RONGAI ROUTE DESCREPTION

The Rongai Route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, near the Kenyan border. Rongai's ascent profile is very similar to that of Marangu. It is one of Kilimanjaro easier routes. The climb to the top is gradual and steady. However, unlike Marangu, this route has low crowds and passes through remote wilderness areas.

It is probably the only route where seeing wildlife in the first few days is possible. Rongai is the best route for people who are looking for a decent quality experience and are perhaps not absolutely confident about their fitness and those who want to enjoy a quieter hike. It is also preferred when climbing during the rainy season because the north side of the mountain receives less precipitation is usually for five-night climb.

ELEVATION: 1,400 m to 1,950 m to 2,750 m
DISTANCE: 9 km
CLIMBING TIME: 4 hours
HABITAT (ZONE): Montane Forest

You will have an early breakfast, departs with lunch box to Rongai gate (1,950 m) passing through villages, coffee and banana farm for 5-hour drive to the gate. After register you will start hiking on a wide path winding through fields of maize and potatoes, and then enter into montane forest. You will then start to climb gently but consistently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin as you arrive at Simba Camp (2,750 m) with fantastic views over the Kenyan plains.

ELEVETION: 2,750 m to 3,600 m
DISTANCE: 17 km
CLIMBING TIME: 7 hours
HABITAT (ZONE): Moorland

After an early breakfast you will have a steady ascent to the second cave where you will stop for lunch. You leave the direct trail at this point and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path toward Mawenzi side peak to Kikelewa Camp in a sheltered valley. At the Kikelewa Camp you will settle for your dinner and overnight rest.

ELEVETION: 3,600m to 4,330m
DISTANCE: 7km
CLIMBING TIME: 4 hours
HABITAT (ZONE): Semi-Desert

After breakfast you will face a up grassy slope; rewarded by superb all-round views, immersed in the vast surrounding wilderness. Soon after, you leave the vegetation behind and arrive at the Mawenzi Tarn Camp where you will also see the amazing undried Lake with no inlet as well as outlet here you will have lunch and rest then dinner and overnight at this camp. The camp is situated in a spectacular cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi Peak.

This is your extra day on the mountain, and you will spend two nights at Mawenzi Tarn. You will hike up towards Mawenzi for a splendid acclimatization hike. Then after return back to the camp for lunch the dinner and overnight.

ELEVETION:  4,330m to 4,695m
DISTANCE: 8km
CLIMBING TIME: 5 hours
HABITAT (ZONE): Alpine Desert

Early after breakfast, start an easy hike with lunch box across the massive saddle, crossing is very impressive and the landscape spectacularly stark. Up to the Kibo Hut for overnight and preparation for amazing ascend to Uhuru peak.

ELEVATION: 4,695 m to 5,895 m to 3,690 m 
DISTANCE: 4 km up, 14 km down 
CLIMBING AND DESCENDING TIME: 10-15 hours 
HABITAT (ZONE): Alpine Desert. 

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave to the peak at 12; 00AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 4 and 6 AM. At this point, you will have views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend short time for taking photo’s. After your summit activities done, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have a hot lunch, rest, collect your equipment, and continue on down, re-crossing the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Have dinner and overnight at Horombo huts campsite.

ELEVATION: 3,690 m to 1,830 m to 1,400 m
DISTANCE: 18 km
DESCENDING: 5-7 hours

After a long and enjoyable sleep you will be awaked for breakfast and pack up, start descend through the moorland to Mandara Huts. Here you will have lunch then proceeds with your conquering down through lush forest to Marangu gate. Here you will sign out then have a hot lunch and drive at a hotel in Arusha for certificate presentation and commemoration.

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