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.

Route Overview:
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.

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Tour Features


Budget tour

This budget tour includes camping and hotels

Private tour

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.



Itinerary

DAY 1: NALE MURU GATE – SIMBA CAMP: 7K /4.3MI | 3-4 HRS | RAINFOREST

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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

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DAY 2: SIMBA CAMP – SECOND CAVE CAMP: 5.8KM/3.6MI | 5-6HRS | MOORLAND

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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

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DAY 3: SECOND CAVE CAMP – THIRD CAVE CAMP: 3.3KM/2MI | 3-4HRS | SEMI DESERT

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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

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DAY 4: THIRD CAVE CAMP- KIBO HUTS: 6.7KM/4.2MI | 4-5HRS | ALPINE DESERT

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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

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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

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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

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DAY 6: HOROMBO HUTS – MARANGU GATE – MOSHI: 20KM/12.5MI |6-7HRS | RAINFOREST

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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

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Prices

No of Clients Price Per Person
1 Client $1,800
2 - 3 Clients $1,750
4 - 6 Clients $1,725
7+ Clients $1,700

Inclusions

  • Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
  • Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
  • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water and Full Board Meals
  • All National Park & Hut Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
  • Quality Imported Equipments
  • Gate Transfers
  • Portable Private Toilet and Porter

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Tips for porters and mountain crew
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.
  • Additional lodge nights

Destination Details
Mount Kilimanjaro is situated three degrees south of the equator in Northeastern Tanzania. As the tallest mountain in Africa and the world's highest free-standing peak, it is renowned for being one of the seven highest peaks globally. Interestingly, it stands out as the most accessible and least technically challenging to climb. The ascent requires no specialized climbing skills, making it achievable for individuals with moderate fitness levels.

Is This Expedition Suitable for You?
Upon arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport, you'll receive a warm welcome and be transported to your accommodation in Moshi. We recommend a day of rest before commencing your trek, with the option to use your transfer from Nairobi as a rest day. If time permits, explore local attractions like rice fields and rainforests, indulge in shopping in Moshi, or simply relax by the pool or with a massage.

Your trekking guide will brief you the evening before your journey, emphasizing the need to separate a dedicated bag for the trek. Rental equipment is available, and any excess luggage can be securely stored in your Moshi hotel. The following morning, enjoy a substantial breakfast before finalizing trip preparations at the trekking office. The drive to the trailhead, depending on the route chosen, may take up to an hour and can be quite rugged.

At the park gate, climbers complete final preparations and sign the national park registration book. Porters organize their packs, carrying essentials like food and water. It's crucial to have all daypack items with you, as porters move swiftly. The daily hike typically begins between 8-9 am, lasting 5-6 hours at a deliberately slow pace. The terrain lower down is breathtaking, offering fascinating views, while higher up, the vast landscapes unfold. Camps provide ample time for absorbing the surroundings and capturing memorable photographs.

The summit hike starts around midnight, adjusting to your chosen route and group speed. Depending on your fitness, some may halt at the crater rim, while others push on to the mountain's highest point. Guides prioritize a swift descent to minimize altitude issues, leading you past the last campsite to the next for an overnight stay.

Traveling Together
Group sizes are limited to 5-7 people, with the option to combine groups on the same route and day. Private groups are available at no extra cost, and efforts are made to accommodate single travelers within a group.

Guides and Support Crew
A local guide, proficient in English, Spanish, French, or German, is mandatory for Kilimanjaro treks. Porters accompany the trip to carry luggage, food, and equipment, leaving you with only a daypack for essentials.

Tips for Guides and Porters
Tips are provided after your trek. Small bills in U.S. dollars, Euros, or Tanzanian shillings are recommended. The suggested tip is $15/day

Transportation and Finances
Except for airfare, all Regal Trails Adventures trips cover transportation costs and arrangements within the destination country. Tanzanian shillings are the local currency, though U.S. dollars, Euros, and credit cards may be accepted at larger establishments. ATMs are available in major towns like Moshi and Arusha.

