Compare 7-day Rongai tours & realize an 80% Kilimanjaro summit guarantee when you hike this Rongai route 7 day itinerary. This especially applies if you’re under 30 years of age and have no experience hiking at high altitudes.
The Rongai route 7 days itinerary ranks second as one of the easiest of all the seven official routes to trek on Kilimanjaro. Though this is the case, the route lags behind in acclimatization opportunities. Aside from being one of the shortest routes on the mountain, it also happens to be the least frequented. This is great if you’d prefer to trek in solitude.
If this is your first-time hiking at high elevations (above 3,000m/9,900ft), you should know that the most effective way to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is to properly acclimatize during your hike. Long and relatively gradual routes like the 7-day Rongai route are good for acclimatization systems to be utilized. See, on Kilimanjaro, there are 2 systems that prevent altitude sickness:
- The first method, Pole Pole (Slow-Slow in English), requires you to be on the mountain long enough for your body to acclimate to various altitudes.
- The second method, Trek-High & Sleep-Low, calls for trails to have gradual inclines in order for you to trek to high elevations and sleep at lower altitudes. This method conditions your body to anticipate elevation changes while helping you adjust during your sleep.
Unless you find yourself between the ages of 12 and 29, you should seriously consider trekking Lemosho route’s 8-day variation. This will give you ample time to adjust to elevation changes and will make for a much better hiking experience. The 8-day Lemosho program, unlike the 7-day Rongai hike, performs extremely well with hikers that are under 40 years of age.
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|Kilimanjaro National Park fees|
|Conservation Fees||$70/Per Day|
|Camping Fees||$50/Per Night|
|Rescue Fees||$20/Per Hiker|
|Guide and Porter Entrance Fees||$2/Per Supporting Crew|
|Forest Entry Fees||$10/Per Hiker|
|Forest Vehicle Entry Fees||$20/Per Vehicle|
|Forest Support Crew Entry Fees||$1/Per Supporting Crew|
|Tourism Value Added Tax (VAT)||18%|
|Retail Value Added Tax (VAT)||18%|
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The Rongai Route 7 Day Itinerary
DAY 1 — ARRIVAL
All trekkers will have to arrange their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and apply for their own visas through the online immigration portal. Visa guidelines are also available on the official immigration website.
Note, if you’re arriving from a country subject to yellow fever, you will be required to show proof of vaccination. A 72-hour PCR test is required for entry.
A transfer will be arranged to drop off you and your luggage at the hotel to unwind from your travels. Briefing will take place in the evening or early morning.
DAY 2 — RONGAI GATE TO RONGAI CAVE
After breakfast, at your hotel, you’ll be driven to the Rongai gate via Marangu gate. The path winds through corn and potato fields before gently ascending into a forest that is home to black and white colobus monkeys.
DAY 3 — RONGAI CAVE TO SECOND CAVE
In the morning, you’ll begin with a steady incline up the second cave.
SECOND CAVE TO KIKELEWA CAVE
You’ll continue trekking through moorland, past the jagged peaks of Mawenzi until finally arriving at Kikelewa Cave for the night.
DAY 4 — KIKELEWA CAVE TO MAWENZI TARN
Today’s hike is short and steep. The slopes are grassy and offer a stunning view of the wilderness area.
The landscape changes drastically after you exit the heath zone.
The camp is beneath the jagged spires of Mawenzi.
DAY 5 — MAWENZI TARN TO MAWENZI RIDGE
This day is solely designed for acclimatization.
The unique landscape offers captivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi from this interval.
MAWENZI RIDGE TO MAWENZI TARN
You’ll spend the day hiking to Mawenzi ridge and back to Mawenzi tarn for camp.
DAY 6 — MAWENZI TARN TO KIBO HUT
After breakfast you’ll gradually trek across the Luna desert of the “Saddle” which is surrounded by Mawenzi and Kibo.
Once at Kibo hut, you have an early dinner and rest as you prepare for the summit day.
DAY 7 — KIBO HUT TO UHURU PEAK
Around midnight, you’ll begin your push toward the summit.
You’re required to be mentally and physically keen as this will be the most challenging section of your trek.
Expect extreme wind and cold weather as you ascend in darkness for several hours.
You’ll have frequent breaks along the path past Stella Point before arriving at your summit at Uhuru Peak.
UHURU PEAK TO MWEKA CAMP
Once you make your way to the highest point of the mountain, you’ll be guided down to Mweka Hut after having your lunch at Barafu.
DAY 8 — HOROMBO HUT TO MARANGU GATE
This day, you’ll mostly trek downhill as you descend down through the tropical forest until you reach the park headquarters at Marangu gate. There, you’ll receive your certificate and be driven to your hotel at Moshi town.
DAY 9 — DEPARTURE/TRANSITION
If you have booked a Wildlife Safari or Zanzibar Beach Holiday package with us, you’ll be transferred to the next chapter of your journey. If you have not booked an additional trip with XPATS International, you’ll be transferred to the airport.
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