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9 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro, Rongai route in 6 days!

The Rongai Route is particularly popular among experienced climbers.

It is the only route to the summit of Kilimanjaro that begins on the northern part, near the Kenyan border. It’s windier and drier on the northern side of the mountain. Therefore, it has less vegetation here and you can often see far – overlooking the beautiful Kenyan landscape.

The descent is via the Marangu Route (south) so you get to see both sides of Kilimanjaro . The entire ascent (including descent) via the Rongai Route takes 6 days. If you want to, you can add an additional day of trekking. This is even highly recommended! An extra day gives your body more time to get used to the altitude and increases the chance for you to reach the top of Kilimanjaro without experiencing any altitude sickness.

Tanzania Specialist offers first class service during the entire trekking tour:

Climbing Kilimanjaro is the ultimate challenge! You will be accompanied by professional guides, porters, and a cook as you ascend the Rongai route. Mountaineering is a relatively primitive sport. You will sleep in simple tents during the ascent, but they are of highqaulity. Our crew will look after you and will do a health check every morning and evening to make sure everything is in order. In addition, the accompanying cook will serve you delicious food during the trekking tour. The quality of the food is one of our priorities as you depend on good food during this strenuous climb. If you would like to have a look at the menu in advance, we will be happy to send it to you. Given the reactions from our customers, climbing Kilimanjaro is an unforgettable experience! As soon as you have confirmed your booking with us, we will send you a comprehensive document to prepare for the trip.

For an overview of all the options check Climbing Kilimanjaro.

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro airport

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our guide will take you to the hotel. Here you can recover from the flight and get used to the African environment. An acclimatization day in the hotel on day two is recommended, but you can also start the climb the next day.

The hotel in the program below is an example. The first night is not included in the quoted price. This is because we have hotels in different price ranges and want to accommodate you according to your preference! We work with more than 40 hotels in the Kilimanjaro region, ranging from hotels charging just € 35 per person per night (based on bed & breakfast) to more luxuries five-star hotels. Our prices are never higher than on booking.com. Ask us about the options!

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 2: Rongai Gate (1,800m/ 5,905 ft) - First Cave Camp (2,600m/ 8,350 ft)

Elevation gain: 800 m/ 2,624 ft | Distance: 8 km | Walking time: 3-4 hours | Difficulty: easy | Environment: rainforest

This is the beginning of your Kilimanjaro climb! This morning you drive about 2 hours to the Rongai Gate, near the Kenyan border. After registering at the gate, your ascent begins to the mighty roof of Africa! On the first day you hike through beautiful lush forests where you can hear lots of animal noises and maybe spot the rare colobus monkey. You will take a lunch break before you continue to the first camp. Rongai route runs through the less forested north side of the mountain. It is one of the quietest routes on Kilimanjaro and is considered by many to be the best route for viewing lots of wildlife.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 3: First Cave Camp (2,600m/ 8,530 ft) - Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/ 11,811 ft)

Elevation gain: 1000 m/ 3,281 ft | Distance: 10 km | Walking time: 5-6 hours | Difficulty: medium | Environment: heather

On the second day you will reach the Kilimanjaro heath. During the day you can already see the first mountain peak of Kilimanjaro, called Mawenzi, in the distance. In the morning the climb becomes very steep and you will start to feel the altitude. After a while you will arrive at the first cave where you can stop for a while to rest or to explore the cave and the surrounding area. Lunch is often taken in the second cave. The afternoon is a little quieter and the climc is less steep. You will then hike towards the camp in a sheltered valley near Kikelewa or towards the third cave. Today you hike for about 5-6 hours.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 4: Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/ 11,811 ft) - Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m/ 14,206 ft)

Elevation gain: 730 m/ 3,280 ft | Distance: 6 km | Walking time: 4-5 hours | Difficulty: medium | Environment: heather

Today you will take a brisk hike in the morning in order to have time to rest in the afternoon and evening. This gives your body a chance to get used to the altitude. Today’s hike is relatively short, but very steep. Fortunately, the climb is well worth it as you will be rewarded with lots of breathtaking views and a great feeling as you gaze out at the wilderness of Tanzania. The hike continues to Mawenzi Tarn, where you will also spend the night. The Mawenzi Tarn is located below the Mawenzi summit. From here you have a wonderful view of the two famous mountain peaks of Kilimanjaro, Mawenzi and Kibo.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/ 14,206 ft) - Kibo Camp (4,700m/ 15,419 ft)