Kilimanjaro Climber’s Packing List

  • The porter's load is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds).
  • Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $5/day.
  • Store electronics in sealed waterproof bags (double-sealed if possible).
  • Wrap clothing in plastic bags.
  • In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants, and jacket at a minimum.
  • Add any other items you might need during the day since you may not see your porters until the end of the day.
  • Regal Trails is interested in purchasing second-hand gear for rentals.
  • You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters or donations to the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society.
  • You can leave extra luggage in a locked storage room at the Springlands Hotel for no charge.
  • You can leave valuables in a safe deposit box at the Springlands Hotel for $1/day.
Baggage
  • Day pack, for you to carry
  • Large duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry
  • Plastic bags
Clothing
  • Inner layer should be wicking – no cotton
  • Next layer should be insulating and warm, and the top layer should be waterproof but breathable.
  • Layers are essential as temperatures vary greatly.
  • Shorts for the first and last day only
  • Pants for hiking and lounging in the evenings
  • Short-sleeved or t-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts for hiking and lounging
  • Long underwear
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants
  • Down jacket or ski parka for temperatures well below freezing plus wind
  • Rain jacket and pants needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
  • Underwear and sport bras for women
Cold Weather Accessories
  • Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
  • Wool or pile hat
  • Balaclava or neck gaitor
  • Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)
Footwear
  • Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof, and with ankle support
  • Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
  • Gaiters
  • Hiking socks for warmer conditions
  • Wool socks for colder conditions
  • Sock liners to wick away moisture
Sleeping
  • Sleeping bag (Rated -25 degrees C/-10 degrees F or colder is recommended)
  • Sleeping pad and repair kit
  • Tents are supplied by Regal Trails Adventures at no charge
  • Foam sleeping pads are provided by Regal Trails at no charge (Thermarest is highly recommended, however)
Other
  • Water bottles and Camelback (2-3)
  • Get 3 liters of bottled water before the trip.
  • Your guides will boil water for you along the route, or use steripens for water sanitization.
  • To prevent water from freezing on summit day, keep your water source inside your jacket.
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandana
  • Money ($400 or more in cash and/or travellers cheques, including some small U.S Dollar, Euro, or Tanzanian bills)
  • Ski or trekking poles
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, film, tripod
  • Video camera, tapes
  • Batteries
  • Bring extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook, journal, pencil, and pen
  • Pocket knife
  • Electricity adapter
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Playing cards, games, books, frisbee, football, kite
  • Chocolate or pens for village children, momentos for guides, porters, and other climbers
  • Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season, can be purchased in the market for around $2
  • Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing
  • Sewing kit
  • Salt, pepper, and spices for bland food
  • Business cards
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator (for currency conversion)
  • Swim suit for hotel swimming pool
Toiletries
  • Toilet paper (and baggie to carry used paper while on trail)
  • Small towel
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Handi-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion
  • Glasses, contacts, solution (take contacts out each night to prevent blurred vision)
  • Comb, mirror
Documents
  • Passport
  • Yellow fever certificate
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Address book
  • Vaccination records
  • Airline tickets
  • Cash, travellers cheques, credit cards
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule, and travellers cheques numbers. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.
First Aid
  • Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, or Aspirin
  • Throat lozenges
  • Bandaids
  • Moleskin
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream
  • Bandages and tape
  • Diahrea medicine
  • Antihistemines
  • Ace bandage
  • Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid
  • Malaria pills (talk to your doctor)
  • Antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
  • Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor)
  • Diamox (talk to your doctor)
Packing for your flight to Africa
  • U-shaped neck pillow (blow-up)
  • Books/magazines
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Walkman and music
  • Eye shades, ear plugs
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Critical climbing gear (in case baggage is delayed)

  1. What is the best time to trek Mount Kilimanjaro?

    The best time to trek is during the dry seasons, typically January to March and June to October.

  2. How difficult is the climb?

    Kilimanjaro is challenging but does not require technical climbing skills. A good fitness level and mental preparation are essential.

  3. What trekking routes are available?

    Popular routes include Machame, Marangu, Lemosho, and Rongai. Each offers a unique experience and varying difficulty levels.

  4. Do I need a guide for Kilimanjaro trekking?

    Yes, a certified guide is mandatory for all treks on Mount Kilimanjaro.

  5. What is the accommodation like during the trek?

    Accommodations range from basic mountain huts to tents, depending on the route. Private toilet tents may be available on some routes.

  6. How cold does it get on the summit?

    Temperatures can drop well below freezing at the summit, so adequate cold-weather gear is essential.

  7. What about altitude sickness?

    Altitude sickness is a risk. Our itineraries include acclimatization days to minimize this risk.

  8. What should I pack for the trek?

    A comprehensive packing list is provided, including clothing, gear, and personal items.

  9. Is training necessary for Kilimanjaro trekking?

    While no technical skills are required, regular aerobic and cardiovascular training is recommended to enhance your endurance.

  10. Can I charge electronic devices during the trek?

    Charging facilities may be available at some campsites. It's advisable to bring portable chargers and spare batteries.

  11. Are there age restrictions for Kilimanjaro trekking?

    Most operators have age restrictions, and participants should be in good health. Consult with your guide and healthcare professional.

  12. How do I book a Kilimanjaro trekking tour?

    Contact our team to discuss available dates, routes, and booking details. Advance reservations are recommended.

  13. What is the cancellation policy?

    Review our cancellation policy, including refund conditions and any associated fees.

  14. Is travel insurance required?

    Yes, comprehensive travel insurance, including coverage for trekking and medical evacuation, is mandatory.

  15. How can I prepare for high-altitude trekking?

    Research and follow our pre-trek preparation guide, including fitness routines and altitude acclimatization tips.

  16. What is the currency used in Tanzania?

    The official currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). While major cities may accept U.S. dollars or euros, it's advisable to use local currency for better exchange rates.

  17. Is it necessary to get vaccinated before traveling to Tanzania?

    Yes, certain vaccinations, including yellow fever, are required. Consult with your healthcare provider or a travel clinic well in advance of your trip.

  18. What is the best time to visit Tanzania?

    The best time to visit is during the dry season, from June to October. This is ideal for wildlife viewing and trekking activities.

  19. What languages are spoken in Tanzania?

    Swahili is the official language, and English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. Learning a few Swahili phrases can enhance your travel experience.

  20. What are the must-visit attractions in Tanzania?

    Tanzania is renowned for its wildlife and natural wonders. Key attractions include the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar's beaches, and Mount Kilimanjaro.

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