The unique Rongai Route is known to be more scenic than the Marangu Route, easier than the Machame Route, and the success rate on the Rongai is very high. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Rongai you will sleep in tents and porters will assist you to pitch your tent for you. Meals for dinner are served in the tent or on the blanket outside. The Rongai starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenya border and is one of the least traveled routes. The is route join the Marangu for the summit climb then you descend the Marangu Route on the mountain’s southwest side, so you see the Kilimanjaro from many viewpoints. Below is the described itinerary route.

Day 1:

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel in Moshi for your overnight dinner and Breakfast.

Day 2:

After breakfast, you will drive to Rongai gate passing the wooden village on a path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before reaching the entrance gate, The Rongai Gate. The climb begins from the Rongai gate (2,150 m) The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing whitetail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

Day 3:

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, you will leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Gentle rising traverse through moorland over several ridges to Kikelewa Caves.

Day 4:

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. You will leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 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 acclimatization (3-4 hours walking).

Day 5:

You will cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach the School campsite (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! (4-5 hours walking).

Day 6:

You will start the final and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight earlier. You will plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m.) Have a rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, you will continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo. Wake in the morning for a steady descent takes you down through moorland to Mandara Hut, the first stopping path to the National Park gate at Marangu. You will be transferred to the Hotel in Moshi overnight

  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Moshi. First night includes breakfast and last night include dinner & breakfast
  • Group transport to and from Moshi to the trail head
  • Kilimanjaro national park permits, camping/hut fees, tent, rescue fees (required by the national park)
  • Expert guide, assistant guides, cook and potters salaries
  • First aid kit for emergency only
  • Sleeping pad, foam, 1.5inches stick
  • Mess tent, tables, chairs, lanterns
  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
  • Airfare, visa fees, and travel insurance
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Personal gear and equipment are for the climb. Some are available for rent
  • Car supplement USD 145 for the client who goes through Lemosho|Rongai|Shira routes
  • Tips
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Extra activities (waterfall tour, cultural village visit)
  • Additional night beyond the two standards hotel night included












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