dinner not included.)
Day 2: Join the trek transfer vehicle for the drive to Marangu gate for registration. Rejoin the vehicle and continue the journey east through Chagga villages to reach Rongai gate, the start of your Kilimanjaro trek. Hiking begins within the montane forest. Reach the First Camp (1,800m) in 2 to 3 hours.
Day 3: Hike through open moorland to reach the Second Camp (3,480m. 3-4 hrs). An optional gentle evening walk will helps acclimatization.
Day 4: An easy hiking day to reach the Third Camp (3,900m). Enjoy an optional acclimatization hike after lunch.
Day 5: The trail takes you under the towering peaks of Mawenzi and across the Saddle to the camp at Kibo hut (4,750m, 4-5 hrs). After dinner, you will receive a summit briefing from your guide and prepare your equipment before resting.
Day 6: The summit ascent starts around midnight. It is a steep climb to Gilman's Point (5,680m. 5-6 hrs) before the route flattens out along the crater rim. A further 1-2 hours should take you to reach your goal - Uhuru Peak (5,895m). After a short rest and snack on the top (it's mighty cold) you begin the descent to Kibo Hut for breakfast and a further rest before joining Marangu route climbers to descend to the camp site at Horombo Hut (3,720m).
Day 7: The return is a fairly easy hike on well made tracks via Marangu route, down to the gate. Join the waiting vehicle for transfer to the hotel in Moshi for overnight (dinner included).
Day 8: Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for departure or onto another activity.
Included in the quoted prices:
Two hotel nights (bed & breakfast, based on 2 sharing)
Transfers to/from the national park gate
Mountain crew and salaries (guide, chef, assistants, porters)
Three mountain meals a day and water (bottled on first day, boiled and filtered thereafter)
Kilimanjaro entry fees and camping fees
Camping equipment - tents, sleeping pad, dining
Kilimanjaro rescue fees
All government taxes.
Airport transfers to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) are charged extra (from US$25 per person)
To join a GROUP or book a PRIVATE climb on Rongai route return to the top of this page and follow the links.
Fitness preparation is important for a successful Mt Kilimanjaro climb
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page update 05/05/2013
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