7 Days Rongai Route

7 Days Rongai Route


The Rongai Route is regarded as one of the most straightforward and successful routes. It begins on the north side of Mt. Kilimanjaro, just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the less traveled routes. Climbers can see the mountain from a variety of vantage points as they descend the Marangu Route on the mountain’s south side.

The drive from Arusha town to the trailhead takes about 4 hours and passes through numerous villages and coffee plantations, as well as a stop at Marangu gate to register for climbing permits.

7 Days Rongai Route

Day by day

Day 1 Arrive Tanzania at Kilimanjaro Airport

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport in the evening, where a representative of Mbassa Adventures will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name on it and a board bearing your name. You will be provided with a speedy and private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Arusha where you will be staying for the night. Your head guide will conduct both an orientation and a check of your climbing equipment before you begin your ascent of Kilimanjaro. Mbassa Adventures offers rental services for any items that might be needed. Spend the night in the Hotel.

Day 2 Arusha – Rongai Gate

After breakfast, depart from your Arusha lodge and drive to Marangu Gate to obtain a permit. Then continue on to Nalemoru Gate, near Kenya’s border, to begin your Mt. Kilimanjaro trek. The walk on the first day is a gradual ascent through the rainforest. Keep an eye out for elephants and cats covering parts of the trail as you walk. The trek takes about 3 to 4 hours and takes you to Simba Camp, your first camp (alt.2570m).

Day 3 Kilimanjaro

Today’s Kilimanjaro climb will pick you up to the ‘Second Cave’ (alt.3450m), where you will be treated to breathtaking views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim. You’ll stop for lunch on the way, then leave the main trail to follow a smaller path across the moorland towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Tonight’s campsite is in a sheltered valley near Kikelelwa Cave, with a giant Senecio. You’ll be trekking for about 7 hours today. Kikelelwa Camp provides overnight accommodations (alt.3800m).

Day 4 Kilimanjaro

Prepare for a short but steep climb today that will take you up grassy slopes and reward you with stunning all-around views and a tangible sense of wilderness. As you leave the vegetation behind, you will soon arrive at Mawenzi Tarn, the next camp (altitude 4330m). It is spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath Mawenzi’s towering spires. You have free time in the afternoon to rest or explore the surrounding areas as part of your acclimatization. Spend the night at Mawenzi Turn Hut (alt. 4330m).

Day 5 Kilimanjaro

You will cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo after breakfast in your camp to reach Kibo Hut (alt. 4750m) at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall. The rest of the day will be spent resting in preparation for the final ascent. Time spent on the trail: 5 hours. Kibo Hut Overnight (alt. 4750m).

Day 6 Kilimanjaro

At 1 a.m., you begin the final leg of your climb. This section is the steepest and most difficult. To reach the crater rim at Gilman’s Point, you must walk slowly through the darkness on a switchback trail through loose scree (alt. 5685). Where you will stop for a short break to take in the magnificent sunrise over Mawenzi, Following that, you continue on to Uhuru Peak (alt. 5896m). You’ll be close to the breathtaking glaciers and ice cliffs that still dominate the summit area. Your trek to Kibo (altitude 4740) is surprisingly short, and after some rest, you continue down to Horombo, where you’ll spend the night. Horombo Hut is where you’ll spend the night (alt. 3700m).

Day 7 Kilimanjaro – Arusha

After breakfast, you’ll have a steady descent through moorland to Mandara Hut (alt. 2752m), the first stop on the Marangu route. Continue your descent through lovely, lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu, where you will be rewarded for your achievement with a certificate. Mbassa Adventures style, celebrate your success with your crew. Join your porters to put your dancing skills to the test as they demonstrate how success is celebrated in Africa. After that, you will be transferred back to Arusha, where you will be provided with a day room to freshen up until the evening, when you will be picked up by your driver and transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will board your homebound flight. However, an African vacation would be incomplete without a wildlife safari. Spend the night in Arusha and then go on a Tanzania wildlife safari the next day!

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