- 6 Days from$2455 p/p in USD
- DeparturesJan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
Camping, Mid Range
The Rongai Route on Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the preferred routes due to its gradual ascent and unspoiled wilderness. Its ascent profile is very similar to that of Marangu with a gradual and steady climb, 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 days is possible. Rongai is slowly gaining in popularity with its views of the north side of Kilimanjaro, sleeping in tents and more gradual climb. Although it starts off with a long drive to the starting point, you will be rewarded with fantastic views and by the likelihood that you will be the only climbers on the way up. All your equipment and supplies are carried for you by a team of porters and a cook prepares all your meals.
- Safari types:Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
- You will visit:Kilimanjaro National Park
- Wildlife:Birds, Colobus Monkey, Dik Dik, Blue Monkey
- Getting around:Transfer Vehicle
- Start/end:Start/end in Arusha or Moshi
- Minimum age:6
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 2,455 per person
- Pre & post trek accommodation on B&B basis
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3-season mountain tents & double layered sleeping mats
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain & filtered water
- Fair wages for mountain crew as approved by KINAPA & KIATO
- Supplemental oxygen & pulse oximeter
- 2- way shared airport transfers (for private transfers it costs $20 extra per vehicle)
- Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees, VAT
- Flights & visas
- Portable flush toilet – US$150 per toilet + toilet tent
- Doctor for the group
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry service
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Day by Day Overview
After an early breakfast in Moshi, drive for approximately 3 hours to Rongai Gate near the Kenya border. After registering at the gate, begin your climb to Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa. During the first day, hike through forests where you may see and hear wildlife. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first campsite. Rongai ascends via the less forested northern side of the mountain.
It is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the gate. The Rongai trail is thought to have the best chances of viewing wildlife.
Elevation Gain: 760 meters, 2,000 feet
During day two hike through Kilimanjaro’s moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times. During the day you can see Mawenzi Peak ahead.
Elevation Gain: 1,000 meters, 3,280 feet
Today is an acclimatization day, allowing you to hike in the beginning of the day and rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn Campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo.
Elevation Gain: 730 meters, 2,390 feet
Cross the lunar landscape of the saddle on this day to arrive at the final campsite. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone, giving you views of your final destination.
Elevation Gain: 420 meters/1380 feet
Around midnight begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours hike by the light of your flashlight. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman’s Point. The hike from Gilman’s to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.
Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, 3,760 feet Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters, 7,140 feet
After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Moshi. You will be able to buy t-shirts and sodas at the gate.
Elevation Loss: 1,920 meters, 6,295 feet