Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route


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  • Duration:6 Day(s)
  • Activities
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  • Travel StyleBudget
  • Guiding Type: Live Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    • English
  • Tour Vibe Active
  • Recommended For
    • Couple
    • Family/Kids
    • For Art Lovers
    • LGBTQ
    • Senior
    • Solo
    • Women
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Youth
  • Destination Country: Africa, Tanzania,
    • Marangu Gate
    • Kikelewa Camp
    • Mawenzi Hut
    • Kibo Huts
    • Uhuru Peak
    • Horombo Huts
    • Marangu Gate
  • Pickup


    From: To:
    5:05 AM 5:05 PM
  • Drop-off


    From: To:
    5:05 AM 5:06 PM
  • Age Range 10 - 100 (Years Old)
Tour Highlights

 Rongai route approaches Mt. Kilimanjaro from the North

Tour Introduction

The Rongai route approaches Mt. Kilimanjaro from the North, and it is close to the Kenyan border. It is one of the easiest routes to Kilimanjaro’s summit, and it joins Marangu route at Kibo Hut. The minimum number of days required to get to the top using this route is six days, but seven days are recommended. The sceneries on this route are not as diverse as on the Western routes, but gives to the hikers feel of the sheer wilderness for days, before merging with Marangu route. Rongai descends to Marangu Gate, and it is mildly challenging route, but it is highly recommended for people who are new to the hiking experience.


In the morning, we’ll drive you to Nale Moru, the village which is the starting point of the Rongai route. The first stretch of the hike is going to take you through farmland and pine forest, although you will have the opportunity to see the beautiful Colobus monkeys or elephants and buffalos if you are lucky. Your first camp will be the Simba, located on the very edge of the moorland zone, at 2625m. Elevation 1990meters to 2625meters Distance: 8 km Hiking Time: 4 – 5 hours Habitat: Rain Forest

The morning hike will be a steady ascent to the Second cave camp which is located in the moorland zone. From here, you will have spectacular view of Kibo and the eastern ice fields dwelling at the crater rim. You will have lunch at the cave camp and then proceed with the hike through the moorland. You’ll be able to see the breathtaking eastern ice fields on the rim of Kibo (the highest of three volcanoes which form the mountain). You’ll then leave the main trail and branch into the moorland on a lesser trail leading to spiked peaks of Mawenzi, the second highest volcanic comb of Kilimanjaro. We’ll set up camp here in the secluded valley near Kikelewa caves at 3630m. Elevation 2526meters to 3630meters Distance: 10 km Hiking Time: 6 – 7 hours Habitat: Moorland

You will wake up to a short but steep hike up the grassy slopes which lead to a rewarding view of the Kenyan plains to the North. By leaving the vegetation behind you will arrive at the Mawenzi Tarn Hut, the camp nested directly below the high cliffs of Mawenzi. Here you will then have a chance to explore the surrounding areas in the afternoon, which would be very useful for your acclimatization. Elevation 3630meters to 4310meters Distance: 8 km Hiking Time: 4 – 5 hours Habitat: Moorland

You will leave the campsite to walk across the lunar desert of the ‘saddle’ that parts Mawenzi and Kibo. After a couple of hours hiking, you will reach the area where the summit of Kilimanjaro will be majestically stand in the background, and your trail to the high camp will unfold in plain sight. Once you reach the camp, you will spend the rest of the day resting in preparation for the final ascent, after a very early night. Elevation 4310meters to 4700meters Distance: 8 km Hiking Time: 5 – 6 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert

You will wake up at around 11:30 P.M. for a hot cup of tea or coffee and then get ready for your hike to the summit which will begin at around 12:30 P.M. The temperature at around this time is below freezing. The trail you will take twists upwards through heavy scree towards the Gilman’s point. Once you are at Gilman’s point, will be served a hot cup of tea or coffee to warm you up as you enjoy the breathtaking view of the sunrise. The hike to Uhuru peak will take about 1.5 hours over a gentle slope around the edge of the crater rim. Uhuru peak is the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and in Africa. Once at the top, you will spend a short time enjoying the view and photograph your success, before you begin the steep walk back to Kibo hut for lunch and some rest. After this, you will descend to Horombo Hut for dinner and a good night’s rest. Elevation 4700 meters to 5895meters to 3720meters Distance: 20km Hiking Time:13 – 14 hours Habitat: Arctic

After breakfast and the last celebration with porters, you will begin your hike down to Marangu gate where you will have some hot lunch. A car will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation in Moshi. Elevation 3720metes to 1800meters Distance: 10km Hiking Time:6-7 hours Habitat: Semi-Desert


Location Nights Type Property Name Rating Occupancy
Kilimanjaro 2 Hotel Kilimanjaro crane hotel 4 Star Private
Accommodation in the mountain and hotel 2 nights Meals
Pickup & Drop-Off
  • Airport Transfer
  • Arrival and departure transfers from, to airport

Professional, experienced, mountain guides

  • Halal
  • Jain
  • Kosher
  • Meat
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

All meals while on the Mountain

  • Jeep & 4WD
  • Transport to and from mountain
Extra Services
Other Included
  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents (on twin sharing basis)
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)
  • Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)
  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate


  • Flights
  • Insurance

Other Excluded:

  • Tanzania Visa
  • International and domestic flights
  • Hotel (available as an optional addon)
  • Transfers (available as an optional addon)
  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages

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Tour Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 day(s) prior departure, Or traveler will pay 50 % of the tour amount

Tour Date Change Policy

Tour Date can be changed 30 day(s) prior departure


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Written on 12 Jun 2023

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Mount Kilimanjaro climb Machame Route 7 Day
Written on 22 Mar 2023

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