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Climb Kilimanjaro via the Rongai route with highlights including....

  • A non-technical high altitude challenge of reaching Africa's highest point, Uhuru peak at 5985m or 19,341ft approaching via Kibo / Gilmans point and nights spent in mountain tents.
  • A friendly and proffessional support team of guides, cook, waiter and porters with external monitoring for fair working standards on each and every trek.
  • Spectacular 'equator to arctic' scenery on the North-east of the mountain through a mountain forest, heather and moorland, alpine desert and snowy summit.
  • 5 to 8 day trekking options with 7 days our recommended option for this route with 1 night before and after at a base lodge in Moshi.
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Oh no! This might be a little too short for this route

Although a 5 day trek is possible via the Rongai route, we do not recommend this as the trekking distances and altitude gains are large/ The starting point is also quite remote not worth the drive on a 5 day option.

We would recommend beginners a minimum of 6 days via this route, intermediate trekkers to opt for the 6 day Machame option and advanced trekkers the Umbwe route. You can still request a 5 day Rongai custom itinerary if you really prefer this route.

Day 1 - Arrival & pre-climb briefing at a Moshi based lodge

Direct arrival at a lodge in Moshi at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. This evening you will have a pre-climb briefing with your guide and a consultant.

  • Check in time: 12:00pm
  • Expected briefing time: 17:00pm
  • Meals included: none

Day 2 - Moshi based lodge to Rongai gate to Simba Camp

Depart from Moshi to Rongai gate, complete your registration. Start your trek through the forest zone that shelters variety of wildlife. Forest begins to thin out and Simba camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views.

  • Approx driving distance: 2-3 hours
  • Approximate trekking time: 4-5 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 8km
  • Start Altitude: 2020m
  • End Altitude: 2625m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 2625m
  • Altitude gain: 605m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Simba Camp to Kikelewa Cave Camp

Steady trek through the forest zone into the heather and moorland a steeper, rockier and more physically demanding journey today compared to the previous day.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 7-10 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 16km
  • Start Altitude: 2625m
  • End Altitude: 3630m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 3630m
  • Altitude gain: 1005m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Kikelewa Cave Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Continue from the heather and moorland into the alpine desert zone towards the jagged Mawenzi cone

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 5km
  • Start Altitude: 3630m
  • End Altitude: 4310m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 4310m
  • Altitude gain: 680m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Kibo Camp

Today you cross the alpine zone and journey across 'the saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to your final camp before the summit attempt.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 3-5 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 8km
  • Start Altitude: 4310m
  • End Altitude: 4703m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 4703m
  • Altitude gain: 393m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Kibo Camp to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Camp

Around mid-night start for the summit to Gilman’s Point (5681m) and then proceed to Stella point, take a short rest and continue to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Spend few minutes at the peak and later descend to Kibo camp for a short rest and later descend to Horombo Camp to wind up your day.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 14-18 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 21km
  • Start Altitude: 4700m
  • End Altitude: 3720m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 2625m
  • Altitude gain / loss: +1195m / -2175m
  • Meals included: Pre-climb snack, brunch and dinner

Day 7 - Horombo Camp to Marangu Gate to a Moshi based lodge

Your final descent on Kilimanjaro through the heather and moorland, and then to rain forest zone to Marangu Gate (1860m). Upon arrival at the gate complete park formalities, and tipping ceremony with your support team. Our driver will then transfer you to Moshi.

  • Approx driving distance: 1-2 hours
  • Approximate trekking time: 5-6 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 12km
  • Start Altitude: 3720m
  • End Altitude: 1860m (park gates)
  • Highest Altitude reached: 2625m
  • Altitude loss: 1860m
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 - End of our services after check-out.

After check-out our services end or you can include extra activities, a safari, beach extension or a airport transfer.

  • Check out time: 12:00pm
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 1 - Arrival & pre-climb briefing at a Moshi based lodge

Direct arrival at a lodge in Moshi at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. This evening you will have a pre-climb briefing with your guide and a consultant.

  • Check in time: 12:00pm
  • Expected briefing time: 17:00pm
  • Meals included: none

Day 2 - Moshi based lodge to Rongai gate to Simba Camp

Depart from Moshi to Rongai gate, complete your registration. Start your trek through the forest zone that shelters variety of wildlife. Forest begins to thin out and Simba camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views.

