Kilimanjaro RONGAI Route Tour

Itinerary – rongai Route

  • Duration: 6 or 7days
  • Trek Duration: 6 or 7days

Trek overview:

  • Difficulty Level: Beginner to intermediate
  • Chance of successful summit ascent:less likely on 6-day trek with improved chances on 7-day trek
  • Acclimatisation times: longer on 7-day trek
  • Number of fellow trekkers on route: few (least in comparison to the other routes)
Approaching the summit from the north, close to the Kenyan border, the Rongai route is unique in its more gradual ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro boasting with the opportunity to experience some untouched wilderness. Along this trek is not unlikely for you to see some of Africa’s wildlife, for instance, elephants, antelopes and buffalo. Due to its gradual slope, trekkers on this route are more likely to suffer from altitude sickness. We recommend the longer trek duration to ensure better chances for a successful trek to the summit.

Trekking itinerary:

Day 1:

Arrival: from the Airport you will be picked up and taken to the hotel. In the evening you will meet the Lead guide who give you briefing and safety information regarding the trek. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions in this meeting.


Day 2:
  • Meals provided: Breakfast (B) – Lunch (L) – Dinner (D)
  • Walking duration: up to 4 hours
  • Walking distance: . 8km (approx. elevation gains of 600m to 2,600m above sea level)
  • Campsite: Simba Camp

On the first day on route we will get you registered at the Marangu Gate, before shuttling you to the starting point of this trek Nalemuru Gate. Before we set off from Nalemuru Gate final preparations will precede the start of our trek passing the agricultural fields and entering the forest. Whilst trekking through the forest you may be able to spot some of the native wildlife.

Day 3:
  • Meals provided: B-L-D
  • Walking duration: up to 7 hours
  • Walking distance:  approx. 9km (approx. elevation gains of 1,400m to 4,000m)
  • Campsite: Third Cave Camp

The second day on the actual Rongai Route, weather conditions permitting, you could get your first glance of your destination of this trip, the summit. During this day’s trek you will also get to close proximity to the eastern ice fields of the crater rim.

Day 4:
  • Meals provided: B-L-D
  • Waling duration: up to 5 hours
  • Walking distance: approx. 8km (approx. elevation gains of 700m to 4,700m)
  • Campsite: Kibo Huts

On today’s trek you will pass between two of the three volcanic cones that form Mount Kilimanjaro, Mawenzi and Kibo. As the third volcanic cone, Shira, has been eroded to a Plateau that trekkers on the other routes cross you will walk between the two remaining volcanic cones on what is called the ‘saddle’ that was formed by lava.

Day 5:
  • Meals provided: B-L-D
  • Walking duration: up to 16 hours
  • Walking distance: approx. 21km (approx. elevation gains of 1,200m to Uhuru peak before      descending 2,000m to 3,700m for camp)
  • Campsite: Horombo Camp

The fourth day on the trek will be the day we attempt to reach the summit. One of the most beautiful sights on any trek of Mount Kilimanjaro is the sunrise over Mawenzi and in order to get there in time an early start around mid-night. Such an early start also comes with the advantages that due to low temperatures the ground surface is frozen allowing for a less strenuous climb. Reaching the summit on this day will not be an easy undertaking and requires most of your energy on the trip as you will have to pass some of the steepest section on trek. But let us tell you the effort will be rewarded with amazing views from the summit.

Once you had the chance to take in the impressive views from the summit we will descend to the camp for the night to get some well-deserved rest.

Day 6:
  • Meals provided: B-L
  • Walking duration: up to 6 hours
  • Walking distance: approx. 12km (approx. elevation loss of 1,900m to 1,900m)
  • Campsite: Mountain Inn
On the last day we will continue our descend down Mount Kilimanjaro filled with pride of having reached the highest peak on the African continent. Once we reach the starting point of our trek, Marangu Gate, we will provide transport to take you back to Moshi.

* Rongai Route Price: US $1800 pp/sharing *

What is included:
  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • All meals during the trek
  • Breakfast on the day of departure
  • All Park fees/Climbing permits
  • Guides & Porters service
  • Tents
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • Emergency rescue
What Is Not included:
  • Sleeping bags
  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
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