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7 Days Rongai Route

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

7 Days Rongai Route

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The Rongai Route is one of the easiest routes, and the success rate is very high.

The route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border and is one of the least traveled routes. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers get to see the mountain from many viewpoints.

The drive to the trailhead takes about 2.5 hours from Moshi and goes through many villages and coffee plantations, including a stop to register climbing permits at Marangu.

The Rongai Route can also be accessed from Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Allow for two hours, including the border crossing. We will need copies of passports ahead of time.

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  • Departure/Return Location
    Arusha or Moshi City
  • Departure Time
    Early in the morning.

Tour Plan

Airport Transfer to the Hotel in Moshi
You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro Airport by our representative and to drive to your Accommodation in Moshi town. Late afternoon for a pre-climbing briefing and climbing equipment check. We will also confirm that you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance as well.
  • Accommodation: Park View Hotel or Panama Garden Resort
  • Time and Distance:1 hour’s drive, 40 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi
Moshi – Nalemuru Gate – Simba Camp
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you depart around 08.00hrs, arriving at the Nalemuru Gate for around 11.00hrs, when you will enjoy your picnic lunch. You complete the registration formalities and are introduced to the all-important trekking team who will accompany you up the mountain. Your porters will load up, and then you are ready to start the trek! Today’s starting altitude is at 1,950 metres and during your trek you will ascend up to a new altitude of 2,671 metres. The vegetation at first is pine forest, as well as some vegetable fields, but you briefly enter lusher forest where colobus monkeys can sometimes be seen. After the forest, the landscape changes to heathland with its characteristic huge heathers. You aim to reach Simba Camp 2,671 metres by 17.00hrs, your walking distance today is only 8 km/5 miles and your projected walking time is around 3-4 hours. After relaxing on arrival at the camp, you will take your dinner at about 19.00hrs.
  • Accommodation: In Tents At Simba Camp
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 3 –4 hours’ walking, from 1,950 m at Nalemuru Gate to 2,671 m at Simba Camp
From Simba Camp To Kikelelwa Camp
Wake up! With your first night on the mountain complete, you are served breakfast and then can expect to depart about 08.00hrs. You will walk further today, approximately 16 km/10 miles and have an ascent of around 929 metres. Your expectation is that this will involve about 6.5 to 7 hours of actual walking. At the start, notice how the once-large heathers become smaller as you climb, and the trees become fewer and further between. Behind you, you can see over the border to Kenya if the weather is good. The path is a steady, steep and often dusty ascent. A picnic lunch is eaten at about 13.00hrs, before you continue in a south-easterly direction with the craggy peak of Mawenzi in front of you. The path crosses moorland and there is less ascent than you have experienced this morning, but this is certainly a long, tough day. At the end of the afternoon’s walk, you should reach camp at around 17.00hrs and dinner will be served at 18.00hrs.
  • Accommodation: In Tents At Kikelelwa Camp
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 6.5 – 7 hours’ walking, from 2,671 m at Simba Camp to 3,600 m at Kikelelwa Camp
From Kikelelwa Camp To Mawenzi Tarn Camp
An hour extra to enjoy in bed, as you schedule a slightly later departure. Why? Well, your distance today is short at only 3 km/2 miles, though you do have to ascend over 600 metres so you may come to appreciate that extra sleep! As you continue to climb today, you will notice how you leave the vegetation behind you: it definitely thins out rapidly at this altitude! But the views on Rongai are truly exceptional. You aim to arrive at Mawenzi Tarn Camp 4,315 metres nice and early, probably around 13.00hrs, in time for acclimatization in this beautiful setting. In clear weather, the views up to Kibo 4,720 metres are exceptional. Dinner tonight will be served around 18.00hrs.
  • Accommodation: In Tents At Mawenzi Tarn Camp
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 3.5 – 4 hours’ walking, from 3,600 m at Kikelelwa Camp to 4,315 m at Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Mawenzi Tarn Camp – Mawenzi Ridge – Mawenzi Tarn Camp
This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and after breakfast you will begin hike in the direction of Mawenzi Ridge with a 74-metres gain in altitude. You will spend one or two hours at higher altitude in order to properly acclimatize yourself, so the lunch break will take place at Mawenzi Ridge itself before you hike back down to Mawenzi Tarn. Dinner is once again scheduled for 18.00hrs.
  • Accommodation: In Tents At Mawenzi Tarn Camp
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 2-3 hours, 4,315 m at Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Mawenzi Ridge at 4,389 m and return to Mawenzi Tarn Camp 4,315 m
From Mawenzi Tarn Camp To Kibo Camp
You are back to your early breakfast schedule again, to ensure you are ready to depart Mawenzi by 08.00hrs. From your starting altitude at 4,315 metres, you will ascend today to Kibo Camp, which sits at 4,720 metres. On the way, you head westwards before crossing the ridge and continue towards along the edge of the so-called “saddle”. While there is little vegetation to admire, don’t be too surprised if you see an eland – quite astonishing, really, at this lofty altitude. Your objective is to arrive at Kibo Camp 4,720 metres at around 15.00hrs, having stopped for your midday picnic lunch. This evening, as you prepare for tomorrow’s summit attempt, you will be served dinner at an early hour (around 17.30hrs) which will allow you to retire to bed at a good time!
  • Accommodation: In Tents At Kibo Camp
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 4.5 – 5 hours’ walking, from 4,315 m at Mawenzi Tarn Camp to 4,720 m at Kibo Camp
Ascent To Uhuru Peak And Descent To Horombo Camp
Your schedule for your ‘Summit Day’ is very different. Rising at 23.00hrs, you take your tea and biscuits (23.30hrs) before a midnight departure. Today, you have 1,192 metres to climb, on what will be your toughest day, with around 10-13 hours of actual walking time and a total distance of 22 km/14 miles. Your expectation is to reach the summit from 07.00hrs onwards. You begin on a rocky path, and then climb via a series of zig-zags which get ever tighter as you climb. Your reference points on your ascent today are, first, William’s Point (5,000 metres), Hans Meyer Cave (5,151 metres) and then Gilman’s Point (5,685 metres). The focus today is on walking pole pole – that is, slowly. On reaching the top (5,895 metres), you take time to celebrate the successful climb, take photos and congratulate yourself, then make the descent to return to Kibo Camp (4,703 metres) for about 11.00hrs and take a very well-deserved, two-hour rest and enjoy a welcome brunch. Setting off again at 14.00hrs, you continue your descent until you reach the now-familiar Horombo Camp (3,720 metres) for about 17.00hrs. Dinner today will be served at 19.00hrs.
  • Accommodation: In Tents At Horombo Camp
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 11-13 hours’ walking, from 4,703 m at Kibo Camp to the summit at 5,895 m, then down to 3,720 m at Horombo Camp
Descent From Horombo Camp To Marangu Gate – Moshi
After breakfast at your now-familiar time of 07.00hrs, you take the chance to thank your hard-working guides and porters at the important ‘Tipping Celebration’. Afterward, you depart from Horombo Camp and start your descent down towards Marangu Gate, stopping at Mandara around midday for a cooked lunch. Marangu Gate 1,879 metres is usually reached by 16.00hrs, and today’s section is approximately 20 km/ 12 miles which takes you between 6.5 to 7 hours of walking time. Having reached Marangu Gate, you will be presented with your certificate, a fitting souvenir recognizing your tremendous effort. You then return by vehicle to Moshi, to the comfort of your hotel, for your overnight stay and some deserved relaxation. Or perhaps, if you still have some energy, you can celebrate your wonderful achievement. After all, you have just climbed Africa’s highest mountain!
  • Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort or Park View Inn Hotel
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 6.5 – 7 hours’ walking, from Horombo Camp to Marangu Gate, descending from 3,720 m to 1,879 m, then return by vehicle from Marangu Gate to your hotel 1 hours’ drive.
Departure - Kilimanjaro International Airport
After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 11.00hrs. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for a ‘day room’ which allows you to stay until 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.) As a transfer to the airport is included in this package, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport.
For those travelers who have booked to go on safari, our guide will be meeting you in the late afternoon to provide you with a briefing.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Mountain Professionals guides.
  • Transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to and from Moshi.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Moshi at fine hotels.
  • Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro Park Gate.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees.
  • All hut or camping fees for the climb.
  • African guide, assistant guides, porters and cooks.
  • All meals and utensils on the mountain.
  • Camping equipment includes tents, mattress, dome dining tent with table and chairs.
  • Government taxes.

