Rongai Route 6 Days

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes

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DAY 1: RONGAI GATE TO SIMBA CAMP

  • Distance: 6km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

You will be driven from your hotel in Arusha or Moshi for about 5 hours to the Rongai Gate near the Kenya border. After registering at the gate, we take the first hike through forests where you may see and hear wildlife. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first campsite. Rongai ascends via the less forested northern side of the mountain.

The Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the gate. The Rongai trail is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife.

DAY 2: FIRST CAVE CAMP TO KIKELEWA CAMP

  • Distance: 9km
  • Walking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Hike through Kilimanjaro’s moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times. During the hike, view Mawenzi Peak ahead.

DAY 3: KIKELEWA CAMP TO MAWENZI TARN CAMP

  • Distance: 6km
  • Walking Time: 4 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

This more leisurely acclimatization day starts with a morning hike followed by a rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo.

DAY 4: MAWENZI TARN CAMP TO KIBO CAMP

  • Distance: 4km
  • Walking Time: 3 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

Cross the lunar landscape of the saddle on this day to arrive at the final campsite. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone, giving you stunning uninterrupted views of your final destination.

DAY 5: KIBO CAMP TO UHURU PEAK TO HOROMBO HUT

  • Distance: 6 km ascent/16km descent
  • Walking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Hike by the light of your flashlight for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman’s Point.

The hike from Gilman’s to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes about two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.

DAY 6: HOROMBO HUT TO MARANGU GATE

  • Hiking time: 6 – 8 hours
  • Distance: 20km
  • Walking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorlands

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to your hotel.

Additional information

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro route gate
Government taxes
Sleeping mountain tents
Double layered Sleeping Mats
Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
3 meals daily while on the mountain
Filtered water throughout the trek
Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
Hot Water For Wash

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

International flights
Items of a personal nature
Tips for the mountain crew
Laundry Services
Travel insurance
Visa fees
Personal expenses not included in the itinerary
Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic beverages
Laundry Service
Trekking equipment not included in the itinerary (clothing, footwear, portable toilets and tents, accessories)

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