8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

(6 Days on the Mountain)

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  • Hike through untamed nature
  • During rainy season best option
  • Secluded climbing

Rongai Route 8 Days

The Quiet One

Kilimanjaro is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa and this correlates with your trek sublimely. The enchanting views start with the golden savannah, journey amid the ancient caves and travel to the frosty region of the summit. The canopies in the cloud forest are ridden with cracks that allow the mystical light rays and clouds to seep through. The 8 days Rongai Route is the only route that tackles Kilimanjaro from the north side. This offers an exclusive journey to the summit. The neighbouring Kenyan region provides the scenic plains of the Maasai land where conspicuous splotches of wildlife including buffalo, elephants and monkeys emerge. This is the least frequented trail and the tranquillity compels East Africa’s fascinating birdlife and you may encounter some of the diverse wildlife whilst on your trek. The drive to get to the gate it is filled with fantastic sights. In the rainy seasons the route is ideal because the north side receives less precipitation, permitting a safer trek.

Day Destination Activities Accommodations Meals
1 Moshi Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to hotel. Tour orientation Chanya Lodge L, D
2 Simba Camp (2650m) Transfer to Maragu gate for registration, then to Rongai Gate / Nalemoru (1950m). Start the mountain climbing Simba Camp BB,L, D
3 Kikelewa Caves (3600m) Trek to from Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp Kikelewa Camp BB,L, D
4 Mawenzi Tarn (4330m) Trek from Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp Mawenzi Camp BB,L, D
5 Kibo Hut (4700m) Trek from Mawenzi Camp to Kibo Hut Kibo Hut BB,L, D
6 Horombo Hut (3700m) Trek from Kibo hut to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) then descend to Horombo Hut Horombo Hut BB,L, D
7 Moshi Descend Marangu Gate (1800m) Chanya Lodge BB,L, D
8 Departure Transfer from Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport BB

Abbreviations: BB – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner, LB: Lunch Box

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi

Orientation for your trek will take place at the hotel and you will be picked up from the airport. Our guides will provide additional information regarding the 8 days Rongai Route and they will perform an inspection on your trekking gear.

Day 2: Rongai Gate / Nalemoru (1950m) to Simba Camp (2650m)

WalkingTime: 3-4hrs Distance: 6.5km Altitude Gain: 700m

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel and drive to the Marangu Gate (approximately 1,8km). After the necessary park registration is completed, we will proceed to the Nalemoru Gate (Just under 2km). There will be an opportunity to meet your crew and a comforting hot lunch will be served at the gate. We will embark on the great journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Your trek starts with a twisting path that intersects with a field of maize. We will enter the ember canopies of the dense forest and walk along the moist floor. The trees above the misty paths are home to the striking blue monkey, the contrasting black and white colobus and the adorable bush baby. The trek lasts three to four hours. We will spend the night at the Simba Camp (2650m). Comprehensive camping facilities are provided.

Day 3: Simba Camp (2650m) to Kikelewa Caves (3600m)

Walking Time: 6-7hrs Distance: 9km Altitude Gain: 950m

In the morning the journey towards Kibo will resume. At the second ancient cave, an appetizing hot lunch will be served. After lunch we will trek through a brief section of the barren dunes of the moorland and continue amid the heather vegetation zone which is studded with ethereal, enormous lobelias. There is a high possibility of viewing the breath- taking display of the Kibo peak. There is also a chance that we may spot jackals and the odd buffalo – there is no need to panic as your guide accompanies you at all times. Once we reach the Kikelewa Caves camp, you can relax for the remaining hours of the day (3600m).

Day 4: Kikelewa Caves (3600m) to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m)

Walking Time: 3-4hrs Distance: 6km Altitude Gain: 370m

Breakfast will be served at the campsite. Our day begins on a short inclined pasture that leads to an area of wilderness. A low desert environment will replace the limited vegetation. We will arrive at the Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,330m) where a delectable hot lunch will be served. There is a possibility of small excursions for acclimatisation taking place but you are likely spend the rest of the day lounging at the campsite.

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut (4700m)

Walking Time: 4-5hrs Distance: 9km Altitude Gain: 370m

Note that the trail progressively becomes steeper and stonier as we advance further away from the Mawenzi Tarn Hut. We will travel up a desolate site that leads to ‘The Saddle’ – an extensive lunar lava stone landscape that stretches between Mawenzi and Kibo. The journey is complimented by the marvellous views of the towering upper regions of the Kilimanjaro. Our trek will come to an end when we reach the Kibo Huts (4703m) and a steaming hot meal will be served in the afternoon. You can relax for the remainder of the day. We recommend that you try to get to bed early so you are revitalized for the climb to the summit at midnight.

