7 DAYS RONGAI ROUTE

ovERVIEW

Rongai route  approaches the Mount kilimanjaro from the North eastern side of the Mountain along the Kenya Tanzania border and decent via Marangu route.The route offers the most gradual ascent than any other route  and is moderately difficult , making it the best route during the rainy seasons as the mountain receives less precipitation on this side .

Rongai route is the most preferred route for climbers looking for an alternative for Marangu route.

ITINERARY

On day 1 you will go through farms, pine trees and into the forest on the mountain slopes. Your day trek ends at the edge of the moorland zone.
Altitude gain: 635m | Walking time: 4-5h

On day 2 of the trek, you will have a steady ascent up to the Second Cave Camp you will enjoy views of Kibo and Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Vegetation will change into more shrubs.
Altitude gain: 855m | Walking time: 3-4h

Another day, another steady ascent, walking though moorland. We will leave the main trail and strike out across moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The trek ends  in the sheltered valley near Kikelewa caves.
Altitude gain : 150m | Walking time: 3-4h

After a steep ascent up grassy slopes you will the Mawenzi Tarn, rest and use this day to take an acclimatization walk and explore the surrounding area. Your rewarded of the day is a superb view of the Kenyan plains to the north.
Altitude gain: 680m | Walking time: 4-5h

On day 5 is when you will be heading to the base camp. On this route the base camp can be Kibo hut or School Hut depending on the decision of your chief guide. When you reach the base camp you will spend most of the time resting and prepare for the midnight summit hike.
Altitude gain: 400m | Walking time: 5-6h

Day 6 is your summit day. You will have a very slow (pole pole) ascent to Gillman’s Point (5681m)  then a further hike of 1 – 2 hours to reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m.  After the summit, you will go back to the base camp for 1 to 2 hours break and a meal before you proceed descending to Horombo Hut on Marangu route.
Altitude gain 11803  and down by 2175m | Walking time: 12-14h

Toggle ConteThe last is long descent through  tropical rainforest to Kilimanjaron national park headquarters at Marangu gate.
Altitude loss: 1840m | Walking time: 12-15hnt

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Frequent Asked QUESTIONS

CAN CHILDREN CLIMB KILIMANJARO?

Yes, but the minimum age limit set by Kilimanjaro National Park for children trekking to Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro is 10 years old.

CAN YOU LEAVE EXCESS LUGGAGE BEHIND WHILST TREKKING KILIMANJARO?

Yes, any excess luggage you do not need to carry with you on Mount Kilimanjaro can be left at our office. You should keep valuable items with you at all times.

WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED WEIGHT FOR OUR DAY PACK?

The recommended weight is a maximum of 7 kgs.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON MT KILIMANJARO?

Expect equatorial to arctic conditions on Mt Kilimanjaro. However, depending on the route chosen, you will begin your trek in dry plains or tropical forests with average temperatures between 25⁰C and 30⁰C. Expect various terrains and weather zones to arrive at the permanently snow-capped summit. You may experience rainfalls and sub-zero temperatures on your trek.

WHAT IS THE WEIGHT LIMIT FOR LUGGAGE ON KILIMANJARO CLIMBS?

Each porter can carry up to 20kg of luggage. Your duffle bag needs to be of 15kg weight so that we can add mattress and sleeping bag to make a total of 20kg.

DO WE TIP THE MOUNTAIN CREW?

Yes, it is expected and much appreciated. The amount depends on the amount of days, but can range from $150 and $300 per hiker. Tips are pooled and shared amongst the crew. Bring US dollar bills.

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