Rongai Route

The Rongai route, is one of the trekking route which is not much popular route on Kilimanjaro and a favorite for who suffer from Feet problems, Lungs and other diseases that require simple exercises. The route is one of the easiest trek but very challenging to summit in both Kibo and School Hut. This makes climbers face challenges while summiting because of lack of acclimatization on the way up. Much efforts are applied during summit compare to other route which you use efforts on the first days and relax on last days. Topography and nature of the route which allows climbers to trek low & sleep low; hence making it a more unfavorable route for acclimatization.

Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport in the afternoon. Transfer you to the arranged Hotel in Arusha / Moshi town, and then relax for the couple of hours. You will meet your trek guide from Arctic Adventure & Safari Limited who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. This is done before dinner.

Four/Five hours driving from Arusha passing Moshi town though rural Chagga village to Marangu Gate where the permit have to be collected, From Marangu Gate the vehicle turns downhill to Marangu Mtoni facing to the dry eastern side of the mountain to Rongai Gate, Having registered with the park ranger in the reception, Have Lunch in the well-dressed tourist shelter before trekking, Start walking passing through pine , potato and maize plantation, studying the income condition of rural Tanzanians, Its just an hour before turning right and escape into the fertile green heaven of the forest find the tall trees of the Montana forest grant way to the stunted vegetation of the heather land, Is the side of the mountain that has less rain forest because it never gets much in the way of rain, Leaving the forest on the path slowly steeps wards across a stream and a few minutes latter reach to the first campsite in this route known as Simba Campsite.

After breakfast the trail starts westwards, most of the day will be walking through the heather and few trees in records, following few hours if weather give your blessing to will be bright to see a number of village on the Kenya side of the limit, upwards the trail steepness begins to turn south through round few hills with bare rocks to second cave 5.8 km at 3487m stop for Lunch. From the second Cave after lunch stop the path takes southeast direct towards Mawezi Peak, through the open moorland vegetation the trail meanders positively to the situated pair of caves and river, at Kikelelwa camp 5.95km from Second Cave

From Kikelelwa Camp heading to Mawenzi Turn Hut Camp is a short day less than 4 km steep over 600m passing through moorland vegetation climb to the barren region, The Mawezi Turn Hut is situated in the most stunning settings, in a cirque beneath pointy teeth of Mawenzi, have a hot lunch at the camp and rest.

The day starts with slight retracing your steps before strike westwards crossing theridge and drop down along the barren saddle edge and view to the east and west of the mountain, straight to the flatten gentle steep to the junction of Kibo Huts and School Huts, the destinations ends up to base camp which lies on the lower slope after few hours walk away where Kibo huts situated, go directly to the mess tent have lunch before heading to sleep as you finish before early dinner as you will awake before midnight for your summit hike.

We start off at around midnight, and trekking gentle steep from Kibo Huts, meanders through up to Williams point at 5121m, the large east-facing rock lies 1 hrs. and 45 minutes from Kibo Huts the first resting point, further on from Williams point to Hans Mayer Cave 5259m after 45 minutes for another break, the climb will seems endless, it’s the time to put particular techniques into action from there, on a stretch of fine slopes begins to reduce in size entering the final phase of the climb to Gillman’s point 5719m, Sit for few minutes to get together after completing the hardest part of the trek, getting to Stella point from Gillman’s around the crater rim, you will know that you have succeeded in reaching the rooftop of the highest point of Africa at Uhuru peak 5895m, After summiting descend passing to Stella point to Gillman’s to Kibo Huts, rest for an hour, have brunch, before moving to Horombo Huts.

After breakfast start descending, hold time to benefit from as you have come from RongaiRoute watching the view of Kibo and Mawenzi while walking downhill of the other side of the mountain, it takes 2 hrs. and 30 minutes to Mandara Huts surrounded with a thick shelter trees and stop for hot lunch, From there into the thick air down in the forest to the Gate 2 hrs.’ down, your adventure will be at an end to Marangu Gate, Sign out and meet Arctic Adventure & Safari Limited vehicles to get you back to the Hotel.

Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport in the afternoon. Transfer you to the arranged Hotel in Arusha / Moshi town, and then relax for the couple of hours. You will meet your trek guide from Arctic Adventure & Safari Limited who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. This is done before dinner.

