The Rongai Route is the only route that approaches the mountain from the North. This route is much less crowded than the other routes, however it requires a long drive to the park gate. You will feel totally alone, as you will be crossing unspoiled wilderness with little crowds to bother you. Your trek begins near the Kenyan border and climbs near Mawenzi before summit via Marangu route and Gillman’s point. Descent is on Marangu route. We offer 5, 6 and 7 day treks with 7 days being the best for acclimatization.
Day 1 Rongai route 7 days – Rongai Gate (1950m) – Simba Camp (2600m).
Hiking Time: 3 – 4 Hours.
Distance: About 8 Km.
Habitat: Montana forest
Pick up from your hotel drive for two hours
and half to Marangu park gate for formalities registration after that
transfer to the Rongai trailhead in about 3hours. Meet your guide and
porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru village. The small
winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then
climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is
rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The first night’s camp
is at Simba camp, at about 2,600 meters. There is a toilet and a wooden
table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail
below samba camp.
Day 2 Rongai route 7 days – Simba Camp –Second Cave
Hiking Time 2 – 3hours
Late Breakfast, enjoy the morning at Simba
camp proceed with the hiking very slowly acclimatize your body until you
reach Second cave (3450M ) for hot lunch. Afternoon relax at second
cave with dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Rongai route 7 days – Second Tarn Cave (2600m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m).
Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours.
After breakfast then continues up towards
Kibo, reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to
open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water is
in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander
downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa
Day 4 Rongai route 7 days – Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m).
Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours.
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes
offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends
shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly
situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon
acclimatizing and exploring the area.
Day 5 Rongai route 7 days – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m) – Kibo Hut (4700m).
Hiking Time: 4 – 5 hours.
Habitat: Alpine desert.
Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo
crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to
reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation
for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo
Day 6 Rongai route 7 days – Summit Attempt, Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m).
Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru
6 hours to descend to Horombo.
Distance: 6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent.
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.
You will wake up around 23h30, and after some
tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the
going really gets tough. The first section of the 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 Gillman’s Point you will
normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the
highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you
madeit. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can
spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut
for a short rest ten after you descent to Horombo hut (3 hours) where
you will overnight. The descent to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly
fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is
around almost 14 hours, . Later in the evening you enjoy your last
dinner on the mountain and well-earned sleep.
Day 7 Rongai route 7 days – Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m).
Hiking Time: 6 hours.
Distance: About 27 Km.
After breakfast you continue your descent (6
hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu
gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where
successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers
who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates
and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You
now drive back to Arusha or Moshi where your trekking tour ends with