Rongai route on Kilimanjaro – by Dream World Adventures
A less populated start from the northern side of Kilimanjaro.
The Rongai route begins on the northern side of Kilimanjaro, on the Kenyan border, and is the least-travelled route. The drive to the starting point of your adventure, the Naru Moru Village, is lengthy one) and winds through numerous coffee plantations and villages. The route converges with the Marangu Route at Kibo Hut and descends along this route. This route can be completed in six or more days. Accommodation on the Rongai route will be in tents.
The Rongai Route itinerary 37 km from Rongai starting point (Nale Moru) to Uhuru peak
Day one on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary
Travel day to Moshi in Tanzania
The first day of your itinerary, after arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, will be to traveling to Moshi in Tanzania. Your adventure itinerary will start and finish in Moshi. If you will be traveling by Air your arrival Airport will be at Kilimanjaro International Airport. After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a representative of our Tanzanian counterparts and be transferred to Hotel Springlands in Moshi. This hotel offers great views of mountain Kilimanjaro on a clear day. You will overnight at Hotel Springlands.
Day two on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary
Day 2 on Kilimanjaro
After a relaxing night stay at Springlands your first day on your Rongai route Kilimanjaro adventure starts. Depending on what time your arrived at the hotel on the previous day, you would either have had a detailed briefing with your guide. Important things that needs to be covered are your equipment, if you still need to rent some gear this is the time to get all in place. Also the meals that will be prepared for you will be covered, if you have specific requirements or needs please remember to communicate this to your guide. From Springlands Hotel it will be a very long drive to Rongai, the starting point on the northern side of the National park. You will start from the 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 an attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. The forest begins to thin out and the Simba camp, near to “First Cave”, is at the edge of the moorland zone and has extensive views over the Kenyan plains. This day will be around a 5 hour hike.
After arriving at the Simba campsite, you can start relaxing as all the normal camp responsibilities are taken care of by your guide and his support team. Dinner will be prepared by the head cook, and drinking water collected by the porters. Have your containers ready to be filled up by the support team (water will be boiled). While the water has been tested by the Tanzanian National parks board (TANAPA), it will be saver to use the boiled water that is made available. Using water purification tablets will add extra peace of mind. Washing water will also be made available. Your guide will schedule in a briefing with the group either that evening or the next morning, with a test with his pulse oximeter to monitor the blood oxygen levels of each hiker. After enjoying dinner in the dining tent, you will retire to your tent for a good night rest, to be ready for the following day’s adventure. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point, with the Sun normally setting & rising just before 7 o’ clock each day. A good idea will be to take some reading material or some card games to keep yourself busy in the evening.
|Start of day||Nale Moru 1 997m|
|End of day||Simba Camp 2 671m|
|Terrain||Rain forest / Montane forest|
|Distance to walk||8 km|
|Hiking time||5 hours|
Day three on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary
Day 2 on Kilimanjaro
This day for most people will be an easier day on the Rongai route. By now you should be more adapted to the surroundings. If you have packed your gear like we recommend, in separate plastic bags, getting ready will be much easier. Breakfast will be early in the morning with a short briefing with your guide on what lies ahead for the day. Weather plays a huge role, but for most cases the day should entail a much easier hiking experience compared to the first day. After breakfast you will pack your last things in your duffle bag & your day pack, and collected water that is again boiled and easy for consumption. The days total increase in altitude will be around 1 000m. From here it is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (3 450m). Here you will have amazing views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim and lunch will be served here. Now we leave the main trail with a smaller path across the moorland towards Mawenzi. The campsite is situated near Kikelewa caves in a sheltered valley with giant senecios towering like sentinels over the landscape. After arriving the porters will start to collect and prepare drinking and washing water for each hiker.
