7 DAYS Kilimanjaro Hiking Tour via Rongai Route

The scenically attractive Route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. The Tour departs close to the Kenyan border and offers stunning and impressive views over the African savannah, this Route still experiences low crowds. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other Routes. It is the preferred Route for those looking for an alternative to the popular Marangu Route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are Climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation).
Although the Rongai Route can generally be thought of as an easy Route, the rockier stages in the summit area are sometimes a little more demanding.
Rongai is a moderately difficult Route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western Routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for nearly the entire way. Descent is made via the Marangu Route.

Upon arrival at Arusha /Kilimanjaro Airport you will meet your Migration Seekers Expedition guide who will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi Tanzania (for budget hotels we recommend Kilimanjaro WHITE HOUSE HOTEL). Settle into your accommodation, relax and get used to the African atmosphere. Ready to start your 7 Days Kilimanjaro Hiking Tour via Rongai Route the next day.

We Drive to the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (about 2 hours including a stop to get permits at Marangu). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. 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.
Elevation: 2000m/6560ft to 2650m/8700ft
• Distance: 6km/4mi
• Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
• Habitat: Montane Forest
• Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
• Budget Accommodations: Simba Camp

The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave, (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After hot lunch we have a free time to rest at the camp or in the afternoon we can explore the surrounding area for acclimatization walk to Third Cave. Simba Camp to Second Cave is 3-4 hours walking
• Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3450m/11,300ft
• Distance: 6km/4mi
• Walking Time: 3-4 hours
• Habitat: Moorland
• Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• Budget Accommodations: Second Cave Camp

Head out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios nearby. Leaving the pine forest behind we carry on with a steady ascent walking though moorland. There are superb views of the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim of Kibo, the highest of the three volcanoes which form the mountain. We will leave the main trail and strike out across moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, the second of Kilimanjaro's volcanoes. We will set up camp today in the sheltered valley near
• Elevation: 3450m/11,300ft to 3600m/11,800ft
• Distance: 9km/5mi
• Walking Time: 2-3 hours
• Habitat: Semi-desert
• Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• Budget Accommodations: Kikelewa Camp

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.
• Elevation: 3600m/11,800ft to 4330m/14,200ft
• Distance: 6km/4mi
• Walking Time: 3-4 hours
• Habitat: Semi-desert
• Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• Budget Accommodations: Mawenzi Tarn Camp

We leave our campsite and cross the lunar desert of the ‘saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo After a couple hours trekking, reach this spectacular place, with the summit of Kilimanjaro in the background and our trail to the high camp stretched out before our eyes. Upon reaching our camp the remainder of the day will be spent resting in preparation of the final ascent after a very early night.
• Elevation: 4330m/14,200ft to 4750m/15,600ft
• Distance: 9km/5mi
• Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
• Habitat: Alpine Desert
• Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• Budget Accommodations: Kibo Hut Camp

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family.
The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep. Accommodation: Horombo Hut
•Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
•Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
•Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
•Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
•Distance: 4 km
•Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Altitude: 4,700m to 5,895 m
•Altitude: 5,895 m to 3,080 m
•Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
•Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
•Habitat: Arctic
•Habitat: Rain Forest

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to relax, relax at the pool or celebrate your achievement
Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!
• Altitude: 3,080 m to 1,630m
• Distance Covered: 9.3km km down
• Time to be used: 2 - 3 hrs.
• Habitat: Rain Forest
• Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Package Inclusions

  • Tourist Entry Park Fees and Bike entry fee
  • Experienced Professional Tour guide
  • All taxes and Park Fees
  • Crew Wages and Gate Transfer
  • 2-nights Budget Hotel Accommodation – Before and after Trekking
  • Private Cook and Porters

Package Exclusions
  • Tips (Gratituities) to Guides, Cook and Porters
  • Local and International flights
  • Mountain Climbing Gears
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa & Travel insurance
  • Expenses a personal nature
  • Drinks and beverages in lodges
  • Hotel accommodations before & after Safari

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