This 6 Days Kilimanjaro Rongai route .The Rongai Trailhead is Kilimanjaro’s only route beginning from the north side and crossing the mountain. Rongai Route 6 Day begins and end at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort in Marangu.
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), there will be a private transfer waiting at the airport to pick up you to Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort in Marangu.
All airport transfers are the part of the package, no extra fee is required.
It is used by few trekkers. It joins with the Marangu Route on the final ascent to the summit on the fourth day, but otherwise few others are seen along the way. This route affords the opportunity to witness up-close the Mawenzi volcano, the second highest peak of Kilimanjaro, and the magnificent saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo Peak.
Due to the rugged terrain and the very limited acclimatization time, fitness plays a huge role in the enjoyment and success of this trek. Each day you see many changes of vegetation and scenery, due to the rising terrain and decrease in precipitation. The accommodation is in mountain tents and dining is in our mess tents. Toilet tents with convenient and sanitary portable flush toilets are set up at all camps.
Itinerary (6 days rongai route / 5 nights on Kili):
Day 1 Briefing
Your guides will meet you at your hotel in Moshi for a detailed briefing of the climb.
Accommodation:Keys Hotel – Moshi (D)
Day 2 Transfer to Loitokitok gate (2000 m) – hike to Rongai 1 Caves camp (2830 m)
Departure from hotel will be at around 7:30 am for Loitokitok Gate (ca. 4 hrs transfer), where you will complete the entry formalities and have lunch.
You start trekking through fields and dense mountain rain forest to your first camp in the heather. 3-4 hrs trekking.Accommodation: Rongai 1 Caves camp (B, L, D)
Day 3 Rongai 1 Caves – Rongai 2 (3450 m) or Rongai 3 Caves camp (3950 m)
About 4-5 hrs trekking through heather and moorland brings you to the second caves where you have lunch. If the weather is clear, Mawenzi will be in plain view – a stunning sight. Enjoy stopping to observe an exotic heather-zone vegetation along the trail. If you are still very fit, you might continue to the Rongai 3 caves camp (ca. 2-3 hrs trekking), otherwise you stay overnight here.Accommodation: Rongai 2 or Rongai 3 Caves camp (B, L, D)
Day 4 Rongai 2 (or 3) – Outward Bound camp (4,750 m)
From Rongai 2, it’s about 5-7 hrs, from Rongai 3 about 3-5 hrs trekking, first through moorland and then into the highland desert, until you arrive in the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The landscape grows more impressive and spectacular as you gain altitude.
Prepare all your gear for the night ahead and turn in early to rest.Accommodation: Outward Bound camp (B, L, D)
Day 5 Outward bound camp – Gilman’s Point (5712 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Horombo Camp (3110 m)
A hot drink will arrive very early this morning. At about 1 am , you start trekking towards the rim of the crater, which you reach at Gilmans’ Point (5,712 m) and from there to Uhuru Peak (7-8 hrs). The following descend to Horombo Camp is about 6-8 hrs.
At the start of the trek at 1 am, temperatures usually be between -10 and 0 deg. and somewhere between -12 deg. C (10 deg. F) to -23 deg. C (-10 F.) on or near the summit just before dawn.
The slope is steep, with switchbacks, over loose rock and scree with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point. You will stop at Hans Meyer cave on the way, the famous place that Kilimanjaro’s first western climber described in jis journals. Once at Gilmans’ Point (after ca. 5-6 hrs) at the edge of the crater, the trail becomes less steep and Uhuru Peak is reached after 1.5-2 hrs trekking along the usually snowy crater rim. After descending to Kibo hut, there is a pause for rest and food, then it’s another 3-4 hrs to reach Horombo Camp. Total trekking time: 13-16 hrs.Accommodation: Horombo camp (B, L, D)
Day 6 Final descend – Transfer to Moshi
It’s a relaxed 5-6 hours trek straight down to Marangu Gate, where you’ll have lunch. After receiving your certificates and saying goodbye to many of your crew, we’ll return to Moshi).
Accommodation: Keys Hotel – Moshi (B, L, D)