Overview

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences. Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Tatanca Safari Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel. Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu, and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain. Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition. The Rongai route on Mount Kilimanjaro is a seven day camping route; it has the attraction of being a lower traffic and easier route compared to the southern slopes for climbing Kilimanjaro. It attracts about 10% of visitors to the mountain. The route is really a complete traverse, the only one to experience the arid northern side and the lush southern side. It's also known as the Loitokok Route.

Tour Highlights

  • The Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania.
  • This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.
  • The topography of the route does not allow for the application of the climb high and sleep low principle and hikers generally suffer more from altitude sickness on the Rongai route compared to other routes.
  • The minimum duration for the Rongai route is 6 days, however since the biggest cause of altitude sickness is going too high too fast and it affects every person differently irrespective of their age, fitness levels etc, do we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 days.

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Include

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Entry Fees
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Safety Equipment’s
  • Climbing Crew

Excludes

  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
  • Mountaineering insurance

Trekking Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Arusha

Arrive at Arusha and stay at hotel for overnight at Zawadi on House Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Marangu Gate to First Cave Camp

Drive to Marangu gate to collect your permit. Then drive from Marangu to Rongai gate (Rombo village) Start trek begins from the gate winding up to the lush tropical forests and out into heather moorland. Overnight camping at First Cave. (2100m)

Day 3 First Cave Camp to Third Cave Camp

The trek continue, through the fine open moorlands, we get great views of the plains of Kenya below and spectacular Mawenzi turn above. Overnight at Third Cave. (3800m)

Day 4 Third Cave to Kibo Hut

Trek through the lunar desert of the Saddle, the lava-covered expanse between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo Reaching Kibo hut by the end of the day at 4700m. Overnight at Kibo Hut. (4703m)

Day 5 Kibo Hut to Uhuru peak to Horombo Hut

At midnight the trek begins up to the final steep, scree section to reach Hanzi Meya Cave (half way to the summit). Huge glaciers and cliffs can be seen which mark this part of the Gillman’s Point (5695m) – Trek to Stella Point and the summit at Uhuru peak 5896m. From the summit the trek descends to Horombo Hut for the final night. (3720m).

Day 6 Departure

Covering the last section of the mountain, the trek continues down through the forests to the Marangu gate where your vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to Arusha. Overnight at Zawadi on House Bed & breakfast.

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