Mt Kilimanjaro

Ultimate Kilimanjaro climb uses 7 Days Rongai Route Effective

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Kilimanjaro climb 7 Days Rongai route is one of the easier routes up Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro Rongai route is the only route to approach Kilimanjaro from the north and the descent is via the Marangu Route.

Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and follows the same path taken by the Marangu route which passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak.

Kilimanjaro

MT KILIMANJARO RONGAI ROUTE

There are six established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain.

The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north. All routes except Marangu and Rongai descend via Mwerka.

Rongai Route on Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via The Rongai Route

Less crowded because of its remote location the route offers trekkers a unique wilderness experience where it is possible to see large wildlife like antelope, elephant and buffalo.

As there is typically less moisture on this side of the mountain you are less likely to encounter rain and have more unclouded views of the peak.  While it is flatter, it does not give the climb high sleep low option and therefore recommended to select more days for acclimatization.

The Rongai route is one of the easier routes up Kilimanjaro. Rongai is the only route to approach Kilimanjaro from the north and the descent is via the Marangu Route.Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and follows the same path taken by the Marangu route which passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak.

There are several variations; the one described is a longer route taking in Mawenzi Tarn.

Duration: 5 or 6 days
Difficulty: Medium
Scenery: Very good
Traffic: Low

 

Upon arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred for overnight accommodation at Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel 4 stars B&B. Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.

 

DAY 1: NALE MURU GATE – SIMBA CAMP: 7K /4.3MI | 3-4 HRS | RAINFORES

Elevation: 1997m/6552ft to 2635m/8645ft
Altitude gained: 638m

Departing from Moshi a 4-5 hour drive will take you through the coffee plantations and Village of Nale Muru to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful wooded scenery, and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife you are likely to see. Simba camp sits near the first cave at the edge of the moorland zone with spectacular views of the plains of Kenya.

 

DAY 2: SIMBA CAMP – SECOND CAVE CAMP: 5.8KM/3.6MI | 5-6HRS | MOORLAND

Elevation: 2635m/8645ft to 3487m/11440ft
Altitude gained: 852m

After a good night sleep and a hearty breakfast we continue along moorland terrain on a consistent ascending path. You will catch some terrific views of Kibo and get your first glimpse of the ice fields on the Eastern crater rim. The small shrubs of the moorland became thinner as you approve the Second Cave. Temperatures begin to drop.

 

DAY 3: SECOND CAVE CAMP – KIKELEWA CAMP: 5.95KM/3.7MI | 2-3HRS | SEMI DESERT

Elevation: 3487m/11,440ft to 3675m/12057ft
Altitude gained: 188m

After breakfast and packing, you continue your stead ascent across the Moorland towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. This relatively short hiking day brings you closer to the Easter ice fields, continually drawing your attention to their beauty. Pay attention to your body and keep your guide informed of any signs of altitude sickness.

Day 5 : Hike Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn

 

DAY 4: KIKELEWA CAMP- MAWENZI TARN: 3.75KM/2.3MI | 3-4HRS | SEMI DESERT

Elevation: 3487m/11440ft to 4302m/14114ft
Altitude gained: 627m

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb views. Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn, spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization.
If you are spending an extra day on the mountain, you will camp for two nights here. You can hike up and around Mawenzi for your acclimatization hike.

 

DAY 5: MAWENZI TARN – KIBO HUT: 8.9KM /5MI | 4-5HRS | ALPINE DESERT

Elevation: 4302m/14,114ft to 4714m/15,466ft
Altitude gained: 412m

Cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent on Summit Night.

 

DAY 6: KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT: 4KM /2.5 MI UP | 5-7HRS | – HOROMBO HUTS: 15.75KM /9.8MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW CAPPED SUMMIT

Elevation: 4302m/14,114ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 721m
Descent to 3721m/12,208ft
Altitude lost: 2174m

Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused of the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.

Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!

After photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.

