- Approach from the north of Kilimanjaro
- Quiet route that gets away from the crowds
- Long traverse around the Crater Rim
- Different trails for ascent and descent
Starting from the Rongai gate, the route traverses several diverse climate zones, each with its own amazing views and experiences. Throughout the early trek, Kilimanjaro looms overhead dramatically. At higher altitudes you are rewarded with incredible sights, finally ending with a 360 degree view from the top of Uhuru Peak.
This ascent route does not require technical climbing but the trails are strenuous and a good level of physical fitness is required. As the descent is along the more heavily travelled Marangu route this trek offers you the chance to see Mount Kilimanjaro from both sides and to experience nearly everything this unique and beautiful region has to offer.
Distance: About 8 Km.
Habitat: Montane forest
Pick up from your hotel drive for two and half hours to Marangu park gate for formalities. Transfer to the Rongai trailhead in about 3 hours. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru village.
The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country.
The first night’s camp is at Simba camp, at about 2,600 meters. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below Simba camp.
Late Breakfast, enjoy the morning at Simba camp proceed with the hiking very slowly. Acclimatize your body until you reach second cave (3450M ) for hot lunch.
Afternoon relaxation at second cave with dinner and overnight.
After breakfast continue up towards Kibo, reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill to find some.
Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves).
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn, spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi.
Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.
Habitat: Alpine desert
Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight.
Overnight at Kibo Camp.
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
You will wake up around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route.
From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend taking photographs.
3-hour descent back to Kibo hut for a short rest and further descent to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will spend overnight. The descent to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent.
The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Distance: About 27 km
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.
You now drive back to Moshi where your trekking tour ends with sweet memories.
- Transportation to and from Kilimanjaro airport to the hotel
- Transportation to and from your selected route
- English speaking guides
- All Tanzanian National Park Fees
- Government Climbing Taxes
- All Meals while on Kilimanjaro
- Staff Salaries
- Enough poters to carry your luggage
- Safety equipment, emergency oxygen and pulse oximeter
- Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park and your guide
- Tips for guides, porters and cook
- Personal items and toiletries
- Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.