7 Days Rongai Route

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania    

After arriving at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you’ll be transferred to one of the hotels in Arusha town by our tour guide who will also brief you on your upcoming trek and does equipment check to ensure every necessary mountain gear has been covered. This day is set aside for renting any missing gear on this day.

  • Hotel: BB

​​Note: Check-in starts at 2:00 PM.​

Day 2: Nalemoru Gate (1990m) to Simba Camp (2625m)

On the second, we’ll depart early to the village of Nale Moru where there is the starting point of the Rongai route. The first stage of the trek comprises of farmland and pine forests. You may be able to spot the Colobus monkeys and, with some luck, elephants and buffalos. We’ll set up our first camp after arriving at Simba Camp which is situated on the fringe of the moorland zone at 2,625 meters.

  • Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
  • Approx. time taken: 4 – 5 hours
  • Meals: BLD

Day 3: Simba Camp (2625m) to 2nd Cave Camp (3480m)

The morning hike will be a steady paced ascent to the Second Cave Camp which is situated in the moorland zone. It offers excellent view of the Kibo peak and the Eastern ice fiends on the crater rim.

  • Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi
  • Approx. time taken: 3 – 4 hours
  • Meals: BLD

Day 4: 2nd Cave Camp (3480m) to Kikelewa Camp (3630m)

Leaving the pine forest behind us carry on with a steady ascent walking though moorland. There are Super views of the Eastern Ice fields of Kibo await for you. Kibo is the highest of all the three volcanoes which make up the mountain. Leaving behind the main trail, we’ll follow a smaller, narrower path which will lead us to the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, the second of Kilimanjaro’s volcanoes. We will set up camp today in the sheltered valley near Kikelewa caves at 3630m

  • Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi
  • Approx. time taken: 3 – 4 hrs
  • Meals: BLD

Day 5: Kikelewa Camp (3630m) to Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m)

This morning, we’ll embark on a short steep ascent through the grassy slopes. We’ll be rewarded with excellent view of the Kenyan plains which lie to the north. Leaving the lush vegetation behind, we’ll reach our next camp at Mawenzi Tarn Hut shortly after that. The hut is located directly below the towering cliffs of Mawenzi. This afternoon, you’re left with the option to either rest or explore the area which will aid in acclimatization.

  • Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
  • Approx. time taken: 4 – 5 hours
  • Meals: BLD

Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

We’ll leave our campsite behind and travel across the lunar desert between Mawenzi and Kibo. After trekking for a couple of hours, we’ll make it to this spectacular place. From here, you can see the summit of Kilimanjaro in the background and the trail to the higher camp stretching out before our eyes. After reaching the camp, we can spend the rest of the day relaxing and preparing for the final ascent.

  • Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
  • Approx. time taken: 5 – 6 hours
  • Meals: BLD

Day 7: Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Today is “The Big Day” – the summit stage. The final ascent will begin around midnight and will be a long and strenuous undertaking. After you pass the Hans Meyer Cave which is located at an elevation of 5,220 meters, the climb will go upward and becomes steeper. You’ll make it to the Gilman’s Point before or at sunrise which is located at the crater rim of Kilimanjaro. You can see the sun slowly rising from the plains and warming up the land. Further hike for 1 to 2 hours and you’ll soon forget the cold of the night. After hiking for some more time, you’ll reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 meters. After spending some time up there, you’ll descend down to Kibu Hut where a warm meal will be served. Rest for few hours and then proceed back to Horombo Hut.

  • Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours
  • Meals: BLD

Day 8: Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After bidding goodbye to your mountain guides, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Arusha. After arriving at your hotel, you can take a hot shower and celebrate your success of reaching to the top.

  • Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi
  • Approx. time taken: 8 hours
  • Meals: BL

Day 9:Departure

  • After  breakfast. 
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for those returning home.

Note: Hotel check-out is at 10:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

*Other add-ons besides safari and Zanzibar tours are available if you wish for exploring the country further​


Rates

1 Pax2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax +
$ 1,950$ 1,900$ 1,890$ 1,850$ 1,830$ 1,800

Safari Overview

DURATION

7 Days
  • The Rongai route is the only route approaching Kilimanjaro from the northern side which is close to the Kenyan border. Even though it is getting popular among trekkers, it still experiences low traffic. Rongai is a preferred route for those who want to avoid the crowdedness of Marangu Route and looking for a more remote hike. It is highly recommended during the rainy season as the northern side receives very less precipitation.
  • A minimum of six days is required to complete trekking through this route, however seven days is recommended. The scenery however is not that varied as compared to the western routes. But as this passes through a true wilderness area, it remains in demand most of the time. At Kibo Camp it joins in with Marangu Route and descends down. It is moderately difficult and highly recommended, especially for those with little to no backpacking experience.

Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Elevation  5895m
  • Location Tanzania, Africa
  • Number of Climbers 25,000 Annually

Rates Includes

  • Private transport fees to and from Kilimanjaro Airport and your accommodation in Arusha.
  • Accommodation for 2 nights at a hotel in Arusha
  •  Transportation to and from Kilimanjaro gate
  • Fees of mountain guides, cooks, and porters who are both professional and friendly
  •  Hot meals three times per day on the mountain
  •  Ample bottled water and filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  •  Hot water for washing
  •  Fair wages as decided by Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) and Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  •  Government taxes
  •  Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  •  Emergency first-aid kit

Rates Excludes

  • Any lunch, dinner, and drinks ordered at your hotel before and after the climb.
  • International Flights
  • Visa Fees
  • Vaccination
  • Laundry
  • Gear for your climb
  • A flush toilet which is portable is available at an extra charge of $70 for the entire trek.
  • Items of personal nature
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Tips paid to the mountain crew for the services (to a guide or helper)

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