Mount Kilimanjaro Hike Overview

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It has three volcanic cones; Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain above sea level in the world; standing at a height of 5,895 metres. It is the highest volcano in Africa and the Eastern Hemisphere.

Kilimanjaro is the fourth most topographically prominent peak on Earth. It is part of Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major hiking and climbing destination. Because of its shrinking glaciers and ice fields, which are projected to disappear between 2025 and 2035, it has been the subject of many scientific studies.

Rongai Route

The Rongai Route is the only route that approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the north, near the Kenyan border. The Rongai route has low crowds and passes through remote wilderness areas. It is probably the only route where seeing wildlife in the first days is possible.

Mount Kilimanjaro Hike

Mt. Kilimanjaro Trekking Highlights

7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Rongai Route Itinerary

Day 1: Moshi – Nale Moru Gate – Simba Camp

After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Moshi and driven to the Nale Moru gate. At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you are registering with the Tanzania National Park. You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest. During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. Also, be on the lookout for wildlife, including Colobus monkeys. About halfway up the trail, you will have a lunch break and you will reach the Mandara Huts in the late afternoon or early evening. The porters and chefs who move very fast up the mountain will reach camp before you and set up your tents, boil drinking water, and prepare snacks for your arrival. After washing up, a hot dinner will be served followed by overnight.

Meal Plan: [ Breakfast, Lunch & Diner ]

Day 2: Simba Camp – Second Caves Camp

Late Breakfast, enjoy the morning at Simba camp proceed with the hiking very slowly acclimatizing your body until you reach Second cave (3450M ) for hot lunch. Relax in the afternoon at the second cave with dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: [ Breakfast, Lunch & Diner ]

Day 3: Second Caves Camp – Kikelewa Caves Camp

After breakfast then continues up towards Kibo, reaching Kikelewa Cave at about 3600 meters. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain. Water is in the obvious stream below the caves, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves).

Meal Plan: [ Breakfast, Lunch & Diner ]

Day 4: Kikelewa Caves Camp – Mawenzi Tarn Camp

On this day, we will enjoy a short, yet steep trail to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m). In the moorland, you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundsel. At camp, we will enjoy spectacular views and allow their bodies to acclimate. Hot dinner and washing water will be prepared for hikers as they enjoy the magnificent sunset.

Meal Plan: [ Breakfast, Lunch & Diner ]

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Camp – Kibo Hut

After breakfast, we will continue ascending east for a half-day hike to Kibo Hut. Kibo is located in the “Saddle,” which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo in an alpine desert. There is no water at this camp, but hikers can buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night.

Meal Plan: [ Breakfast, Lunch & Diner ]

Day 6: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

Your guide will wake you up around 00:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). You continue your ascent to Gillman’s point (5681m).

Reaching this section is an impressive achievement as the trail is steep, rocky, and at high altitudes. Gillman’s is located on the crater rim. From this point, you will usually experience a snow-covered trail until you reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m).

Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Kibo Hut takes about 3 hours.

At Kibo Hut, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Horombo Hut (3720m). You will have dinner, wash, and rest soundly at the hut after a strenuous day.

Meal Plan: [ Breakfast, Lunch & Diner ]

Day 7: Horombo Hut – Moshi

Following a well-deserved breakfast, the staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. After celebrating, you will descend for 6 hours back to Marangu Gate (1980m). The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Gillman’s Point (5681m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Moshi for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

Meal Plan: [ Breakfast & Lunch ]