The only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, the ascent profile and conditions are very much in similar to Marangu. It is a fairly easy route and climbs to the top is steady and gradual. Moreover, the crowd has fewer tourists and it passes through remote wilderness areas. Rongai also offer game viewing opportunities from the first day itself.

Day 1: Rongai Gate – Rongai Caves Camp

We drive from Moshi to Marangu Gate for obtaining permits required for the summit and then take a short road trip to the Rongai Gate trailhead. We’ll come across numerous corn and potato fields and the climb gently through the forst areas which accommodates variety of wildlife which also includes the black and white colobus monkeys.

Day 2: Second Caves Camp – Kikelewa Cave

The day will begin with a morning trek where we’ll steadily incline up to the Second Cave. Continuing on with the trek, we pass through the moorland toward the jagged peaks of Mawenzi leaving the main trail behind. Kikelewa Camp will be our destination for the day where we’ll be spending our night.

  • Rongai Cave to to Second Cave
  • Elevation: 9,300 ft to 11,300 ft
  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Heath
  • Second Cave to Kikelewa Cave
  • Elevation: 11,300 ft to 11,811 ft
  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Heath
Day 3: Kikelewa Cave – Mawenzi Tarn Camp

The hike today will be short and steep but along a grassy slope. It is surrounded by a vast wilderness area, and as we exit it, we enter the Alpine Desert zone and the landscape contrastingly alters. The campsites will be at the jagged areas of Mawenzi, Mawenzi Tarn to be precise. You’ll spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the surrounding area.

  • Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn
  • Elevation: 11,811 ft to 14,160 ft
  • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp – Mawenzi Ridge

You’ll be spending the entire day hiking at the Mawenzi Ridge which offer landscapes of Kibo and Mawenzi. This extra day is meant for acclimatization. After exploring the area to the fullest, we’ll then head back to Mawenzi Tarn to prepare our camp.

  • Mawenzi Tarn to Mawenzi Ridge
  • Elevation: 14,160 ft -14,400 ft
  • Distance: 2 km/1 mile
  • Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn – Kibo Hut

Our camp, known as Kibo Hut, will be at the bottom of the Kibo Crater Wall. Once at the hut, we relax for the rest of the day and prepare for the upcoming summit day.

  • Marwenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut
  • Elevation: 14,160 ft to 15,430 ft
  • Distance: 8 km/5 miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 6: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

Just past midnight, we’ll begin our summit to the top. This is considered the most challenging part of the journey when the wind and cold can be extreme at any period of the day. With short and frequent breaks, we ascend in the darkness. Once reaching at the Stella Point which is at an elevation of 18,900 ft, you’ll be rewarded with one of the stunning view of the sunrise coming over the Mawenzi Peak. Then we ascend all the way to the roof of Africa and highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro, the Uhuru Peak.

After celebration of your accomplishment at the peak, we descend down to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we’ll be having our last dinner in the mountain and we’ll then go to sleep.

  • Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
  • Elevation: 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic
  • Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
  • Elevation: 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
  • Distance: 16 km/10 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Heath
Day 7: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate

On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. Youth Adventures vehicle will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

  • Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
  • Elevation: 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
  • Distance: 20 km/12 miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
Overview of the Rongai Route

The only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, the ascent profile and conditions are very much in similar to Marangu. It is a fairly easy route and climb to the top is steady and gradual. Moreover, the crowd has fewer tourists and it passes through remote wilderness areas. Rongai also offer game viewing opportunities from the first day itself.

The route takes six days minimum to complete, although seven days is recommended. The descent is down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain. Because the starting point is far from Moshi, it is more expensive to climb this route due to the added transportation cost of getting climbers to the gate.

Rongai is scenically beautiful and it passes through a range of unspoilt rainforest and wilderness area which is remote. However, it trails behind Machame, Lemosho, and Shira when it come to scenic beauty.

Rongai route suits inexperienced hikers who want to avoid the busy traffic of other Kilimanjaro routes at the same time. As the northern side of the mountain receives less precipitation, Rongai route which also lies on the northern side is preferred during rainy season.

Price Includes
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 3 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the hotel in moshi
  • 2- way private airport transfers
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Any service not mentioned above
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$65 per toilet + toilet tent)

Rongai Route Seven day’s trekking + 2 night in the hotel
NUMBER OF PEOPLE 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX
BUDGET PRICE/PERSON 1950 1910 1865 1820 1780 1740
CLASSIC PRICE/PERSON 2450 2385 2330 2260 2200 2080
For Climbing Mountain Kilimanjaro the recommended Group Tip as follows;
  • Guide : $US 15-20 per day
  • Cook. :$US 10-15 per day
  • Porters :$US 8-10 per day per porter

Departure & Return Location: Kilimanjaro International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time: 2 Hours Before Flight Time

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