Four/Five hours driving from Arusha passing Moshi town though rural Chagga village to Marangu Gate where the permit have to be collected, From Marangu Gate the vehicle turns downhill to Marangu Mtoni facing to the dry eastern side of the mountain to Rongai Gate, Having registered with the park ranger in the reception, Have Lunch in the well-dressed tourist shelter before trekking, Start walking passing through pine , potato and maize plantation, studying the income condition of rural Tanzanians, Its just an hour before turning right and escape into the fertile green heaven of the forest find the tall trees of the Montana forest grant way to the stunted vegetation of the heather land, Is the side of the mountain that has less rain forest because it never gets much in the way of rain, Leaving the forest on the path slowly steeps wards across a stream and a few minutes latter reach to the first campsite in this route known as Simba Campsite.

After breakfast the trail starts westwards, most of the day will be walking through the heather and few trees in records, following few hours if weather give your blessing to will be bright to see a number of village on the Kenya side of the limit, upwards the trail steepness begins to turn south through round few hills with bare rocks to second cave 5.8 km at 3487m stop for Lunch. From the second Cave after lunch stop the path takes southeast direct towards Mawezi Peak, through the open moorland vegetation the trail meanders positively to the situated pair of caves and river, at Kikelelwa camp 5.95km from Second Cave

From Kikelelwa Camp heading to Mawenzi Turn Hut Camp is a short day less than 4 km steep over 600m passing through moorland vegetation climb to the barren region, The Mawezi Turn Hut is situated in the most stunning settings, in a cirque beneath pointy teeth of Mawenzi, have a hot lunch at the camp and rest.

This is your acclimatization day, You spend your day at Mawenzi Turn Camp, This unique campsite lies right under the jagged features of Mawenzi, named after the only tarn (lake) on the mountain, after breakfast climb up the ridge to the west, if the sky is clear watch the fantastic view of the Kibo and the view back down to Turn Hurt as well the village back down which are used to be seen great, progress to acclimatize through up ridge to the last point, where you can’t go any more, have pic of different views near Mawenzi peak, and the fine views of its northern Amphitheatre then descent to the camp for hot lunch and rest.

We start off at around midnight, and trekking gentle steep from Kibo Huts, meanders through up to Williams point at 5121m, the large east-facing rock lies 1 hrs. and 45 minutes from Kibo Huts the first resting point, further on from Williams point to Hans Mayer Cave 5259m after 45 minutes for another break, the climb will seems endless, it’s the time to put particular techniques into action from there, on a stretch of fine slopes begins to reduce in size entering the final phase of the climb to Gillman’s point 5719m, Sit for few minutes to get together after completing the hardest part of the trek, getting to Stella point from Gillman’s around the crater rim, you will know that you have succeeded in reaching the rooftop of the highest point of Africa at Uhuru peak 5895m, After summiting descend passing to Stella point to Gillman’s to Kibo Huts, rest for an hour, have brunch, before moving to Horombo Huts.

After breakfast start descending, hold time to benefit from as you have come from RongaiRoute watching the view of Kibo and Mawenzi while walking downhill of the other side of the mountain, it takes 2 hrs. and 30 minutes to Mandara Huts surrounded with a thick shelter trees and stop for hot lunch, From there into the thick air down in the forest to the Gate 2 hrs.’ down, your adventure will be at an end to Marangu Gate, Sign out and meet Arctic Adventure & Safari Limited vehicles to get you back to the Hotel.

After breakfast start descending, hold time to benefit from as you have come from Rongai Route watching the view of Kibo and Mawenzi while walking downhill of the other side of the mountain, it takes 2 hrs. and 30 minutes to Mandara Huts surrounded with a thick shelter trees and stop for hot lunch, From there into the thick air down in the forest to the Gate 2 hrs.’ down, your adventure will be at an end to Marangu Gate, Sign out and meet Arctic Adventure & Safari Limited vehicles to get you back to the Hotel.

Depart Tanzania

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

Included
Park fees, camping fees & rescue
18% VAT on tour fees & services
3 season mountain tents
Double layered Sleeping Mats
Transportation to & from the mountain gate
Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
3 meals daily while on the mountain
Filtered water throughout the trek
Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the Parkview Inn
Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority(KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators(KIATO)
2-way private airport transfers

Not Included
Flights
Items of a personal nature
Laundry services
A doctor for the group