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9 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro, Rongai Route!

Rongai is a popular route for more experienced climbers. Rongai Route is the only route starting north, close to the Kenyan border. The descent is via the Marangu Route (south), so you can see both sides of the mountain. These additonal transport costa makes the Rongai climb more expensive. Rongai is one of the quieter remote routes, but also dryer and therefore less scenic. We recommend an additional acclimatization day to increase the success rate.

During your climb a professional team of guides, porters and cooks assist you. Tanzania Specialist selected the best guides, that have a high safety record and client success rate. To secure your safety, they check your pulse rate and oxygen saturation each day.

After your booking is confirmed, we send you a comprehensive Kilimanjaro Packing List.

For an overview of all the options check Climbing Kilimanjaro.

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro - Moshi

After your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our driver will transfer you to the  hotel of your choice. Settle into your accommodation, take time to relax and to get used to the African atmosphere. It is possible to book an extra day rest (day 2), to reload and get ready to start your climb the next day (day 3). This extra day increases the chances of reaching the summit.

Note. The hotel on the first and last day is not included in this itinerary since we want to give you the freedom to make your own choice. You prefer basic ($40 per night bed & breakfast) or 5-star luxury? Just let us know and we can book any hotel in Moshi for you. Our price will never be higher than booking.com.

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 meter/ 2,624 feet

On this first day your driver picks you up at your hotel in Moshi to drive you tot he Rongai Gate, close to the Kenyan border.  After registration yu drive to the Rongai starting point at 1,950 meters. The easy going trail is gradual and enters the rainforest on the first day. You can hear lots of animals and even see the rare black-and-white colobus monkey. Rongai Route is one of the more quieter routes and one of the best to spot wildlife. You arrive in the afternoon at Rongai First Cave Camp.

 

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 meter / 3,280 feet

On this second day you climb from the rainforest into alpine moorland. During the day you can see the Mawenzi peak in the distance. The trek is steep and you will start feeling the altitude. At the first cave there will be a short break and the chance to explore the environment. Lunch is often 6km further at the second cave, before you turn east to Kikelewa Camp for overnight. In the afternoon the trail will be less steep and you can enjoy the beautiful landscape. This second day is a long hike, roughly 6-7 hours. An additional acclimatization day is highly recommended on this route.

 

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 meter / 2,395 feet

Today is a steep but short climb to the Mawenzi Tarn, nearby the Mawenzi peak (one of Kilimanjaro’s three highest peaks). The sights over the Tanzanian wilderness and Mawenzi and Kibo peak are spectacular. Around lunch you arrive, so you can relax and acclimatize the entire afternoon and evening.

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 meter/ 1,213 feet

After a good breakfast, you gradually climb towards the beautiful lunar desert. Your trek ascends onto the ‘saddle’ of Kilimanjaro, between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. The vegetation thins out as you enter the alpine zone.  Kibo Camp is located at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall, close to the Kibo peak. From here you have great views over the Kenyan plains. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening relaxing, preparing for the final ascend to the summit the next day. Be reminded to prepare your gear, headlamp, water and warm clothes before you go to sleep.

 

 

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: 1,195 meter / 3,920 feet

Elevation loss: 2,175 meter / 7,135 feet

Conquer the roof of Africa today! Around midnight, the most challenging part of the trek starts. It is dark, cold and the trail is steep to Gilman’s Point (rim of the main crater). Ascend in the darkness for a couple of hours while taking short breaks. At Gilman’s Point you can enjoy the most beautiful sunrise over Mawenzi. From Gilman’s Point, it is another 2-3 hours climb to the Uhuru Peak, the highest point of the Kilimanjaro. Celebrate your accomplishment at the summit while you look out onto a incredible vast landscape of white snow and towering peaks. From the summit you go downhill all the way to Horombo Hut where you have lunch and spend your last dinner and night on the mountain. Enjoy a well-earned sleep after a challenging and very long day (about 14 hours).

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)

Elevation loss: 1890 meter / 6,200 feet

Today’s descent is a trek mostly downhill, trough the tropical forest, unto the Marangu gate. After 5-6 hours you arrive at the bottom of the mountain, where you can collect your summit certificate. Your driver brings you to your hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 8: 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 person2 persons4 persons6 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

Exclude:

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