Rongai route on Kilimanjaro

Rongai route Kilimanjaro, More info on the Rongai route with maps, distance, pictures, huts, success rate and more.

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.

Why choose the Rongai route?

Low traffic on the first several days from the north until meeting up with the Marangu Route at Kibo Hut. Each day you will have different views of Kilimanjaro, as you will be ascending from the north and descending from the Southern side of Kilimanjaro. Also consider the Rongai route if you have already done Kilimanjaro in the past, and looking for a fresh different route.

Why not to consider the Rongai route?

Drier route, with a less spectacular rainforest band on the first day. This Rongai route is also not the most cost effective route, as additional transfers will need to be arranged to reach the Naru Moru Villa on the remote Northern side of the Kilimanjaro National park.

What is the Rongai route success rate for hiking on Kilimanjaro?

Official statistics are not available from the Kilimanjaro national park, but we would dare to say the 6 day Rongai route on average will prove a medium to high success rate for hiking on Kilimanjaro.
No route on Kilimanjaro will guarantee you reaching the summit, but is that not the reason why you want to climb Kilimanjaro? You want to challenge yourself, with the reward being worth so much more at the end.
With Dream World Adventures, through our years of experience and logistical systems in place, we offer our clients a 100% chance of reaching the summit, helping you prepare for your adventure from mental and physical aspect.
Anybody with average fitness levels, the right equipment and armed with knowledge of what lies ahead will stand a good chance of successfully summitting Kilimanjaro and no prior experience is required due to it not being a technical climb at all. Unfortunately though, altitude affects each person differently, irrespective of age, gender and fitness levels and the fear of ‘will I get sick?” plagues all of us before the time. Only when on the mountain will you know if your body is able to adapt physiologically to the decreasing oxygen levels in the air and decreasing atmospheric pressure.

What Kilimanjaro tour packages are available?

Dream World Adventures offer its valued clients Kilimanjaro adventure tour packages, tailor made around your requirements. From private tours to private group arrangements, we have got you covered.
Visit the following page, Kilimanjaro tour packages, for more information.
If traveling from South Africa, we also have some great Kilimanjaro packages from South Africa, with will include cost effective return flights.

Recommended days to plan for on the Rongai route?

The Rongai route can be done in 6 or 7 days. We recommend to take a 7 days, although 6 days will allow adequate acclimatization.

What is the distance from the park gate to the summit of Kilimanjaro on the Rongai route?

From the Nale Moru Village to the top of Kilimanjaro is has been calculated by the Kilimanjaro National park to be 37 km.

Other Kilimanjaro routes that we also recommend;

While the Rongai route should definitely be consider, other routes on Kilimanjaro we recommend will be the Marangu route, Machame route, Lemosho route, or the Umbwe route.

Looking for a comprehensive guide on how to climb Kilimanjaro?

Look no further than our Kilimanjaro online guide.

Rongai Route daily itinerary

More information on our 6 day Rongai route, that is set out in a detailed 8 day itinerary that includes your 2 traveling days to and from Moshi in Tanzania. 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 1 on Kilimanjaro

 

Rongai route day 01 review

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

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.

Day three on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary

Day 2 on Kilimanjaro

 

Rongai route day 02 review

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

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.

Day four on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary

Day 3 on Kilimanjaro

 

Rongai route day 03 review

Start of day; Kikelelwa Caves 3 600m
End of day; Mawenzi Tarn 4 315m
Terrain; Alpine Desert / Semi desert
Distance to walk; 3 km
Hiking time; 2 hours

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.

Day five on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary

Day 4 on Kilimanjaro

 

Rongai route day 04 review

Start of day; Mawenzi Tarn 4 315m
End of day; Kibo Huts 4 720m
Terrain; Alpine Desert
Distance to walk; 4 km
Hiking time; 4 hours

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.

Day six on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary

Day 5 on Kilimanjaro

Rongai route day 05 review

Start of day; Kibo Huts 4 720m
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 hours
Descent down toe; Horombo Huts 3 720m
Distance to walk; 15 km
Hiking time; Dependent on hikers pace

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.

Day seven on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route itinerary

Day 6 on Kilimanjaro

 

Rongai route day 06 review

Start of day; Horombo Huts 3 720m
End of day; The Marangu Park gate 1 879m
Terrain; Rain forest
Distance to walk; 19 km
Hiking time; Dependent on hikers pace

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.

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