Mount Kilimanjaro trekking package
Rongai route
9 days

The Rongai route begins in attractive farmland and delightful forest, with the possibility of wildlife viewing, and passes through several different climate zones, as it works its way towards the summit.

This route retains a sense of unspoiled wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north. It’s also less crowded than the more popular routes such as Marangu and Machame.

Day 1 – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha
As you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met with a representative from TAPAC Safaris, holding a sign with your name on it. From here you will transfer to Arusha and Mount Meru Hotel.

If time allows it (depending on your flight time) you will meet your head guide today, where he will have a short pre – brief regarding the climb, as well as do and equipment check. If time doesn’t allow it this will be done the following morning.

Accommodation:    Mount Meru Hotel
Meal Plan:        B&B

MOUNT KILIMANJARO; Rongai Route, 7 days

Day 2 – Rongai Gate - First Cave Camp
Beginning Elevation: 1800 meters / 6400 feet
Ending Elevation: 2560 meters / 8400 feet
Elevation Gain: 760 meters / 2000 feet

After breakfast at the hotel, you will get picked up by your head guide, where he will introduce the whole crew to you as well as do a gear checkup. From here you will transfer to the gate where you will register.

After completing the necessary registration formalities at the gate of Marangu National Park, you will transfer to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering a pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently, through attractive forests which shelter a variety of wildlife including the beautiful Black And White Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long cape of white hair and a flowing white tail. 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.

Day 3 – First Cave Camp – Kikelewa Camp
Beginning Elevation: 2560 meters / 8400 feet
Ending Elevation: 3600 meters / 11 810 feet
Elevation Gain: 1040 meters / 3412 feet

The trail goes through the forest and then opens up to the more barren moorland. Carry plenty of drinking water, as the hike can be quite hot on a clear day. There are several viewpoints from which you can see the plains and forests below and Kibo and Mawenzi peaks above. Break for lunch on the trail before continuing on to the campsite.

Day 4 – Kikelewa Camp – Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Beginning Elevation: 3600 meters / 11 810 feet
Ending Elevation: 4330 meters / 14 200 feet
Elevation Gain: 730 meters / 2390 feet

This day is an acclimatization day, allowing you to hike in the beginning of the day and rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo.

Day 5 – Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Day four of the trek is an acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn. We advise hiking a bit higher this day before returning to Mawenzi Tarn in the afternoon.

Day 6 – Mawenzi Tarn Camp - Kibo Camp
Beginning Elevation: 4300 meters / 14 100 feet
Ending Elevation: 4700 meters / 15 400 feet
Elevation Gain: 400 meters / 1300 feet

This day cross the saddle to arrive the final campsite. There will be astonishing views along the way of Kibo and Mawenzi. View Kilimanjaros glaciers along the way and the high alpine vegetation. Arrive at the campsite around lunchtime. This day is important for acclimatization, and the afternoon will be spent resting for the final ascent of Kilimanjaro to begin at midnight.

Day 7 – Kibo Camp – Summit! - Horombo Hut
Beginning Elevation: 4700 meters/15 400 feet
Summit: 5895 meters/19 340 feet
Ending Elevation: 3700 meters/12 000 feet

At midnight you will begin your ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa.
For the next six hours, you will hike by the light of your flashlight. It is helpful if you have a headlamp so your arms are free during the ascent.

The final ascent will be the most challenging part of the climb. The pace is extremely slow until you reach the top at Uhuru Peak. At dawn, reach Gilman’s Point which is on the crater rim. The hike from Gilman’s to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and not very difficult. However, the altitude makes the going slow and dangerous. Upon reaching Uhuru, enjoy amazing views above the clouds. The descent to Kibo is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, you will continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo.

Day 8 – Horombo Hut - Marangu Gate – Arusha
Beginning Elevation: 3700 meters/12000 feet
Ending Elevation: 1830 meters/6000 feet
Elevation Loss: 1870 meters/6000 feet

After breakfast you'll finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through the tremendous trees of the cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery.

Our car will be waiting at Marangu gate to transfer you back to Arusha and Mount Meru Hotel for a well deserved hot shower and a good night’s sleep.

Accommodation:    Mount Meru Hotel
Meal Plan:        Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 9 – Arusha National Park – Kilimanjaro International Airport

After a good night’s sleep you will enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you will be met by your guide at the hotel, where he will go through today’s short program. From here you will transfer to Arusha National Park for a half day game drive, with an optional canoe ride (extra cost).

Arusha National Park is a small and lush National Park situated on the outside of Arusha town. The park holds many mammals such as Giraffes, Zebra’s, Impala, Kudu, the rare Black and White Colobus Monkey in addition to many more.

In the afternoon return to Mount Meru Hotel for and early dinner before transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.

End of tour

What’s included
-    All airport transfers
-    All park fees
-    All camping fees
-    All meals, as stated on itinerary
-    English, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish or Spanish talking guide
-    AMREF’s flying doctors temporary insurance
-    All government taxes
-    All accommodation (as specified on the itinerary)
-    All crew for mountain (guide, assistant guide, cook, camp crew, porters)
-    All game drives (as specified on the itinerary)

What’s NOT included

-    International flights
-    Personal travel insurance
-    Visa
-    Tips/gratuity to your mountain crew (highly recommended)
-    Drinks, and private bills at the hotel
-    Canoe ride in Arusha National Park

-    Please note that in case of none availability at the above mentioned accommodation; we reserve the right to change to other accommodation of the same/similar standard.

Foto: Thomas Holden