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7 Days Rongai Route

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  • Days: 7 Days

  • Type: Trekking

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Rongai route is less crowded compared to Marangu, it is the easiest route of all. It has a relatively gentle gradient and short daily stages as it winds its way from the standing point just south of the Kenya – Tanzania border through attractive farmland and delightful forest to several other climate zone.

Tour Details

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you will be met by our representative and taken to Keys Hotel. It is a family run hotel located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, with comfortable accommodation, variety of meals, clean swimming pool and friendly services. Just located only ten minutes walking distance to Moshi town center, dinner & overnight at Keys Hotel- 2700 ft (BB) Keys Hotel stands to be the best home away from home place to stay at.

Walking distance: 8 km/4,9 miles Walking time: 3-4 hours Altitude gain: 850 m/2,791ft
After breakfast you will be transferred by road (approx. 3-4 hours’ drive) along the eastern side of Kilimanjaro to the Rongai Gate in the north of Kilimanjaro National Park from where your hike starts. A short slow hike will take you through a pine trees plantation that leads up into the thicker rainforest on the foothills of the mountain. Enjoy time taking in the natural surroundings, take a photo and nibble on your packed lunch that we provide. Spend your first night on the mountain at Simba Camp on the edge of the rainforest. Dinner and overnight: Simba Campsite (FB)

Walking distance: 7 km/4,3 miles Walking time: 3-4 hours Altitude gain: 650 m/2,133 ft
On day two you trek higher up on the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro leaving the montane forest behind. The path takes you into the Kikelewa Moorland area with fantastic mountain vegetation such as Proteas (Proteakilimandscharica), Impatiens (impatiens kilimanjari), daisies (euryops brownie). Enjoy great views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Giant Senecious grow nearby the sheltered valley of Second Cave, where you will spend the night. Dinner and overnight: Second Campsite (FB)

Walking distance: 6 km/3,7 miles Walking time: 3-4 hours Altitude gain: 150m/492 ft
Continue to head out across the Kikelewa moorland towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. From here you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the plains of Kenya below. Spend the night at Kikelewa Camp. Dinner and overnight: Kikelewa Camp (FB)

Walking distance: 6 km/3.7 miles Walking time: 4-5 hours Altitude gain: 720 m/2,363 ft
A steep, but short hike leads you over grassy terrain to the base of Mawenzi Peak. The views from here are spectacular into Kenya’s plains below. Vegetation diminishes as you gain altitude towards the towering spires of Mawenzi Peak. Spend the night at Mawenzi Tarn camp next to a little lake. Dinner and overnight: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (FB)

Walking time: 5-6 hours Altitude gain: 380 m/1,245 ft
After breakfast you pass through the lunar desert of Saddle. This is the lava covered expanse between the two peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Though the walk is not far, progress is slow due to the altitude. Spend the night at the base of Kibo Crater at Kibo Camp. Set in for an early night wake, as your final ascent will start around midnight. Dinner and overnight:Kibo Camp (FB)

Walking distance: 6 km/3.7 miles ascent + 16 km/9.9 miles descent
Walking time: 5-6 hrs + 1-2 hours up, 7-8 hours down (the overall walking time may vary between 10-16 hours) Altitude gain: 985 m/3,232 ft (Gillman’s Point) or 210 m/689 ft (Uhuru Peak) Descent: 2,175 m/7,135 ftHorombo Hut
You will be required to wake up very early to have a quick bite and something warm to drink before setting out in darkness. The hike to Gillman’s Point is a very slow steep walk on volcanic scree for about 5-6 hours. The headlamps on the trail towards the summit almost look like fireflies in a long row. As you approach the crater rim you will enjoy the most memorable sunrise you may ever experience – the golden sunrise over Africa! Habitually will you luckily see the curving of the earth at this high altitude and the sunrise on the horizon just accentuates it. Keep your camera ready at all times as there are plenty of photographing opportunities along the summit. Once you reach Gillman’s Point on top of the crater rim, you have approximately another hour and half hike to get to Uhuru Peak.
Hike along fairly flat terrain for about 1½ hours to reach Uhuru Peak. Spend a few minutes at the top and get photos of your choice next to the sign marking the summit. Descend from Uhuru Peak in high spirits as you have just achieved your goal. The trail down from Gillman’s Point on the Marangu route is often enjoyed by hikers sliding down the scree slope, which entails skidding down the loose gravel with big steps and some sideways moves. Try it, it is fun! With every step going down your body enjoys having more oxygen to breathe in. Depending on how you feel, you may enjoy a short rest at Kibo Camp before descending down to Horombo Hut where you will spend the night. Dinner and overnight: Horombo Hut (FB)

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