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Kilimanjaro Rongai route

  • Price: From $1540 per person (5 hikers in a private 5 day trek without add-ons),* see all prices
  • Summit Success: Good summit success rate, especially on treks of 6+ days, offering an effective acclimatization schedule.
  • Difficulty level: Ideal for beginner to intermediate trekkers. No technical skills or equipment needed.
  • Scenery: Experience a unique and serene journey starting from the remote north.
  • Ethical climbing: Each and every trek externally monitored by 'KPAP' & 'KRTO' for the highest fair treatment standards.
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Overview

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

Embark on a distinctive journey via the Rongai Route, the only path ascending Kilimanjaro from the northern side. Renowned for its gentle approach, this non-technical, camping route offers a unique perspective of Kilimanjaro's majestic Kibo cone. The Rongai Route is celebrated for its drier climate, enhancing trekking conditions and minimizing rainfall disruptions. As you traverse from the northeast to the southeast, descending via the Marangu route, you'll experience a variety of ecosystems and serene landscapes.

While less physically demanding than southern circuit routes, with no scrambling sections, it's essential to consider longer treks for better acclimatization. The route's gradual ascent allows trekkers to experience the mountain's higher altitudes without the intense physical challenges found on other paths. This balance of ease and elevation makes the Rongai Route an excellent choice for beginners and intermediate trekkers alike, offering a tranquil yet engaging climb. Its blend of accessibility and adventure captures the essence of Kilimanjaro, making it an ideal route for those seeking both serenity and a sense of achievement.

Route itinerary options

Click to expand the various itinerary options for this route. Itineraries indicated as * Recommended * are chosen for their duration, acclimatization and good route profile.

Quick itinerary

Itinerary code: STTK13
Difficulty level: Intermediate

Day 1 - Mountain rain forest. Overnight Simba (First Cave) Camp
Day 2 - Heather & Moorland. Overnight Third Cave Camp
Day 3 -
Alpine desert. Overnight School Hut (or Kibo Hut) Camp
Day 4 -
Summit (Ice cap / arctic zone). Overnight Horombo Hut Camp
Day 5 -
Mountain rain forest. End of trek.

  • Clients overall rating
  • Shah Tours overall rating
  • Mountain guides overall rating

Route map

Detailed day to day itinerary

Day 0

Arrival and climb breifing

Moshi townToday has no planned activities and is only an arrival day for you to reach your base lodge in time for a pre-climb briefing with your mountain guide.

Approx. driving distance: Optional airport transfers available
Approx. trekking distance: None
Start altitude: Unknown

End altitude: Unknown
Highest Altitude reached: Unknown
Altitude +gain / -loss: Unknown
Meals included today: None


Overnight: Optional (see add-ons below)

Day 1

Rongai gate to Simba (First Cave) Camp

Kilimanjaro Mountain Rain forestYou will be transferred by road from Moshi town (09:00am) to Rongai gate. After registration you begin your trek through the rain forest zone with your guide. The forest thins out quickly on this remote and drier side of the mountain and you reach your camp on the edge of the forest and heather zone near the caves.

Approx. driving distance: 2-3 hours
Approx. trekking distance: 8km or 5mi (4-5 hours)
Start altitude: 2020m or 6630ft

End altitude: 2625m or 8610ft
Highest Altitude reached: 2625m or 8610ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +605m or 1980ft
Meals included today: Picnic lunch, dinner


Overnight: Simba (First Cave) campsite, 2625m or 8610ft

Day 2

Simba (First cave) camp to Third Cave camp

Kilimanjaro Mountain Heather and Moorland zoneToday’s hike is a little longer and begins with a trek through the heather & moorland zone ascending towards the second group of caves near the Second cave camp where you may have your lunch. From the Second caves, there are two paths; one diverting to the Mawenzi peak and the other straight towards kibo. You take the latter through the grassy terrain until you reach the Third group of caves near your camp for the night.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 7km or 4.5mi (5-7 hours)
Start altitude: 2625m or 8610ft

End altitude: 3935m or 12795ft
Highest Altitude reached: 3935m or 12795ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +1310m or 4185ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Third Cave campsite, 3935m or 12795ft

