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About Rongai Route

RONGAI ROUTE ITINERARY - 7 DAYS

Kilimanjaro Trekking

Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi

A brief 40 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport, and bypassing magnificent views of Kilimanjaro, Moshi is a small, clean town at the railhead from Dar es Salaam – distance from Arusha, Tanzania’s second town is only 72km/45 miles. Moshi offers the visitor some of the best coffee in Tanzania, bustling markets and colourful street vendors. At the hotel you will
be briefed prior to your climb. We offer very pleasant mid-range to luxury hotels within walking distance of town centers.

Total Distance from airport to Moshi: 41km/25.2mi; to Arusha: 58km/36mi.

Accomodation : 3-4 star based on bed and breakfast

7 Days Trip Itinerary

Moshi to Rongai Gate to Rongai Cave

On Day 1 we pick you up from your hotel and prepare you for your climb. We drive from Moshi to Marangu Gate (distance 37km/22.5 miles) for permits before taking a short transfer to the Rongai Gate trailhead: distance: 47km/ 35miles; trekking time: 3-4 hours. The path winds through corn and potato fields and then climbs gently through the forest which is home to a variety of wildlife, including the black and white colobus monkey.

Final Elevation : 2865m to 9,300 ft
Terrain : Forest Path
Accommodation : tents (provided)

Rongai Cave to to Second Cave

After breakfast we start a steady incline up to Second Cave. We continue trekking through moorland, leaving the main trail for a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi: distance: 6 km/4 miles; trekking time: 3-4 hours, before we finally arrive at Kikelewa Cave for the night; distance: 6 km/4 miles; trekking time: 3-4 hours

Final Elevation : 3,444m/11,300 ft
Terrain : Heathland
Accommodation : tents (provided)

Second Cave to Kikelewa Cave
Final Elevation : 3,621m/11,811 ft
Terrain : Heathland
Accommodation : tents (provided)

Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn

Today’s trek is short and steep with magnificent views over the plains. Our camp is situated beneath the rocky outcrops that make up Mawenzi Peak, at Mawenzi Tarn. Here you will have time to explore a little and relax: distance: 5 km/3 miles; trekking time: 3-4 hours.

Final Elevation : 4,316m/14,160 ft
Terrain : Tundra
Accommodation : tents (provided)

Kilimanjaro Itineraries
For all itineraries we recommend a Moshi Hotel. Price includes a 1-night stay at B&B rates.

Mawenzi Tarn to Mawenzi Ridge then back to Mawenzi tarn

This is your opportunity for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge: distance: 2 km/1 mile; trekking time: 1-2 hours. Known as ‘The Saddle’, the unique landscape offers views of Kibo and Mawenzi as well as the plains below. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Mawenzi Tarn for camp: distance: 2 km/1 mile; trekking time: 1-2 hours.

Mawenzi Ridge Elevation : 4,389m/14,400 ft
Terrain : Arctic Desert
Accommodation : Tents (provided)

Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut

Here again we climb gradually, then cross the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, is basically a bunkhouse meant for a short rest before the final ascent: distance: 8 km/5 miles; trekking time: 5-6 hours.

Final Elevation : 4,720m/15,430 ft
Terrain : Arctic zone
Accommodation : tents (provided)

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak and return to Horombo Hut

Around midnight you begin your final ascent. We ascend in the darkness for about 4 hours while taking frequent, short, breaks. The going is slow to snail’s pace! The locals will say ‘pole, pole’ (pronounced polay) which is swahili for slow, slow. At Gilman’s point (5,670m/18,600 ft), you will see the sun coming up over Africa - probably the most rewarding you will ever see!. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak - the highest point on Kibo - aka Mount Kilimanjaro. After a welcome photo opp we start our descent. Later that evening, we get our well-earned rest and last dinner on Kilimanjaro.

Uhuru Peak Elevation : 5,895m/19,341 ft
Distance ascent : 6 km/4 miles
Trekking Time : 6-8 hours
Terrain : shale and rocky; Arctic Desert

Kilimanjaro Itineraries
For all itineraries we recommend a Moshi Hotel. Price includes a 1-night stay at B&B rates.

Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
Distance descent : 16 km/10 miles
trekking Time : 4-5 hours
Terrain : Alpine,
Accommodation : tents (provided)

Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate then return to Parkview Inn

On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

Elevation : 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
Terrain : Rain Forest

Prices from $1735, based on 4 people sharing; includes 1 night stay in your hotel of choice, B&B
For all itineraries we recommend a Moshi Hotel. Price includes a 1-night stay at B&B rates.

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