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7 Days Kilimanjaro Climb - Rongai Route

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  • 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
Lying in the rain shadow of Kilimanjaro, the Rongai route is one of the best routes to make the attempt on Kilimanjaro during the rainy season as it sees substantially less rain than the southern routes.

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.
customer reviews about Kilisa Tours & Safaris
4.4 - Very Good Based on 7 reviews
Anonymous' review for another Kilisa Tours & Safaris tour
5 - Excellent
“When my Husband and I decided to go in Tanzania and to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, After quite a bit of research. KILISA TOURS & SAFARIS always appeared with excellent comments and ratings from its customers. We decided on them and without a doubt we were successful
My husband and I feel like we went with appropriate expectations about the degree of comfort we were likely to encounter on the trip
We had really good guides and support! while, our cook made sure to cook the way we requested and we were always satisfied. I still find it hard to imagine the courage, the strength and patience with which the whole team got through each day with huge smiles
I suffered on the summit night gladly I had attitude sickness medication,our Guide was patient and had great empathy for Usand will always be grateful to the guys for looking after us so well,
After our climb, we went on a 3 days Camping safari drive to the Serengeti and Ngoro Ngoro crater. Once again, the level of service was just Incredible. Our guide Bakari was knowledgeable and flexible and managed to find all the big 5 for us. It was definitely the trip of a lifetime Bakari would drive long drives, then still have the energy to set up our tents...
I cannot speak more highly of this company as It was very affordable and they provided great service and would recommend booking with them if you are thinking of trekking Kilimanjaro or go on a safari.”
Sophia's review for another Kilisa Tours & Safaris tour
5 - Excellent
“Well, what an amazing experience we had, thanks for the porters and guides who made the trek with us - they were unbelievable and they were very encourage to us and made us to reach to the summit, also I cannot say a bad word about Kilisa Tours and safaris because everything was wonderful from the first time I emailed them and they were very quick to respond to any of my questions prior to the trip.

They had a lovely team who clearly work very hard and I will defiantly recommend this company to my friends who plan for Kilimanjaro climb

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Carolyn's review for another Kilisa Tours & Safaris tour
4 - Very Good
“The most memorable and exciting part of the holiday was of course the ascent of Kilimanjaro on summit day. It was exhilarating arriving at the peak after all the lead up to it and the views were fantastic.

The team had an excellent sense of humor, were honest and kind, and took great pride in their roles-we had a brilliant atmosphere in the camps because of this. Delicious meals were cooked up for us 3 times a day and a snack at tea time which surely helped us to the top. Tent were both laid out every night, including a separate mess tent for meals. All of good quality

We have no problem in recommend Kilisa Tours were exceptional and gave us the most unforgettable experience”
3-4 hours
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.
2 – 3 hours
Habitat: Moorland

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.
3-4 hours
Habitat: Moorland

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).
3-4 hours
Habitat: Moorland

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.
4-5 hours
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.
8 hours
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.
6 hours
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.
what’s included
  • 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
what's excluded
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
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