Day 3

Third Cave Camp to School Hut Camp (or Kibo Hut Camp)

Kilimanjaro Mountain Alpine DesertYour hike today takes you abruptly towards the Kibo cone steadily climbing up and over the edges of the alpine desert journeying on the edges of the Kibo saddle. The relatively short distance today means you have plenty of time at your summit camp to rest and prepare for the summit attempt tonight.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 8km or 5mi (3-5 hours)
Start altitude: 3935m or 12795ft

End altitude: 4715m or 15470ft
Highest Altitude reached: 4715m or 15470ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +780m or 2575ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: School Hut campsite, 4715m or 15470ft

Day 4

School Hut Camp to Gilman's point to Uhuru peak to Horombo Hut Camp

Kilimanjaro Mountain Ice camp / arctic zoneIn the early morning (around 00:00am) you begin your final ascent to the summit of Uhuru peak through the arctic zone. The trek is a steep hike over loose volcanic scree through the dark and cold night and takes a slow pace in a zig-zag pattern towards Gilman’s Point (5681m or 18640ft) which is your first stop on the Kibo crater rim. From here a short (but difficult) hike remains to take you past Stella point (the first stop on the rim for those summiting from Barafu camp / the Southern circuit) and further around till Uhuru Peak (5895m or 19341ft), the highest point in Africa. You usually don’t spend that long at the peak due to the extreme altitude and will descend back down to the base camp for your breakfast / brunch. After your gear is packed up you continue the descent through the alpine desert, heather and moorland where you stop for the night.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 21km or 13mi (14-18 hours)
Start altitude: 4715m or 15470ft

End altitude: 3700m or 12220ft
Highest Altitude reached: 5895m or 19431ft (Peak!)
Altitude +gain / -loss: +1180m or 3961ft / -2195m or -7211ft
Meals included today: Midnight snack, brunch, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Horombo Hut Camp, 3700m or 12220ft

Day 5

Horombo Hut Camp to Marangu Gate

Kilimanjaro mountain rain forest zoneYour final day on Kilimanjaro is a descent through the southeastern rain forest zone until Marangu gate where our vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Moshi town (or Arusha). Usually, the crew will leave you at Marangu gate and it’s a perfect opportunity to say goodbye and a great location to hand your optional tip to the crew as a token of your appreciation.

Approx. driving distance: 1-2 hours
Approx. trekking distance: 17km or 10.5mi (5-7 hours)
Start altitude: 43700m or 12220ft

End altitude: 1860m or 6100ft
Highest Altitude reached: 3700m or 12220ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: -1840m or -6120ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch


Overnight: Optional (see add-ons below)

End of itinerary

Quick itinerary

Itinerary code: STTK13+1b
Difficulty level: Beginner to intermediate

Day 1 - Mountain rain forest. Overnight Simba (First Cave) Camp
Day 2 - Heather & Moorland. Overnight Kikelewa Cave Camp
Day 3 -
Alpine desert.Overnight Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Day 4 -
Alpine desert. Overnight School Hut (or Kibo Hut) Camp
Day 5 -
Summit (Ice cap / arctic zone). Overnight Horombo Hut Camp
Day 6 -
Mountain rain forest. End of trek.

  • Clients overall rating
  • Shah Tours overall rating
  • Mountain guides overall rating

Route map

Detailed day to day itinerary

Day 0

Arrival and climb breifing

Moshi townToday has no planned activities and is only an arrival day for you to reach your base lodge in time for a pre-climb briefing with your mountain guide.

Approx. driving distance: Optional airport transfers available
Approx. trekking distance: None
Start altitude: Unknown

End altitude: Unknown
Highest Altitude reached: Unknown
Altitude +gain / -loss: Unknown
Meals included today: None


Overnight: Optional (see add-ons below)

Day 1

Rongai gate to Simba (First Cave) Camp

Kilimanjaro Mountain Rain forestYou will be transferred by road from Moshi town (09:00am) to Rongai gate. After registration you begin your trek through the rain forest zone with your guide. The forest thins out quickly on this remote and drier side of the mountain and you reach your camp on the edge of the forest and heather zone near the caves.

