Seven Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Rongai Route
Day Nairobi – Moshi
Depart Nairobi by eight o’clock a board a shuttle bus to Moshi arriving in the afternoon. After lunch we take a short within Moshi visiting the market; also the guide gets an opurtunity to brief you and check whether you have the right hiking equipment. Seven Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Rongai Route Dinner and overnight at a budget hotel.
Day 2: First camp Seven Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Rongai Route
Enjoy a full breakfast in your hotel before our 2- hour drive to Rongai park gate. From here we can begin our trek through rain forest to the first camp which is at an altitude of 2400m. The hike will take us about 2- 3 hours, during which we can stop for a picnic lunch before Seven Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Rongai Route arriving at our camp where will have dinner and spend the night.
2- 3 Hours Hiking Time
Day 3: 2rd Cave
After breakfast we can begin to trek through scattered Savannah grassland towards the next camp at an altitude of 2850m, and will take us 3- 4 hours walking before we arrive in time lunch. We can have our dinner and spend the night here. If preferred, another option is to continue onto the 3rd Cave Camp after lunch which will take a total of 5- 6 hours, and then spend a whole day acclimatizing at this camp the next day Seven Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Rongai Route.
3 – 4 Hours Hiking Time
Day 4: Kikelewa camp
After breakfast we can set off on either a 2- 3 hour trek through alpine desert to arrive at the 3rd Cave Camp at an altitude of 3,800m, or we can take a 3-4hour trek to Kikelelwa camp, which is at the base of Mawenzi Peak, stopping for a picnic lunch on our way and arriving at our camp before dinner. From here the moorlands roll into alpine desert which is truly picturesque landscape.
3 – 4 Hours Hiking Time
Day 5: Kibo Hut
Take breakfast and continue with the climb through the Alpine forest up to the “Last Water Point” where you should fill your bottles. The peak is visible as you head to Kibo hut which is at 4703 meters above sea level. You might experience headaches at this altitude and the night is also very cold. Dinner and overnight at kibo hut.
15kms – 6 Hours Hiking Time
Day 6: Summit – Horombo Hut
Wake up at 0000hrs and have some biscuits and tea. Begin the ascend to Uhuru peak which is at 5895 meters above sea level. The first section of the On the Summit. 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 Gillmans Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. After a photo session descend to kibo hut (3 hours) and after a short rest descend further to Horombo hut (3 hours) for dinner and overnight. we are done with our Seven Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Rongai Route
27kms – 14 Hours Hiking Time
Day 6: Moshi
After breakfast descend to Marangu gate via Mandara hut where you will sing out and be awarded with Summit certificate. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. Transfer to moshi and check in to your hotel. A hot shower and rest is most rewarding after conquring Kilimanjaro.
12kms – 7 Hours Hiking Time
End of services
- Camping Equipment
- Transport to and from the base of the mountain
- Fullboard Accommodation on the mountain
- Park Fees
- services of an english speaking guide, porters and a cook
- Rescue fee in case of an emergency
- H.F Radio Communication
- Hiking Equipments
- International air transportation to and from Nairobi
- Expenses of personal nature such as visas, travel/baggage insurance,laundry, beverages, tips etc
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa standing at 5,895 meters above sea level. The Mountain has been nick named “The roof of Africa”. It has three major peaks namely Kibo 5,895 m (19,341 ft); Mawenzi 5,149 m (16,893 ft); and Shira 3,962 m (13,000 ft). Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim. Kilimanjaro is a large stratovolcano. Two of its three peaks, Mawenzi and Shira, are extinct while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world.
There are seven official trekking routes by which you can use to hike Mount Kilimanjaro namely Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai, Shira, and Umbwe. Of all the routes, Machame is considered the most scenic and can be climbed in six or seven days. The Rongai is the easiest and least scenic of all camping routes. The Marangu is also relatively easy, but this route tends to be very busy, the ascent and descent routes are the same, and accommodation is in shared huts with all other climbers.
Required Hiking Equipments
- Sleeping Bag 15°C [4 seasons]
- Rain Trouser
- Rain Jacket [Poncho]
- Balaclava [Hat Woolen]
- Warm Clothes down jacket
- Thermal underwear
- Fleece Jacket
- Hiking Boots
- Walking Sticks
- Head Torch
- Ruck Suck 65L [Carried by porters]
- Day Pack 35 [For your personal effects]
NB:// – Mosquito nets are not required
– You only require bottled water on the 1st day. The rest of the days we usually boil or purify the water with purifing tablets and you just re fill your drinking bottles.
– Proper equipments are vital to safe and enjoyable trek.