7 Days Rongai Route

Mount Kilimanjaro - A true trekking and mountaineering paradise

Trekking Overview

The 7 Days Rongai Route offers a unique and less crowded approach to Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit from the northeastern side of the mountain. Starting from the Tanzanian village of Nale Moru, this route traverses through diverse landscapes, including lush rainforests, moorlands, and alpine deserts, providing captivating scenery along the way. The gradual ascent allows for better acclimatization, making it suitable for those seeking a less strenuous climb. While generally considered one of the easier routes, its varied terrain and stunning vistas make it a rewarding adventure. The trek typically takes 6 to 7 days to complete, providing ample time for acclimatization and enjoyment of the journey.

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Rongai Route Map

Itinerary

DAY 1: NALE MURU GATE – SIMBA CAMP:

Elevation: 1997m/6552ft to 2635m/8645ft
Altitude gained: 638m

Setting out from Arusha, a scenic 4-5 hour drive will guide you through the picturesque coffee plantations and the quaint Village of Nale Muru, eventually arriving at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. Here, we patiently await the issuance of our permits amidst the bustling activity of crews preparing for the journey ahead. Take in the enchanting wooded scenery and traverse the windy trails while your guide enlightens you about the local flora, fauna, and wildlife you may encounter. Simba Camp awaits near the first cave, situated at the edge of the moorland zone, offering breathtaking views of the plains of Kenya.

DAY 2: SIMBA CAMP – SECOND CAVE CAMP:

Elevation: 2635m/8645ft to 3487m/11440ft
Altitude gained: 852m

Following a restful night's sleep and a satisfying breakfast, we proceed along the moorland terrain, steadily ascending. Along the way, you'll be treated to magnificent views of Kibo and your initial glimpse of the ice fields on the Eastern crater rim. The sparse shrubbery of the moorland gradually diminishes as you approach the Second Cave. Expect temperatures to drop as you continue your ascent.

DAY 3: SECOND CAVE CAMP – KIKELEWA CAMP:

Elevation: 3487m/11,440ft to 3675m/12057ft
Altitude gained: 188m


Following breakfast and completing your packing, you embark on a steady ascent through the Moorland towards the rugged peaks of Mawenzi. This relatively brief hiking day brings you nearer to the enchanting Eastern ice fields, captivating you with their allure. Remain attentive to your body's signals and promptly inform your guide of any indications of altitude sickness.

DAY 4: KIKELEWA CAMP- MAWENZI TARN:

Elevation: 3487m/11440ft to 4302m/14114ft
Altitude gained: 627m

Ascending steep grassy slopes, you'll be greeted with breathtaking panoramic vistas. As you approach the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn, the vegetation gradually fades away, revealing the camp's stunning location nestled in a cirque beneath the majestic spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon presents an opportunity for relaxation or exploration of the surrounding terrain, aiding in acclimatization. Those opting for an additional day on the mountain will spend two nights at this camp, with the option to embark on a hike around Mawenzi for further acclimatization.

DAY 5: MAWENZI TARN – KIBO HUT:

Elevation: 4302m/14,114ft to 4714m/15,466ft
Altitude gained: 412m


Traverse the barren expanse of the 'Saddle', a lunar-like desert nestled between Mawenzi and Kibo, until you reach the Kibo campsite situated at the base of the Kibo crater wall. The rest of the day is dedicated to recuperation, as you ready yourself for the ultimate ascent on Summit Night.

DAY 6: KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT:

Elevation: 4302m/14,114ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 721m
Descent to 3721m/12,208ft
Altitude lost: 2174m


Anticipation grows as the morning arrives, signaling an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This phase marks the pinnacle of both mental and physical endurance throughout the journey. Advancing towards the summit amidst the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers, we strive to maintain warmth and focus on the forthcoming achievement.

Ascending with a zigzagging motion towards Stella Point on the crater rim, a momentary pause allows us to witness a breathtaking sunrise. Those with swifter paces may catch the sunrise from the summit. With only an hour remaining to reach Uhuru Peak, expect to encounter snow along the path.

Congratulations, you've now conquered Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire African continent! Following moments of jubilation and perhaps a few tears, we commence the steep descent to Mweka Camp, briefly pausing at Barafu for lunch. Gaiters and trekking poles are highly recommended for navigating the challenging terrain ahead. Rest awaits you at Mweka Camp, offering a well-deserved conclusion to your mountainous adventure.

DAY 7: HOROMBO HUTS – MARANGU GATE – ARUSHA:

Elevation: 3721m/12,208 to 1905m/6250ft
Altitude lost: 1816m


Following breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it's time to bid farewell. As we commence the descent, we pause at the Mandara Huts for lunch. Don't forget to show your appreciation to the guides, cooks, and porters as you leave them here.

Upon returning to the Marangu Park Gate, you'll receive your summit certificates. Given the significantly warmer weather, the terrain may be wet, muddy, and steep, so we strongly advise wearing gaiters and utilizing trekking poles. A vehicle will be waiting at the gate to transport you back to your hotel in Arusha.
What is Included
  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking
  • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water and Full Board Meals
  • All National Park & Hut Fees or Camping fee
  • Gate Transfers
What is Not Included
  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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