7 Days Rongai Route


Rongai route ascends Mount Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. The Rongai route retains a sense of unspoiled wilderness. The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north. Rongai route is truly one of the more remote and wild trails on the entire mountain. Despite that, however, this route offers trekkers plenty of advantages, making it a very appealing option for those looking for a unique experience on Africa’s tallest peak. Due to its remote nature, it is among the least visited of all of the trails on Mount Kilimanjaro. Those who choose this path will experience peace and quiet for much of the trek, encountering few other climbers before reaching the Kibo Camp, at which point the trail merges with the Marangu Route for the final push to the summit.

If there is one criticism of the Rongai Route it is that it may not be as scenic as some of the other routes up Mt. Kilimanjaro. While it is true that the scenery isn’t as varied and dramatic as some of the other trails, there is still plenty to see and enjoy on this path too. And because you’ll encounter so few people, you’ll have an easier time soaking it all in.

  • Summit Mount Kilimanjaro, is one of the seven summits of the world at 19,340′.
  • Navigate Kilimanjaro’s Machame Route, the most scenic on the mountain.
  • Cross 6 ecological zones from lush rainforest to the harsh, beautiful arctic zone.
  • Follow expert African guides, full of the knowledge of the mountain and its environs.
  • Experience Signature Camping! Spacious tents, deluxe comfort, amazing meals, and more!
  • Dedicated Customer Satisfaction Associate
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Hotel lodging the night before and the night after the climb
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • All meals and water on the mountain
  • All park fees and taxes
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Tents (3-person mountaineering tent)
  • Sleeping mat
  • Private toilet tent
  • Support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Kilimanjaro SAR evacuation insurance
  • Airfare to and from Tanzania
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips for the support team
  • Sleeping bags and other personal gear
  • Rental gear
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel
  • Drinks and snacks

Location Map

Tour Timeline

  • 1
    Day 1: Arusha- Rongai Gate (1950m) - Simba Camp (2600m)

    Pick up from your hotel, and drive for 4-5 hours to Rongai Gate for formalities and registration. There you will meet the rest of your crew before you begin your hike from the Rongai Gate. After registration and all the procedures at the get you will start hiking by passing through the rainforest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through a beautiful country. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan’s plains. The first night’s camp is at Simba camp at about 2600 meters.

    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

    Habitat: Montane Forest

  • 2
    Day 2 : Simba Camp (2600m) - Second Cave (3450m)

    After breakfast, you will have a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (3450m) with spectacular views of Kibo and the Western ice field on the crater rim. After lunch, you will have a free time to rest at the camp or in the afternoon, you can explore the surrounding area for acclimatization walk to Third Cave.

    Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

    Habitat: Moorland

  • 3
    Day 3: Second Cave (3450m) - Kikelelwa Cave (3679m)

    After breakfast, then we continue up towards Kibo, gradually we will rise through beautiful Moorland towards jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi to Kikelewa Camp (3679m). The views start to open up and you begin to feel you are on a really big Mountain. We get at Kikelelwa camp in late afternoon for dinner and overnight at the camp. In the camp water is in the obvious stream below the cave, though you might have to wander far downhill to find some.

    Hiking Time: 3-4 hourss

    Habitat: Moorland

  • 4
    Day 4: Kikelelwa Camp (3600m) - Mawenzi Tarn (4330m)

    A short but steep ascent through grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn, the camp that spectacularly situated beneath towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.

    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

    Habitat: Moorland

  • 5
    Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn (4330m) - Kibo Hut (4700m)

    Today, we cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo Hut (4700m), at the bottom of Kibo Crater wall by afternoon. There is no running water at Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the big night (summit attempt), which begins around midnight.

    Distance: 8 km

    Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

    Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • 6
    Day 6: Kibo Hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo (3720m)

    You will wake up around 11:30pm, and after some tea and snacks, you will shuffle off into the night. This is exactly where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s Point (5681m), which is located in the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring an enormous physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru Peak(5895m), the highest point in Africa. After getting at the summit, the weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend celebrating, and taking photographs, before the 3 hours descent back to Kibo Hut for a short rest, then proceed ascending to Horombo Hut where you will overnight. The ascent to Horombo Hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around almost 14 hours. After reaching the camp, later in the afternoon, you will enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and well- earned sleep.

    Distance: 22 km

    Hiking Time: 10-13 hours

    Habitat: Arctic

  • 7
    Day 7: Horombo (3720 m) - Marangu Gate (1980 m)

    After a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will prepare for you a big celebration of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guides, cook, and porters. After the celebration, you will descent for about 6 hours back to Marangu gate (1980m). The trek down from Horombo to Marangu Gate takes about 6-8 hours. At the gate you will be required to sign your names to receive your victorious certificates. The car will be there waiting to take you back to Arusha for long overdue shower, dinner and more celebration.

    Distance: 20 km

    Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

    Habitat: Rain Forest