Rongai route, a scenery gentle trail up to Kilimanjaro peak, starting on Nalemoru, climber approach Kilimanjaro on north side and is has virgin scenic natural forest and trail. The Rongai trail has more gradual Hike, and is therefore preferred by those with little or no climbing experience and more enjoyable too. Climbing Kilimanjaro on Rongai route has best acclimatization environment and hence provides more chances for success hiking to Kilimanjaro Summit. Rongai Route is remote and less frequently used route. Rongai 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. Below is a typical Rongai route itinerary for success and comfortable trekking. DAY 01 : Rongai Gate (1950m) - 1st Caves camp (2600m) Hiking time: 5h Distance: Approximately 8 kms Habitat: Forest (Montane) Depart from your hotel and with a transfer (approximately 2 ½ hours) to the Rongai trailhead. Meet your professional mountain guide and porters before you begin your trek from the Nalemoru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The first night's camp is at First Cave, at about 2,600 metres. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below First Cave camp. DAY 02 : 1st Cave (2600m) - Kikelewa Cave (3600m) Hiking time: 6 - 7h Habitat: Moorlands The route continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you're on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves). DAY 03 : Kikelewa Cave (3600) - Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) Hiking time: 3 - 4h Habitat: Moorlands A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area. DAY 04 : Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) - Kibo hut (4700m) Hiking time: 4 - 5h Habitat: Alpine desert Proceed 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 05 : (Summit Attempt) Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m) Hiking time: 8h to Uhuru, 6h to Horombo Habitat: Stone scree / ice-cap summit Distance: Approximately 6 kms ascent, 21 kms descent You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillman's Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions. DAY 06 : Horombo hut (at 3720m) to Marangu Gate (at 1980m) Hiking time: 6h Distance: Approximately 27 kms After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. View more Mt Kilimanjaro tips. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. 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. You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight at the hotel.