Rongai Route
Climb Kilimanjaro on the Rongai Route

Rongai Route - Kilimanjaro – 6/7 days

Rongai route climbs up Kilimanjaro on the northeast side of the mountain, along the border of Tanzania and Kenya. This itinerary’s big draw is its untouched nature, and offers a very different perspective of Kilimanjaro. The uphill trail runs through easy and uncongested paths. Like the Lemosho route, big game spotting is likely on the first days. Rongai route joins Marangu at Kibo, and both go up to the top. The large caves on the way as well as the view of Kenya’s savannah are some of the attractions you’ll see, aside from Kilimanjaro’s north side.  Another distinctive feature of this route is the drier area of the massif, sheltered from the moist winds off the Indian Ocean that affect the south face.   This feature can be especially attractive for those planning their climb during the rainy season. The descent is via the Marangu route, while accommodation is in tents.
  • Day 1: Moshi – Camp 1 (2.600m)
  • Day 2: Camp 1 – Kikelewa caves (3.450m) (3.976m)
  • Day 3: Kikelewa caves – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4.315m)
  • Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp – Kibo Camp (4.703m)
  • Day 5: Camp – Uhuru Peak (5.895m) – Horombo Camp (3.720m)
  • Day 6: Horombo Camp – Marangu Gate – Moshi
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  • When to go: The best time to climb Kilimanjaro from the climatological point of view is during the warmest and driest months (January, February and September). June, July and August are also good months, although the weather may be more variable. On the other hand, one must bear in mind that it is at this time is when we find more mountaineers. Machame usually presents an intermediate influx situation, specifically during those periods of higher attendance.
  • Climate: One of the main reasons for not successfully completing the ascent of Kilimanjaro is the so-called "altitude sickness" that may occur in some people when climbing heights 3,500m above sea level, without allowing time to your body to adapt. To prevent the possible effects of altitude, we recommend that hikers extend their trip by an extra day. This acclimatization day is invested in taking several walks up and down, thereby accustoming the body to height. Another possibility for a good acclimatization is to do the Mont Meru climb (4,566m) before climbing Kilimanjaro.
  • Luggage: It should be noted that porters carry 15 Kg at the most. In case of excess baggage, another porter must be hired, which means an extra cost for the client. This usually happens on very special cases, the extra baggage not necessary for the ascension can be left in the hotel. List of recommended materials to be necessary to be taken on the ascent. Click here for the full list of clothing, equipment and essential documentation.

It includes:

  • Transportation from the airport or hotel
  • Entrance fee to the Kilimanjaro National Park according to the length of the route
  • Professional English or Spanish speaking guide
  • Porters and cook
  • Three daily meals and water
  • Tents and mats
  • Oxygen bottle and pulse oximeter for the group

Excludes:

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Does not include travel insurance
  • Visa or visa fees
  • Gratuities (approximately 10% of the price)

Optional:

  • Accommodation in Moshi
 

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