Dinner will be enjoyed followed by a briefing with your guide and the daily test with his pulse oximeter to monitor the blood oxygen levels of each hiker. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
|Start of day||Simba Camp 2 671m|
|End of day||Kikelelwa Caves 3 600m|
|Terrain||Heathland / Moorland|
|Distance to walk||16 km|
|Hiking time||9 hours|
Day four on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary
Day 3 on Kilimanjaro
After breakfast, and the normal camping experience as per the previous days, the day will begin with a short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb panoramic views and a tangible sense of wilderness. All vegetation is left behind before reaching the next camp at the Mawenzi Tarn hut, situated behind Mawenzi. Explore the area to aid in acclimatization. Should you choose to spend an additional acclimatization day on the mountain, it will be spent here, with an acclimatization hike up the slope towards Mawenzi before returning to camp for dinner and your overnight.
|Start of day||Kikelelwa Caves 3 600m|
|End of day||Mawenzi Tarn 4 315m|
|Distance to walk||3 km|
|Hiking time||2 hours|
Day five on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary
Day 4 on Kilimanjaro
We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach the Kibo huts (4 720 m.). The remainder of the day is spent relaxing and preparing for the final ascent. Dinner is normally served around 7pm in your mess tent Get as much rest as possible before the wake-up call later.
|Start of day||Mawenzi Tarn 4 315m|
|End of day||Kibo Huts 4720m|
|Distance to walk||4 km|
|Hiking time||4 hours|
Day six on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary
Day 5 on Kilimanjaro
Around midnight you will have to start your final ascent to the summit. You will be woken with tea/coffee and biscuits. This part of your hike will be done at night to be able to reach Gillman’s Point around first light, 5 hours from Kibo huts. This will be by far the most difficult part of your hike, as you will not only be hiking on a slope of loose gravel, but also be doing so at altitude. Remember to constantly be on the move, and only take short breaks every 2 hours or so to avoid getting cold. Your equipment that you have on should be able to assist your body to warm itself, and to keep cold wind out, but when not moving this becomes more difficult. Once arriving at Gillman’s Point, people tend to stay too long and often choose to turn around at this point. Do not spend more than 10 minutes here as you still have the last leg of your trip to complete. Another 1,5 hour’s hike and you will have reached Uhuru Peak – the highest point in Africa! After this amazing and emotional experience you will return to Kibo Huts via Gillman’s Point. This will go a lot faster than when you summated. You should arrive back at Kibo Huts just before lunch time for a light lunch and a short break. After that you will continue down back to the Horombo huts for dinner and a well earned rest.
|Start of day||Kibo Huts 4720m|
|1st point of interest||Gillman’s Point 5 685m|
|Distance to walk||4 km|
|Hiking time||5 hours|
|2nd point of interest||Uhuru Peak at 5 895m|
|Distance to walk||2 km|
|Hiking time||1,5 hour|
|Descent down to||Horombo Huts 3 720m|
|Distance to walk||15 km|
|Hiking time||Dependent on hikers pace|
Day seven on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary
Day 6 on Kilimanjaro
After Breakfast, you start your final descent to the Marangu Gate. Enjoy the scenery as you walk thought the rain forest. From Marangu Gate you will be transferred back to Springlands Hotel and you will be served a delicious hot lunch and a well-deserved hot shower. It is recommended and tips are highly appreciated at the end of your trip. Tips must only be given to the Guide at Springlands Hotel. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5 685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. Overnight in Springlands hotel.
|Star of day||The Mweka camp 3 100m|
|End of day||The Mweka gate 1 640m|
|Distance to walk||10 km|
|Hiking time||3 hours|
Andy McWalter group climbed Kilimanjaro on the Rongai route in September 2017
The Amped2Elevate Group succeeded in their quest to raise the banner for the Adonis Musati Project, highlighting the plight of young asylum seekers in South Africa, on the highest point in Africa on Wed 04th October! Congratulations to everyone in the team on your fantastic achievement!! The 8 team members are Andy McWalter, Bradley McWalter, Lieske McWalter, Brandon Ellse, Melissa McWalter, Jonathan Ellse, Warren Ellse and Andre Rodriques. Super effort! Under the guidance of Nechi Teti and his crew, the team climbed via the lesser-known Rongai Route over a 7-day span. Ahsante sana Nechi and all involved!
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