7 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Via Rongai Route




7 days


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 see the mountain from many viewpoints.

The drive to the trailhead takes about 3 hours from Moshi through many villages and coffee plantations, including a stop to register climbing permits at Marangu.


  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Accommodation in Arusha
  • Tanzania Visa Gratuity
  • Meals not listed above
  • Airport transfers

Tour Plan

Register at Nalemoru Gate (6,398ft/1,950m), the climb then starts out in the rain forest of the lower slopes where we may encounter animals, such as black & white colobus monkeys and several varieties of birds. Hike to Simba camp (9,300ft/2,830m) for the night. Duration 3hrs.

After breakfast leave Simba camp for a steep climb to 2nd cave camp (11,300ft/3,450m) where you will have lunch in the shadow of Kibo. We will then continue on to Kikelewa cave (11,810ft/3,600m) for the night. Most of the hike is through heather climate zone. Duration 6-7hrs.

After breakfast, head up towards the Mawenzi Tarn Hut (14,160ft/4,315m) where we will camp in the shadow of Mawenzi. Enjoy the Sunset behind Kibo. Duration 4hrs.

This is an acclimatization day, where we will leave from Mawenzi Tarn and head up to Kibo Hut (15,430ft/4,700m) where you will have lunch. Then we will descend back to Mawenzi Tarn for the night. Duration 4-5hrs.

After breakfast leave Mawenzi camp and head up to Kibo Hut (15,430ft/4,703m). You will have an early dinner so you can get some rest. You will Kibo Hut for the summit at midnight. Duration 5-6hrs.

Wakeup around 11pm and get ready for summit hike. Leave for the summit at midnight and after a very steep ascent, reach Gillman’s Point (18,745ft/5,681m) after 3-4hrs. Another 3-4 hrs of gradual sloping ground and you are at the summit! Descend on Marangu route to Horomobo Hut (12,205ft/3,720m) for the night. Duration 11-13hrs.

After breakfast start the hike down through heather and forest to Marangu Gate (6,045ft/1,843m). You will receive your summit certificate and say goodbye to your new friends. Duration 5-7hrs.

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