Rongai Route - 9 Day Kilimanjaro Climb


    What's Included?

  • 9 day adventure, 7 of which include 3 meals a day
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi, breakfast included
  • Airport Pickup from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • All Ground Transfers
  • Accommodation while trekking*
  • National Park Entry Fees
  • Fully-licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Porter service on the trek
  • First aid kit
  • Trip completion certificate
  • Farewell Dinner

*Accommodation while trekking is both camping and in hut facilities.

The Rongai Route is the only approach on the north side of the mountain and makes almost a complete north to south traverse of Kilimanjaro. The route offers plenty of time for acclimatization and climbers enjoy a true wilderness experience during the ascent up the seldom visited northern side of the mountain. It’s also a popular approach during the rainy season as the north side of the mountain is the driest. The first day of the trek brings you through from Rongai gate through the lowland jungles to Rongai Camp. The next few days are good for acclimatization as you gradually climb through the open slopes of the mooreland all the while enjoy excellent views of Kibo and the still distant Eastern Ice Fields on the crater rim. The Rongai Route meets up with the Marangu Route just before Kibo Hut and then continues along the same route to the summit and on the return back down the mountain which means you don't have to backtrack over the same terrain and get to experience the south side of the mountain. You reach Kibo Hut early on the 5th day of trekking and have the afternoon to rest before making the final summit push at midnight. It's a 6 hour slog to the crater rim and another hour of traversing across the rim of the crater to reach Uhuru Peak the final summit and highest point in Africa.

Full Itinerary

Rongai Route Profile

Day 1 - Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi town, which is commonly known as the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro. Meet your guide and review your equipment in the evening in preparation for the trek the following day.

Day 2 - Rongai Camp

(2850 m/9,300 feet), 7 km/4.5 miles (3 to 4 hours)
After an early breakfast in Moshi your climbing team will drive to the Rongai Gate near the Kenya border. It will take a few hours to process climbing permits at the gate before you can start the half day trek up to the first camp which is located in the transition zone between lowland forests and the Moorland ecosystem.

Day 3 - Rongai Second Cave

(3450 m/11,300 feet), 6 km/4 miles (3 to 4 hours)
We get an early start for what is a steady but gentle climb up the Second Cave. The open slopes offer excellent views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. It's a fairly short day and an acclimatization hike up the Third Cave can be made in the afternoon.

Day 4 - Rongai Kikelelwa Cave

(3600 m/11,800 feet), 3 km/2 miles (3 to 4 hours)
It's another fairly short day of trekking as we gradually ascend through the beautiful open moorlands which are dominated by Giant Heathers and a wide variety of endemic grasses and wildflowers. After lunch we continue towards the jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi to Kikelewa Camp where we will find our campsite set up and enjoy dinner before retiring for the day.

Day 5 - Mawenzi Turn

(4300 m/14,100 feet), 6 km/4 miles (4 hours)
It's a bit longer trek today which includes a short but steep ascent to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m). We exit the Mooreland vegetation zone and enter the alpine zone dominated by almost barren volcanic plains.

Day 6 - Kibo Hut

(4700 m/15,400 feet), 4 km/2 miles (3 hours)
Today we cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and KiboHut. We reach Kibo Hut early in the day and spend the remainder of the day resting in preparation for the final ascent which will begin just before midnight.

Day 7 - Kilimanjaro Summit

(5895 m/19340 ft) 5.5 km/3.5 miles ascent + 15 km/9.5 miles descent (10-16 hours)
Shortly after midnight, we will commence our climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro, since it is easier to climb the scree slope to Gillman's Point (5,861m) on the crater rim when it is frozen and an early start for the six-hour hike improves our chances of reaching the summit in time for sunrise. From Gilman's Point, it is a further two-hour round trip along the crater's edge to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. From the summit, it is downhill all the way to Horombo Hut where we will spend our last night on the mountain.

Day 8 - Horrombo Hut to Moshi

(6 to 7 hours trekking)
Today's descent continues past the Mandara encampment to the bottom of the mountain, where each hiker will receive a well-earned certificate. From here, you will be transferred to your hotel in Moshi. You will enjoy a farewell dinner with your guides.

Day 9 - Departure day

After breakfast, transfer back to Arusha town or Kilimanjaro airport as per your requirement.


    Extra Cost and Exclusions

  • For visas please click here.
  • All the meals are included on the climb but we only include breakfast while you are in Moshi.
  • We suggest a minimum tip for your climbing staff of $300. (Please Review our Tip Guidelines).

    Climbing Gear

  • We will provide tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.
  • We will provide a duffel bag that you repack your personal gear into for the porter to carry.
  • You are responsible to bring your own personal gear (Check gear list).

Solo Travelers

We don't charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Moshi and a private tent during the climb.

Discontinued Climbs

Some climbers may actually finish the climb ahead of schedule and others may have problems with altitude or decide to come down earlier for other reasons. If you do get back to Moshi early you are responsible to pay the costs for your extra hotel nights ($40 per/night) and meals. Keep in mind, our costs are the same regardless of when you end the climb. So even if you are climbing fewer days than scheduled keep in mind that we have already paid the staff, purchased, food and rented gear for all the days you were supposed to be on the climb.

Cancellation Policies

We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancelation fee. Once we have made arrangements for the climb such as renting gear and buying food the deposit is not refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.

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