Itenerary: Rongai Route
Duriation: 7 Days
Activity: Kilimanjaro Climbing, Destination: Kilimanjaro

Rongai Route 7 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, Rongai has low traffic. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the crowded Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation). The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, and seven days are recommended to allow enough acclimatization before summit session. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo Hut. This route descends down via Marangu route Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

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Day to Day Activity


Day 1


Depart from the hotel after breakfast via Marangu village on the slope of the mountain proceed to the wooden village of Nale Moru, where the trailhead begins.
The trail winds through corn and potato fields, and then climbs gently through the forest which is home to a variety of wildlife, including the black and White Colobus Monkey you will camp at Simba Cave dinner overnight.
Rongai Gate 2020Mt to Simba Cave at 2700Mt.
; Distance: 7 km;
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours;
Habitat: Rain Forest


Day 2


Your first breakfast to be save at 7:30Am before begin your hike day with a steady incline and reach 2nd Cave while en-route to Kikelewa Cave in a blue sky day you may explore views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim begin to emerge.
Simba Cave to 2nd Cave 3,450Mt to Kikelewa campsite 3,650Mt;
Distance: 7 km:
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours;
Habitat: Health Moorland


Day 3


Enjoy your third breakfast on the mountain before you being with hiking of the day which is short and steep, up a grassy slope. Views of the wilderness area are stunning as you exit the heath zone and emerge into the alpine desert zone, the landscape changes dramatically.
Camp is situated beneath the jagged spires of Mawenzi remainder of the day can be spent relaxing or exploring the area.
Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn 3650Mt-4330Mt Elevation.
Distance: 5 km.
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours;
Habitat: Alpine Desert.


Day 4


This is an acclimatization day you will hike steadily up a ridge with fantastic views on both sides; the landscape is rugged and rocky. After spending a few moments exploring Mawenzi Ridge, you head back to Mawenzi Tarn for camp for hot Lunch and leisure for the rest of the day.
Extra days on the trail give our bodies the opportunity to acclimatize well and assist with summit session day.
Mawenzi Tarn to Mawenzi Ridge to Mawenzi Tarn.
Elevation (ft): 14,160 ft to14, 400 ft to 14,160 ft.
Distance: 4 km; Hiking Time: 2-4 hours.
Habitat: Alpine Desert.


Day 5


Depart after breakfast Marwenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut The trail climbs gradually across the rocky lunar landscape as we traverse the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks. Your campsite for this night sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall.
The remainder of the day is spent resting and preparing for the final ascent in the early morning to the Summit.
Elevation Mawenzi Tarn hut 4330Mt- Kibo Hut 4732Mt
Distance: 9 km; Hiking Time: 5-6 hours.
Habitat: Alpine Desert.


Day 6


You will wake up in the middle of the night and begin the final Session push to reach the Roof of Africa trail to Gilman’s Point is very steep and the ascent will be slow and steady.
From Gilman's, it is a traverse along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak where you will arrive in the next one hour and spent short session at the summit to take pictures.
Kibo Hut to Uhuru 4732Mt to Uhuru peak 5895Mt
Distance Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak 5Km return to Kibo Hut after Summit Session 5Km and downhill to Horombo Hut 9km.
Hiking Time: 10-12 hours.
Habitat: Arctic. Alpine ending with Moorland.


Day 7


Your last breakfast will be save at 7:30Am right after breakfast depart descent via Manadara hut to Marangu gate exit gate however it is mostly downhill lunch will be save at mandara hut before completing your descent to Marangu gate Once at the park headquarters Marangu gate catch vehicle and transfer a hotel in Moshi for shower.
Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate 3720Mt-1800Mt
Distance: 18 km;
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours;
Habitat: Moorland and Rain Forest.


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