7 Days Mt Kilimanjaro Hiking via Rongai Route Adventure

Begin on an unforgettable 7 days Kilimanjaro hiking experience via Rongai Route conquering Africa highest peak

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About 7 Days Mt Kilimanjaro Hiking via Rongai Route Adventure

The Rongai route, tracing Kilimanjaro northeastern flank along the Tanzania-Kenya border, offers a pristine wilderness experience with fewer crowds. However, the lengthy journey to its start point and a busier section when merging with the Marangu route are trade-offs. Hiking to the summit via Rongai is more challenging than some other routes. Descending on the Marangu route means camping in tents rather than the route's huts, preserving a unique adventure.

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Day 1  :  Hiking Kilimanjaro from Rongai Gate to Simba Camp.


Our 7-day adventure begins with a 2.5-hour drive from your hotel to Marangu Park Gate. After registration, a 3-hour drive takes us to the Rongai trailhead. Here, we meet our guide and porters in Nale Moru village. Our hike starts gently, passing through maize fields and pine forests. The trail isn't steep, but the scenery is captivating. We'll spend our first night at Simba Camp (2,600m), equipped with a toilet, a wooden table, and benches. Water is conveniently available nearby.

Accommodation for day 1
  • Simba Campsite
Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 2  :  Simba Camp Hiking Kilimanjaro to Second Cave Camp.


    Hiking Time: 2-3 Hours Habitat: Tranquil Moorland After a late breakfast at Simba Camp, take it easy and acclimatize as you hike slowly towards Second Cave (3450 meters). Enjoy a hot lunch with a view and spend a relaxing afternoon at Second Cave, preparing for the journey ahead. Dinner and overnight at Second Cave.

    Accommodation for day 2
    • Second Cave Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 3  :  Second Cave Camp – Kikelelwa Camp.


    You'll begin the ascent towards Kibo, passing by the 2nd Cave Camp at an elevation of 2600m. The trail continues to wind its way through the moorlands, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape. As you hike higher, you'll start to feel the thin air, but the breathtaking scenery will keep you motivated. Water sources are abundant at the Kikelelwa Camp stream, where you can fill up your water bottles before continuing on to your overnight camp at the Kikelelwa Camp. This section of the hike is a great opportunity to take in the beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro and appreciate the challenges of the journey so far.

    Accommodation for day 3
    • Kikelelwa Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 4  :  Kikelelwa Camp – Mawenzi Turn Camp.


    Today, we'll be hiking to Kikelewa Cave (3600m) before setting up camp at Mawenzi Turn Camp (4330m). This challenging hike will take us through the Moorlands, where we'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness. Make sure to take your time and acclimatize well before setting up camp in this stunning location.

    Accommodation for day 4
    • Mawenzi Turn Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 5  :  Leaving Mawenzi Turn Camp Kilimanjaro to Kibo Hut.


    On this fifth day of our Rongai route expedition, we continued our ascent towards Kilimanjaro's summit. We hiked for 4 to 5 hours through the stunning alpine desert, crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo.

    Accommodation for day 5
    • Kibo Hut
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 6  :  Summit Attempt, Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut.


    On the Rongai route is the pinnacle of your 7-day hike, marking the Summit Attempt. After a 23:30 wake-up, a quick tea and biscuit boost, you embark on a grueling 8-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak at 5895m. The rocky path takes you to Gillman's Point, and from there, it's a steep hike with stone scree. Your perseverance pays off as you reach Africa's highest point, Uhuru Peak. After capturing the moment, a 3-hour descent takes you to Kibo Hut for a brief rest before another 6-hour descent to Horombo Hut. Your 14-hour day concludes with a well-deserved dinner and a night's rest. Our destination was Kibo Hut, situated at an impressive 4,700 meters above sea level. After the challenging hike, we spent the rest of the day at Kibo Hut, resting and preparing for the ultimate hike, which was set to begin at midnight. Our anticipation grew as we gazed at the starry night, knowing that the summit was just hours away.

    Accommodation for day 6
    • Horombo Hut
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 7  :  Finalize Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate.


    7-day Hike, is a descent from Horombo Hut (3720m) to Marangu Gate (1980m). After a 6-hour hike, passing Mandara hut, you reach Marangu Gate. Here, you sign the register and collect summit certificates - green for Gillman's Point (5685m) and gold for Uhuru Peak (5895m). Then, you head back to Moshi, ending your hike with cherished memories of conquering Kilimanjaro.

    Accommodation for day 7
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch

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    Game drive tours

    Getting around/Walking

    Hotel resting

    Photographs

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    First aid/Rescue
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    All activities mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional)

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    All accommodation mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional upgrade)

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    All transportation mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional)

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    Bath towels

    Climbing gear

    Roundtrip airport transfer

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    OWL EYES EXPEDITION

    1032 reviews | Moshi, Tanzania |

    Website https://www.owleyesexpedition.com

    OWL EYES EXPEDITION CO L.T.D specializes in providing a source experience for clients by connecting them with local people who are close to the land. We aim to create long term partnerships that are fair and transparent; allowing for structured but un-staged encounters. Book your Africa Tour Package with us.


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    6 days Tanzania safari from Arusha

    Tanzania safari tour to visit Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater


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    Frequently Asked Questions for 7 Days Mt Kilimanjaro Hiking via Rongai Route Adventure

    1.Q: What is the Rongai Route on Kilimanjaro?

    The Rongai Route is one of the seven established routes to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro. It is known for its scenic beauty and less crowded trails on the northern side of the mountain.

    2. Q: How long does it take to complete the Rongai Route 7 days adventure?

    The Rongai Route typically takes 7 days to complete, offering a gradual ascent and better acclimatization compared to shorter routes.

    3. Q: What's the best time of year for a Kilimanjaro Rongai Route adventure?

    The best time to hike the Rongai Route is during the dry seasons, which are from late June to October and from December to mid-March. These months offer the most favorable weather conditions.

    4. Q: What is the level of difficulty for the Rongai Route 7 days hike?

    The Rongai Route is considered a moderate difficulty hike. It is suitable for hikers of various experience levels, as long as they are prepared for altitude and changing weather conditions.

    5. Q: How do I prepare for a 7 days Kilimanjaro Rongai Route adventure?

    Proper preparation includes physical training, acquiring suitable gear, and ensuring you have all the necessary permits and arrangements with a reputable tour operator.

    6. Q: What is the cost of a 7 days Kilimanjaro Rongai Route adventure?

    The cost can vary widely depending on the tour operator, group size, and the level of services provided. On average, it can range from $3,000 to $5,000 per person.

    7. Q: Is it safe to hike the Rongai Route on Kilimanjaro?

    Yes, the Rongai Route is generally safe when guided by experienced tour operators who prioritize safety measures and acclimatization. Proper preparation and following the guidance of your guide are crucial for safety.

    8. Q: What are the highlights of the Rongai Route adventure?

    Some highlights of this route include passing through diverse landscapes, the possibility of spotting wildlife, and the unique perspective it offers from the north side of Kilimanjaro.

    9. Q: What is the accommodation like during the 7 days Rongai Route hike?

    Accommodation typically involves camping in tents at designated campsites along the route. The campsites are equipped with basic facilities such as toilets and dining areas.

    10. Q: Do I need prior hiking or mountaineering experience to undertake this adventure?

    While prior hiking experience is beneficial, you don't need extensive mountaineering experience for the Rongai Route. However, being in good physical condition and acclimatization training are essential for a successful hike.