RONGAI ROUTE


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1Rongai

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, Rongai has low traffic. Through the midst of the moorland and heather precinct; trekkers enjoy a spectacular rear view of Kibo peak and Mawenzi peak from different perspective. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the crowded Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season.

Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo camp. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

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Day 1
Arrive Moshi, Tanzania
Kili Treks stuff member will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport upon arrival and transfer you to your lodge.
Overnight: Kaliwa Lodge. 

Day 2
Relax, sort gear and Cultural tour or hiking in Arusha National Park

After a comprehensive climb briefing with your guide, come along for cultural tour or spend a full day exploring Arusha National Park. During your cultural your will visit stunning waterfalls, chagga blacksmiths and market. You will return to you lodge in the afternoon for the cosy rest ready for the next day. In the evening we will all gather at local place for to try local food.

Overnight: Kaliwa Lodge

Day 3
Start Trek to Simba Cave Camp
You will be met by porters and guides then served lunch. After lunch begin walk to the first camp.  The walk is at a leisurely pace through timber forest, maize and potatoes fields and then into the natural forest. Arrive at your camp (Simba Cave Camp) for overnight and a hot meal.

Overnight: Simba Cave Camp (6,600 ft. / 2,000m)
Trekking time: 2-3 hours

Day 4
Simba Cave Camp to 2nd Cave Camp

On this day you will continue to enjoy the magnificent view of Mawenzi peak as you trek toward Kibo peak. Enjoy stopping to see the exotic heath-zone, flowers and plants which grow alongside the trail. Upon arrival at second cave camp you will be welcomed to a hot lunch.

Overnight: 2nd cave Camp (11,300FT / 3,450M)
Trekking time: 3 – 4 hours

Day 5
2nd Cave Camp to 3rd Cave Camp (Acclimatization day)

The track leads into the moorland and towards Kibo’s steeply rising slopes. The camp is situated between two peaks (Mawenzi and Kibo) with a clear day you will enjoy a magnificent views towards Mawenzi and Kibo. After lunch and a rest, you can take a short hike for 1 – 2 hours to and fro for a better acclimatization.

Overnight: 3rd Cave Camp (12,415FT / 3,952M)
Trekking time: 2-3 hours

Day 6
3rd Cave Camp to School Hut.

The trek begins uphill from the moorland and eventually into the stark highland desert. Because of the cold wind blowing from the saddle temperatures turn cold as you gain elevation to the School Hut. Have your fleece gloves and a hat. Use the rest of afternoon to make right decision with your guide about the clothing for the night. Dinner will be server earlier than previous nights to allow an early rest.

Overnight: School Hut (15,585FT / 4,750M)
Trekking time: 4-5 hours

Day 7
School Hut to Uhuru Peak / Horombo Hut.

Summit push day. You are awoken before midnight to have something to eat, and then depart the camp for the summit. Along the way you pass by and make stop Hans Meyer cave, the place is named after famous Kilimanjaro first western climber. After 5 – 6 hours of hike you will reach the rim of the crater at Gillman’s Point (18,750 ft. / 5,712 m). The trail to the summit from Gilman’s point is less demanding, and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours. The coldest time is between 03H00 – 06H00 (-10 to -20° C) 14 F – 4 F. You will spend sometimes at Uhuru depending on the weather condition.

Overnight: Horombo Hut (13,200FT. /3,950M)
Trekking time: School Hut to Uhuru peak 6-8 hours / 4-5 hours to Horombo

Days 8
Complete Trek / Returning home or continue with adventure

After a restful night’s sleep and after a heartily breakfast you will start to descend to the Mweka gate. Together, the crew sing local songs describing the folk lore around their Mystical Mountain and spiritual homeland. Reluctantly we say our goodbyes and board our vehicles that transport us to the airport for departure. This will be end of journey for those catching flight home. For those staying for safari or Zanzibar your vehicle will take you to the hotel where a shower and a real bed wait!

