The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. This route has low traffic but is gaining popularity amongst climbers. It is the preferred route for those wanting a more remote hike, those looking for an easier route, or those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation). Although the minimum number of days required for this route is six days, seven days are recommended.
Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai passes through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo camp. This route also descends down the Marangu route.
Day 1: Rongai Gate to First Cave
From the hotel in Moshi, the climbers transferred by vehicle to the attraction wooden village of Nale-Muru. After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. On that day the walk of about 3-4 hours ends at First Cave (Simba Camp) 2,670m from sea level.
Day 2: First Cave to Second Cave
The morning walk of about 3-4 hours is a steady ascend up the Second Cave 3,450m with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the Crater rim.
Day 3: Second Cave to Third Cave
That is the other day with 4-5 hours walk to Third Cave 3,870m.
Day 4: Third Cave to Kibo Hut
Hike for 5 hours to Kibo campsite at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall. The rest hours of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascending before a very early night!
Day 5: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut
To Sumit (Uhuru Peak) 5,895m with approximately 11-12 hours walk and then descend to Horombo Hut down to 3,720m. Begin final and by far the steepest and most depending part of the climb by torchlight around 1.00am. Proceeds slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685m). Rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descend to Kibo is surprisingly fast and after some refreshments, continue the descend to reach the final campsite of Horombo 3,720m after 3-4 hours walk.
Day 6: Horombo Hut to Mandara Hut to Marangu Gate
After breakfast at Horombo Hut, steady descend takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m), the first stopping place at the Marangu Route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lowest elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.
US$ 1,500 Per Person
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