9 days mount kilimanjaro climb, rongai route

9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, Rongai Route

9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, Rongai Route


Why Rongai?
Rongai route is less crowded compared to Marangu, it is the easiest route of all. It has a relatively gentle gradient and short daily stages as it winds its way from the standing point just south of the Kenya – Tanzania border through attractive farmland and delightful forest to several other climate zone.

Detailed trip itinerary

Day 1. Arrival JRO, Transfer Moshi

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you will be met by our representative and taken to hotel located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, with comfortable accommodation, variety of meals, clean swimming pool and friendly services. Just located only ten minutes walking distance to Moshi town center, dinner & overnight at hotel in Moshi. Meal plan is bed and breakfast,

Day 2. Rongai gate (1,950 m/6,395 ft) – simba camp (2,800 m/9,186 ft)

Walking distance: 8 km/4,9 miles
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Altitude gain: 850 m/2,791ft
After breakfast you will be transferred by road (approx. 3-4 hours drive) along the eastern side of Kilimanjaro to the Rongai Gate in the north of Kilimanjaro National Park from where your hike starts. A short slow hike will take you through a pine trees plantation that leads up into the thicker rainforest on the foothills of the mountain. Enjoy time taking in the natural surroundings, take a photo and nibble on your packed lunch that we provide. Spend your first night on the mountain at Simba Camp on the edge of the rainforest. Meal plan is full board.

Day 3. Simba camp (2,800 m/9,186 ft) – second camp (3, 450 m/11,319 ft)

Walking distance: 7 km/4,3 miles
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Altitude gain: 650 m/2,133 ft
On day two you trek higher up on the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro leaving the montane forest behind. The path takes you into the Kikelewa Moorland area with fantastic mountain vegetation such as Proteas (Protea kilimandscharica), Impatiens (impatiens kilimanjari), daisies (euryops brownie). Enjoy great views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Giant Senecious grow nearby the sheltered valley of Second Cave, where you will spend the night. Meal plan is full board.

Day 4. Second camp (3,450 m/11,319 ft) – kikelewa camp (3,600 m/11,811 ft)

Walking distance: 6 km/3,7 miles
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Altitude gain: 150m/492 ft
Continue to head out across the Kikelewa moorland towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. From here you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the plains of Kenya below. Spend the night at Kikelewa Camp. Meal plan is full board.

Day 5. Kikelewa camp (3,600 m/11,811 ft) – mawenzi tarn camp (4,320m/14,174 ft)

Walking distance: 6 km/3.7 miles
Walking time: 4-5 hours
Altitude gain: 720 m/2,363 ft
A steep, but short hike leads you over grassy terrain to the base of Mawenzi Peak. The views from here are spectacular into Kenya’s plains below. Vegetation diminishes as you gain altitude towards the towering spires of Mawenzi Peak. Spend the night at Mawenzi Tarn camp next to a little lake. Meal plan is full board.

Day 6. Mawenzi tarn camp (4,320 m/14,174 ft) – kibo camp (4,700 m/15,419 ft)

Walking distance: 9 km/ 5.5 miles
Walking time: 5-6 hours
Altitude gain: 380 m/1,245 ft
After breakfast you pass through the lunar desert of Saddle. This is the lava covered expanse between the two peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Though the walk is not far, progress is slow due to the altitude. Spend the night at the base of Kibo Crater at Kibo Camp. Set in for an early night wake, as your final ascent will start around midnight. Meal plan is full board.

Day 7. Kibo camp (4,700 m/15,419 ft) – summit via gillman’s
point (5,685 m/18,651 ft) to uhuru peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft)
and descent to horombo hut (3,720 m/12,205 ft)

Walking distance: 6 km/3.7 miles ascent + 16 km/9.9 miles descent
Walking time: 5-6 hrs + 1-2 hours up, 7-8 hours down (the overall walking time may vary between 10-16 hours)
Altitude gain: 985 m/3,232 ft (Gillman’s Point) or 210 m/689 ft (Uhuru Peak). Descent: 2,175 m/7,135 ft Horombo Hut
You will be required to wake up very early to have a quick bite and something warm to drink before setting out in darkness. The hike to Gillman’s Point is a very slow steep walk on volcanic scree for about 5-6 hours. The headlamps on the trail towards the summit almost look like fireflies in a long row. As you approach the crater rim you will enjoy the most memorable sunrise you may ever experience – the golden sunrise over Africa! Habitually will you luckily see the curving of the earth at this high altitude and the sunrise on the horizon just accentuates it. Keep your camera ready at all times as there are plenty of photographing opportunities along the summit. Once you reach Gillman’s Point on top of the crater rim, you have approximately another hour and half hike to get to Uhuru Peak. Hike along fairly flat terrain for about 1½ hours to reach Uhuru Peak. Spend a few minutes at the top and get photos of your choice next to the sign marking the summit. Descend from Uhuru Peak in high spirits as you have just achieved your goal. The trail down from Gillman’s Point on the Marangu route is often enjoyed by hikers sliding down the scree slope, which entails skidding down the loose gravel with big steps and some sideways moves. Try it, it is fun! With every step going down your body enjoys having more oxygen to breathe in. Depending on how you feel, you may enjoy a short rest at Kibo Camp before descending down to Horombo Hut where you will spend the night. Meal plan is full board.

Day 8. Horombo hut (3,720 m/12,205 ft) – marangu gate (1,843 m/6,046 ft)

Walking distance: About 20 km, 12,4 miles
Walking time: 5-7 hours
Altitude gain: 1,877 m/ 6,159 ft
Enjoy a slow hike through the rainforest to Marangu Gate. Take time to enjoy the lush vegetation with the Old Man’s Beard (tree moss) growing on the giant trees as well as some Giant Ferns towering high over the forest bed. The path has many steps leading you down to Marangu Gate where you may find a cold beer or soft-drink to start celebrating your assault of Kilimanjaro. You will be transferred back to the hotel in Moshi for hot shower and overnight rest. Meal plan is bed and fast.

Day 9. Departure

Descent and transfer to your town hotel in Moshi.

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • Two nights’ accommodation at hotel in Moshi on bed and breakfast
  • All fees related to Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Food including water on climb
  • Transport to and from the respective gate to the hotel
  • Sleeping tent/mattress/cooking utensils/dining tents, table and chairs/dining crockery and cutleries
  • Wages for all crew
  • Oxygen cylinder

Tour Exclusions

  • Airport transfer
  • Any meal or drink during the stay at hotel
  • Tip for the crew
  • Items of their personal nature
  • All personal hiking equipment

Easter & Christmas Surcharges
A surcharge would be charged per person per night on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Easter Monday and on 24th 25th, 26th, 31st December and 1st January. The Surcharge would be confirmed at the time of booking for clarity purposes.

For optimal enjoyment of your safari, we urge you to carry the following:
All weather firm shoe pair, short and dress to use during the day, trouser for use in the evenings with long sleeved shirt, sweater or jacket, hat, swimming costume, sunglass, camera, binocular, sun protection cream and insect repellent spray or cream.

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