Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via Rongai route begins on the northern side of the mountain and is the least travelled route. It is a long drive to the starting point but you are rewarded by fantastic views and the likelihood that you will be the only climbers around. If you take this route up the mountain you are obliged to descend via the Marangu Route that is the most popular and well-used route.
Rongai route is one of remote and less frequently used route is the second easiest route to Kilimanjaro. The approach to the mountain is from the less-forested north side and the descent is by the Marangu Route. There are several variations: The one described below is a longer route taking in Mawenzi Tarn. The second day on this variant is quite long and could be broken up into two days walk allowing more time for acclimatization. The ascent to Uhuru Peak is almost the same as for the Marangu Route from the Kibo Hut.
The climb begins at the village of Nale Moru (1950 mts) through cultivated land before entering the pine forest. Watch out for Kilimanjaro Colobus monkeys in the tree tops with theirwhite fringed 'capes' and tail. Taking 3 - 4 hours the first camp is on the edge of the moorland zone where the forest begins to thin out at First Cave at (8500ft / 2600 m). Overnight 1st Cave Camp
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to Second Cave at (11300ft / 3450 m) with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Pushing on to reach Third Cave taking 3 to 4 hours at 12800ft/3800m for overnight camp. Overnight 3rd Cave Camp
Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut at (15000ft / 4700 m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent which begins around midnight. Overnight Kibo Camp.
An early start for the summit on steep heavy scree to arrive at Gilman's Point at (18640ft / 5681 m) in time to see the sun rise. Those who want to reach the highest point in Africa can take the approximately three hour excursion to Uhuru Peak (19340 / 5896 m) passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo is surprisingly fast and after some refreshment, continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo at (12000ft / 3700 m) taking 11 to 15 hours. Overnight Horombo Camp.
A steady descent down through the moor land to Mandara Hut and then downward through the lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830 m) taking 5 to 7 hours to be met and transferred to your Hotel for dinner and overnight.
-Any additional day is US$ 250
-2 transfers from Moshi to Machame gate – return.
-3 meals per day while trekking – vegetarian/non-vegetarian.
-7 days Kilimanjaro climb – Western Breach via Machame route.
-6 nights accommodation in tents while trekking.
-2 nights hotel accommodation bed & breakfast in Moshi before and after the climb.
-All park entrance fees, and government levies.
-English speaking mountain guide and assistant.
-Porters – Minimum of 3 per client.
-First Aid Kit including Oxygen Kit.
-Camping Equipments including sleeping tents, sleeping mats, dining tent, chairs and table.