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6 Days Rongai route

6 Days Rongai route Kilimanjaro trekking; the rongai route is the scenic impressive route approaches the summit from less walked and drier north-eastern side of mount Kilimanjaro. The treks begins close to the Kenyan border and offers stunning and attractive views under the African skies and uneven Mawenzi. The trails are well developed and pass through green forest, rain forest and alpine desert. Although the Rongai route can generally be thought of as an easy Kilimanjaro route, the rockier stages in the summit area are sometimes a little more phisical demanding. The decent is through the Marangu route and traverses the lush and green rainforest on good paths. Climbers will overnight in mountain tents during the entire climb even on descending.

6 Days Rongai route

6 Days Rongai route climbing Kilimanjaro Itinerary.

6 Days Rongai route. 6 Days Rongai route.

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania – drive to Moshi.

You will be met on time of your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport by our transferring drive who will you will welcome and escort you to the waiting vehicle then drive to Key’s Hotel in Moshi for the rest of the day your trek will start the next day morning. The rest of the day will be spent at the pool relaxing at the hotel or explore the town of Moshi. Your mountain guide will meet you in the evening for briefing on the next morning trek.

  • Accommodation: Key’s Hotel.
  • Meal Plan: none. 6 Days Rongai route.

Day 2: Trekking Nalemoru Gate 1,990 meter to Simba Camp 2,625 meter.

After breakfast you will be driven around Mt Kilimanjaro to its north-western side and after 3 to 4 hours, you will arrive at the Nalemoru Gate. After the registration process has been completed and your luggage has been divided between the porters, your adventure begins. The path runs alongside mountain farmers’ fields and pine forests before it enters the sparse mountain forest zone, where black and white colobus monkeys can often be seen. After an approximate 3 to 4 hour hike, you will reach the Simba Camp where you will spend the night.

  • Accommodation: Simba Camp.
  • Meal Plan: Full Board. 6 Days Rongai route.

Day 3: Trekking Simba Camp 2,625 meter to Kikelewa Camp 3,630 meter.

Today’s trek passes through the heather and moorland zones and the views of Mawenzi and the vast Kenyan steppes are nothing short of grand. You will have lunch at the Second Cave (3,450 m) and after a short break, you will cross the undulating terrain to Kikelewa Camp. This camp boasts with incredible views and after a strenuous day’s climb, you can relax and take in its peaceful ambience.

  • Accommodation: Kikelewa Camp.
  • Meal Plan: Full Board. 6 Days Rongai route.

Day 4: Trekking Kikelewa Camp 3,630 meter to Mawenzi Tarn Hut 4,310 meter.

The typical senecien vegetation will soon disappear and the scenery will become more barren with the occasional rock formations. In good weather you can enjoy the breath-taking views of the Kibo and Mawenzi summits as well as Kenya’s savannah grasslands. After passing a few more rock formations, you will arrive at the Mawenzi Hut. For many mountain climbers, it is the most atmospheric camp on the mountain.

  • Accommodation: Mawenzi Tern Hut.
  • Meal Plan: Full Board. 6 Days Rongai route.

Day 5: Trekking Mawenzi Tarn Hut 4,310 meter to Kibo Hut 4,700 meter.

On a relatively easy path, today’s leg takes you over the Kibo Saddle. A lack of vegetation is characteristic for the landscape here as only a few types of grass and other plant species can survive in this dry area and thin air. Just before today’s destination is reached, one last rock passage has to be conquered. Finally you will arrive at the School Hut, where you can relax and mentally prepare yourself for tomorrow’s summit stage.

  • Accommodation: Kibo Hut. 6 Days Rongai route.
  • Meal Plan: Full Board. 6 Days Rongai route.

Day 6: Trekking Kibo Hut 4,700 meter to Uhuru Peak 5,895 meter to Horombo Hut 3,720 meter.

The climb begins at around 00:00 h and after a 5 to 7 hour walk on frozen volcanic ash, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5,715 m) on the crater’s edge. The sun rays will warm you while you trek for another 1 to 2 hours until you reach Uhuru Peak and finally stand on “Africa’s Roof”. The descent on the now thawed lava ash runs almost along the same route and you will arrive at the School Hut in the late morning. A warm meal will be served and after a well-deserved break, the descent continues to the Horombo Hut.

  • Accommodation: Horombo Hut.
  • Meal Plan: Full Board. 6 Days Rongai route.

Day 7: Trekking Horombo Hut 3,720 meter to Marangu Gate 1,860 meter to Moshi.

After trekking for approximately 5 to 6 hours, you will have managed the easy descent and you will return to the Marangu Gate during the early afternoon. You will say goodbye to your mountain crew and a short transfer will take you to Key’s Hotel for a long shower and relaxed day by the pool. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure and giving yourself a pat on the back for conquering the famous Kilimanjaro.

  • Accommodation: Key’s
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 8: Departure from Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport.

After breakfast, you will be transferred on time to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on safari or Zanzibar.
Accommodation: none. 6 Days Rongai route.
Meal Plan: Breakfast. 6 Days Rongai route.