Approx. driving distance: 2-3 hours
Approx. trekking distance: 8km or 5mi (4-5 hours)
Start altitude: 2020m or 6630ft

End altitude: 2625m or 8610ft
Highest Altitude reached: 2625m or 8610ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +605m or 1980ft
Meals included today: Picnic lunch, dinner


Overnight: Simba (First Cave) campsite, 2625m or 8610ft

Day 2

Simba (First cave) camp to Kikelewa Cave camp

Kilimanjaro Mountain Heather and Moorland zoneToday’s hike takes you further up towards the Kibo cone and into the lower alpine heather & moorland zone through a more barren landscape than the day before and heading past the second group of caves near the Second cave camp where you may stop for lunch. From the second group of caves you divert south east heading towards the jagged Mawenzi peaks. You stop near the Kikelelwa caves for your nights camp.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 12km or 7.5mi (7-9 hours)
Start altitude: 2625m or 8610ft

End altitude: 3630m or 11910ft
Highest Altitude reached: 3630m or 11910ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +1005m or 3300ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Kikelewa Cave campsite, 3630m or 11910ft

Day 3

Third Cave Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Kilimanjaro Mountain Alpine DesertToday’s hike is a short and steep one through a grassy slope and into the alpine desert. You continue your movement south-east towards the Mawenzi cone where the landscape dramatically changes. Your camp for tonight is inside of the Mawenzi ridge and near the tarn lake. You can also optionally venture out further with your guide for acclimatization walks.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 5km or 3mi (5-7 hours)
Start altitude: 3630m or 11910ft

End altitude: 4310m or 14140ft
Highest Altitude reached: 4390m or 14400ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +760m or +2490ft / -80m or -260ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Mawenzi Tarn campsite, 4310m or 14140ft

Day 4

Mawenzi Tarn Camp to School Hut Camp (or Kibo Hut Camp)

Kilimanjaro Mountain Alpine DesertYour hike today takes you back towards the Kibo cone steadily climbing up and over the edges of the alpine desert journeying through the ‘saddle’ between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. The environment becomes more barren and air thinner as you ascend to your base camp where you will rest for the summit journey starting tonight.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 8km or 5mi (4-5 hours)
Start altitude: 4310m or 14140ft

End altitude: 4715m or 15470ft
Highest Altitude reached: 4715m or 15470ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +405m or +1330ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: School Hut campsite, 4715m or 15470ft

Day 5

School Hut Camp to Gilman's point to Uhuru peak to Horombo Hut Camp

Kilimanjaro Mountain Ice camp / arctic zoneIn the early morning (around 00:00am) you begin your final ascent to the summit of Uhuru peak through the arctic zone. The trek is a steep hike over loose volcanic scree through the dark and cold night and takes a slow pace in a zig-zag pattern towards Gilman’s Point (5681m or 18640ft) which is your first stop on the Kibo crater rim. From here a short (but difficult) hike remains to take you past Stella point (the first stop on the rim for those summiting from Barafu camp / the Southern circuit) and further around till Uhuru Peak (5895m or 19341ft), the highest point in Africa. You usually don’t spend that long at the peak due to the extreme altitude and will descend back down to the base camp for your breakfast / brunch. After your gear is packed up you continue the descent through the alpine desert, heather and moorland where you stop for the night.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 21km or 13mi (14-18 hours)
Start altitude: 4715m or 15470ft

End altitude: 3700m or 12220ft
Highest Altitude reached: 5895m or 19431ft (Peak!)
Altitude +gain / -loss: +1180m or 3961ft / -2195m or -7211ft
Meals included today: Midnight snack, brunch, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Horombo Hut Camp, 3700m or 12220ft

Day 6

Horombo Hut Camp to Marangu Gate

Kilimanjaro mountain rain forest zoneYour final day on Kilimanjaro is a descent through the southeastern rain forest zone until Marangu gate where our vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Moshi town (or Arusha). Usually, the crew will leave you at Marangu gate and it’s a perfect opportunity to say goodbye and a great location to hand your optional tip to the crew as a token of your appreciation.

