Climb Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

Climb Kilimanjaro on Rongai, one of the quieter Kilimanjaro trekking routes. The starting point for the ascent is on the north eastern side of Kilimanjaro, almost to the Kenya border. The beginning of the ascent is easy and gradual, but as the Rongai climb continues, the trial becomes more rugged and the hiking days get longer.

Rongai route joins the Marangu trail at Kibo Hut. After resting at Kibo hut camp, the summit ascent begins on a zigzag path up to Gilman's Point and onward to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro - Uhuru Peak.

Rongai is a camping route. On Rongai route, the descent from the summit to the gate is on Marangu route. The huts seen on the descent are occupied by Marangu route climbers and not for the use of Rongai climbers.

The eastern slopes of Kilimanjaro receive less rainfall than on other routes, making a Kilimanjaro climb on Rongai route a good choice for wet season hiking.

Kilitreks and Safaris provide guided Kilimanjaro treks on Rongai route.

Book 6 or 7 day private treks on Rongai route or join a 2014 group date for a 6 day trek.

 

Rongai route Itinerary: 7 trek days (9 days / 8 nights program)

Private Rongai climb bookings only. (See the Rongai climb program for private and group trekking for 6 days below).

Day 1: 

Arrive into Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to Moshi and your hotel for overnight. (Transfer and dinner included on request.)

Day 2: 

Join the Rongai trekking 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 hours). An optional gentle evening walk will helps acclimatization.

Day 4: 

Continue on a gentle grade ascent through the moorland zone, hiking over the ridges to reach Kikelelwa caves in 3 to 4 hours (3, 600m). Dinner and overnight camping.

Day 5: 

Leave behind the grassy slopes and enter into alpine desert landscape. Enjoy the superb panorama of the Kenyan plains on the way to Mawenzi Tarn and the camp site. (4,330m).

Day 6:

Hike across the lunar desert of the 'Saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4,750m, 4 to 5 hours). Join the guide for a ‘summit briefing’ and an early dinner. Return to the tent for last minute equipment preparation and to rest before the summit ascent.

Day 7:

A midnight wake up with a hot drink and energy snack signals the beginning the most demanding part of the entire climb – the summit ascent. Ascend on a zigzag track on frozen volcanic scree up to Gilman’s Point (5,680m, 4 to 5 hours). Rest at Gilman’s Point while enjoying a spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. For climbers whose legs and stamina remain strong, continue for approximately another 1 to 2 hours along the crater rim (passing close to ancient glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area), to reach Uhuru Peak – the highest point in Africa (5,895m). After a short rest on the summit, begin the descent to Kibo Hut for breakfast and more rest before continuing down to camp at Horombo Hut (3,780m). Dinner and overnight camping. This is an extremely long trekking day, with between 12 to 16 hours hiking at high altitude.

Day 8: 

A relatively easy final hiking day. Return through the lush forest and continue down to reach the National Park gate at Marangu (1830m) where a vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to the hotel (B&B included).

Day 9: 

Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport (JRO) for departure (airport transfers priced separately).

What is included in the Kilimanjaro climb price?

A general list of what is included and excluded in the climb price can be found on the equipment and services page.

Your Kilimanjaro climb Rongai proposal will include details of any additional services based on your booking requests

Quick links to other Kilimanjaro routes:  Lemosho route  | Machame route |  Marangu route

 

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Rongai route: 6 trek days (8 days / 7 nights program)

Private treks or join a group date for a Kilimanjaro climb on Rongai.

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 hours). 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 hours). 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 hours) 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 not included).

Day 8: 

Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for departure or onto another activity.

What is included in the Kilimanjaro climb price?

To find out what is generally included and excluded in the climb price visit the equipment and services page.
Each Kilimanjaro climb quote includes full details (including any additional service requests) for you to consider before confirming your booking.

 

Quick links to other Kilimanjaro routes:  Lemosho | Machame |  Marangu

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