The Rongai route begins on the northern side of the mountain and is the least travelled route. It is a long drive to the starting point but you are rewarded by fantastic views and the likelihood that you will be the only climbers around. If you take this route up the mountain you are obliged to descend via the Marangu Route that is the most popular and well-used route. Stay in tents.
|Day 1||KILIMANJARO AIRPORT | MOSHI|
Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, pick up and transferred to the Springlands Hotel or similar for overnight bed and breakfast.
|Day 2||MOSHI | RONGAI PARK GATE | 1ST CAVE CAMP|
Altitude: 1,950 m – 2,600 m
Hiking distance: 8 km
After breakfast at Springlands Hotel, you will meet your guides and porters and prepare your equipment before departing to Rongai Route. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru on a small path that winds through crop fields before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. Overnight 1st Cave Camp.
|Day 3||1ST CAVE CAMP | 2ND CAVE CAMP|
Altitude: 2,600 m – 3,450 m
Hiking distance: 4 km
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves (3,600m). Dinner and overnight at 2nd Caves Campsite.
|Day 4||2ND CAVE CAMP | 3RD CAVE CAMP|
Altitude: 3,450 m – 3,630 m
Hiking distance: 5 km
Today is an acclimatisation day. Morning at leisure, striking out around noon, leaving the main trail and walking across the moorland on a smaller path toward the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Then onto the campsite at 3rd Caves for dinner and overnight.
|Day 5||3RD CAVE CAMP | MAWENZI TURN CAMP|
Altitude: 3,630 m – 4,330 m
Hiking distance: 6 km
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave 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 acclimatisation. Overnight at Mawenzi Turn.
|Day 6||MAWENZI TURN CAMP | KIBO CAMP|
Altitude: 4,330 m – 4,750 m
Hiking distance: 9 km
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. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Camp, and midnight start the ascent to Summit.
|Day 7||KIBO CAMP | SUMMIT | HOROMBO HUT|
Altitude: 4,750 m – 5, 895 m – 3,720 m
Hiking distance: 16 km
Wake at around midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for the summit ascent. This part of the hike is carried out during the early morning before dawn so that the climbers reach Uhuru Peak at around sunrise. Leave at about 1:00am and reach Gilman’s Point at about 7:00am. The climbers are met with views of the crater from Gilman’s Point because it is on the Crater Rim. Another 2 hours of hiking brings the climber to Uhuru Peak, the summit. From there you will descend back to Kibo Hut, collect your things and cross the saddle again at Horombo Hut where you will spend the night. Enjoy dinner and get some well-deserved sleep.
|Day 8||HOROMBO HUT | MARANGU PARK GATE | MOSHI|
Altitude: 3,720 m – 2,700 m
Hiking distance: 18 km
Wake as usual, pack and descend to Mandara Hut. Take lunch there and continue on to the park gate where you will be met by your transport back to Moshi. Continue on to the park gate where you will be met by your transport back to Moshi. Overnight in Springlands hotel. Tips is recommended and highly appreciated and can be given to the Guide at Springlands Hotel. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.
|Day 9||MOSHI | KILIMANJARO AIRPORT|
After an early breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home.