You can start this route from both the Tanzanian side of the border or from Rongai in Kenya, but all park fees and arrangements must be made at the Marangu gate. The route may only be used for ascend and the Marangu route must be used for descend. There are several big caves along the route, which are used by the porters during the overnight stay for the first two nights.
Rongai Route Itinerary
Transfer from Arusha to Moshi Town.
Overnight at hotel in 2 double rooms on bed and breakfast basis. Your lead guide will come to hotel for checking your mountaineering equipments and briefings.
The climb begins at the village of Nale Moru
Long walk through cultivated land before entering the pine forest. Watch out for Kilimanjaro Colobus monkeys in the tree tops with their white fringed 'capes' and tail. Taking 3 - 4 hours to the first camp which is on the edge of the moorland zone, where the forest begins to thin out - First Cave at 8500ft/2600m. Overnight 1st Cave Camp
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to Second Cave at 11300ft/3450m 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/4700m. 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 screen to arrive at Gilman's Point at 18640ft/5681m 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 19340/5896m 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/3700m 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 ( 1830m) taking 5 to 7 hours to be met and transferred to hotel for dinner and overnight stay. accommodation will be in 2double room on half board basis.
The quote inclusive of:
Rongai route trekking for 6 days/5 nights.
All park fee for client.
3 meals a day plus a cup of hot drink.
Return transfer from Arusha to Moshi town to entrance gate.
Entry fee for crew.
Payments of the crew.
Meals for the crew.
Quote Exclusive of:
Pre and post accommodation.
Tips for guides, Cooks and Porters.
Hire of any Equipment or gear besides those arranged and provide by the office.
Medical Treatment or check up.
Laundry service, telephone calls, Bear/ Soft drink, Gift and souvenirs.
Personal Life Insurance.
Any rescue fee apart from the Kilimanjaro national park authority.
All other Items of a personal nature.