Group Size: Based on Minimum of 2 passengers
Departs: Daily Private Departure
This route retains a genuine sense of wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from a northeasterly direction. It is generally considered to be the easiest of the quality routes on the mountain. The trek passes through several different climate zones, adding considerably to the interest of the adventure.
What greater adventure can there be than to summit the world’s highest free-standing mountain? Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders: a snow covered mountain on the equator, an ocean of green forest surrounded by dry savannah.
Day 1 – Moshi
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to Moshi. The rest of the day will be yours to enjoy at leisure. In the evening, you will attend a briefing in preparation of your upcoming trekking adventure. You will spend the night at the Sal Salinero Hotel. (D)
Established in 2004, the Sal Salinero Hotel was a small luxury villa, but the increasing demand from clientele lead to its expansion. The hotel now blends the simplistic elegance with perfect architectural designs, all combined to entice travellers. Operating as a 30-room unit, the hotel provides personalized service around the clock. Hotel rooms are designed in modern style and are equipped with every eminent item such as, a refrigerated mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, and satellite.
Day 2 - Simba Camp
Moshi – Nalemoru Gate (1,990m) – Simba Camp (2,625m)
3 to 4 hours trek – 8 km
After breakfast you will be driven around Mt Kilimanjaro to its north-western side and after 3 to 4 hours, you will arrive at the Nalemoru Gate. After the registration process has been completed and your luggage has been divided between the porters, your adventure begins. The path runs alongside mountain farmers’ fields and pine forests before it enters the sparse mountain forest zone, where black and white colobus monkeys can often be seen. After an approximate 3 to 4 hour hike, you will reach the Simba Camp where you will spend the night. (BLD)
Situated at an elevation of 2,625m on the Rongai Route.
Day 3 - Kikelelwa Camp
Simba Camp (2,625m) – Kikelelwa Camp (3,630m)
5 to 6 hours trek – 10 km
Today’s trek passes through the heather and moorland zones and the views of Mawenzi and the vast Kenyan steppes are nothing short of grand. You will have lunch at the Second Cave (3,450 m) and after a short break, you will cross the undulating terrain to Kikelewa Camp. This camp boasts with incredible views and after a strenuous day’s climb, you can relax and take in its peaceful ambience. (BLD)
Situated at an elevation of 3,630m on the Rongai Route.
Day 4 - Mawenzi Tarn Hut
Kikelelwa Cave (3,630m)– Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,310m)
3 to 4 hours trek – 5 km
The typical unique vegetation will soon disappear and the scenery will become more barren with the occasional rock formations. In good weather you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Kibo and Mawenzi summits as well as Kenya’s savannah grasslands. After passing a few more rock formations, you will arrive at the Mawenzi Hut. For many mountain climbers, it is the most atmospheric camp on the mountain. (BLD)
Situated at an elevation of 4,310m on the Rongai Route.
Day 5 - Kibo Hut
Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,310m) – Kibo Hut (4,700m)
4 to 6 hour trek – 12 km
On a relatively easy path, today’s leg takes you over the Kibo Saddle. A lack of vegetation is characteristic for the landscape here as only a few types of grass and other plant species can survive in this dry area and thin air. Just before today’s destination is reached, one last rock passage has to be conquered. Finally you will arrive at the School Hut, where you can relax and mentally prepare yourself for tomorrow’s summit stage. (BLD)
Situated at an elevation of 4,700m on the Rongai Route.
Day 6 - Uhuru Peak (Summit) – Horombo Hut
Kibo Hut (4,700m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Horombo Hut (3,720m)
12 to 14 hour trek – 21 km
The climb begins at around 00:00 h and after a 5 to 7 hour walk on frozen volcanic ash, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5,715 m) on the crater’s edge. The sun rays will warm you while you trek for another 1 to 2 hours until you reach Uhuru Peak and finally stand on “Africa’s Roof”. The descent on the now thawed lava ash runs almost along the same route and you will arrive at the School Hut in the late morning. A warm meal will be served and after a well-deserved break, the descent continues to the Horombo Hut. (BLD)
Situated at an elevation of 3,720m on the Rongai Route.
Day 7 – Moshi
Horombo Camp (3,720m) – Marangu Gate (1,860m) – Moshi
5 to 6 hour trek – 12 km
After trekking for approximately 5 to 6 hours, you will have managed the easy descent and you will return to the Marangu Gate during the early afternoon. You will say goodbye to your mountain crew and a short transfer will take you back to the Sal Salinero Hotel. Here you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your achievement. (BLD)
Your final night on the trek to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro. Tonight you get to enjoy the comforts that you have missed during your climb before continuing on your travels.
Day 8 - End of Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Trek
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for your onward arrangements. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.