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Climbing Rongai Route

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

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 view points.

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

  • Easiest summit-bound route on the mountain
  • Wildlife can be seen on the lower slopes
  • Fairly remote and unpopulated
  • Joins the Marangu Route at the Mawenzi Tarn Hut
  • Beautiful views of the northern part of the park

Arrival Day: Upon arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by our representative and get transferred to Moshi in a designated hotel for overnight.

Day 1: Rongai Gate (2,200m/7,217ft) to Simba Camp (2,800m/9,186ft), Elevation Gain: 760 meters, 2,000 feet

After an early breakfast, drive to the Rongai Gate near the Kenya border. After registering at the gate, begin your climb to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. During the first day, hike through forests where you may see and hear wildlife. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first campsite. Rongai ascends via the less forested northern side of the mountain.

The Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the gate. The Rongai trail is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife.

Day 2: Simba Camp (2,800m/9,186ft) to Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft), Elevation Gain: 1,000 meters, 3,280 feet

During day two hike through Kilimanjaro's moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times. During this day, view Mawenzi Peak ahead.

Day 3: Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft) to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft), Elevation Gain: 730 meters, 2,390 feet

This day is an acclimatization day, allowing you to hike in the beginning of the day and rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn hut is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo.

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft) to Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft), Elevation Gain: 420 meters/1380 feet

Cross the lunar landscape of the saddle on this day to arrive at the final campsite. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone, giving you views of your final destination.

Day 5: Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft), Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, 3,760 feet, Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters, 7,140 feet

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your flashlight. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman's Point.

The hike from Gilman's to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.

Day 6: Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft), Elevation Loss: 1,920 meters, 6,295 feet

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Moshi. You will be able to buy t-shirts and sodas at the gate.

6 Days / 5 Nights Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route - Price List

Number of People 1 2-3 4-5 6 - More
Price in USD $   $1750     
   $1725   
$1675
$1650

       Kilimanjaro Includes:

       Hotel lodging the night before and the night after the climb.

       Professional experienced mountain guides, porters and cook salaries.

       All Park fees.

       Rescue fees.

       All meals while on the Mountain.

       Arrival and Departure transfers.

      Clean, purified drinking water.

       Management and safety procedures.

       Fair and ethical treatment of porters.

       Summit Emergency Oxygen.

       Pulse Oximeters.

       Kilimanjaro Excludes:

       Tanzania Visa on arrival

       Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

       Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)

       Tips and any items of personal nature.