Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
10 Days
Age recommendations

Popular trekking route - Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

The Kilimanjaro Rongai route is quickly becoming a more popular hike on the ‘Roof of Africa’. It is a magnificent and unspoilt hike and is the only route up Mount Kilimanjaro from the Northern slopes. In fact it is really close to the Kenyan border. The route covers farmlands, lush forest, high altitude moorlands and alpine deserts with the added bonus of not being as busy as the other routes up the mountain. One of the unique highlights of this route due to its remoteness is the opportunity to see the rare Colobus monkeys when trekking the Kilimanjaro Rongai Route. And if birding is your thing, this route is definitely for you. The route begins at the base of Kilimanjaro’s sister mountain-Mawenzi and once the summit has been reached the descent is via the Marangu route allowing trekkers to experience Kilimanjaro from two sides of the mountain. In terms of the success rate on the Kilimanjaro Rongai route, it is quickly becoming the most successful route to summit by with a 96% success rate.

Immerse yourself in natural beauty - trek the Kilimanjaro Rongai Route!

The Kilimanjaro Rongai route is a huge favourite due to the remoteness and unique beauty of the scenery and animals along the way. Mount Kilimanjaro offers other spectacular routes but none with the unique elements of the Rongai Route Make sure your digital camera is charged, some of the scenery will be forever edged into your memory. It is important to save energy and stamina for the way down. Mentality when trekking a route like this plays a big part and its recommended to do a training trek prior to understand how your body will adjust to the altitude.

 The Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

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Day 1

Our climbs begin and end via flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route start to finish:

Distance: 64km / 39 miles in 7 days.
Elevation Gain: 4,891m / 16,044 ft. Elevation Loss: 5,020m / 16,444 ft.

Day 1 is travel day.

The destination airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania. (JRO). Upon arrival, you will met by one of representatives and transferred to the hotel in Moshi.

The drive takes just over an hour. Once at the hotel we check you in. The rest of the day depending on what time you arrive is reserved for you to relax.


Day 2

After breakfast we the whole team will sit down for a detailed briefing session. We will cover all aspects of the climb as well as an equipment check.

If you need to hire any equipment or have misplaced anything, we can assist through the onsite gear rental shop.  After Lunch we will explore the bustling and vibrant town of Moshi


Day 3

After breakfast, we load up the 4×4 vehicle and make our through to Nale Moru.

It is here that we will need to complete all of the climbing permit formalities and meet the tram of porters who will be crucial in the overall success of the climb.

The hiking conditions today are relatively easy as we make our way through the farmlands and forest. The incline is consistent but gentle. The pace as always on a high altitude mountain such as Kilimanjaro is very slow in order allow our bodies to adapt to the altitude.

Our camp for the night is situated at an altitude of 8,530 ft and is called Cave Camp.

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Climb Summary

End: Cave Camp 2600m / 8,530 ft.
Elev gain: 650m / 2100 ft.
Time: 4 hours on average
Distance: About 6.5km, 4miles


Day 4

After breakfast, we start the hike. Today is one of the highest altitude gains other than the summit day. We will gradually leave the forest behind us and make out way through the Heath and Moorlands where there are some really spectacular views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields around the crater rim. A long days of trekking today. Looking at a minimum of 7 hours. The campsite for the night is situated at Kikelewa Camp at 11,810ft.

We will gradually leave the forest behind us and make out way through the Heath and Moorlands where there are some really spectacular views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields around the crater rim. A long days of trekking today. Looking at a minimum of 7 hours. The campsite for the night is situated at Kikelewa Camp at 11,810ft.

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Climb Summary

End: Kikelewa 3600m / 11,810 ft.
Elev gain: 1000m, 3,400 ft.
Time: 7-8 hours average
Distance: About 9km, 5.6 miles


Day 5

The climb today is going to be a relatively short one. The first part of the hike, however, is pretty steep as we make our way through the last of the Moorlands and enter the alpine desert zone of Kilimanjaro.

It is today that we will start to get some incredible views of the jagged spires of Mawenzi. We should get into camp pretty early giving us enough time to explore the beautiful area before the sun sets.

The camp site for the night is called the Mawenzi Tarn Camp and is situated at 14,205ft.