Approx. driving distance: 1-2 hours
Approx. trekking distance: 17km or 10.5mi (5-7 hours)
Start altitude: 43700m or 12220ft

End altitude: 1860m or 6100ft
Highest Altitude reached: 3700m or 12220ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: -1840m or -6120ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch


Overnight: Optional (see add-ons below)

End of itinerary

Quick itinerary

Itinerary code: STTK13+2b
Difficulty level: Beginner to intermediate

Day 1 - Mountain rain forest. Overnight Simba (First Cave) Camp
Day 2 - Heather & Moorland. Overnight Kikelewa Cave Camp
Day 3 -
Alpine desert.Overnight Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Day 4
- Alpine desert.Overnight Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Day 5 -
Alpine desert. Overnight School Hut (or Kibo Hut) Camp
Day 6 -
Summit (Ice cap / arctic zone). Overnight Horombo Hut Camp
Day 7 -
Mountain rain forest. End of trek.

  • Clients overall rating
  • Shah Tours overall rating
  • Mountain guides overall rating

Route map

Detailed day to day itinerary

Day 0

Arrival and climb breifing

Moshi townToday has no planned activities and is only an arrival day for you to reach your base lodge in time for a pre-climb briefing with your mountain guide.

Approx. driving distance: Optional airport transfers available
Approx. trekking distance: None
Start altitude: Unknown

End altitude: Unknown
Highest Altitude reached: Unknown
Altitude +gain / -loss: Unknown
Meals included today: None


Overnight: Optional (see add-ons below)

Day 1

Rongai gate to Simba (First Cave) Camp

Kilimanjaro Mountain Rain forestYou will be transferred by road from Moshi town (09:00am) to Rongai gate. After registration you begin your trek through the rain forest zone with your guide. The forest thins out quickly on this remote and drier side of the mountain and you reach your camp on the edge of the forest and heather zone near the caves.

Approx. driving distance: 2-3 hours
Approx. trekking distance: 8km or 5mi (4-5 hours)
Start altitude: 2020m or 6630ft

End altitude: 2625m or 8610ft
Highest Altitude reached: 2625m or 8610ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +605m or 1980ft
Meals included today: Picnic lunch, dinner


Overnight: Simba (First Cave) campsite, 2625m or 8610ft

Day 2

Simba (First cave) camp to Kikelewa Cave camp

Kilimanjaro Mountain Heather and Moorland zoneToday’s hike takes you further up towards the Kibo cone and into the lower alpine heather & moorland zone through a more barren landscape than the day before and heading past the second group of caves near the Second cave camp where you may stop for lunch. From the second group of caves you divert south east heading towards the jagged Mawenzi peaks. You stop near the Kikelelwa caves for your nights camp.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 12km or 7.5mi (7-9 hours)
Start altitude: 2625m or 8610ft

End altitude: 3630m or 11910ft
Highest Altitude reached: 3630m or 11910ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +1005m or 3300ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Kikelewa Cave campsite, 3630m or 11910ft

Day 3

Third Cave Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Kilimanjaro Mountain Alpine DesertToday’s hike is a short and steep one through a grassy slope and into the alpine desert. You continue your movement south-east towards the Mawenzi cone where the landscape dramatically changes. Your camp for tonight is inside of the Mawenzi ridge and near the tarn lake. You can also optionally venture out further with your guide for acclimatization walks.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 5km or 3mi (5-7 hours)
Start altitude: 3630m or 11910ft

End altitude: 4310m or 14140ft
Highest Altitude reached: 4390m or 14400ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +760m or +2490ft / -80m or -260ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Mawenzi Tarn campsite, 4310m or 14140ft

Day 4

Mawenzi Tarn Camp (acclimatization day)

Kilimanjaro Mountain Alpine DesertToday is an extra acclimatization day in the alpine desert at the base of the Mawenzi peak and will take you for a walk in the area and up to a higher point at the Mawenzi ridge before descending back down to camp again. This day helps you acclimatize further and rest before the summit days ahead.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 3km or 2mi (3-4 hours)
Start altitude: 4310m or 14140ft

End altitude: 4310m or 14140ft
Highest Altitude reached: 4390m or 14400ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +80m or +260ft / -80m or -260ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Mawenzi Tarn campsite, 4310m or 14140ft

