Kilimanjaro Rongai Route (7 Days)

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Kilimanjaro Rongai Route (7 Days)

PRIVATE DEPARTURES ONLY | Rongai 7-day Kilimanjaro Climb via Second Cave and Mawenzi Tarn, going for Uhuru Peak through Gilman's Point and descending via Marangu Route.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Arusha (1 night, Kilimanjaro Mountain Lodge)

    You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to Kilimanjaro Mountain Lodge for one night (half-board).

  2. Day 2: Start of the 7 Day Rongai Route

    After completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu National Park gate, we transfer to the Rongai trailhead on Kilimanjaro’s northern slopes.

  3. Day 3: To Second Cave

    Today’s short walk takes us up to our campsite at ‘Second Cave’ (3,450m). The walk is a steady ascent with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim.

  4. Day 4: To Kikelewa Caves

    We leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi.

  5. Day 5: To Mawenzi Tarn

    A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness.

  6. Day 6: To Kibo Camp

    We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4,700m), situated at the foot of the Kibo crater wall.

  7. Day 7: To Kilimanjaro’s Summit

    We start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding part of the climb, by torchlight at around 1am.

  8. Day 8: Descend mountain (1 night, Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort)

    A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m), the first stopping place on the popular Marangu route.

  9. Day 9: Departure

    Today is spent at leisure at Kilimanjaro Mountain Lodge, unless you are continuing onto a safari or beach extension.

Price guide

Private climb rate based on a group size of 4 or more. Please see rates chart for full details. We do not currently offer our 7-day Rongai route climb as a fixed departure.

9 days from £2415pp


9 days from £2415pp

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The staff at G&M were just amazing. Nothing was too much trouble.


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