6 Days Rongai Route


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Duration 6 Days
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Tour Type Hiking
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Rongai Route Highlights

  • √ Only northern approach route to Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit.
  • √ Offers a true wilderness experience on the early stages of the climb.
  • √ Ascent and descent via different routes.

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The 6 day Rongai route itinerary begins from the northern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the perfect route to climb Kilimanjaro during the rainy season as the northern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro receive very little rain.  This 6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro climb via the Rongai route will take you to the roof of Africa, the Uhuru peak. You will traverse different vegetation and climatic zones as you climb, spot some animals, birds over scenic trails, and have stunning views of the peaks of Kilimanjaro. It is an amazing adventure of exploring different terrains and putting your thirst for adventure to the top.

6 Days Rongai Route Prices

Below are the costs of the 6 day Rongai route package, starting from $1,450 per person sharing for a group of 10 people.

$2,225 $1,820 $1,690 $1,620 $1,580 $1,555 $1,520 $1,500 $1,485 $1,450

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via The Rongai Route

The Rongai Route is a remote and quiet route that receives less traffic from climbers but gives climbers a sense of wilderness adventure with a higher chance of spotting big game wildlife along the way. it has a poor acclimatization profile because its gradient is almost flat, therefore it does not follow the proper acclimatization rule of “climb high. sleep low”.

it is a great route to use all year round since it does receive less moisture and precipitation because this side of the mountain is shielded from the rain giving you clearer views of the peak as you climb.

The Rongai route is among the easier routes for climbing Kilimanjaro. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the northern side then descending the mountain follows a different trail, the Marangu trail. Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and uses the same trail used by the Marangu route which passes Gilman’s Point to the summit, Uhuru Peak.

There are several options for this route; the one described is the longer variation going through the Mawenzi Tarn.

Duration: 5 or 6 days
Difficulty: Medium
Scenery: Very good
Traffic: Low

6 Days Rongai Route Success

The summit success rates for the 6 Days Rongai Route is a lower 65% campared to a higher 80% for the longer, 7-day route variation of the Rongai Route.

When you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight as you prepare for the next day. Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check and arrange for you to hire or rent any gear or mountain equipment you may need.

6 Days Rongai Itinerary

Rongai Route

Day 1: Rongai Gate to First Cave’s Camp

Elevation (m): 1950m to 2600m, Distance: 8km, Time: 4 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest.

We will register at the Marangu Park Gate and then transport to the Rongai trailhead (about 2 12 hours) to begin our 6 days Rongai Route trek. Before you start your walk from Nale Moru village, we’ll meet our porters. The narrow twisting route winds its way through corn fields before slowly ascending into a pine woodland. The first night’s camp is in First Cave, which is around 2,600 meters above sea level.

Day 2: First Cave to Kikelewa Cave

Elevation (m): 2600m to 3600m, Distance: 9km, Time: 6 – 7 hours, Habitat: Moorland.

The route ascends to Kibo, passing through Second Cave (3450m) on the way and arriving at Kikelewa Cave at 3600 meters. From here, the vistas begin to open up, and you can see for yourself just how massive Kilimanjaro mountain is. We’ll spend the night at Third Cave Camp (Kikelewa Caves).

Day 3: Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn

Elevation (m): 3600m to 4330m, Distance: 6km, Time: 4 hours, Habitat: Moorland.

A short but steep ascent over grassy hills is rewarded with spectacular panoramic vistas and a strong sense of nature. We leave the foliage behind just before arriving to Mawenzi Tarn (4330 m), which is magnificently positioned in a cirque right underneath Mawenzi’s towering spires. As an assist to acclimatization, the afternoon will be free to rest or explore the local region.

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Campsite

Elevation (m): 4330m to 4750m, Distance: 4 km, Time: 3 hours, Habitat: Alpine desert.

Between Mawenzi and Kibo, we traverse the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ to reach Kibo campground (4750m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater rim. The rest of the day will be spent recuperating in preparation for tomorrow’s last ascent!

Day 5: Kibo Campsite to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation (m): 4750m to 5895m, Distance: 6 km ascent/16km descent, Time: 6-8 hours ascent/4-5 hours descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.

We’ll get up at 23.30 a.m. and have tea and biscuits. We’ll begin our ascent. This is when things start to become rough. The hike begins with a rough walk that leads to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). We then zigzag along the crater rim to Gillman’s point (5681m). This is the most difficult stretch of the path since it is quite steep and has a lot of stone scree. Snow might be encountered all the way up to Uhuru Peak (5895m), Africa’s highest point, from Gillman’s Point. Exhilaration and fulfillment abound – you’ve accomplished your goal!

The weather on the summit will dictate how long we can spend photographing before returning to Kibo Hut and then Horombo, where we will spend the night. Later that evening, we have our final meal on the mountain (with soft drinks and beer available for purchase at the camp office) and a well-deserved rest.

Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Elevation (m): 3720m to 1980m, Distance: 20km, Time: 5-7 hours, Habitat: Moorlands.

We’ll continue our descent after breakfast, passing Mandara Hut on our way to the Marangu Gate, where you’ll get your summit certificates. You will be met by a car that will transport you back to the hotel. This day marks the end of your 6 day Rongai Route package.

What’s included

  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)*
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi (before & after the climb)
  • Breakfast is included at the hotel*
  • 1 Post-climb celebratory drink (beer, juice, or soda) on us*
  • Group transport to and from Moshi to ALL Kilimanjaro park gates*
  • No additional transport fees will be charged to the Northern or Western route gates*
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits
  • Camping/Hut fees
  • Mountain rescue fees
  • Guides/Porters salaries
  • Private toilet for the party on all climbs (except for Marangu)*
  • All season mountain tents
  • Foam sleeping pad (unless you opt to bring your own instead)
  • Mess tents, tables, chairs for parties of two or more
  • All meals on the mountain
  • No small party supplement fees will be charged
  • No single supplement fees for Private Climbs will be charged

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Personal Gear
  • Tips for porters & Guides
  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.

Rongai – Kilimanjaro Reviews

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Update - Route infoThere are eight established routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, namely: – Marangu Route, Machame Machame, Lemosho Route, Rongai Route, Northern Circuit, Umbwe Route, Shira Route and Western breach . The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes approach Mount Kilimanjaro from the South. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach the mountain from the west. The Rongai route and Northern Circuit Routes approach Kilimanjaro from the north near the border of Tanzania and Kenya. All routes except Marangu and Rongai descend via Mweka.

Specification: 6 Days Rongai Route


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