Rongai route access Uhuru Peak from the north-eastern side of Kilimanjaro Mountain, through Tanzania and Kenya border. The route is rarely used offering a different adventure compare to other routes.
The geography of this route does not offer climbing higher and retrace down for sleeping and hence some climbers generally experience altitude sickness on this route compared to the other ones. An additional acclimatization day is highly recommended on this route especially if it is your first time climb. This route uses the scree summiting path from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and descends via the Marangu route.
Day by Day Program Details
Day 1: Rongai Start Point (1996m) – Simba camp (2626m)
Drive to Marangu park gate for registration. From Marangu park gate we drive to Naro Moru, north east Kilimanjaro, a further 68km and approximately 2 ½ hours on bad roads to the Rongai start point (1996m). Meet the guide and porters before the hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through a beautiful country side. The first night’s camp is at Simba Camp (2 626m). The camp facilities include a public toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut.
Day 2: Simba camp (2626m) – Kikelewa Camp (3679m)
We trek from Simba camp towards Kibo for lunch at First Caves. After lunch we keep on trekking until reaching Kikelewa Camp at about 3679 meters. The view start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water can be found in a obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find a pool or two. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Kikelewa camp.
Day 3:Kikelewa Cave (3679m) – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4303m)
We will drive through the vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.
Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4303m) – Kibo hut (4730m)
After breakfast in the morning we will walk west and continue climbing up on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo hut.
Day 5: Kibo hut (4730m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3705m)
We will follow the first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot.
The path then form a zigzags pathways up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This part is steeper with a lot of stone scree, involving a great substantial physical and mental commitment. This is probably the most tough part of the whole route. The guide will provide you with all necessary support and guide at this junction. From Gillmans Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa.
At Uhuru Peak
The good weather conditions on the summit will allow you to stay longer while the bad weather conditions may force you to retrace even before stipulated stay duration. You will get an opportunity to take photographs before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest at Kibo hot, you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.
Day 6: Horombo hut (3705m) – Marangu Gate (1860m)
After breakfast we will carry on descending down to the Marangu gate via Mandara hut. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely.
You sign-out your name and details in a register at Marangu gate. This is also an opportunity where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) will be given with green certificates while those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates.
You will now be driven back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner descent bed and celebrations!!
Price includes the following:
• Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees
• Return transfers Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha and Arusha to Kilimanjaro airport
• Hotel Lodging the night before and the night after the climb, with dinner and breakfast included (double occupancy)
• with bed dinner and breakfast
• Transfer from your hotel to starting point for your climb, and return to your hotel after your climb
• Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
• All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping fees and climbing permits.
• Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)
• Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
• Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
• Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook
• Salaries for mountain crew as per guidelines set by Kilimanjaro National Park
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
• Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs, tables & sleeping mattress
• Water for washing up daily
• Porter to carry your duffel bag (max weight 15kg / 32 lbs) from one camp to the next camp.
• Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt
• A comprehensive Climbing Kilimanjaro travel info pack
• Flying Doctor Service
Price Excludes the Following:
• Flights and airport taxes
• Items of a personal nature
• Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US $ 230 to US $ 300 per hiker – depending on number of days / how many hikers in the group and route chosen)
• South African passport holders do NOT require a visa for Tanzania, however most other Nationalities require a visa for Tanzania
• Health requirements (Yellow Fever compulsory if travelling to Tanzania recommended)
• Highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
• Personal hiking/trekking gear – we can rent some of the gear from our equipment store in Tanzania
• Optional but highly recommended Portable toilet
• Snacks, personal medicine and water purifying tablets
• Meals & drinks not specified and snacks