The Rongai route begins on the northern side of the mountain and is the least traveled route. It is a long drive to the starting point but you are rewarded by fantastic views and the likelihood that you will be the only climbers around. If you take this route up the mountain you are obliged by park rules to descend via the Marangu Route which is the most popular and well used route.
Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route Itinerary: 6 Days & 5 Nights
Day 01: Arrival
Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport/Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Transfer by normal (0800am or 0200pm) shuttle Bus to Arusha where you booked in Arusha Crown Hotel/Impala hotel for the night BB
Day 02: Hotel – Rongai Gate – First Cave
Today we transfer to the start of the Rongai route, close to the Kenyan border, where we begin the ascent of Kilimanjaro. The first night will be camping at the first cave.
Day 03: First Cave – Third Cave
The climbing today is a gradual ascent and we get great views of the plains of Kenya below and the spectacular Mawenzi Tarn above. We get up to a height of 3800m today where we camp for the night by the Third Cave.
Day 04: Third Cave
We have an extra day for acclimatization. This is spent in the vicinity of Third Cave taking gentle walks.
Day 05: Third Cave – Kibo Hut
Our climb today takes us through the lunar desert of the Saddle, the lava-covered expanse between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo. By the end of the day we reach Kibo Hut at 4700m where we camp overnight and rest, ready for the ascent the next day.
Day 06: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut
We have a very early start for the final ascent, leaving the hut in the middle of the night to arrive at Uhuru Peak just after dawn. It is a 4 to 5 hour slow walk up increasingly steep screed to Gillman’s Point at 5690m followed by a further 1 to 2 hour walk around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak at 5896m. You have incredible views of glaciers many storey high surrounding you, and the plains of Africa stretched out below you. After taking in this amazing view we return by the same path past Kibo Hut and on down the Marangu Route all the way to Horombo Hut.
Day 07: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate
It just takes us about half the day to descend back down to the park gates at Marangu. Here we will be met and transferred back to the Arusha hotel. It is now time to celebrate your achievement. Overnight bed and breakfast basis.
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National Park entry fees, camping fees, rescue fees
English speaking guide(s), cook and porters
Full board camping accommodation during the climb
Camping equipment ie Tents + Form mattress
Mineral water for the first day, boiled and filtered water on the other days
Transfer to the gate and return to Arusha
Meals and accommodation in Arusha – We can arrange this one too.
Personal expenses and tips