9-Day Kilimanjaro Trekking :Rongai Route

9-Day Kilimanjaro Trekking :Rongai Route


09 Days

Best Time

All year Around

When approaching Kilimanjaro from the south-west, you take the Rongai  Route, which takes eight  days to complete, giving you more acclimatization time and a better chance of reaching the summit. The Rongai Route is known for its lush rainforest and Alpine moorland, and it is a difficult trek despite the extra time given to acclimate. You will be transported to and from the mountain in a private vehicle. This trip will be based on tented camps on the mountain – a true adventure.

All trekkers need to organise their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). From JRO we will arrange a private transfer to your hotel. That night or early the next morning you will meet your  guide  and have a full pre-climb briefing.

Transfer from your hotel to Marangu Gate for registration and then a further transfer to the Rongai trailhead (approx. 2½ hours). Our porters prepare and pack our supplies and luggage before we start our ascent through the village of Nale Moru. The small winding path crosses maize fields before climbing gently through a pine forest until we reach First Cave Camp at 2,600m altitude.

  • Transport: Private transfer (2.5 hours, 90 km)
  • Hiking time: 4 – 5 hours
  • Ascent: 650 m
  • Max. altitude: 2600 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching Kikelewa Caves at 3600m. From here the views start to open up and you will see for yourself how huge a mountain Kilimanjaro really is. We camp here overnight.

  • Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours
  • Ascent: 1020 m
  • Max. altitude: 3720 m
  • Accomodation: Hut
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4330 m), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatisation.

  • Hiking time: 4 – 5 hours
  • Ascent: 730 m
  • Max. altitude: 4330 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

We will spend a full day at and around Mawenzi Tarn as part of the acclimatisation process. There will be plenty to do, with several paths leading up the ridges and towers of Mawenzi, and our crew will help arrange short excursions to explore the area.

  • Max. altitude: 4330 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Campsite (4750m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent tomorrow.

  • Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours
  • Ascent: 420 m
  • Max. altitude: 4750 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

You will be woken around 23:30 and after some tea and biscuits we will start our ascent. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). We then zigzag up to Gilman’s Point (5681m) on the crater rim. This section is very steep with much stone scree and is the most demanding section of the route. From Gilman’s Point we could encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long we can spend taking photographs before we descend back to Kibo Campsite and then Horomobo Hut where we will stay overnight. Later in the evening we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

  • Hiking time: 12 – 13 hours
  • Ascent: 1145 m
  • Descent: 2175 m
  • Max. altitude: 5895 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

After breakfast we continue our descent, passing Mandara Hut, down to the Marangu Gate. Transfer to your hotel for a well-earned shower and celebration.

  • Transport: Private transfer (1 hour, 40 km)
  • Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours
  • Descent: 1740 m
  • Max. altitude: 3720 m
  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch

After a much needed nights rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

  • Transport: Private transfer (0.8 hour, 40 km)
  • Meals included: Breakfast
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  • Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) accommodation while on safari
  • All game drives viewing in a custom built 4×4 Safari Land
  • Cruiser
  • All park and entrance fees
  • Transportation with 4×4 vehicles with viewing roofs
  • Professional English speaking driver/guide during the safari.
  • Ngorongoro Crater car supplement fee
  • Current Government taxes and levies
  • 24-Hour support during the safari from our office in Arusha.
  • Internal or International flights
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Entry visa to Tanzania.
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff, and porters
  • Meals, drinks, and excursions not described in the itinerary
  • Any other items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone and postage
    Item of personal Nature.

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