The price does not include

  • Items of personal nature, individual travel costs, delays, taxis, etc.
  • Personal Tanzania entry visas.
  • Personal clothing or gear.
  • Alcoholic drinks and personal snacks.
  • Recommended Travel/Trip Cancellation Insurance.
  • Staff gratuities

Important Tips Informations

Tips will vary depending on the length and complexity of the trip, the number of staff on the trip, and the number of clients on the trip. Generally, groups like to meet together before the end of the trek to discuss how much they would like to tip each staff member based on their individual trek experience. Tips should not be dependent on whether you summit or not, but rather whether your guides and porters were professional and had your best interests in mind. If your guides and porter have not met your expectations, please inform us immediately after descending. If they press you for a tip during the trek, inform us as well, as this is against company policy. You can use US Dollars, Euros, TZ shillings, or a combination of these.


Depending on the number of clients but usually, you will have:  Chief Guide, Assistance Guide, Cooker, and Porters.
Additional Notes:
If you have booked your climb through an agent that gave you different information, please tip according to the agent’s information. To avoid confusion, on the first day of your climb, please confirm with your guide the correct total number of staff that you or your group have. Don’t pay tips tip any other persons.

Rongai route 7 Days

  • 1 person $ 2500
  • 2-4 people $ 1950/person
  • 5-7 people $ 1850/person
  • 8-10 people $ 1750/person
  • 11 & above $ 1600/person
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