8-Day Rongai Route Expedition
Embark on a distinctive adventure with the 8-Day Rongai Route Odyssey: Kilimanjaro’s Northern Face Climb. This less-traveled route provides stunning vistas and a feeling of solitude as you approach Mount Kilimanjaro from the north. Prepare for an unforgettable journey filled with diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife, and a genuine sense of adventure.
The Rongai Route is known for its tranquil and remote ambiance, approaching the mountain from the less crowded north side. Beginning in the remote village of Nale Moru, this route leads through varied ecosystems, including lush rainforests, alpine meadows, and arid high-altitude deserts. Experience the mesmerizing beauty of Kilimanjaro’s northern face, offering a truly unique perspective.
Trekking Day-by-Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Nale Moru to Simba Camp
Commence your journey at Nale Moru, a lesser-known starting point offering the tranquility of Kilimanjaro’s northern face. Trek through the captivating rainforest, where you may encounter monkeys and exotic birds. Reach Simba Camp, where you can witness the breathtaking sunset over the expansive African plains.
Day 2: Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp
The trail ascends through moorland, providing panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscapes. Pass through the Second Cave and traverse the vast heathland before reaching Kikelewa Camp. This secluded campsite offers a serene escape and an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature’s peace.
Day 3: Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Prepare for a challenging day as you ascend steep slopes and navigate rugged terrain. Approaching the alpine desert, marvel at the dramatic views of Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro’s second-highest peak. Arriving at Mawenzi Tarn Camp, nestled beneath the jagged peaks, you will be rewarded with magnificent vistas.
Day 4: Acclimatization Day at Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Today serves as a crucial acclimatization day to prepare your body for higher altitudes. Utilize this opportunity to explore the surroundings or rest and absorb the magical atmosphere. Witness the sunrise painting the sky with vibrant hues, a truly awe-inspiring spectacle.
Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Kibo Hut
Continue your ascent toward Kibo Hut, the base camp for the final summit push. Trek through the lunar-like landscape of the Saddle, appreciating the vastness and beauty of the high-altitude desert. Arrive at Kibo Hut, where you will rest and prepare for the ultimate challenge.
Day 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
The most demanding and rewarding day has arrived. Begin the summit attempt in the early hours, guided by the mesmerizing starry sky above. As you make your way to Uhuru Peak, the apex of Africa, witness the first sunlight illuminating the glaciers and the vast continent below. Descend to Horombo Hut for a well-deserved rest.
Day 7: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
The final segment of your journey leads you through the lush rainforest. Descending amidst vibrant flora, you might encounter colobus monkeys and various bird species. Arrive at Marangu Gate, where you will receive a certificate of accomplishment and bid farewell to this majestic mountain.
Day 8: Departure from Tanzania
With indelible memories and a profound sense of achievement, it’s time to bid farewell to Tanzania. Depart with a renewed spirit, knowing you have conquered Kilimanjaro’s northern face.
End of Trekking
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Park fees and permits
- Professional mountain guides and porters
- Meals during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance.