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Mt. Kilimanjaro - The Rongai Route
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The Rongai route begins on the northern side of Kilimanjaro, on the Kenyan border, and is the least-travelled route. The drive to the starting point of your adventure, the Naru Moru Village, is lengthy (4-5 hrs) and winds through numerous coffee plantations and villages. The route converges with the Marangu Route at Kibo Hut and descends along this route. This route can be completed in six or more days. Accommodation on the Rongai route will be in tents.
 

 

 

The Rongai Route itinerary
Total hiking distance about 81km.
 
 
Kilimanjaro The Rongai route itinerary by Dream World Adventures
 

 

Day one on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary
Travel day to Moshi in Tanzania
The first day of your itinerary will be for travelling to Moshi in Tanzania. Your adventure itinerary will start and finish in Moshi. If you will be travelling by Air your arrival Airport will be at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a representative of our Tanzanian counterparts and be transferred to Hotel Springlands in Moshi.
This hotel offers great views of mountain Kilimanjaro on a clear day. You will overnight at Hotel Springlands.
Rongai route kilimanjaro Day one itinerary

 

Day two on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary
Day 1 on Kilimanjaro
Starting point The Rongai Gate at +/- 2100 m
End point Camp 1 at +/- 2800 m
Terrain Rain forest / Montane forest
Distance to walk +/- 9 Km
Hiking time About 4 hours
Lobelias on Kilimanjaro  Rongai route itinerary From Springlands Hotel it will be a +/- 4 hour drive to Rongai, the starting point on the northern side of the National park. You will start from the wooden Village of Nale Moru on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering a pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently, through an attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. The forest begins to thin out and the Simba camp, near to “First Cave”, is at the edge of the moorland zone and has extensive views over the Kenyan plains. This day will be around a four hike.

 

Day three on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary
Day 2 on Kilimanjaro
Starting point Camp 1 at +/- 2800 m
End point Kikelewa cave camp at +/- 3600m
Terrain Heathland / Moorland
Distance to walk +/- 14 Km
Hiking time About 7 hours
From here it is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (3 450m). Here you will have amazing views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim and lunch will be served here. Now we leave the main trail with a smaller path across the moorland towards Mawenzi. The campsite is situated near Kikelewa caves in a sheltered valley with giant senecios towering like sentinels over the landscape. Rongai route kilimanjaro Day three itinerary

 

Day four on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary
Day 3 on Kilimanjaro
Starting point Kikelewa cave camp at +/- 3600m
End point Mawenzi Tarn Hut at +/- 4330m
Terrain Alpine Desert
Distance to walk +/- 8 Km
Hiking time About 7 hours
Rongai route kilimanjaro Day four itinerary A short, but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb panoramic views and a tangible sense of wilderness. All vegetation is left behind before reaching the next camp at the Mawenzi Tarn hut, situated behind Mawenzi. Explore the area to aid in acclimatization.
Should you choose to spend an additional acclimatization day on the mountain, it will be spent here, with an acclimatization hike up the slope towards Mawenzi before returning to camp for dinner and your overnight.
   

 

Day five on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary
Day 4 on Kilimanjaro
Starting point Mawenzi Tarn Hut at +/- 4330m
End point The Kibo Huts at +/- 4695m
Terrain Alpine Desert
Distance to walk +/- 8 Km
Hiking time About 5 hours
We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach the Kibo huts (4 720 m.). The remainder of the day is spent relaxing and preparing for the final ascent. Get as much rest as possible before the wake-up call later. [4-5 hours walking]. Rongai route kilimanjaro Day five itinerary

 

Day six on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary
Day 5 on Kilimanjaro
Starting point The Kibo Huts at +/- 4695m
First major landmark Gillman’s Point at +/- 5150m
Second major landmark Uhuru Peak at +/- 5895m
End point The Horombo Huts at +/- 3690m
Terrain Alpine Desert scree slope with ice/snow and Glaciers
Distance to summit +/- 6 Km
Total distance to walk +/- 22 Km
Hiking time About 10~15 hours
Rongai route kilimanjaro Day six itinerary Uhuru peak Around midnight you will have to start your final ascent to the summit. You will be woken with tea/coffee and biscuits. This part of your hike will be done at night to be able to reach Gillman’s Point around first light (+/- 6 hours from Kibo huts). This will be by far the most difficult part of your hike, as you will not only be hiking on a slope of loose gravel, but also be doing so at altitude. Remember to constantly be on the move, and only take short breaks every 2 hours or so to avoid getting cold. Your equipment that you have on should be able to assist your body to warm itself, and to keep cold wind out, but when not moving this becomes more
difficult. Once arriving at Gillman’s Point, people tend to stay too long and often choose to turn around at this point. Do not spend more than 10 minutes here as you still have the last leg of your trip to complete. Another +/- 2 hour’s hike and you will have reached Uhuru Peak – the highest point in Africa! After this amazing and emotional experience you will return to Kibo Huts via Gillman’s Point. This will go a lot faster than when you summated. You should arrive back at Kibo Huts just before lunch time for a light lunch and a short break. After that you will continue down back to the Horombo huts for dinner and a well earned rest.

 

Day seven on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary
Day 6 on Kilimanjaro
Starting point The Horombo Huts at +/- 3690m
End point The Marangu Park gate at +/- 1800m
Terrain Heathland / Moorland and rains forest at end
Distance to walk +/- 20 Km
Hiking time About 7 hours
No need for walking slowly anymore, yet it is also not necessary to run. Enjoy the scenery as you walk from the Horombo Huts via the Mandara huts down to the Marangu gate. Lunch will be served en-route and you should be back at the Marangu gate in the late afternoon. From the gate you will be collected and returned to Hotel Springlands. All successful mountaineers that have reached Uhuru Peak or Gillman’s point will be presented with a unique certificate to commemorate your achievement. Rongai route kilimanjaro Day seven itinerary
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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