6 Days: Rongai Route
Rongai route is the only climb that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north. The route offers great scenery and a wilderness feeling and easy with excellent success rates. Here is a sample of the itinerary.
DAY 1; Moshi – Rongai Gate [ 1950 m] – 1st Caves Camp [ 2600m]
After an early breakfast from your hotel, board a vehicle which will drive you to Rongai gate. The trail begins leanding in the pine forest in a gradual ascent to 1st Caves Camp. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.
Hiking Distance ;8 km in about 5 hrs.
DAY 2; 1st Camp – Kikelewa Cave [ 3600m]
After having breakfast, start hiking on the single trail towards Kikelewa Camp. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.
Hiking time; 6-7 hours
DAY 3; Kikelewa Caves – Mawenzi Tarn [ 4330 m]
On this day, you’ll enjoy a short, yet steep trail to Mawenzi Camp in 3-4 hrs. As you trek you will come across high altitude plants and your body will acclimatize. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.
DAY 4; Mawenzi Tarn Camp – Kibo Hut [4700 m]
After breakfast, start hiking along the alpine desert in 4-5 hrs reaching Kibo Hut. The Camp is located in the “ Saddle” which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.
DAY 5; Kibo Hut – Summit [ Uhuru peak 5895m] – Horombo hut [3720 m].
Wake up at around midnight, have a simple breakfast and begin your summiting attempt. The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave [ 5150m]. You continue the ascending reaching Gillman’s point [5681 m] located at the crater rim. Continue with the hiking till you reach Uhuru Peak [ 5895m]. Being here, you have reached at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and the highest point in the African continent. Spend a short time on the summit taking photos and descend down to Kibo Hut in about 3 hrs. After taking a rest at Kibo Hut and lunch, continue with the descent to Horombo hut for dinner and Overnight.
Hiking ascent distance; 6 km in 7-8 hrs
Hiking descent distance ; 21 km
DAY 6; Horombo Hut – Marangu gate [1980 m]
After having the breakfast, have a little celebration and start descending down to Marangu gate for 6 hrs. At the gate you will receive certificates of achievement, Check out the park gate and board a vehicle and drive on your onward destination or hotel.
Hiking distance; 27 km.