Elevation gain: 370 m/ 1,213 ft | Distance: 9 km | Walking time: 5-6 hours | Difficulty: medium | Environment: alpine desert

A beautiful lunar landscape is crossed today, after which the ascent to the higher camp is continued. The Kibo Camp is located directly below Kibo summit, from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Kenyan plain. Here you can also see Mawanzi and the path very well. After lunch you can rest and regain your strength because the next day you will do the summit push to the peak of Kilimanjaro!

 

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 6: Kibo Camp (4,700m/ 15,419 ft) - Uhuru Peak (5,895m/ 19,340 ft) - Horombo Hut (3,720m/ 12,204 ft)

Elevation gain: 1195 m/ 3,921 ft | Elevation loss: 2175 m/ 7,136 ft | Distance: 16 km | Walking time: 9-12 hours | Difficulty: difficult | Environment: arctic

At midnight you start the summit push to the so-called Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa! You will use your flashlight until sunrise. The biggest challenge lies in the first part of this climb. For every 2 climbers there is 1 personal guide. He will keep a close eye on the physical and mental condition of the climbers. After a steep climb you will reach Gilman’s Point. From here, Uhuru Peak is not far and relatively easy to reach. Once at the top you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise, which is very impressive at this height! After a small party at the summit, you return to the Kibo huts before having dinner and then you continue your descent to Horombo huts for your overnight stay. In total, you’ll be hiking for around 12 hours today, so prepare yourself for a tough day! When descending, be careful where you are stepping to avoid injury.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,204 ft ) - Marangu Gate (1,830m/ 6000 ft) - hotel

Elevation loss: 1890 m/ 6,201 ft | Distance: 18 km | Walking time: 5-6 hours | Difficulty: medium | Environment: rainforest

Today you continue your descend to the exit of Kilimanjaro National Park, the Marangu Gate. This is a delightful five to six hour walk through the beautiful forests of Kilimanjaro. After the descent, the whole group comes together to congratulate each other and your driver will bring you back to your hotel, where you can recover from the rigors of the climb.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 8-9: Moshi - Airport

Today you can relax at the lodge or explore the surrounding area. You can choose to extend your journey with a beautiful Tanzania Safari. Another option is to unwind on the tropical Zanzibar Island or one of the other exotic beach destinations Pemba Island and Mafia Island. If you choose to go home after your Kilimanjaro trek, you fly back home on day 9.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

How fit do you need to be to climb Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route?

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a real challenge due to the altitude, rate of ascent and different temperatures. During an average climbing day you will walk 6-7 hours per day. If you are healthy and fit it is absolutely within reach. There are many things you can do to increase your chances to reach the summit and to make sure you enjoy the trek. It’s important you take your time. Don’t hike too fast so your body has time to adapt and acclimatize. Being in good shape also makes the climb much easier. Go hiking a few months before the climb, especially multiple day hikes are excellent training. But also running and aerobic exercise are a good preparation. It is always difficult to predict who will be affected by altitude sickness. We recommend only experienced climbers to choose this route.

By adding 1 extra day to your climb, you will reduce the chance to get altitude sickness. Because you spread the climb over more days and your body gets more time to get used to the higher altitude. We do really advice to do this to increase the chance of making it to the top. The costs of this extra day are $ 346 per person.

If you like advice on how to prepare yourself for climbing Kilimanjaro, you can always contact us or read our blog How to prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro?

 

How to book this Kilimanjaro adventure?

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Price information

Rongai prices per person 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons
all seasons $  2251  $ 1886  $ 1785

Include:

  • Pick up Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to lodge/hotel
  • Transfer lodge/hotel to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Private guide speaking fluently English
  • Private cook speaking fluently English
  • Park Fees for national park
  • Porters who carry your luggage
  • High quality tents
  • Chairs and tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Dinner-tent
  • Rescue fee
  • Portable toilet

Exclude:

  • International flight tickets and tourist visa
  • Accommodation on day of arrival and departure
  • Insurances (travel, flying doctors etc)
from $1785 p.p. *