Rongai Route starting from the north-eastern side of the Mount Kilimanjaro near the Kenyan border, the Rongai Route rises above the Amboseli plains and approach the summit of Kilimanjaro west of the Mawenzi peak. It is a neglected route and is also the calmest camping approach to Uhuru Peak.
The descent usually uses the Marangu Route. There are two differences to this route. You can choose to attempt the summit via Mawenzi Tarn Hut or via School Hut which is also referred to as the Outward Bound Hut. The former is longer and more popular. Prior acclimatization is suggested in order to attempt the latter successfully.
Day 1: Nalemoru Gate 2020m – Simba Camp – 8kms – 3 to 4hrs – Altitude change/680m
Drive to Marangu gate to collect your permit. Then drive from Marangu to Rongai gate Rombo village. Start trek begins from the gate winding up to the lush tropical forests and out into heather moorland. Overnight camping at First Cave. 2100m
Day 2: Simba Camp 2700m — Kikelelwa Camp – 10kms – 9hrs / 950m
The trek continues, through the fine open moorlands, we get great views of the steppes of Kenya below and remarkable Mawenzi turn above. Overnight at Kikelelwa. (3800m)
Day 3: Kikelelwa Camp 3650m — Mawenzi Tarn Camp – 5kms > 3 to 4hrs /680m
Trek to the Mawenzi Tarn Camp were you will have lovely views of Mawenzi Turn Lake above. Overnight Mawenzi Turn Hut.
Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp 4330m — Kibo Hut – 8kms – 4 to 5hrs / 420m
Trek through the lunar desert of the Saddle, the lava covered expanse between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo Reaching Kibo hut by the end of the day at 4700m. Overnight at Kibo Hut. (4703m)
Day 5: Kibo Hut 4703m — UHURU PEAK -Horombo Hut – 21kms – 12 to 14hrs
At midnight the trek begins up to the final steep, scree section to reach Hanzi Meya Cave half way to the summit. Huge glaciers and cliffs can be seen which mark this part of the Gillman’s Point 5695m.Trek to Stella Point and the summit at Uhuru peak 5896m. From the summit the trek descends to Horombo Hut for the final night. 3720m.
Day 6: Horombo Hut — Marangu Gate – 18kms – 5 to 6hrs /1880m
Covering the last section of the mountain, the trek continues down through the forests to the Marangu gate where your vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to Moshi or Arusha Hotel.
Included in price package
• Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi.
• 2 nights of accommodation at Park view inn or Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
• Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
• Park entry fees,
• Camping fees
• Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
• 18% VAT on tour fees & services
• 4 Season mountain tents
• Double layered Sleeping Mats
• Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
• 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
• Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
• Hot water for washing
• Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
• Government taxes
• Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
• Emergency first-aid kit
– Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
– Travel insurance
– Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charges $ 70 for the entire trek.
– Laundry (Available at hotel)
– Personal items and toiletries
– Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain
Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber):
• Guides: $20/day/guide
• Cook: $15/day
• Porter: $10/day/porter
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
We climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in July with Jiwe Adventures. From the first email to the final farewell at the airport, the treatment we received from Jiwe was fantastic. Edgar answered all emails immediately and efficiently. On arrival at Moshi airport we were met by a Jiwe representative who was extremely friendly. He even had a bottle of water for us to drink on our trip to the hotel. Edgar met us at our hotel with one of our guides who checked our gear and took us through the details of our trip. The climb itself was fantastic. Our guides Goodluck and Edward were brilliant. Their knowledge of the mountain, advise and encouragement helped us to reach the summit in six days. They were extremely helpful and filled our days with interesting discussions. The porters were outstanding, the food was great and our waiter was fabulous. When we got down the mountain he was there with a cold drink for us. After 6 days of climbing this was greatly appreciated. We had our own portable toilet which is a must on the mountain. Jiwe Adventures go over and above what you would expect. Their prices are very reasonable for the quality of service they provide. If you are thinking of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro then you should use Jiwe Adventures. They are brilliant and will help make your trip one you will never forget.