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Rongai route 7 days is one of Kilimanjaro’s easiest routes, and it has become an increasingly popular route in recent years. This route is located on the Northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro with a variety of spectacular landscapes together with different plants and animal species. The typical duration for this trip is 6 days. However, you can also add an acclimatization day and make it a 7 days climb.
The Rongai Route is more scenic than the Marangu Route and easier than another camping route in climbing Kilimanjaro and the success rate on the Rongai Route is very high. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Rongai Route, you sleep in tents, the porter will have your tent pitched and waiting for you at the end of each day’s trek.
This route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border and is one of the least traveled routes. The route merges with the Marangu Route for the summit climb. The descend follows the Marangu Route on the mountain’s southeast side, so you will able to see Kilimanjaro from many viewpoints.
There are two versions of this trek a direct 6-day itinerary, and a 7 days Rongai itinerary that takes a longer route. The 6 days itinerary is described down below and the longer variation is described in the extra day’s section.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
2 Hours Before Flight Time
Sote Tours staff will be waiting at arrival will meet you and will escort you to the waiting vehicle for loading your luggage then drive you to the Hotel in Moshi town. After checking in the hotel you will get briefing about your next day’s trek then your mountain guide will check your gears. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing at the pool or exploring the town of Moshi.
Accommodation at Panama Garden Resort
You will have an early breakfast at the hotel then we will transfer by our vehicles through many villages and coffee and plantations for 2-3 hour drive to Rongai gate (1,950m). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will start hiking on a wide path winding through fields of maize and potatoes, and then enter into montane forest.
You will then start to climb gently but consistently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin as you arrive at Simba Camp (2,600m) with fantastic views over the Kenyan plains.
Elevation(m): 1,950 m to 2,600m
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
After an early breakfast you will have a steady ascent to the second cave where you will stop for lunch. You leave the direct trail at this point and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path toward Mawenzi side peak.to Kikelewa Camp in a sheltered valley. At the Kikelewa Camp you will settle for your dinner and overnight rest.
Elevation: 2,600m to 3,600m
Distance: 17 km
Hiking Time: 7 hours
After breakfast you will face a short, steep climb up grassy slopes; rewarded by superb all-round views, immersed in the vast surrounding wilderness. Soon after, you leave the vegetation behind and arrive at the Mawenzi Tarn Camp, which is situated in a spectacular cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi Peak.
After this hike, you will reach to the Mawenzi tarn hut camp where you will also see the amazing undried Lake with no inlat as well as outlet here you will have lunch and rest then dinner and overnight at this camp.
Elevation: 3,600m to 4,330m
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
This is your extra day on the mountain, and you will spend two nights at Mawenzi Tarn. You will hike up towards Mawenzi for a splendid acclimatization hike. Then after return back to the camp for lunch the dinner and overnight.
After an early breakfast you will cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Kibo peak and Mawenzi peak to Kibo Huts at the bottom of Kibo’s crater wall. You should spend the remainder of the day resting and preparing for your summit climb.
Elevation: 4,330 m to 4,695 m
Hiking Time: 5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave to the peak at 12; 00AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 4 and 6 AM. At this point, you will have views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you.
Then after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend some times for taking photo’s but it will depend on how you feel. After your summit activities done, descend back to the Kibo Hut, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment, and continue on down, re-crossing the saddle to the Horombo Hut. Have dinner and overnight at Horombo hut camp.
Elevation: 4,703m to 5,895 m to 3,720m
Distance: 4 km up, 14 km down
Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert.
After a long sleep you will be awaked for breakfast and pack, continue your descent through the moorland to Mandara Huts. Here you will have lunch then proceed your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to Marangu park gate. After the gate sign out, a vehicle will take you to back to the hotel where it is definitely time for your certificate presentation and celebration.
Accommodation at Panama Garden Resort
Elevation: Elevation): 3,720m to 1,970m
Distance: 18 km
Descending time: 6-7 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
Breakfast and Lunch
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