Climbing Kilimanjaro on the Rongai Route - Climbing Mount Tanzania

Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience. Rongai route has excellent success rates

Rongai route on mt. Kilimanjaro, Rongai route info, climbing and hiking guide, maps via the first Cave, third Cave, Mawenzi Tarn, Kibo, Horombo hut camps.Climb Africa's highest mountain via the beautiful Rongai Route, the least demanding and less crowded alternative

Climbing Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

Duration: 6 or 7 days

Length: 70 kilometers / 43 miles round trip

Rongai is a beautiful route that is a great alternative. Rongai is less difficult than Machame but offers spectacular views. The Rongai Route starts closer to the Kenyan side of the mountain and eventually joins up with the Marangu Route for the summit attempt. On this route, the sleeping and eating accommodation is in tents that are set up and takendown by the porters, at each camp. -It has been Rates the 5 star Route.......

DAY 1:

Board Riverside shuttle bus or Impalla shuttle bus from Nairobi airport or city centre at 0800 hrs and proceed to Arusha arriving at 1300hrs. Depart for Moshi at 1400hrs arriving at 1530hrs. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Moshi or (Pick up from Kilimanajaro airport and transfer to hotel in Moshi)

Day 2 - Nalemoru (1950 m/6400 ft) - First Cave Campsite (2650 m/8700 ft)

Walking distance: 6.5 km/4 miles

Walking time: 3-4 hours

Altitude gain: 700 m/2300 ft

Day 3 - First Cave Campsite - Kikelewa Caves (3600 m/11810 ft)

Walking distance: 9 km/5.6 miles

Walking time: 6-7 hours

Altitude gain: 950 m/3110 ft

Day 4 - Kikelewa Caves - Mawenzi Tarn (4330 m/14210 ft)

Walking distance: 6 km/3.7 miles

Walking time: 3-4 hours

Altitude gain: 730 m/2400 ft

Afternoon acclimatization walk to about 4500 m/14760 ft

Day 5 - Mawenzi Tarn - Kibo Huts (4700 m/15420 ft)

Walking distance: 9 km/5.6 miles

Walking time: 4-5 hours

Altitude gain: 370 m/1215 ft

Day 6 - Summit attempt via Gilman's Point (5700 m/18700 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5895 m/19340 ft) and descent to Horombo Huts (3700 m/12200 ft)

Walking distance: 5 km/3.1 miles ascent + 15 km/9.3 miles descent

Walking time: 5-6 hrs + 1-2 hours up, 5-6 hours down (the overall walking time may vary from 10 - 16 hours)

Altitude gain: 1000 m/ 3280 ft (Gilman's Point) or 1195 m/3920 ft (Uhuru Peak)

Descent: 2195 m/7200 ft

Day 8 - Horombo Huts - Marangu Gate-Keys Hotel

Walking distance: 20 km/12.5 miles

Walking time: 5 hours

Descent: 1840 m/6040 ft

Day 7: Board shuttle bus Moshi to Nairobi or start a Tanzania safari

Price US$1350 per person:

Included in the price:

  • Guarantee price/guarantee trek on confirmation
  • Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
  • Full board accommodation whilst on the trek. Meal plan as detailed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
  • Accommodations in camps/huts as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes
  • Service of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook
  • Start and finish Nairobi
  • Treated water on the trek.
  • On completion, successful climb Certificate


  • Laundry, sleeping bags, beverages/Drinks, accommodation before the trek and climbing gears
  • International flights
  • Visas to Kenya
  • Items of personal nature
  • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

All prices are per person
Group size 2 pax 4 pax 6 pax
Price $ $ $


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