Day 5

Mawenzi Tarn Camp to School Hut Camp (or Kibo Hut Camp)

Kilimanjaro Mountain Alpine DesertYour hike today takes you back towards the Kibo cone steadily climbing up and over the edges of the alpine desert journeying through the ‘saddle’ between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. The environment becomes more barren and air thinner as you ascend to your base camp where you will rest for the summit journey starting tonight.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 8km or 5mi (4-5 hours)
Start altitude: 4310m or 14140ft

End altitude: 4715m or 15470ft
Highest Altitude reached: 4715m or 15470ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: +405m or +1330ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: School Hut campsite, 4715m or 15470ft

Day 6

School Hut Camp to Gilman's point to Uhuru peak to Horombo Hut Camp

Kilimanjaro Mountain Ice camp / arctic zoneIn the early morning (around 00:00am) you begin your final ascent to the summit of Uhuru peak through the arctic zone. The trek is a steep hike over loose volcanic scree through the dark and cold night and takes a slow pace in a zig-zag pattern towards Gilman’s Point (5681m or 18640ft) which is your first stop on the Kibo crater rim. From here a short (but difficult) hike remains to take you past Stella point (the first stop on the rim for those summiting from Barafu camp / the Southern circuit) and further around till Uhuru Peak (5895m or 19341ft), the highest point in Africa. You usually don’t spend that long at the peak due to the extreme altitude and will descend back down to the base camp for your breakfast / brunch. After your gear is packed up you continue the descent through the alpine desert, heather and moorland where you stop for the night.

Approx. driving distance: None
Approx. trekking distance: 21km or 13mi (14-18 hours)
Start altitude: 4715m or 15470ft

End altitude: 3700m or 12220ft
Highest Altitude reached: 5895m or 19431ft (Peak!)
Altitude +gain / -loss: +1180m or 3961ft / -2195m or -7211ft
Meals included today: Midnight snack, brunch, picnic lunch or lunch, dinner


Overnight: Horombo Hut Camp, 3700m or 12220ft

Day 7

Horombo Hut Camp to Marangu Gate

Kilimanjaro mountain rain forest zoneYour final day on Kilimanjaro is a descent through the southeastern rain forest zone until Marangu gate where our vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Moshi town (or Arusha). Usually, the crew will leave you at Marangu gate and it’s a perfect opportunity to say goodbye and a great location to hand your optional tip to the crew as a token of your appreciation.

Approx. driving distance: 1-2 hours
Approx. trekking distance: 17km or 10.5mi (5-7 hours)
Start altitude: 43700m or 12220ft

End altitude: 1860m or 6100ft
Highest Altitude reached: 3700m or 12220ft
Altitude +gain / -loss: -1840m or -6120ft
Meals included today: Breakfast, picnic lunch or lunch


Overnight: Optional (see add-ons below)

End of itinerary

Price, includes & add-ons

Click to see price indication for the various group options and group sizes avaialble. You can always request a custom quote: contact us.

Price per person (USD $)

  • 1 passenger (private trek)

    from $2205 per person*
  • 2 passengers (private trek)

    from $1840 per person*
  • 3 passengers (private trek)

    from $1655 per person*
  • 4 passengers (private trek)

    from $1545 per person*
  • 5 passengers (private trek)

    from $1540 per person*
  • 6-10 passengers (private trek)

    from $1450 per person*
  • 11-15 passengers (private trek)

    from $1425 per person*
  • 16+ passengers (private trek)

    from $1360 per person*
  • Scheduled group (shared departure)

    Not available
  • * All prices are in USD ($) and serve as indications only for a standard package excluding pre/post accommodation, add-ons and comfort upgrades.

    Private treks are with their own dedicated crew, equipment and transfers not shared with other hikers.
  • 1 passenger (private trek)

    from $2525 per person*
  • 2 passengers (private trek)

    from $2130 per person*
  • 3 passengers (private trek)

    from $1935 per person*
  • 4 passengers (private trek)

    from $1805 per person*
  • 5 passengers (private trek)

    from $1800 per person*
  • 6-10 passengers (private trek)

    from $1695 per person*
  • 11-15 passengers (private trek)

    from $1675 per person*
  • 16+ passengers (private trek)

    from $1605 per person*
  • Scheduled group (shared departure)

    From $1750 per person*
  • * All prices are in USD ($) and serve as indications only for a standard package excluding pre/post accommodation, add-ons and comfort upgrades.