Overnight / Day Room: Kaliwa Lodge

Trekking time: 5-6 hours

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Day 1
Arrive Moshi, Tanzania
Kili Treks stuff member will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport upon arrival and transfer you to your lodge.
Overnight: Kaliwa Lodge. 

Day 2
Relax, sort gear and Cultural tour or hiking in Arusha National ParkAfter a comprehensive climb briefing with your guide, come along for cultural tour or spend a full day exploring Arusha National Park. During your cultural your will visit stunning waterfalls, chagga blacksmiths and market. You will return to you lodge in the afternoon for the cosy rest ready for the next day. In the evening we will all gather at local place for to try local food.Overnight: Kaliwa Lodge 

Day 3
Start Trek to Simba Cave Camp
You will be met by porters and guides then served lunch and Rongai gate. After lunch begin walk to the first camp.  The walk is at a leisurely pace through timber forest, maize and potatoes fields and then into the natural forest. Arrive at your camp (Simba Cave Camp) for overnight and a hot meal.Overnight: Simba Cave Camp (6,600 ft. / 2,000m)
Trekking time: 2-3 hours

Day 4
Simba Cave Camp to 2nd Cave Camp

On this day you will continue to enjoy the magnificent view of Mawenzi peak as you trek toward Kibo peak. Enjoy stopping to see the exotic heath-zone, flowers and plants which grow alongside the trail. Upon arrival at second cave camp you will be welcomed to a hot lunch.

Overnight: 2nd cave Camp (11,300FT / 3,450M)
Trekking time: 3 – 4 hours

Day 5
2nd Cave Camp to Kikelelwa Camp (Acclimatization day)

Begin by heading toward east. The track leads into the short heath, and so best view of Mawenzi peak as you hike. Take your time to enjoy scene around and take lots of photos. You will arrive at the camp right for hot lunch.

Overnight: Kikelelwa Camp (11,800FT. / 3600M)
Trekking time: 6-7 hours

Day 6
Kikelelwa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Hut

The trek begins by going uphill into the different shrubs then emerges on to the moorland and eventually into the stark highland desert. Have you camera handy as there are nice view of dead Giant Senecio in the gorges along the trail. On a clear day, enjoy the stunning sight of Kibo peak as well as Mawenzi as you are heading towards the camp.

Overnight: Mawenzi Tarn Hut (14,160FT / 4,315M)
Trekking time: 3-4 hours

Day 7
Mawenzi Tarn Hut to School Hut.

Because of the cold wind blowing from the saddle temperatures turn cold as you gain elevation to the School Hut. Have your fleece gloves and a hat. Use the rest of afternoon to make right decision with your guide about the clothing for the night. Dinner will be server earlier than previous nights to allow an early rest.

Overnight: School Hut (15,585FT / 4,750M)
Trekking time: 4-5 hours

Day 8
School Hut to Uhuru Peak / Horombo Hut.

Summit push day. You are awoken before midnight to have something to eat, and then depart the camp for the summit. Along the way you pass by and make stop Hans Meyer cave, the place is named after famous Kilimanjaro first western climber. After 5 – 6 hours of hike you will reach the rim of the crater at Gillman’s Point (18,750 ft. / 5,712 m). The trail to the summit from Gilman’s point is less demanding, and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours. The coldest time is between 03H00 – 06H00 (-10 to -20° C) 14 F – 4 F. You will spend sometimes at Uhuru depending on the weather condition.

Overnight: Horombo Hut (13,200FT. /3,950M)
Trekking time: School Hut to Uhuru peak 6-8 hours / 4-5 hours to Horombo

Days 9
Complete Trek / Returning home or continue with adventure

After a restful night’s sleep and after a heartily breakfast you will start to descend to the Mweka gate. Together, the crew sing local songs describing the folk lore around their Mystical Mountain and spiritual homeland. Reluctantly we say our goodbyes and board our vehicles that transport us to the airport for departure. This will be end of journey for those catching flight home. For those staying for safari or Zanzibar your vehicle will take you to the hotel where a shower and a real bed wait!

Overnight / Day Room: Kaliwa Lodge

Trekking time: 5-6 hours


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