Kilimanjaro Climb - Rongai Route

This enticing trek along a lesser known route is an adventurous way to reach the summit of Africa's greatest mountain.

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The Rongai trail goes up the northern side of Mt. Kilimanjaro and its unique position in the mountain's rain shadow makes for a unique bio zone - drier and more open - which in turn allows for some magnificent views. This is a great camping only trail with very few climbers and a gentle ascent making it the ideal route for beginners. The terrain en routegives you a sense of unspoiled Africa and many climbers say this is their favourite ascent.  

Book this route for a great natural campng experience in a true wilderness.


Day 1 - Rongai Gate to the Rongai CampsiteMeals: B L D
The climb begins from the little attractive village of Nale Moru (1,950m) The small path winds through fields of maize and potatoes before leading into a pine forest. You will then start to climb consistently but relatively gently through lush forests that are home to a variety of wildlife including the charming Kilimanjaro colobus monkey. As the forest begins to thin you will see your first campsite with its wide ranging views over the Kenyan plains. Today’s walking time will be around three to four hours.

Accommodation: Rongai Campsite
Day 2 - Rongai Campsite to Kikelewa Camp Meals: B L D
This morning is a steady ascent up to a cave which has superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch you will leave the main trail and head out across the moorlands along a narrow path towards the peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite for the evening is in a small valley. Today’s walking time will be between six and seven hours.

Accommodation: Kikelewa Camp
Day 3 - Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp Meals: B L D
Today is a relatively short but steep climb up grassy slopes but all your efforts will be rewarded with superb all round views. Today’s camp is the Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m.) which is magnificently situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The rest of the day is free for you to do with as you please as you acclimatise to the altitude. Today’s walking time is around three to four hours.

Accommodation: Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Day 4 - Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Campsite Meals: B L D
Today you will cross the ‘lunar desert’ to reach the school campsite (4,650m.) The remainder of today is to be spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. Remember to stock up on your carbs tonight as you will need them! Today’s walk is between four and five hours.

Accommodation: Kibo Campsite
Day 5 - Kibo to Uhuru to Horombo Meals: B L D
Today’s the day. You will start the final and by far the most demanding and steepest part of your climb by torch light at around 1am. You will ‘plod’ very slowly in the darkness on a trail through loose volcanic rock to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685m) Here you will be able to enjoy a short rest whilst enjoying a spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to the Uhuru Peak (5,896m) and on the way you will pass the beautiful glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy the summit area. After a gruelling day you will start your long descent to Kibo (4,700m) this is done at a surprising speed and you will then continue down to the final campsite of your climb at Horombo (3,720m) Today's walking time is around 11 to 15 hours.

Accommodation: Horombo Camp
Day 6 - Uhuru to Horombo Meals: B L
This morning you will take up the final part of your journey, the steady descent down through the moorlands to the Mandara Hut (2,700m). After a break you will then continue descending through the lovely lforests on a good path until you reach the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830m). Today’s walking time is between five and six hours. Once you have reached the bottom is is time for some well deserved rest and relaxation!
  • All food during the climb on the mountain  (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Kilimanjaro park entrance fees, camp/hut fees, standard KINAPA rescue fees
  • Kilimanjaro briefing and de-briefing
  • Services of trained English speaking mountain guide, cooks and porters (porters are Swahili speaking mostly)
  • Guides wages, cooks and porters standard to the norm of Mountain Society of Kilimanjaro
  • Portage of 1 bag (maximum 18 kgs) per person
  • Oximeter safety equipment to check blood oxygen levels of clients on a daily basis
  • Tips to the guides, cook and porters 
  • Hotel accommodation before and after the climb
  • Client transfers to and from Mountain Head
  • Lunch and day room on the last day
  • Shuttle bus from Nairobi – Arusha – Nairobi
  • Climbing equipment such as clothes, sleeping bags, sleeping mat etc.
  • Mineral water
  • Visas
  • Laundry
  • Traveller insurance
  • Telephone calls
  • All other expenses resulting from early descend before the completion of the climb such as transfer, extra nights etc.
  • Gamow bag
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Notes: Our services start and end at the Mountain Gate.
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