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6 Days Rongai Route

Route Overview

Rongai Route, one of the easiest routes to conquer Africa’s highest peak. This captivating journey promises breathtaking landscapes and unmatched thrills, making it a life-changing experience.

Mount Kilimanjaro, standing majestically in Tanzania, is a free-standing volcanic mountain and an iconic landmark of the continent. Its snow-capped peaks rise to an impressive 19,341 feet (5,895 meters) above sea level, dominating the skyline.

The Rongai Route offers some of the most amazing views as you traverse through diverse terrains. Begin your trek through lush rainforests, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings. As you ascend, you’ll pass through alpine deserts and encounter iconic points like Mawenzi Tarn and Kibo Huts.

With expert guides leading the way, the Rongai Route ensures a gradual ascent, allowing for optimal acclimatization. This increases your chances of reaching the summit, Uhuru Peak, successfully. The journey culminates in a breathtaking sunrise summit attempt, where you’ll witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

The 7-day Kilimanjaro Climbing Trip via the Rongai Route offers a remarkable opportunity to embrace the allure of Africa’s highest peak. It blends challenging terrain with unforgettable experiences, creating lasting memories in the heart of Tanzania’s natural wonders.

Why this Rongai Route?

A 6 OR 7 day ascent – Many people list Kilimanjaro as a lifelong dream adventure of which the ascent that is relatively gradual. The numbers of hikers on this route tends to be less than Machame or Marangu routes and the chance of seeing wildlife is higher. Comes highly recommended but note that the drive to the starting point takes a long time and the descent is via the Marangu route (i.e. busy). But the itinerary allows you the time to see all of Kilimanjaro’s main areas. The route is more scenic with the highest summit success rate because of the up and down nature of the climb – trek and sleeping low is good for acclimatization, consistently and gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife.

Highlights of the Rongai Route?

Kilimanjaro: views over the Mawenzi and Kibo saddle, close views of Mawenzi, the Kibo crater and ash pit and glaciers on the roof of Africa.

How long is the Rongai route?

The total distance covered on the Rongai Route is approximately 81 km or 50 miles from the starting point to the summit and back down. This distance is spread out over the course of the trek, with each day involving a specific distance and elevation gain.

Is the Rongai route 6 or 7 days?

The Rongai Route on Mount Kilimanjaro is commonly completed in 6 days, although it can be extended to 7 days for better acclimatization. This route is known for its scenic beauty and is considered easier than other camping routes on Kilimanjaro. The success rate on the Rongai Route is indeed very high.

Whether you choose the 6-day or 7-day option, the Rongai Route promises an unforgettable experience, showcasing the natural wonders of Kilimanjaro and providing a sense of accomplishment as you reach the summi

Rongai Route Itinerary

Arrival Day

You will be greeted on arrival by our friendly JAMBO MAASAI TOURS team who will transfer you to your hotel in either Moshi or Arusha. After meals or refreshments, mountain climbing briefing and climbing equipment inspection. Overnight at your Hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 1: Rongai Gate to The First Cave

Drive from Arusha to Marangu Gate for the necessary registration formalities and then transferred by to Rongai, which should take about 1.5 hours. The climb starts at the village of Nale Moru (1,950 m.) through fields of maize and potatoes before entering the pine forest. The climb is consistently and gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. Reaching first Campsite, at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600          m.), giving you extensive views over the Kenyan plains. (7km, 3 – 4 hrs Trekking).

Day 2: First Cave to The Kikeletwa Caves

After breakfast, start with steady walk ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m.). Start seeing Kibo Peak and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite is in a sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m.) (15km, 5 -7 hrs of trekking).

Day 3: Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Trailing start with short but steep climb up grassy slopes, which are rewarded with superb circular views and a tangible sense of wilderness, before reaching Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m.), for Camping. Spend the rest of the day resting or exploring the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization (10km, 5-7 hrs. of trekking).

Day 4: Kibo Campsite/ School Campsite

Early morning proceeds with trekking crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School Campsite at the foot of the Kibo crater wall. (8km, 6 – 7 hrs of trekking). Spend remainder of the day resting and preparation for the final ascent.

Day 5: Trek to Uhuru Peak 5895m to Horombo

The last day will be a really early beginning for the summit, normally 01:00 am, trailing through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point, take a rest for short while before continuing to the Uhuru Peak (which might take 3 hours) After relaxing, watching the sun rise and taking memorable pictures, start descending to the Horombo Hut and spend overnight there.

Day 6: Horombo to The Moshi

After breakfast descend to Marangu Gate, meet the driver and return to the Hotel for lunch and a day at leisure and evening transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport

OR Overnight and Extension for Wildlife Tours and Safari or Zanzibar Beach Holidays