The Rongai Route is one of Kilimanjaro's easiest routes, and it has very few people on it. The typical typical duration for this trip is 6 days. However, you can also add an addditional acclimatization day and make it a 7days trek.
Day 1: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro
International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the
Hotel in Arusha / Moshi.
Your day starts early with breakfast and a briefing. Transfer by Land Rover through many villages and coffee plantations for 4-5 hours to the attractive wooden village of Nale Muru (1,950 m/6,398 ft). After signing in and preparing the porters, you begin the hike on a wide path winding through fields of maize and potatoes, then enter pine forest. You then start to climb gently but consistently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin and Simba Camp (2,600 m/8,530 ft) is near the “First Cave” at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
Day 2: Your morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave. En route, you will enjoy superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim.
Day 3: Your continuing steady ascent takes you up to the Third Cave. Closer now, the eastern ice fields on the crater rim continue to draw you upwards. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.
Day 4: Today, you hike up to the Kibo Huts at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall, and this is where you join the popular Marangu Route. Plan on doing your hike early in the day, then resting in preparation for your final ascent. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, then turn in early.
Day 5: Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, then
prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you
can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1 AM, switchback up steep
scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861
m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Here, views of the fabled crater and its
icecaps greet you. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the
celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM.
This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000
miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak! Be sure to have your picture
taken at the summit to show your friends. After your summit stay, descend back
to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and re cross the
saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep!
You do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slowly slowly, or, “pole pole,” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!