The Rongai route has gained popularity over the years, it gets crowded during the peak season (August-October) though not as much as Marangu and Machame routes. Being on the North of the mountain it the driest route making it easily accessible all year long. It is fairly easy with high success rate of getting to the summit. The descend is on Marangu route which is a combination of great sceneries
Day 1: Nairobi-Moshi
A road trip to Moshi from Nairobi for dinner and an overnight stay at a hotel in Moshi. A night in Moshi is great for acclimatization
Day 2:-Nalemoru- First Cave Camp
A drive from Moshi after breakfast to Nalemoru a drive that takes 3 hours. Through the Chagga villages. Lunch is served at the gate or later on the hike depending on the time. Though there is little to no forest cover on this route there are birds that decorate the sky and monkeys. The path through the heather leads to the campsite for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3: First Cave Camp – Kikelewa Camp
A few hours into the trek from first cave camp after breakfast we approach the Second cave camp where we stop for lunch. The vegetation throughout this day is moorland covered by grand heathers. The path continues with a stunning view of Mawenzi Peak to the Kikelewa caves camp .dinner and overnight at the campsite
Day 4: Kikelewa Camp -Mawenzi Tarn Camp
After breakfast the gentle climb on this route gives way to a steep slope that continues to the campsite. At Mawenzi Tarn campsite we have lunch and spend some time resting. Being a short day, it helps with acclimatization exploring the surroundings at leisure. The camp is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers a magnificent view of both Mawenzi and Kibo.
Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Camp- Kibo Camp
Like the previous day the hike is short. We walk through the alpine desert that is rocky, dusty with dwarf grass that does not seem to leave the ground. We arrive at the Kibo Camp below the Kibo cone for lunch.the rest of the day is spent relaxing in preparation of the final destination. Sleeping early is recommended, dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Kibo Camp-Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut
Around midnight armed with head torch and all the warm gear a body can handle the trek to the summit begins. It is a continuous steep slopes all the way to the top. Sunrise at the Gilman’s point (1860ft) is the reward for the tiresome journey though there is also a certificate. You can choose to go back from here but it is better to continue to Uhuru peak (19340ft) on Mt Kilimanjaro. The sight of glaciers and the plains below while walking along the Crater’s rim is simply breathe taking. Descend to Horombo hut to rest after a long day.
Day 7: Horombo Hut-Marangu Gate/Moshi/Nairobi
Descend the mountain to the Marangu Gate from Horombo hut. There are 2 choices; one spending the night in Moshi and leave for Nairobi the next morning or go for a safari in Tanzania for an adventure climax. The second option is to head back to Nairobi on the same day
Note; spending the night at Moshi adds an extra day to the itinerary.
Included in the price:
• Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
• Full board accommodation and meals while on the trek
• All park entrance fees to include government taxes
• Services of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook
• Start and finish Nairobi
• Treated water on the trek.
• On completion, successful climb Certificate
• Laundry, sleeping bags, climbing gears beverages/Drinks
• International flights
• Visas to Tanzania
• Personal items
• Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary