Rongai Route Loitoko Kilimanjaro

The Rongai Route

Starting from the North- east side of the mountain near the Kenyan border, the Rongai route up Kilimanjaro rises above the Amboseli plains and approaches the summit of Kilimanjaro via Kibo Huts and Gilmans point, from Mawenzi peaks. It is an unfrequented route and is also the easiest camping approach to Uhuru Peak.

The decent route used on Rongai Route is the Marangu Route. The Rongai route is also known as the Outward Bound or Loitokok route.



Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Overview

Day-1: Arrive

Day-2: Rongai Gate (1950m) - 1st Caves camp (2600m)

Day-3: 1st Cave (2600m) - Kikelewa Cave (3600m)

Day-4: Kikelewa Cave (3600) - Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m)

Day-5: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) - Kibo hut (4700m)

Day-6: Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m)

Day-7: Horombo hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m))

Day-8: Depart


Rongai / Loitokok /Outward Bound Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Tanzania and transfer to the hotel.

Day-2: Rongai Gate (1950m) - 1st Caves camp (2600m)
Register at the Marangu park gate with a transfer (approximately 2.½ hours) to the Rongai trailhead 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. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The forest begins to thin out before you reach the first cave later in the afternoon. The first night's camp is at First Cave, at about 2,600 metres.

Day-3: 1st Cave (2600m) - Kikelewa Cave (3600m)
The trail continues up towards Kibo with magnificent views of the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. We will pass Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and head out across the Kikelwa moorlands under the jagged and imposing, Mawenzi peaks, reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp with magnificent Scenio's nearby Kikelewa Caves.

Day-4: Kikelewa Cave (3600) - Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m)
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offering superb views of this wilderness area. Here, we will leave the moorland region behind and quickly enter into the lunar alpine desert stretched out between the imposing peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. We will camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated in the shadows of Mawenzi.

Day-5: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) - Kibo hut (4700m)
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 Camp

Day-6: SUMMIT ATTEMPT - Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m)
You will rise around 23h30, and head off into the night. This will be the hardest day on the trail as you head into the cold night air towards Uhuru peak. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). 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. From Gillman's Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m). You will then begin your 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut and down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight.

Day-7: Horombo hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m)
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. 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.

Day-8: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for you flight home.

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Kilimanjaro Rongai Route



Kilimanjaro Full Moon Dates

2016 Full Moon 2017 Full Moon 2018 Full Moon
January 24 12 2, 31
February 22 11 2
March 23 12 31
April 22 11 30
May 21 10 29
June 20 9 28
July 20 9 27
August 18 7 26
September 16 6 25
October 16 5 24
November 14 4 23
December 14 4 22

Rongai Route up Kilimanjaro


Duration 8 Days
Best time Jan - Feb, June to October
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Kilimanjaro Frequently asked questions

Full Moon Dates

Trek Grade: 2CF
A combination of very long days with steep paths, boulders and mountain scrambling. Glaciers and snow may be encountered at high altitude. There is no need for technical climbing experience. Medium risk of altitude sickness. Altitudes up to 6000m. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weight about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg. Fully Portered

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Dates and Costs

Although we have some open departure dates, most climbs are arranged on a private basis.

Prices vary based on the number of people and days, from $2076.00 to $1652.00 per person sharing

For current prices

Rongai Route Kilimanjaro

Price includes
Transfers from the airport to hotel and return
All park fees
The climb
All meals on the mountain
Sleeping Tents
Eating utensils
Two nights accommodation in Moshi on a bed and breakfast, twin / triple share basis.

Prices excludes
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's
Vaccinations
Porters tips
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.

Ratio of porters per climber: 4/5 to 1


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