6 Days Rongai Route - Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking
- Duration 6 days
- No Of People From 1 person
6 Days Rongai Route - Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking
The Rongai Route is one of the trekking routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It is known for its unique approach to the mountain from the northern side. Here's an overview of the Rongai Route:
The Rongai Route also known as the “Fanta route” is one of the easiest routes and the success rate is very high. The route starts on the north side of the mountain at the south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least travelled routes. The premier advantage of this route is that the climbers will see the mountain from many different viewpoint because they will descent on the south eastern side of the mountain.
This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and caves and breath taking changing landscapes. A disadvantage is the long travel time to the starting point of the route. The route also becomes busier when it connects with the Marangu route just before reaching Kibo hut.
The Rongai Route is distinct for its quiet and less-traveled approach to Kilimanjaro. It provides trekkers with an opportunity to explore the northern side of the mountain, offering beautiful and varied landscapes. While it's considered a less strenuous route compared to some others, it's essential to prepare for high altitude and understand the challenges that can arise during the summit attempt.
Rongai route descends along the Marangu route as well, however you still sleep in tents, and do not use huts of the Marangu route.
Duration: The standard duration for the Rongai Route is 6-7 days, although some variations can extend to 8 days. The additional days are used for better acclimatization.
Difficulty: It's considered a relatively easier route compared to some others due to its gradual ascent, but it still poses challenges, particularly regarding altitude.
Scenery: The Rongai Route offers trekkers the chance to explore Kilimanjaro from the less-traveled northern side, with varied landscapes ranging from dense forests to alpine desert.
The Lemosho Route is known for its picturesque and less-crowded trails, making it an excellent choice for trekkers who prefer a more serene and remote experience on Mount Kilimanjaro. The extended duration and the diverse landscapes make it a popular choice for those who prioritize acclimatization and the opportunity to fully appreciate the mountain's beauty.
Here are the highlights of Rongai Route
- Simba Cave Gate: The trek begins at the Simba Cave Gate, situated at an altitude of approximately 1,950 meters. Trekkers go through the necessary park registration and begin the journey here.
- First Camp - Simba Cave Camp: On the first day, trekkers hike to the Simba Cave Camp (2,650 meters), which is situated in the lush rainforest zone.
- Second Camp - Kikelewa Camp: On the second day, trekkers move through the rainforest zone to the moorland zone, reaching the Kikelewa Camp (3,600 meters).
- Mawenzi Tarn: The route passes by Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330 meters) on the way to the third camp. This camp offers breathtaking views of Mawenzi Peak.
- Kibo Hut: On day five, trekkers arrive at Kibo Hut (4,700 meters), which is the base camp for the summit attempt via the Uhuru Peak.
- Uhuru Peak: The summit attempt from Kibo Hut typically starts in the middle of the night, and trekkers ascend to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) to witness the sunrise from the rooftop of Africa.
- Mweka Route Descent: After reaching the summit, the descent usually follows the Mweka Route, taking trekkers through the rainforest zone to Mweka Gate, where the trek ends.
This budget tour includes camping and hotels
This tour will be organized exclusively for you and won’t be shared with others.
Can start any day
If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.
Can be customized
You can request changes to this tour
Suitable for solo travelers
Solo travelers can book this private tour.
Minimum age of 7 years
The minimum age for this tour is 7 years.
Activities And Transportation
A transfer from and back to the airport is included
Getting around: hiking/walking
You will be greeted by a Regal Trails Adventures representative when you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and taken to the Luxury Lodge in Moshi B&B for the night. Your head guide will meet you for a briefing, to check your equipment, and to make arrangements for you to rent any additional equipment.
DAY 1: NALE MURU GATE – SIMBA CAMP: 7K /4.3MI | 3-4 HRS | RAINFOREST
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.
Elevation: 1997m/6552ft to 2635m/8645ft
Altitude gained: 638m
DAY 2: SIMBA CAMP – SECOND CAVE CAMP: 5.8KM/3.6MI | 5-6HRS | MOORLAND
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.
Elevation: 2635m/8645ft to 3487m/11440ft
Altitude gained: 852m
DAY 3: SECOND CAVE CAMP – THIRD CAVE CAMP: 3.3KM/2MI | 3-4HRS | SEMI DESERT
After breakfast and packing, you continue your stead ascent, entering into the semi-desert terrain.
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.
Elevation: 2635m/8645ft to 3936m/12,913ft
Altitude gained: 449m
DAY 4: THIRD CAVE CAMP- KIBO HUTS: 6.7KM/4.2MI | 4-5HRS | ALPINE DESERT
As you depart early the semi-desert zone from the Third Cave early in the morning and begin your trek into the Alpine Desert terrain for the remainder of your ascent.
Today’s hike will take you just below the Kibo crater wall to the Kibo Huts. At this point, you will merge with the Marangu Route, which you will use to hike to the summit. You will prepare your clothing and equipment (replace batteries for headlamp and camera) before you go to bed by 7 PM and try to catch a few hours of rest before your summit attempt.
Elevation: 3936m/12,913ft to 5174m/16975ft
Altitude gained: 1238m
DAY 5: KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT: 4KM /2.5 MI UP | 5-7HRS | – HOROMBO HUTS: 15.75KM /9.8MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW CAPPED SUMMIT
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 on 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.
Elevation: 302m/14,114ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 721m
Descent to 3721m/12,208ft
Altitude lost: 2174m
DAY 6: HOROMBO HUTS – MARANGU GATE – MOSHI: 20KM/12.5MI |6-7HRS | RAINFOREST
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!!
Elevation: 3721m/12,208 to 1905m/6250ft
Altitude lost: 1816m
|No of Clients
|Price Per Person
|2 - 3 Clients
|4 - 6 Clients