Rongai Route Overview:
This route is perfect for those looking for an alternative to the Marangu route due to provides more shelter from the weather and high winds. Rongai route is best option during the rainy season due to its location, which receive little rain but it does usually have far lower traffic than the other routes. It is generally considered to be the easiest of the quality routes on the mountain. Rongai is the best route for people who are looking for a decent quality experience and are perhaps not absolutely confident about their fitness and the route is good for people with no much experience on mountain climbing. This route can be climbed for 6-days, although 7-days is recommended for better acclimatization.
ARRIVE IN TANZANIA
Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be meet with Lammergeier Tours & Adventures representative, picked up there and transfer to hotel in Moshi town. Then you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.
Hotel: Bed & Breakfast
Rongai Route 7 Days Trek Itinerary
Day one this morning, a guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after briefing you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park’s northern entrance. After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering, the group will start trekking up to Simba Camp located at the edge of the moorland zone at (2,625 m). Your trek this day will be moderate and take you through coniferous forest up Kilimanjaro’s northern slope. Remember not to hurry and always keep a comfortable speed. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put tents and cook dinner for you.
Day two after getting breakfast, the morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave Camp located in the moorland zone with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.
|2nd Cave Camp|
Day three Early in the morning after breakfast, the hike continues from Simba Camp to start trekking towards your second high altitude camp Kikilewa Camp (3,630 m) where you can see superb views of the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim of Kibo, the highest of the three volcanoes which form the mountain. We will leave the main trail and strike out across moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, the second of Kilimanjaro’s volcanoes. This trekking is more physically demanding than the previous one. By our professional mountain crew will set up camp and cook dinner for you in the sheltered valley near Kikelewa caves at 3630m.
Day four early wake up, after breakfast we start of trekking to Mawenzi Tarn Camp. The route we have is short but steep ascent up grassy slopes which is rewarded by a superb view of the Kenyan plains to the north. 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.
|Mawenzi Tarn Hut|
Day five is a long but gradual hike, we leave our campsite and cross the lunar desert of the ‘saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo After a couple hours trekking, reach this spectacular place, with the summit of Kilimanjaro in the background and our trail to the high camp stretched out before our eyes. Upon reaching our camp the remainder of the day will be spent resting in preparation of the final ascent after a very early night!
Day six is the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220meters, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681meters) the crater rim of Kilimanjaro where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 – 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895meters. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed hours break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.
The final day from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate (1,870 meters) is a long one, nearly 20km. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.
This day left for your next destination. A vehicle will take you back to the Hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration. Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania. If you have safari, then might be used to beginning your safari or fly to beaches in Zanzibar so as we can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris around Moshi and the Kilimanjaro region. If you fly back home our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.
- Overnight stays in mountain Huts
- Professional, experienced mountain guides:
- All Park fees
- Rescue fees
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Guides’, Porters’, and Cooks’ salaries and park fees
- Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
- Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
- Clean, purified drinking waters
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation outside of trekking route
- Tanzania Visa
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
- Meals not listed above
- Optional Tours (short safari after your climb, etc.)