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Overview

Scale the summit of the highest peak of Africa ‘Kilimanjaro (5,895 m)’ sprawling through the easiest and remotest trekking route out of seven sanctioned gateways.

The Rongai way is the only trail that advances from the Northern or Kenyan border side of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The route is becoming popular more and more as it retains the pure wilderness and grants the remote backwoods experience. Moreover, to the reason of popularity, it is the easiest route up to Kilimanjaro and has an excellent success rate.

The hike to Kilimanjaro via Rongai route begins from Kenyan border that offers stunning views over the African prairie and rugged Mawenzi. Passing through Simba camp, the forest zone, and the Kikelewa Caves, the trail leads to Mawenzi Tarn. Just after Mawenzi Tarn camp, trekkers pass the only mountain lake in Kilimanjaro National Park to get to the Kibo Huts.

Summit from Kibo Hut is steep and goes through the same path taken by Marangu trekkers which passes Gilman’s Point (5,700 m) to Uhuru Peak at the height of 5,895 meters. From the alluring top of Uhuru Peak, one can relish the panoramic views of surrounding peaks and savannahs. After the summit, the Rongai route descends via the Marangu trail filled with lush green rainforest and wildlife scenery.

Kilimanjaro can be climbed on a six, seven or even eight-day via the Rongai route. The seven or eight-day itineraries are highly recommended as trekkers will have extra days to acclimatize to the higher altitude.

The Rongai route is preferable for those looking for an alternative to the widely held Marangu route and who would like to experience a more remote hike.

Brief ItineraryView full

  • Day 1 : Mountain Inn
  • Day 2 : Marangu Gate-Nalemuru Gate-Simba Camp
  • Day 3 : Trek through the forest zone
  • Day 4 : Through the heather and moorland
  • Day 5 : Highland desert zone
  • Day 6 : Mawenzi and Kibo
  • Day 7 : Gilman’s Point
  • Day 8 : Marangu Gate-Moshi-Mountain Inn
  • Day 9 : Check-out
Day
1

Mountain Inn

Direct arrival at Mountain Inn. Pre-climb briefing on trek and overnight Mountain Inn

Day
2

Marangu Gate-Nalemuru Gate-Simba Camp

Proceed to Marangu Gate for registration. Later drive to Nalemuru Gate (2020m) and start climb through the mountain’s forest. Trekking time: 3-4 hours, approx. 8km distance. Overnight Simba Camp (2625m)

altitude

Altitude

2625

Day
3

Trek through the forest zone

Steady trek through the forest zone into the heather and moorland. Trekking time: 3-5 hours, approx. 7km distance. Overnight Second Cave Camp (2625m)

altitude

Altitude

2625

Day
4

Through the heather and moorland

Continue your way through the heather and moorland, a steeper, rockier and slightly more physically demanding journey today compared to the previous days. Trekking time: 4-5 hours, approx. 8km distance. Overnight Kikelelwa Cave Camp (3630m)

altitude

Altitude

3630

Day
5

Highland desert zone

Continue from the heather and moorland into the highland desert zone towards Mawenzi. Trekking time: 3-4 hours, approx. 5km distance. Overnight Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4310m)

altitude

Altitude

4310

Day
6

Mawenzi and Kibo

Journey across the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. Trekking time: 3.5-5 hours, approx. 8km distance. Overnight Kibo Camp (4700m)

altitude

Altitude

4700

Day
7

Gilman’s Point

Around mid-night, start for the summit to Gilman’s Point (5681m) and then continue to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Descend to Horombo Camp. Trekking time: 12-16 hours, approx. 21km distance. Overnight Horombo Camp (3720m)

altitude

Altitude

5895

Day
8

Marangu Gate-Moshi-Mountain Inn

Continue your descent through the heather and moorland, and the forest to Marangu Gate (1860m). Transfer to Moshi. Trekking time: 5-6 hours, approx. 12km distance. Overnight Mountain Inn

altitude

Altitude

1860

Day
9

Check-out

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Includes

2 nights’ accommodation at Mountain Inn on half board basis (1 double | twin)

Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) conservation fees (entry fees)

Kilimanjaro National Park compulsory rescue fees

Kilimanjaro National Park camping fees

KINAPA trained and certified English speaking guide/s

KINAPA trained and certified porters (1 porter per person for personal mountain luggage of 15kg max.)

KINAPA trained and certified cook / chef, utensils, cutlery, crockery etc.

All meals on the mountain on full board basis

Camping chairs, tables, dining tent

Four or three season light dome tent per two passenger sharing

1 Transfer from Moshi to park gates per group

1 Transfer from park gates to Moshi per group

Safe and luggage storage at Mountain Inn while on trek

Boiled drinking water on trek

Basic first aid kit per group

Additional day/s for acclimatization

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Tips / gratuities

Additional transfers from park gates to Moshi

Airport transfers

Extra nights’ accommodation at Mountain Inn

Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, mattresses, duffel bags etc. (please request prices)

Specialized trekking equipment such as Oxygen cylinders (please request prices)

Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol etc.

Metal water bottles, water bladders etc. (please note: no soft plastics are permitted on the mountain)

Items of personal nature

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