    Private treks are with their own dedicated crew, equipment and transfers not shared with other hikers.
  • 1 passenger (private trek)

    from $2840 per person*
  • 2 passengers (private trek)

    from $2425 per person*
  • 3 passengers (private trek)

    from $2215 per person*
  • 4 passengers (private trek)

    from $2075 per person*
  • 5 passengers (private trek)

    from $2065 per person*
  • 6-10 passengers (private trek)

    from $1950 per person*
  • 11-15 passengers (private trek)

    from $1930 per person*
  • 16+ passengers (private trek)

    from $1855 per person*
  • Scheduled group (shared departure)

    Not available
  • * All prices are in USD ($) and serve as indications only for a standard package excluding pre/post accommodation, add-ons and comfort upgrades.

    Private treks are with their own dedicated crew, equipment and transfers not shared with other hikers.
  • Green season discount

    5% off*
    For treks starting from 15 March 2024 to 31 May 2024
  • Mid season discount

    2.5% off*
    For treks starting from 01 November 2024 to 15 December 2024
  • Private portable camping toilet

    50% off*
    For treks starting from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024 when booked with a ' * Recommended *' for acclimatization route
  • * Special offers are only applicable to new bookings and valid only at the time of confirming an itinerary. All numbers after discounts will be rounded to the nearest whole number. Please check with your sales consultant if offers can be combined.

Standard packages usually include

  • All taxes, VAT and National Park conservation, park entry, camping and rescue fees as applicable.
  • Trained, certified, and experienced English-speaking Mountain guide/s at KINAPA minimum ratios.
  • Personal luggage allowance of 15kg per person carried by 1 x luggage porter between campsites.
  • Specialist tent crew to service and set-up campsites.
  • Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project and Kilimanjaro Responsible Tourism Organization monitoring on Kilimanjaro treks for fair treatment standards. Learn More about fair treatment.
  • Trained and experienced personal mountain cook and waiter to prepare all meals on the mountain including eating utensils, cutlery, bowls, cups etc.
  • A carefully planned standard non-vegetarian or vegetarian or gluten-free or vegan or Hindu or Jain or Halal menu specially crafted for high altitude treks.
  • Pre-climb briefing / equipment check with the guide / tour consultant in Moshi (or optionally Arusha with a supplement).
  • 1 x transfer from a Moshi (or Arusha with a supplement) based lodge to park gates per group / 1 x transfer from park gates to Moshi (or Arusha with a supplement) per group.
  • Boiled drinking water on trek (from 1st camp onward).
  • 1 Emergency oxygen cylinder per 5 passengers and first aid kit.
  • Twice daily health checks with guides and a high-grade medical oximeter.
  • Hand washing station and small personal wash basin at campsites.
  • Shared public toilet facilities at campsites.
  • 1 x approx. 100Ltr rubberized hold all bag / packsack.
  • Basic 1” foam sleeping pad per person.
  • Four season tent (sharing for even numbered groups + 1 single tent for odd numbers), chairs, tables, dining tent for camping routes.
  • A guaranteed participation medal and certificate from Shah Tours
  • A certificate from Kilimanjaro National Park (when you reach Stella Point, Gilman's Point or Uhuru Peak).

Optional extras, add-ons and comfort upgrades

Although our standard package can be more than enough for most, we appreciate many desire certain comfort upgrades and add-ons and our tours can be customized to include as much or as little as you need.

A comfortable mid-range pre and post climb lodge just outside of Moshi town, especially convenient for the Rongai and Marangu routes.

A comfortable and budget friendly mid-range lodge in Moshi town center, convenient for all ascent and descent routes.

A comfortable mid range lodge located just outside of Moshi town center, convenient for all ascent and descent routes.

A convenient mid range pre/post climb option for the Marangu (or Rongai) routes located in the 'Chagga' Marangu village.

