Starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border and is one of the least traveled routes. 7-Days Rongai Route enjoy the breathtaking views and wildlife of Kilimanjaro! Rongai route is one of the easiest routes and the success rate is very high. You can see Kilimanjaro from many viewpoints as you descend the Marangu route on the south side of the mountain. You can also see many villages and coffee plantations en route.
Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, Rongai has low traffic. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the crowded 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).
You will be picked up from the airport. From there you will go to the hotel in Arusha for an orientation on Climb Kilimanjaro. Your guides will be there to provide you with details on your trek and will also check your trekking gears.
After an early breakfast in Hotel in Arusha, drive to the Rongai Gate near the Kenya border. After registering at the gate, begin your Climb Kilimanjaro to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. During the first day, hike through forests where you may see and hear wildlife. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first campsite. Rongai ascends via the less forested northern side of the mountain.
Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the gate. The Rongai trail is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
During day two hike/Climb Kilimanjaro through Kilimanjaro’s moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times. During this day, view Mawenzi Peak ahead. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
This day is an acclimatization day, allowing you to hike at the beginning of the day and rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day four is an acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn. We advise hiking a bit higher this day before returning to Mawenzi Tarn in the afternoon. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Cross the lunar landscape of the saddle on this day to arrive at the final campsite. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone, giving you views of your final destination. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your flashlight. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman’s Point.
The hike from Gilman’s to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Arusha. You will be able to buy t-shirts and sodas at the gate. You will meet our driver ready to transfer you to Arusha/Airport for your next destination. TripAdvisor Reviews
Note: You can extend your adventure to a 1-3day safari, 4days, 5days, etc