A Tanzania Safari: 7 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro via Rongai Route
Rongai Route is the only route that approaches the summit from the north whereby it starts near the border of Tanzania and Kenya. For those looking for a more remote route, The 7 Days Kilimanjaro Climb via Rongai is an excellent choice, as traffic is low and it offers a different perspective of the mountain as you conquer it from the northern part. After your arrival at the hotel, right after dinner meet with your experienced mountain guide for a short brief about Mount Kilimanjaro and check if you have all the necessary and correct mountain climbing gears.
Overnight at: First Cave Camp
Overnight at: Kikelewa Cave
Overnight at: Mawenzi Tarn Hut
Overnight at: Mawenzi Tarn Hut
Overnight at: Kibo Hut
Overnight at: Horombo Hut
Overnight at: Panama Garden Resort
Itinerary -> 7 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro via Rongai Route
After breakfast, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the starting point at Marangu Gate (which is approximately one hour from Moshi). Immediately after registration, will then take a short transfer to Rongai Gate where you will begin ascending the mountain. The path winds through maize and potato fields and then gently climbs, through rainforest habitat which is home to a variety of wildlife, including the Black and White Colobus Monkey. The Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro and is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife.
Elevation Gain: 800 meters/ 2,500 feet
Hiking time: Approximately 5 hours
On the second day, you will begin with a steady incline up to Second Cave where you will stop for lunch. From here you will continue on through the moorland zone towards to Mawenzi Peak, giving you a great chance to take in the breath-taking views of the mountain along the way. If the skies are clear, you will be able to get some fantastic shots of Kibo Peak. The afternoon is gentler as you continue across the moorland to camp in a sheltered valley at Kikelewa or the third cave.
Elevation Gain: 1,000 meters / 3,400 feet
Hiking time: Approximately 6 to 7 hours
The hike of today is short but steep along a grassy trail. Continue to trek at a slow pace through the moorland heath; you will begin to notice a change in the scenery as you enter the alpine desert zone. After a few hours of hiking, you will reach Mawenzi Tarn Hut which sits right beneath the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The remaining hours of the day can be spent relaxing or exploring the surroundings before a hearty dinner and overnight rest.
Elevation Gain: 730 meters / 2,400 feet
Hiking time: Approximately 3 to 4 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
Today you can have a lie in, as you will be staying at Mawenzi Tarn Hut for a second night and spend the day on an acclimatization walk. Depending on how you feel after yesterday’s climb, you can either take a steep walk up the scree slopes towards the peak of Mawenzi or enjoy a gentler climb to the ridge or the lunar desert visiting the site of a plane crash on the way. Return to Mawenzi Tarn for a hot lunch and afternoon of rest.
After morning breakfast, you will then cross the lunar-like landscape between the Mawenzi and Kibo saddle. From here you will start to get fantastic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro’s summit before arriving at Kibo Hut. Upon arriving you will start to prepare for your final ascent – TO THE SUMMIT – which you will begin around midnight!
Elevation Gain: 370 meters / 1,200 feet
Hiking time: Approximately 5 to 6 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
This is where the hiking gets really tough! Just before midnight, you will venture into the night and begin your final ascent to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Heading on the northwest through the heavy stone scree following multiple switchbacks between Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers until you reach Stella Point (5,685m). This section is probably the most challenging part of the route and will require great physical and mental effort. Continue to move slowly, always listening to your guide.
After a short rest at Stella Point, you will hike along the crater rim for another hour before reaching your ultimate goal – Uhuru Peak! Congratulations! You have now made it to the “Roof of Africa”. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend there, but it is important to start your descent within good time to ensure you get enough rest back at Barafu Camp. After your rest, you’ll gather the rest of your belongings and descend to Mweka Hut (3,100m) where you’ll enjoy dinner and a well-earned sleep!
Horombo Huts (3,720m/12,200ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,195 meters / 3,940 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters / 7,140 feet
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours to Uhuru Peak; 7 to 8 hours to Horombo Huts
Habitat: Arctic conditions
After eating breakfast, you will begin the easiest part of your adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro via a scenic path through the forest to Marangu Gate. Successful hikers who made it to Stella Point and Uhuru Peak will be awarded their certificates at the gate.
Then it’s time to drive back to your hotel to enjoy a shower, dinner, and celebrations with a Kilimanjaro beer!
Elevation Loss: 1,890 meters / 6,200 feet
Hiking Time: 5 to 7 hours
Inclusions -> 7 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro via Rongai Route
$1,850 per person
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