A western style high range lodge just outside of Moshi town centre and convenient for all ascent and descent hiking routes.

A superbly comfortable high range lodge near Arusha city center, for a luxury pre and post climb experience with a view of Mount Meru.

A recommended private portable camping toilet which will be setup near your sleeping tents and provide a much more comfortable option compared to public facilities.

A recommended insulated super warm folding bed rated R5 (for extreme cold) for the most comfortable sleeping experience on Kilimanjaro.

You can easily include your arrival and departure airport transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha Airport or Moshi Airport with our reliable fleet.

We usually expect groups of 2 or more to share sleeping tents however if you prefer not to share your sleeping tent you can book your own single tent.

If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, honeymoon or other special occasion you can let us know in advance to prepare something special for your day.

A more premium hiking menu to include more fruit, meat, vegetables and complex dishes. A customized premium menu can be included for your hike.

We appreciate those without expereince may need a personal mountain guide or a ratio of 1 guide to 1 client and you can hire additional guides for your trek as required.

Those with more luggage can increase your allowed allowance on the trek by 15kgs for each additional luggage porter you hire for your expedition.

A personal assistance porter can help you carry your personal day pack (max 10kg) from the gate to the summit and back down to let you focus on your trek.

  • Anorak / Jackets

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Balaclava

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Boots - walking / trekking

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Duffel bag

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Hat

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Head Torch

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands, excluding batteries
  • Gaiters

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Gloves / warm mits

    USD $8 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Glove liners

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Mattres (self-inflatable)

    USD $50 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Neck warmer

    USD $7 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Raincoat / poncho

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Rain / wind / waterproof trousers

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Ruck sack / day pack

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Scarf

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • 4 season sleeping bag (Synthetic filled)

    USD $30 per trip
    Snugpak Softie 15 Discovery (-12.5oC comfort rating)
  • 4 season sleeping bag (Down filled)

    USD $50 per trip
    Marmot Never Summer (-12.5oC comfort rating)
  • Socks

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Sunglasses

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Sweater / fleece / jumper

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Travel pillow

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Walking poles (pair)

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Water bladder / Water hydration system

    USD $15 per trip
    Mixed brands

Standard packages usually exclude

FAQ's

Frequently asked questions about this route

The Rongai Route is flatter and considered less physically demanding compared to other Kilimanjaro routes. However, its profile does not offer as many opportunities for the "climb high, sleep low" strategy, which is beneficial for acclimatization.

While the Rongai Route is less steep, the lack of opportunities for climbing high and sleeping low might affect acclimatization. Choosing a longer itinerary (6 or 7 days) is recommended to mitigate the risk of altitude sickness and improve acclimatization.

The primary difference lies in acclimatization opportunities. The 5-day itinerary is the shortest with fewer days for acclimatization. The 6-day trek routes via Kikelewa caves towards Mawenzi (Kilimanjaro's third peak) and spends a night at the Mawenzi Tarn for acclimatization. The 7-day trek adds a second night at the Mawenzi Tarn for even better acclimatization.

We do not believe in success rates as each hiker and individual can be very unique in their experience and bodies ability to acclimatize. That being said we would say a 6 day trek via the Rongai route has a good chance of reaching the peak, a 7 day trek has an excellent chance of reaching the peak. Longer routes usually contribute significantly to higher success for reaching the summit.

The Rongai Route is ideal for those seeking a less crowded experience and a gentle approach. Its unique northern approach offers trekkers a relatively unspoiled wilderness experience with potential wildlife sightings and clearer views of the mountain due to less moisture on the north-east side​.

As the only route starting from the northern side of the mountain, the Rongai Route receives the least traffic of all Kilimanjaro routes, making it an excellent choice for trekkers looking for a more solitary experience.

People with serious medical conditions like heart disease, severe asthma, or uncontrolled diabetes should avoid climbing Kilimanjaro. Pregnant women and individuals with altitude sickness susceptibility should also consider other options. It's crucial to consult with a healthcare provider before planning a climb.