  • Approx driving distance: 2-3 hours
  • Approximate trekking time: 4-5 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 8km
  • Start Altitude: 2020m
  • End Altitude: 2625m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 2625m
  • Altitude gain: 605m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Simba Camp to Second Cave Camp

Steady trek into the heather and moorland.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 3-5 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 8km
  • Start Altitude: 2625m
  • End Altitude: 3480m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 3480m
  • Altitude gain: 855m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Second Cave Camp to Kikelewa Cave Camp

Continue your way through the heather and moorland, a steeper, rockier and slightly more physically demanding journey today compared to the previous day.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 3-5 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 8km
  • Start Altitude: 3480m
  • End Altitude: 3630m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 3630m
  • Altitude gain: 150m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Kikelewa Cave Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Continue from the heather and moorland into the alpine desert zone towards the jagged Mawenzi cone

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 5km
  • Start Altitude: 3630m
  • End Altitude: 4310m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 4310m
  • Altitude gain: 680m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Kibo Camp

Today you cross the alpine zone and journey across 'the saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to your final camp before the summit attempt.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 3-5 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 8km
  • Start Altitude: 4310m
  • End Altitude: 4703m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 4703m
  • Altitude gain: 393m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Kibo Camp to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Camp

Around mid-night start for the summit to Gilman’s Point (5681m) and then proceed to Stella point, take a short rest and continue to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Spend few minutes at the peak and later descend to Kibo camp for a short rest and later descend to Horombo Camp to wind up your day.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 14-18 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 21km
  • Start Altitude: 4700m
  • End Altitude: 3720m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 2625m
  • Altitude gain / loss: +1195m / -2175m
  • Meals included: Pre-climb snack, brunch and dinner

Day 8 - Horombo Camp to Marangu Gate to a Moshi based lodge

Your final descent on Kilimanjaro through the heather and moorland, and then to rain forest zone to Marangu Gate (1860m). Upon arrival at the gate complete park formalities, and tipping ceremony with your support team. Our driver will then transfer you to Moshi.

  • Approx driving distance: 1-2 hours
  • Approximate trekking time: 5-6 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 12km
  • Start Altitude: 3720m
  • End Altitude: 1860m (park gates)
  • Highest Altitude reached: 2625m
  • Altitude loss: 1860m
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 - End of our services after check-out.

After check-out our services end or you can include extra activities, a safari, beach extension or a airport transfer.

  • Check out time: 12:00pm
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Oh no! This might be a little too long for this route

Although an 8 day trek is possible via the Rongai route, we would instead recommend the Lemosho, Machame or Northern Circuit routes which have better acclimatisation profiles for 8 days on trek and even longer options. You can still request a custom quote if you prefer the Rongai route.

Rongai route

Minimum days: 5 days on trek
Maximum days: 8 days on trek
We recommend: 7 days on trek & 2 nights at a lodge
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Overnights: Tents
Price range: Low to medium
Ascent / Descent: Rongai / Marangu
Acclimatisation & success: Low to medium
Circuit: Rongai / Marangu
Traffic: Low to medium

This camping route is the only one to start from the Northern side of the mountain near the Kenyan border Tarakea and offers chances of seeing wildlife on the lower slopes; you may encounter monkeys, buffaloes and even elephants!

Rongai approaches the Kibo cone from the North East which usually is drier helping you avoid rainfall and descends via the Marangu route on the South East.

Though we consider this less physically demanding than other routes on Kili (no scrambling sections as you get on the southern circuit routes), shorter treks do not offer acclimatisation opportunities so the easier walk may catch up with you at the higher altitudes.

For non experienced climbers we recommend a minimum of 7-8 days to offer the best acclimatisation and maximise your chances of reaching the summit. It is possible to complete in 5 however the acclimatisation is extremely low and only for the seasoned trekker.

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Standard packages usually include:

  • 1 Night accommodation at a base lodge on BB basis before trek
  • 1 Night accommodation at a base lodge on BB basis after trek
  • All National Park conservation, park entry, hut, ranger and rescue fees for itinerary
  • Trained, certified and experienced English speaking mountain guide/s
  • Mountain porters (1 x porter carrying personal mountain luggage of 12kg for Meru per 1 person)
  • Chef/cook, waiter porter and eating utensils
  • Meals indicated on the itineraries [B = breakfast, L = Hot lunch or packed lunch, D = dinner]
  • 1 x transfer from a Moshi or Arusha based lodge to park gates; per group
  • 1 x transfer back to a Moshi or Arusha based lodge to park gates; per group
  • Boiled drinking water on trek (from 1st hut on-wards)
  • Basic first aid kit per group
  • 1 pulse oximeter per group for twice daily health checks with guide

Optional extras and comfort upgrades:

  • Supplemental oxygen or emergency oxygen cylinders
  • Comfort upgrades such as a personal porters for extra luggage, summit porters etc.
  • Airport or other transfers
  • Additional transfers from park gates to lodges
  • Domestic flights
  • Extra nights’ accommodation at a lodge
  • Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, duffel bags etc.

Our standard packaged usually exclude:

  • Tips / gratuities
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol etc.
  • International flights
  • High altitude trekking insurance (visit recommended provider)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Water on first day of trek
  • Metal & hard plastic water bottles, water bladders etc. (note: soft plastics are not permitted on the mountain)
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When to visit


These recommendations are based on weather predictions and trends.

Excellent time

January, February, July to October, December

Good time

March, June, November

Mixed time

April, May

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