 

DAY 7: HOROMBO HUTS – MARANGU GATE – MOSHI: 20KM/12.5MI |6-7HRS | RAINFOREST

Elevation: 3721m/12,208 to 1905m/6250ft
Altitude lost: 1816m

After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down stopping at the Mandara Huts for lunch. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. You return back to the Marangu Park Gate and receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles. From the gate, a vehicle will meet you to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 45 minutes). Enjoy a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!

Overnight Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel 4 stars B&B. before being transferred to your journey home, safari or relaxing trip to Zanzibar.

 

CERTIFIED ETHICAL CLIMBING:

We believe the tourism industry has an obligation and a great opportunity to protect the world’s natural habitats, cultural heritage sites and communities. We actively promote environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

As a Partner for Responsible Travel, we are proud members and active supporters of the
The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, (KPAP) an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection, (IMEC). KPAP raises public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and assists climbing companies with implementing procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters.

Every climb is audited to ensure crewmembers are provided proper salaries, tips, food, equipment and sleeping conditions. We think it’s pretty great and our clients do as well, check out our Tripadvisor profile to see what people are saying about us.

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    All about the Ultimate Kilimanjaro climb uses 7 Days Rongai Route Effective.

    7 Days Rongai Route

    • DAY 1: NALE MURU GATE – SIMBA CAMP: 7K /4.3MI | 3-4 HRS | RAINFORES
    • DAY 2: SIMBA CAMP – SECOND CAVE CAMP: 5.8KM/3.6MI | 5-6HRS | MOORLAND
    • DAY 3: SECOND CAVE CAMP – KIKELEWA CAMP: 5.95KM/3.7MI | 2-3HRS | SEMI DESERT
    • DAY 4: KIKELEWA CAMP- MAWENZI TARN: 3.75KM/2.3MI | 3-4HRS | SEMI DESERT
    • DAY 5: MAWENZI TARN – KIBO HUT: 8.9KM /5MI | 4-5HRS | ALPINE DESERT
    • DAY 6: KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT: 4KM /2.5 MI UP | 5-7HRS | – HOROMBO HUTS: 15.75KM /9.8MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW CAPPED SUMMIT
    • DAY 7: HOROMBO HUTS – MARANGU GATE – MOSHI: 20KM/12.5MI |6-7HRS | RAINFOREST

     

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Transfers:

    • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
    • Transfer to the trailhead – entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
    • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro park and transfer to the hotel;

    Entry fees:

    • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fees, and everyone other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

    Accommodation:

    • One night at 3* hotel (Aishi Machame Hotel or Altezza Lodge) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay – caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
    • Tented accommodation on Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or  Kilimanjaro Tents).

    Please note:
    All accommodation is on a sharing basis (i.e. you’ll be sharing together with your travel companion a twin/double room within the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we’ll match you with a same-sex adventurer).

    Meals:

    • Breakfast within the hotel before and after the hike;
    • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several sorts of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
    • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, cocoa, and water).
    • Hiking and safety equipment
    • 2-inch (10-cm) thick and cozy sleeping mats;
    • All group equipment (spacious and cozy dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
    • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
    • GPS-tracking service;
    • Complete medical kits.

    Climbing crew:

    • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness care certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
    • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Airline tickets;
    • Visa fee;
    • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
    • Personal gear rentals;
    • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
    • Mountaineering insurance.
    Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

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    Overall Rating
    5/5
    AriJ-Jokela wrote a review Jan 2017
    Reviewed On 03/06/2021
    5/5

    Mt. Kili Climb My second attempt and 2 sucsess to Kilimanjaro (Jan/16 and Jan/17). Guide John + team at East Africa Travel made my trek fun and comfortable once again. I will be back for shore - Umbue route next! Mr Lewison Omari arranged for me, at short notice, a joined 3 day safari, for a good price - Great! Contact EAT-Company for the best service for your climb or safari. Ari Jokela / Sweden.

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