Expect a challenging but rewarding experience. You'll encounter diverse terrains, from rain forests to arctic conditions. Acclimatization days are essential, and you should be prepared for long trekking hours, basic camping conditions, and altitude-related challenges.

Weather plays a pivotal role in deciding when to climb Kilimanjaro. Dry conditions ensure easier hikes and dry gear, while wet weather can turn your trek into a muddy challenge. However, Kilimanjaro's weather patterns have become unpredictable recently. You might encounter unexpected rainfalls even during what's traditionally considered a dry season or vice versa. Moreover, the dry seasons often see a surge in trekkers, leading to crowded routes. Read more about weather here.

Traditional showers are not available during most Kilimanjaro climbs. However, climbers can use wet wipes and water basins for basic hygiene. It's important to maintain cleanliness to avoid infections.

The summit attempt of Kilimanjaro typically begins at midnight, aiming for climbers to reach Uhuru Peak by sunrise. Undertaking this ascent at night serves several strategic purposes. Firstly, it allows for better acclimatization, as the gradual overnight climb aids the body in adapting to the high altitude. Secondly, the ground remains firmer during the night, as the sun during the day can soften the ice and snow, making the climb more challenging. Additionally, reaching the summit at dawn not only presents climbers with a breathtaking sunrise view but also provides a significant safety advantage. After the summit attempt, climbers have enough daylight to descend almost halfway back down the mountain. This descent is crucial as it brings climbers to a lower altitude with richer oxygen levels, which is much safer and helps in recovery following the exertion of the summit climb. This strategic timing of the ascent and descent ensures a safer and more rewarding experience for those tackling the challenge of Kilimanjaro.

Why book with Shah Tours?

Some of the reasons why you should book your hike with Shah Tours.

We are proud to operate hikes on Mount Kilimanjaro for 40+ years and with this comes a highly skilled and experienced team of mountain guides who have led 100's of expeditions and are some of the most experienced on Kilimanjaro.

Our expert guides use a preventive health management system to monitor your health twice a day using medical grade finger oximiters. Each expedition is always equipped with 1 emergency oxygen and a first aid kit.

We provide superior equipment for a comfortable hiking experience. Each trek will come with a spacious and roomy all season 4 person tent (for a maximum of 2 or 3 people) made by Hilleberg or The North Face.

justinecharTrip advisor
My husband and I booked our Kilimanjaro climb through Shah Tours, and could not have been more pleased with our experience. To start, I think we had the best guides on the entire mountain. Baraka and Vincent were extremely knowledgeable, not only about mountain safety, but also about the history of Kilimanjaro, the flora, the fauna, the tribes in Tanzania, languages, and everything else we had questions about. We learned so much on our hike up to the summit, which made the whole experience even better than anticipated.
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We are proudly monitored by KPAP and KRTO on each and every trek since 2017 for the highest fair treatment, salary and crew standards on Mount Kilimanjaro. We also support multiple local social and environmental organizations.

All participants on our Kilimanjaro treks will receive a participation certificate and unique achievement medal. You will also get a climb certificate from the National Park if you reach Stella point, Gilman's point or Uhuru peak.

We have been a licensed operator of Kilimanjaro climbs since 1984 and have guided tens of thousands to Africa's highest peak. Booking with us means you are booking directly with the operator without any middle man.

Ahmed BazaraTrip advisor
Myself, and kids (three adults) enjoyed this lifetime experience. It was exciting, somehow tiring, but rewarding. The lovely two guides and many porters made our trip as easy as possible. The cook and assistant prepared just the right meal at the right time. Although we did not complete the hike to Uhuru peak (just 6 km away) due to high altitude sickness two of my children suffered, and we were advised to descend accordingly, we will never forget these days. I am planning to return in the near future. To conclude, I want to say thank you Shah Tours, thank Kalvin, Umari, Emanuel and entire crew for your passion, care and support extended to us throughout this wonderful hike.
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Kilimanjaro Preparation Guide

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Please visit our dedicated section below to find out more about private or group treks, when to climb, getting to Kilimanjaro / Tanzania, visas, documents, choosing a route, training for your climb, health and vaccines, Kilimanjaro packing list, hiking boots, rental equipment, tipping, insurance, money:

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