Kilimanjaro Climb - Rongai Route
Quieter than Machame, the Rongai Route gives you plenty of chances to spot wildlife. It starts on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro which is quite dry and has a short forest zone. Skirting the base of Mwenzi, it ascends via Gilman's Point to Uhuru Peak.
At a Glance
Ascend the world's tallest free-standing mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro to reach the 'roof of Africa' at 5,895m (19,341ft)
Fully-supported trek with experienced private guide and support team
A personalized experience with never more than ten people in a group
Spend six nights in comfortable accommodation on the mountain
Take in the ever-changing landscapes, with no two days on the mountain being the same
Day 1: Wake early and drive to Nale Moru gate where you will register at the gate. From there, trek five miles through farmland, pine plantations and afromontane forest to Simba Camp which sits at an altitude of 2,606m (8,550ft).
Day 2: Hike to Second Cave where you’ll stop for lunch and admire the views. Head off the main trail for Mawenzi Peak. Camp tonight is Kikelewa Caves Camp set at 3,600m (11,815ft) in a sheltered valley. A total of 7.4 miles (11.9km).
Day 3 & 4: Head to Mawenzi Tarn, Mawenzi Peak, for two nights at Mawenzi Tarn Camp at an altitude of 4,328m (14,200ft) where you’ll acclimatise on walks.
Day 5: Cross the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks, trekking through the alpine desert zone. Grab a few hours of sleep at Kibo Camp at 4,700m (15,420ft) before your ascent.
Day 6: Start your slow and steady climb just after midnight and watch the sun rise from the ‘roof of Africa’! Your climb up Kibo volcano via Gilman’s Point will take around six or seven hours. From here, it’s a further two hours to Uhuru Peak (5,895m (19,341ft), the summit. Descend back to Kibo for refreshments and then continue to Horombo Camp where you’ll stay the night at 3,706m (12,160ft).
Day 7: Complete your descent from Horombo to Mandara Huts then continue to Marangu Gate where you’ll be picked up and driven to your hotel for the night.
Fresh fruit and home cooked three course meals are included throughout and served in a proper dining tent and prepared by a dedicated camp chef.
All of the climbs we organize use the best crew and highest quality equipment in excellent condition. The guides are the finest. They're well looked after and receive regular training to ensure that their knowledge is completely up-to-date. They also carry supplementary oxygen, pulse oximeters and customized evacuation stretchers as well as being fully-qualified in first aid, including CPR.
Accommodation throughout is of the highest standard and luxurious by Kilimanjaro standards. You stay in large dome tents with thick mattresses and sleeping bags with a thermal liner and pillows. The expeditions use a 'runner' whose sole job each day is to go on ahead to the next camp to bag the best site. The camp is set up for you ready for your arrival to allow you to spend your non-climbing time relaxing and preparing for the next day. There is also a separate portable chemical toilet tent which is only shared between your climbing group.
Location & Directions
When to go
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.