Please note this climb is based on pick up and drop off Kilimanjaro airport
If extra services are required please inform and we will provide costs accordingly
Rongai approaches the mountain from the north.It is the only route starts from the Kenya side. The Rongai route starts just south of the Kenya-Tanzania border and has been almost unused for many years because the area was considered ‘sensitive’. Now open for climbing once again, experienced guides consider this ascent to be both easier and more beautiful than the main Marangu trail.
The Rongai route begins in attractive farmland and delightful forest, with the possibility of wildlife viewing, and passes through several different climate zones, adding considerably to the interest of the trek. We also add an extra day to the itinerary to ensure maximum acclimatization and give ourselves the best possible chance of enjoying the magnificent scenery. Recent National Park statistics indicate that the chance of reaching the summit increases by at least 45% if an extra day is spent acclimatizing. The deviation to Mawenzi Tarn is very beautiful and on a little used trail through moorland. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.
Day 1 – Arusha hotels
Collection from Kilimanjaro airport, and transfer to Arusha hotels or Moshi Town close to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Here you will have a climb briefing and time to prepare and overnight
Day 2---Arusha hotel to Arusha/mount meru for the acclimatization day trek
After the briefing early in morning and Kilimanjaro check up gears, your guide and your driver guide will take you for the acclimatization day trek on the slopes of mount meru. You will be back to the hotel during the evening for the dinner and over night.
Day 3 – Nalemoru gate to rongay 1st cave/simba Camp
After completing the necessary registration formalities at the National Park gate, we transfer to the start of the Rongai Route. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (9,285ft /1,950 m.) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first Forest Edge camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (9,285ft /2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. (3-4 hours walking)
Day 4 - Climb to Kikelelwa caves camp 11800ft /3600mt
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (11300ft /3,450 mt.) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves (6-7 hours walking)
Day 5 - Climb to Mawenzi Tarn Camp 14160ft /4315mt
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all round views and a tangible sense of total wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn hut camp, 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. (3-4 hours walking)
Day 6 – mawenzi tarn hut camp to kibo hut 15500ft /4730mt
We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo hut camp at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early wake up morning for the summit day! (5-6 hours walking)
Day 7 – Kibo hut camp to summit 19340ft /5895mt
We start the final day early in the morning going to the summit. This is by far the steepest and most demanding part of the climb. Plodding very slowly in the mid-day along a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree, we head for the crater rim and Gillman’s Point 5,685 mt. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular view of the Mawenzi. Passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. After the summit you will be back to Kibo hut for the dinner and over night. Total trekking hours will be 9 to 12 hours.
Day 8– Kibo hut camp to Horombo hut camp 12,340ft /3700mt
Descend to Horombo hut for the last night on the mountain, lunch, dinner and over night will be at Horombo hut. Trekking hours will be 3-4 hours.
Day 9– Horombo hut to the marangu gate 5900ft /1800mt
A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We then continue descending through lovely montane /Rain forest forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (5,900ft /1,830 mt.).This trek will take you 5 to 6 hours walk to the gate. When you end up the climb, there will be a vehicle waiting to meet you and transfer you back to your hotel in Arusha or to the Airport.
End of the Kilimanjaro rongay trek
- Meet and greet services
- Breafing before the trek
- Trekking on the slopes of mount Meru before Kili trek
- 3 Litres of water for the starting the trek
- Assistance at the airport
- Mountain guide and porters
- Transfers as specified
- All pre and post climb accommodation as mentioned
- All accommodation and meals on the mountain
- All park fees, hut/camp fees and rescue fees
- Government taxes
- International flights
- Airport tax (pay direct)
- Driver guide, mountain guide and porters gratuities
- Climbing gear – if required can be hired locally
- Drinks, dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance
- Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature