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Rongai Route | Kilimanjaro Climb

  • 7 Days, 6 Nights Climb
  • + 2 Nights Hotel Stay in Moshi Town
  • Code: 7DRRKC
  • Start From: $2,060

Climb Highlights

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro and the only route that passes by Mawenzi peak (one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa). The North-East side of the mountain gets significantly less moisture than the southern slopes which means that trekkers are less likely to encounter rain. Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition. The way back lies through Marangu, and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Mountain diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional cooks. A typical diet on mountain includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables. Vegetarian, gluten-free & halal options are available at no extra cost. All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).

Comfortable tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro, on sharing basis. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex fellow climber.

Before and after your kilimanjaro climb, you will stay at Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottage or similar with caring staff, hot water, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool.

Why Choose Rongai Route?

  • The least traffic of all Mount Kilimanjaro routes.
  • The only route that passes by Mawenzi peak.
  • Least acclimatization hiking options.
  • Single travelers can join this group climb.
  • This climb can be customized on request.
  • Best price that won't break the bank.
  • Winds its way up moderately placid gradient.
  • Clear & unclouded views of the mountain.
  • Trekkers are less likely to encounter rain.
  • Starts any day, if availability permits.
  • Joining group keeps climb costs down.
  • Signature camping & amazing meals .

Additional Info

Location

Duration

Min Age

Min Pax

Landing

Pick Up

Drop Off

Tanzania

9 days

7+

2

KIA

KIA

KIA

Climb Itinerary

1

Day 1: Arrive at KIA and transfer to Moshi Town

After you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be met by Maasai Wanderlust representative and be transferred Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottages or similar in Moshi Town. In the evening there will be a briefing with our chief guide, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb.

  • -Bed & Breakfast Hotel accommodation. Check-in starts at 2:00 PM.
  • -Overnight at Bristol Cottages/Lindrin Lodge or similar.
  • 2

    Day 2: Rongai Gate- Simba Camp (2,364m-2,671m)

    After breakfast, you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's northern entrance: Nalemuru Gate. After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Simba Camp. Remember not to hurry and always keep a comfortable pace "Pole pole". By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put tents and cook dinner for you.

    At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness. This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:-

  • √Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine.
  • √Drink over 4 liters of water daily (little by little, frequently).
  • √Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • √Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies.
  • -Altitude Attained: 307m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Montane Forest.
  • -Hours trekking: 3-4 Hours.
  • -Distance: 8 km.
  • -Difficulty: Low.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Simba Camp.
  • 3

    Day 3: Simba Camb- Second Cave Camp (2,364m- 3450m)

    Early in the morning after breakfast, the group will depart from Simba Camp to start trekking towards your second high altitude camp: Second Cave Camp (3,480 m). This route is rather easy and will only take around 3 hours, so when you reach the camp you will still have ample time to rest and explore the surrounding area. After lunch you will have a couple hours to rest, followed by an acclimatization hike in the direction of Kikilewa Camp (3,630 m) on a stretch of the Rongai Route at a short distance with a 100-meter gain in altitude, after which you will hike back down to Second Cave Camp.

  • NOTE: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.
  • Acclimatization hike:

  • -Altitude gain: Second Cave Camp (3,450 m) —  Kikilewa Camp (3,600 m).
  • -Walking distance: 2.5 km.
  • -Duration: 1–2 hrs.
  • -Altitude Attained: 1,086m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Moorland.
  • -Hours trekking: 2-3 Hours.
  • -Distance: 4 km.
  • -Difficulty: Medium.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Second Cave Camp.
  • 4

    Day 4: Second Cave Camp- Kikelewa Camp (3450m- 3600m)

    After breakfast you will begin trekking to Kikilewa Camp (3,630 m), where you can see Kibo Volcano at its finest (barring cloudy weather). This will be a relief day, so after lunch you will have time to sleep before the next trekking towards Mawenzi Tarn Camp. In the evening after dinner the guide will check health conditions of the each person of the group and give the necessary instructions for tomorrow's trekking.

  • -Altitude Attained: 150m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Moorland.
  • -Hours trekking: 3-4 Hours.
  • -Distance: 5 km.
  • -Difficulty: Medium.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Kikelewa Camp.
  • 5

    Day 5: Kikelewa Cave- Mawenzi Tarn Camp (3,600m- 4,315m)

    After an early wakeup and breakfast, the start of trekking to Mawenzi Tarn Camp through the high Kikelewa valley is relatively short but steeper. Magnificent and dramatic closer views of both Mawenzi and the ice field on the crater rim. The vegetation zone becomes very dry and ends shortly before you reach desert like around Mawenzi Tarn beneath the towering Mawenzi summit, Kilimanjaro's second summit. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and a two-hour rest, after which there will be an acclimatization hike towards Mawenzi Volcano with a 200-meter gain in altitude, followed by a hike back down to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, where you will have dinner in the evening.

    Acclimatization hike:

  • Change in Elevation: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,315m) — Destination point en route to Mawenzi Volcano (4,510 m).
  • Hiking distance: 2 km.
  • Hiking time: 1–2 hours.
  • NOTE: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.
  • -Altitude Attained: 370m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Moorland.
  • -Hours trekking: 4-5 Hours.
  • -Distance: 6 km.
  • -Difficulty: Medium.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Camp.
  • 6

    Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn Camp- Kibo Camp (4,315m- 4,720m)

    This day will be spent trekking towards Kibo Summit Camp (4,700 m). The landscape will change significantly to give way to a rocky semidesert. The actual trekking is not very difficult; just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to keep up your strength for the trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit. When you reach the camp, we recommend you sleep well, avoid strenuous activity, and drink as much as you can, because that very night you will be ascending Uhuru Peak(5,895 m).

  • -Altitude Attained: 405m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Alpine desert.
  • -Hours trekking: 5-6 Hours.
  • -Distance: 9 km.
  • -Difficulty: Medium.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Kibo Camp.
  • 7

    Day 7: Kibo Camp- Uhuru Peak- Horombo Hut (4720m- 5895m- 3,720m)

    Wake up around midnight and have breakfast before you start hiking up into the night on the steepest and demanding part of the Kilimanjaro. If you are lucky enough, the moonlight will light your steps up on the northwest through the most challenging heavy loose scree and boulders trails all the way to Stella point. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental conditions. At Stella point, you will have a short rest and welcome a new dawn with amazing and stunning sunrise. Then continue to Uhuru Summit, the highest point in Africa and the world’s highest freestanding peak where you create memories of lifetime. Take time to celebrate with your fellow trekkers, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Kibo Camp and after a two-hour rest continue your descent to Horombo Camp (3,720 m).

  • NOTE: Don't forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.
  • -Elevation Attained: 1,095 m.
  • -Elevation Lost: 2,175 m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Arctic.
  • -Hours trekking: 9-11 Hours.
  • -Distance: 16 km.
  • -Difficulty: High.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Hot/Picnic lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Horombo Hut.
  • 8

    Day 8: Horombo Hut- Marangu Gate(3,720m- 1,879m) – Moshi Town

    Wake up and have an early breakfast as usual, then pack your belonging and descent to Mandara hut. At Mandara, you will have lunch before you continue descending through the most beautiful cloudy, foggy and lush moorland forests to Marangu Gate. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates. After tipping and saying welfare to your mountain crew, you will be transferred back to Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottages or similar in Moshi Town.

  • -Elevation Lost: 1,821 m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Montane.
  • -Hours trekking: 5-6 Hours.
  • -Distance: 18 km.
  • -Difficulty: Medium.
  • -Bed & Breakfast Hotel accommodation. Check-out starts at 11:00 PM.
  • -Overnight at Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottages or similar in Moshi Town.
  • 9

    Day 9: Departure

    Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport or prolong your stay in Tanzania for Safari or luxury and relaxation holiday in Zanzibar Island.

    Please Note

  • 2 Nights before and after climb are in a cozy room equipped with all the necessary things including Wi-Fi. A large variety of food for meat lovers and vegetarians will not leave you indifferent. All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer). Single occupancy is available upon request and extra chargers apply. Contact us for more information.
  • Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.
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    Included

  • √ Professional & licensed guides (10+ years of successful climbing experience).
  • √ Services of dedicated mountain crew (assistant guides, cooks, porters.) 
  • √ Pick-up & Drop Off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • √ Transfer to park entrance gate and back to the hotel in Arusha city.
  • √ Accommodation on sharing basis before & after climb (double room, breakfast included).
  • √ Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • √ Equipments (comfortable sleeping & dining tent, camping table and chairs).
  • √ All park fees (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee & VAT.
  • √ Three meals on the mountain as specified in the day-by-day Itinerary.
  • √ Boiled & purified water on the mountain.
  • √ First Aid kit.
  • Excluded

  • ∆ International flights tickets (from/to home)
  • ∆ Visa fee.
  • ∆ Personal items or souvenirs.
  • ∆ Personal gear climbing rentals.
  • ∆ Lunch and dinner in hotel (only before and after the climb).
  • ∆ Mountaineering insurance.
  • ∆ Tips for the mountain crew (100–150 USD per person).
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