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Climb Summary

End: Mawenzi Tarn Camp 4330m / 14,205 ft.

Elev gain: 730m, 2,400 ft.
Time: 4-5 hours average
Distance: About 6km, 3.7 miles


Day 6

Today is an acclimatization day. We spend the day exploring the area and climbing on some of the Mawenzi formations.

The rest of the day is for rest, hydration and basically allow your body to adapt to the thinning air found at this altitude.


Day 7

We continue our trek up the slopes of the mighty Kilimanjaro. The first part of the hike takes up into the alpine desert and we cross the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi.

The scenery today is spectacular and we take the hike really slow as we need to conserve energy for the summit push tomorrow. Our campsite for the night is at Kibo Hut situated at 15,420 ft.

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Climb Summary

End: Kibo Hut 4700m / 15,420 ft.
Elev gain: 370m, 840ft.
Time: 4 hours
Distance: About 9km, 5.6 miles


Day 8

Finally the day you have been dreaming of-Summit day! We will wake you up with a steaming cup of tea and spend the next hour preparing your gear and clothing for the ascent.

The route will see us ascending a really steep and tough  section until we reach Gillmans Point. After a brief rest we continue along the base of the crater rim for about an hour until we finally start the last section of the climb.

A steep scramble up from the base of the Furtwangler Glacier for about an hour will see us on the highest point in Africa-Uhuru at 5895m. After the weary celebrations, we make our way down the slopes of Kilimanjaro to Horombo at 12,205 ft where you will have the best night’s sleep you have ever had.

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Climb Summary

Summit: Uhuru Peak 5896m / 19,344 ft.
Elev gain: 1180m, 3910 ft.

Elev loss: 2100m, 4,100 ft.
Time: 13 – 15 hours
Distance: About 20km, 12 miles


Day 9

Upon waking you will feel the best you have felt in days as the air is full of oxygen compared to the higher altitudes experiences at the summit.

The hike down will be pleasant and not as tiring as on the way up. . After reaching the Marangu Gate we will load our gear onto the 4×4 and take the 1 hour drive back to the hotel in Moshi where the rest of the night is set aside for the well-earned celebrations.

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Climb Summary

End: Marangu Gate 1980m / 6,495ft.
Elev loss: 1740m, 6,600 ft.
Time: 6-7 hours
Distance: About 20km, 12miles


Day 10

After breakfast. You will transferred back to the Kilimanjaro airport for your onward flight home or alternative destination.

Our routes take us through the 5 micro climates of Kilimanjaro

We have an over 96% success rate on Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

The Kilimanjaro Rongai Route is renowned as being one of the less frequented route

Indulge in a 5 star hiking experience which includes dining tents, portable toilets, trained cooks and a dynamic and friendly African porter team

Experience two sides of Kilimanjaro

Chance to see the rare Colobus monkey

If you book onto one of the scheduled trips you will be accompanied by one of our African Adventures team leaders


Return transfers Kilimanjaro airport to Moshi and Moshi to Kilimanjaro airport
2 Nights, twin-shared, hikers class accommodation in a hotel in Moshi, with bed and breakfast (dinner can be arranged on request and at additional cost)
Transfer from your hotel to starting point for your climb, and return to your hotel after your climb
All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping fees and climbing permits.
Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)
Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
Pulse-Oximeter carried by all chief guides and daily check up on all hikers
Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook
Salaries for mountain crew as per guidelines set by KINAPA
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs & sleeping mat)
Water for washing up daily
Porter to carry your duffel bag (max weight 15kg / 32 lbs) from one camp to the next camp.
Dedicated Kilimanjaro Trip Planner
Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt
Private climb only guaranteed with 5 hikers or more, if your group size are 4 hikers or less will additional cost apply to have a private climb
18% tourism VAT


Flights and airport taxes
Items of a personal nature
Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US $ 230 to US $ 300 per hiker – depending on number of days / how many hikers in the group and route chosen)
Visa for Tanzania
Health requirements (Yellow Fever)
Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
Personal hiking/trekking gear – you can rent some of the gear once in Tanzania
Snacks, personal medicine and water purifying tablets
Meals & drinks not specified

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