6 Days Rongai Route

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Tour overview

Rongai route is the path that is only approaching the mountain Kilimanjaro from the north, and the journey starts near to the Kenyan boundary. Also, Rongai route awards a real wilderness adventure on the first stages of the climb, tough on final summit night from the north with fewer acclimatization chances.

6 Days Rongai Route

Kilimanjaro Route Itinerary

1 Day 1: Rongai Gate to Simba Camp

Distance: 6km

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

You will be driven from your hotel in Arusha or Moshi for about 5 hours to the Rongai Gate near the Kenya border. After registering at the gate, we take the first hike through forests where you may see and hear wildlife. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first campsite. Rongai ascends via the less forested northern side of the mountain.

The Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the gate. The Rongai trail is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife.

2 Day 2: First Cave Camp to Kikelewa Camp

Distance: 9km

Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Hike through Kilimanjaro’s moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times. During the hike, view Mawenzi Peak ahead.

3 Day 3: Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Distance: 6km

Hiking Time: 4 hours

Habitat: Moorland/p>

This more leisurely acclimatization day starts with a morning hike followed by a rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo.

4 Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Kibo Camp

Distance: 4km

Hiking Time: 3 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Cross the lunar landscape of the saddle on this day to arrive at the final campsite. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone, giving you stunning uninterrupted views of your final destination.

5 Day 5: Kibo Camp to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Distance: 6 km ascent/16km descent

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Hike by the light of your flashlight for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman’s Point.

The hike from Gilman’s to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes about two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.

6 Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Distance: 6 – 8 hours

Hiking Time: 20km

Walking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Moorlands

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to your hotel.

Included and Excluded

Price Includes

Professional, experienced, mountain guides

All Park fees

Rescue fees

All meals while on the Mountain

Arrival and Departure transfers

Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees

Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

Clean, purified drinking water

Crisis management and safety procedures

Fair and ethical treatment of porters

Price Excludes

International Flights

Alcoholic and soft drinks not included

Visa fees

Tips for the mountain crew

Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.

Travel insurance

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