The Rongai Route is one of the easiest routes and the success rate is very high.
The route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many view points.
The drive to the trail head takes about 3 hours from Moshi through many villages and coffee plantations, including a stop to register climbing permits at Marangu.
The Rongai Route can also be accessed from Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Allow 2 hours including border crossing. We will need copies of passports ahead of time.
Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Rongai Gate (Nale Moru), Hike to Simba Camp
Drive to the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (about 2 hours including a stop to get permits at Marangu). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. 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.
Elevation: 2000m/6560ft to 2635m/8645ft
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Day 2 : Hike Simba Camp to Second Cave
The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.
Elevation: 2635m/8645ft to 3487m/11,440ft
Walking Time: 3-4 hours
THE MAWENZI TARN HUT ROUTE
Day 3: HIKE SECOND CAVE TO KIKELELWA CAMP
Elevation: 3487 m/11440ft to 3675m/12057ft
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
After breakfast we shall hike south easterly turn directly toward the jagged peak of Mawenzi. Traversing, open moorland past vegetation blackened and damage in a fire in 2007, the path meanders and undulate and, assuming you have already walked from Simba camp this morning, you will feel rather drained by the time you stumble into Kikelelwa camp, situated by a couple of caves by the Kikelelwa River.
Day 4: KIKELELWA CAMP TO MAWENZ TARN HUT CAMPSITE
Elevation: 3675m/12057ft to 4302/14114ft
Hiking time: 2-3
Trough this stage to Mawenzi Tarn Hut is relatively short, hence is usually to complete our trip during the morning. So that is allowing us to have time for brief and acclimatization to trek in the afternoon for those who feel up it. It`s also steep as you gain 600m, passing trough moorland vegetation as it climbs steadily.
Day 5: MAWENZI TARN HUT TO KIBO
Elevation: 4302m/14114ft to 47oom/ 15400ft
Distance: 9 km
Hiking time: 5-6 Hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
This lovely day begin with a slight retracing of your steps before you strike out westward crossing the ridge and dropping down the slope to tiptoe along the beautifully barren saddle`s northern edge. With views like screensavers to east and west, it`s a rare trekker indeed who doesn`t rare this day as their favorite on the mountain.
Day 6 : Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s Point located on the crater rim (elev 5700m/18,700ft). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.
The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!
Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Down to 3700m/12,200ft
Distance: 6km up / 15km down
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 7 : Hike Horombo Hut to Marangu gate , drive to Moshi
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
A vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).It is time for celebration
Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1905m/6250ft
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Our Package include:
-Fair and ethical treatment of porters
-Medical evacuation with AMREF flying Doctors
– 2 night and accommodations-one before and after the trek in good hotels.
– All Park entrance fee.
– Rescue fees in mountain
– Transfers from Airport and return.
– All meals while on the Mountain
– Salaries to the guides, cooks and porters
– Highly experienced English speaking – Professional & experienced mountain guides
– Government Tax
– Camping fees
– Hot water for washing every day
– Clean, purified drinking water
– Management and safety procedures
-Fair and ethical treatment of porters
– Water proof tents tent on climb, Mess tent and crew tents
– Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
-Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
-Arrival and Departure transfers
-Tips for guides,cook and porters
-Track your trek by satelite device services
– ALTOX Personal oxygen System
– Tanzania Visa on arrival
-Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
– Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)