KILIMANJARO – RONGAI ITINERARIES
The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. This route has low traffic but is gaining popularity amongst climbers.It is the preferred route for those wanting a more remote hike, those looking for an easier route,or those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation) Although the minimum number of days required of this route is six days, seven days are recommended.
Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes,Rongai passes through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo Camp. This route also descends down the Marangu route.
On your arrival at Kilimanjaro international airport (JRO) our representative will pick you from airport and then transfer to hotel in Moshi for Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
RONGAI GATE –FIRST CAVE CAMP (SIMBA CAMP) (7kms, time 3hrs)
You will be picked up from your hotel in Moshi at 8:30am and then transfer to Rongai gate. Climbs of Kilimanjaro by the Rongai Route begin at the picturesque village of Nale Moru (2364m), on a small path through potato and corn fields.
After entering the pine forest, it takes approximately three to four hours to reach first camp,situated on the edge of the moorland zone.
FIRST CAVE CAMP (SIMBA CAMP) -SECOND CAVE CAMP (4kms time 3hrs)
A steady ascent across open grasslands (which attract elephant and other wildlife) brings us to second cave camp, where the views out over Amboseli and Tsavo parks in Kenya are superlative. This section of the train takes approximately four hours.
SECOND CAVE CAMP – THIRD CAVE CAMP (3kms time 3hrs)
Today you will trek up gentled gradient to third cave, with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Allow yourself three to four hours for this section of the trail. Your easy, stead pace on the Rongai Route minimizes levels of difficulty and significantly assists acclimatization.
THIRD CAVE CAMP – KIBO HUT ON MARANGU TRAIL (6kms time 3hrs)
The ascent to Kibo Hut takes about four to five hours, with the trail crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The remainder of this day is devoted to rest and recreation, in preparation for your attempt on the summit which starts around midnight.
KIBO HUT- SUMMIT – HOROMBO HUT (22kms time 14hrs)
It is at the stage that the climb becomes much more difficult and hikers should carry as little as possible for this stage making your way up a path that is flanked by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers, you will climb for about six hours before reaching the edge of the crater between Stella and Hans Meyer points. The track around the edge of the crater is icy and rocky, so concentrate on your feet and follow your guide very closely for this section of the climb.
Another hour of climbing will bring you to the summit – Uhuru peak, the highest point on the African continent. Enjoy your sense of achievement as you watch the rising sun reflect of Kilimanjaro`s ice-caps and glaciers. Treak down to Kibo Hut (a relatively quick descent) for a well – deserved breakfast before continuing down to your final night on the mountain at Honorombo Hut.
HOROMBO HUT – MARANGU GATE (20kms time 5hrs)
Take time to appreciate the different flora and thick forest on this side of the mountain, as you walk down from Horombo to Marangu Gate.Now is the time to collect your certificate, say goodbye to your new mountain friends and rejoin your vehicle for the short drive back to Moshi for overnight in a hotel(B&B).Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Included in the trek
Accommodations before and after the trek
Park fees permit and VAT
Transfers from base hotel to the park entrance gate and come back
Food 3 meals (All meals are hot)
Water 3 liters per person per day while on the mountain
Professional and experience Mountain Guide who have qualified in wilderness first Aid responder, Oxygen cylinder,radio calls,cell phones and pulse oxymeter
Water proof tents
Good number of porters
Hot water every day for washing
Salaries to the Guides, cooks and porters
Sleeping bag, mattresses,walking sticks etc
Excluded in the trek
Tipping after the climb
Personal First Aid and Kit
Visa fees on your arrivals
Optional tour not listed