5 Days Rongai Route Kilimanjaro Climb

5 Days Rongai Route Kilimanjaro Trek for US$1195/Person

Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Moshi to Rongai Gate Hike to Simba Camp (2830m)

You will be picked up from Panama Inn Hotel and driven to the start of the Rongai route, the Narumuru Gate, close to the Kenyan Border, where we begin the ascent of Kilimanjaro after meeting our porters and having lunch. We walk to the Rongai Forest past farmland, where you will see potatoes, maize and other vegetables, carefully tended by the men and women of the nearby villages. In the forest, the vegetation is lush and exotic. You may even see White and Black Colobus Monkeys, and the exotic Hartlaubs Turaco, a large bird with a violet blue tail, red wing tips, a blue- black head, and eyes surrounded by white. Even if you don’t see it, you may hear its loud raucous call. After leaving the forest, the lush vegetation thins to heather moorland with many flowers, including the unique Protea Kilimanjarica, which grows only on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. After a 3-4 hour walk today ends with dinner & overnight at Cave 1 sometimes called Simba Camp. (2830m.)Your cook will then prepare a delicious meal, and you can swap travellers’ tales around the table with your co-adventurers.

  • Elevation: 2000m/6560ft to 2635m/8645ft
  • Distance: 7km
  • Hiking time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

Day 2: Simba Camp to Third Cave (3900m)

After a big breakfast, we continue to climb through moorland scenery. You will notice the growing altitude today in your legs and the rhythm of your breathing. Your guide will advise you to go “pole, pole” (“slowly, slowly”) if he thinks your pace is too fast for the altitude. You will see Kilimanjaro’s snowcapped summit, which seems quite near and the jagged peak of Mawenzi on the horizon. We stop for lunch at Second Cave, a natural cave formed by the cooling of the lava. The Rongai Route divides here and you take a right fork to Third Cave, whilst the climbers on the longer route go to Kikelewa Camp. We get up to a height of 3,900 metres today where we camp for the night at Third Cave. You will need to start wear warm clothing. It can get very cold at this stage.

Day 3: Third Cave to Kibo Hut (4700m)

Today is a steep climb across arid montane desert. By the end of the day we have reached Kibo Hut at 4,700 metres where we camp overnight, and rest ready for the ascent to the Summit at Midnight. Your guide will brief you about what to wear and how to approach the final leg to the summit. You will wake just before midnight, have a hot drink and a snack and begin your climb. Faint snakes of light shine out in the frosty night as other groups of climbers make the slow ascent to the summit.

Day 4: Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s Point located on the crater rim (elev 5700m/18,700ft). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft Down to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 6km up / 15km down
  • Hiking time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 5: Hike Horombo Hut to Marangu gate , drive to Moshi

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

A vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to Panama Inn Hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).It is time for celebration.

Included in the price:

-- 2 Airport Transfers, from JRO Kilimanjaro International Airport
-- 2 nights hotel at Panama Inn Hotel in Moshi town on Bed and Breakfast basis, Double or Triple Occupancy
-- 3 Delicious meals a days, boiled and filtered drinking water while on the mountain.
-- All park entrance, hut and rescue fees
-- Warm water for washing to be provided every morning and evening.
-- Oxygen Cylinder - only for emergency
-- English Speaking Guides (Wilderness First Responder certified), cook and porters
-- Staff salaries and fees.
-- Transport to/from national park gates.
-- First aid kit and pulse oximeter.
-- Emergency telephone between the guides and our office in Moshi town.
-- 3 litres of bottled drinking water to be provided on the first day your hike, on the mountain porters will fetch water from the streams to be boiled and filtered for you.

Not included in the price:

-- Prices do not include sleeping bags
-- Gratuities
-- Soda/alcohol unless otherwise noted
-- Health insurance
-- Visa fees
-- International airfare
-- Laundry
-- All Meals and drinks in Moshi town

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