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Rongai Route – 7 days

The Rongai route is the quieter than most of the other treks on Kilimanjaro. It starts on the north side of the mountain near to the Kenyan border and finishes at the Marangu Gate on the south side.

Compared to the other routes the gradient is gentler up to the highest camp and overall it is physically less demanding. But don’t be fooled, this is no easy undertaking and the final climb to the summit is a tough slog up steep and loose scree.


Day 1. Arrive in Arusha and transfer to the hotel, which is a 1 hour drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Day 2. Drive from the hotel to Nale More village (1990m), 4 hrs in a 4 x 4 vehicle. The path starts at Nale More and heads to the Simba Camp (2625m), 2.5 hours walk. Good paths, easy gradient. 635m of ascent.

 

Day 3. Trek from Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp at (3630m), 6 - 7 hours. Good, easy angled paths. 1005m of ascent.

Day 4. Trek from Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzie Tarn Camp (4310m), 4 hours walk. Good paths, short and steep. 680m of ascent.

Day 5. Rest and acclimatise at the Mawenzie Tarn. Day walks and scrambles.

Day 6. Trek through the Alpine Desert from the Mawenzie Tarn to the Kibo Hut at (4700m). Good paths, mostly easy angled, which join the standard Marangu Route just before the Kibo Hut. 4 hours. 390m of ascent.

Day 7. Set off to Uhuru Peak at midnight. We trek over steep frozen scree and snow-and-ice to Gilmans Point (5681m), 5 hours walk, followed by an easy angled 2 hour walk around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak at 5895M. Retrace your steps back down to the Kibo Hut (break for an hour), then join Marangu route and stagger to the Horombo Huts at 3700M, 7 hours walk. This is a strenuous 14 hour day with freezing conditions higher up on the mountain. 1195m of ascent, 2195m of descent.

Day 8. An easy 6 hour walk to the Marangu gate (1860m). Good paths, 1840m of descent. Clean up, and catch the evening flight home.