7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route
7-Day Rongai Route Kilimanjaro is less crowded because of its remote location. 7-Day Rongai Route Kilimanjaro offers trekkers a unique wilderness experience where it is possible to see large wildlife like antelope, elephants, and buffalo.
As there is typically less moisture on this side of the mountain, you are less likely to encounter rain and have more unclouded views of the peak. While it is flatter, it does not give the climb a high-sleep-low option, so it is therefore recommended to select more days for acclimatization.
The 7-Day Rongai Route Kilimanjaro is one of the easier routes up Kilimanjaro. Rongai is the only route to approach Kilimanjaro from the north, and the descent is via the Marangu Route.
Summit Night from Kibo Hut is steep and follows the same path taken by the Marangu route, which passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak.
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DAY 1: Nale Muru Gate – Simba Camp
Departing from Moshi, a 4-5 hour drive ascends from an elevation of 1997m/6552ft to 2635m/8645ft, gaining 638m. The journey takes you through coffee plantations and the village of Nale Muru to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. Patiently awaiting permits, observe the bustling operations as crews prepare for the adventure. Enjoy the wooded scenery and winding trails while your guide shares insights about local flora, fauna, and wildlife. Simba Camp, situated near the first cave at the moorland zone’s edge, offers spectacular views of the plains of Kenya.
DAY 2: Simba Camp – Second Cave Camp
Ascending from 2635m/8645ft to 3487m/11440ft, gaining 852m, the journey resumes after a restful night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast. Continuing through moorland terrain on a consistent ascending path, trekkers catch terrific views of Kibo and glimpse the ice fields on the Eastern crater rim. The small shrubs of the moorland become thinner as the Second Cave approaches, and temperatures begin to drop.
DAY 3: Second Cave Camp—Kikelewa Camp
DAY 4: Kikelewa Camp- Mawenzi Tarn
Ascending from 3487m/11440ft to 4302m/14114ft, gaining 627m, a short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb views. Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn, spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area, aiding acclimatization. If you are spending an extra day on the mountain, you will camp for two nights here, providing an opportunity to hike up and around Mawenzi for your acclimatization hike.
DAY 5: Mawenzi Tarn-Kibo Hut
Elevation: 4302m/14,114ft to 4714m/15,466ft
Altitude gained: 412m
Cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent on Summit Night.
DAY 6: Kibo Huts-Summit: 4 km/2.5 Mi Up | 5-7 hours | Horombo Huts: 15.75 km/9.8 mi down | 5-6 hours Glaciers, Snow-Capped Summit
DAY 7: Horombo Huts, Marangu Gate, and Moshi
Descending from 3721m/12,208ft to 1905m/6250ft, losing 1816m, after breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to bid farewell. The descent continues, stopping at the Mandara Huts for lunch. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters as you part ways with them. Returning to the Marangu Park Gate, you receive your summit certificates. With warmer weather, the terrain becomes wet, muddy, and steep, so gaiters and trekking poles are highly recommended. A vehicle will meet you at the gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 45 minutes). Enjoy a long-overdue hot shower, dinner, and celebrations! Hopefully, you have enjoyed your 7-Day Rongai Route Kilimanjaro
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- Walking poles
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking boots
- Heavy clothes
- Light Clothing
- Sun Glasses
- Torch with Spare Batteries
- Water bottles or back pack.
- Professional, English speaking guide
- Personal porter $ Cook
- Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour according to the travel plan description
- Meals as indicated in the tour brochure
- Transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro Airport
- Return transfer from Hotel to the National Park Gate
- Overnight stays in mountain huts
- All national park fees
- Tents in the rout necessary
- Porter loo
- camping & rescus fees
- fair wages to guides/Assistant guides & porters
- camping equipmentguide
- 3 meals per day + snacks on trek
- Pre & post climb accommodation.
- Meals not indicated in the tour description
- Alcohol and soft drinks (coke, mineral water etc.)
- Visa fees
- Personal spending for souvenirs
- Travel insurance