RONGAI ROUTE 6 DAYS ITINERARY;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1
Rongai Start Point (1996m) - Simba camp (2626m).
Depart from Moshi town and drive 45 minutes to the Marangu park gate for registration. From Marangu park gate we travel to Nalemuru, north east Kilimanjaro, a further 68km and approximately 2 ½ hours to the Rongai start point (1996m). Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nalemuru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through a beautiful country side. The first night's camp is at Simba Camp (2 626m). The camp facilities include a public toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut.

 

Day 2
Simba camp (2626m) - Kikelewa Camp (3679m).
We hike from Simba camp up towards Kibo till 3 482m for lunch at First Caves, a distance of 5.8km. After lunch we continue trekking until reaching Kikelewa Camp at about 3679 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you're on a really big mountain! Water can be found in a obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find a pool or two. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Kikelewa camp.

 

Day 3
Kikelewa Cave (3679m) - Mawenzi Tarn camp (4303m).
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.

 

Day 4
Mawenzi Tarn camp (4303m) - Kibo hut (4730m).
After breakfast we head west and continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo hut.

 

Day 5
Summit attempt
Kibo hut (4730m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3705m).
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and 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), also a good resting spot.
The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillmans Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa.
Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it.


Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest at Kibo hot, you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner.

 

Day 6
Horombo hut (3705m) - Marangu Gate (1860m).
After breakfast the crew arrange good and nice mount Kilimanjaro popular songs to sing on a small goodbye ceremony before you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate.
At Marangu gate you sign out your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates.
You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, nice dinner, overnight and celebrations!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RONGAI ROUTE 7 DAYS ITINERARY

 

Day 1
Rongai Gate (1950m) – Simba Camp.(2600m)
Pick up from the hotel or our family home (depend where you will be staying before and after the climb) drive for two hours and half to Marangu park gate for formalities registration after that transfer to the Rongai trailhead in about 3hours. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nalemuru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The first night’s camp is at Simba camp, at about 2,600 meters. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below simba camp.

 

Day 2
Simba Camp –Second Caves.
Late Breakfast, enjoy the morning at Simba camp proceed with the hiking very slowly acclimatize your body until you reach Second Caves (3450M ) for hot lunch. Afternoon relax at second caves with dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3 
Second Caves (3450m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m).
After breakfast then continues up towards Kibo, reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Caves camp (Kikelewa Caves).

 

Day 4
Kikelewa Caves (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn hut Camp (4330m).
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.

 

Day 5
Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m) – Kibo Hut (4700m).
Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo Camp.

 

Day 6
Summit Attempt, Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m).
You will wake up around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. 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), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you madeit. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut for a short rest ten after you descent to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The descent to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around almost 14 hours, . Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and well-earned sleep.

 

Day 7
Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m).
After breakfast the crew arrange popular mount Kilimanjaro songs to sing on a small ceremony before  you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign out your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates.  You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, nice dinners, nice bed, overnight and celebration.

 

Rongai Route