Day 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak (5895m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Walking Time: 6-8hrs ascent, 5-6hrs descent Distance: 5km ascent, 15km descent Altitude Gain: 1195m, Altitude Loss: 2195m

Our voyage to the summit begins at midnight and this is the longest, most laborious day of the whole trek. The trail consists of a long, sharp slope until we pass the Hans Meyer Cave. At this point the path transforms into a twisting, single-file lane. To reach Gillman’s Point (5685m) you will use a brief path with a terrain that is laden with rocks, some climbing is necessary. This is the biggest difficulty of the ascension. Gilman’s point or the lips of Kilimanjaro indicate that Uhuru Peak (5895m) is merely a two hour hike away. Once you progress to Uhuru and behold the spectacle of the first peach hued rays of light brushing against the ice laden fields of the Mawenzi Peaks – you will comprehend the magnitude of your victory. We won’t spend too much time at Uhuru as we have to start our descent to the Kibo Hut. We will take a short, desirable break. We will proceed to the Horombo Huts and at this point you will beam with joy at the sight of your sleeping bag.

Day 7: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate (1800m)

Walking Time: 5-6hrs Distance: 20km Altitude Gain: 1195m Altitude Loss: 1900m

After breakfast we will descend to the Marangu gate. On our journey we will encounter the Mandara Hut and travel through the lush rainforest once again. When we get to the Marangu gate you will be awarded with a certificate to prove that you completed the 8 days Rongai Route. After the brief festivities with your porters conclude you will be transported back to the hotel – where a piping hot shower, soft mattress and fresh clothes await. You may even want to try one or two Kilimanjaro beers!

Day 8: Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport

Today we will transfer you to Kilimanjaro Airport, from where you will connect your flight back home. If you’ve decided to go in a safari – well, that’s another adventure and we’ll be happy to arrange it for you!

The Tour Includes

  • Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to the hotel in Moshi
  • Transport from Moshi to Park Gates
  • Transport from Park Gates to Moshi
  • Pre & post climb accommodation in Moshi
  • Kilimanjaro National Park Conservation fees (entry fee)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park compulsory rescue fees
  • Kilimanjaro National Park hut accommodation fees
  • Kilimanjaro National Park trained certified English speaking guides
  • Kilimanjaro National Park trained certified English speaking porters
  • One Porter per person for personal Mountain luggage (maximum 15 kgs)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park trained certified cook/Chef, utensils, cutlery, crockery etc
  • All meals while on the mountain and bed and breakfast in Moshi
  • Boiled water; tea and coffee with meals
  • 1 basic first Aid kit per group

The Tour Excludes:

  • Any Domestic of International lights
  • Specialized climbing equipments such as Oxygen cylinders (available at cost)
  • Travel insurance, Visa and passport fees
  • Increases in park fees where applicable
  • Personal mountain  equipments such as sleeping bags, walking poles, mattresses, duffel bags etc (available at cost)
  • Metal water bottles, water bladders (please note no soft plastics are permitted on the Mountain)
  • Tips/gratuities for guide(s), porters & cook
  • Beverages such as Soda and Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional unscheduled transfer form park gates to Moshi.

Tour Cost

8 Days Kilimanjaro climbing – Rongai Route

Number of Passengers in a Group 1 2 3 4 5 6-10 11+
Per person sharing rate 1785 1245 1035 920 920 880 780
Single room supplement all through 150 150 150 150 150 150 150

The cost may change if influenced by increment of park entrance fees, Government taxes

The cost may change if influenced by increment of park entrance fees, Government taxes

Payment Policy
– booking fee: 30% within 7 days after confirmation of the booking
– balance and full payments to be paid 25 days prior to safari starting date.
– Booking confirmed within 25 days to the tour starting date should be paid in full.

Ashford Tours is not liable for the progress of any booking incase of non-compliance of the above payment conditions. We recommend that you secure your booking with a deposit of 30% of the tour fees within 7 days of confirmation. The balance of payment is due 25 days prior to the tour starting date. Upon receipt of full payment, Ashford Tours will issue all relevant travel documents.

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel a confirmed booking, a cancellation fee will apply. A cancellation is only possible if communicated in written form. If you cancel a trip:
• At any time but over 45 days after your booking has been confirmed Ashford Tours and Travel retains 5% non-refundable deposit as administration costs on all services booked with us. We advise you to sign cancellation insurance at the time of booking which will cover cancellation fees.

  • Any monies paid will be refunded less the cost of cancellation fees levied by hotels or food expenses and administrative costs as indicated here below;
No of days to travel date Percentage forfeited of tour price
Over 45 days 5% Administration cost
25 – 45 days to arrival date 30% of tour price
24-15 days 50% of the tour price
7-14 days 70% of the tour price
Less than 6 days and no show No refunds. We retain 100% of the tour fee

• If you leave a tour for any reason after it has commenced we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services.

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