Rongai Route is the only route that approaches the mountain from the north side of the Kenya border. The route has almost the same ascending profile as the Marangu route Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking – Rongai Route – 6 Days allow you to hit the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro comfortably.
Duration: 6 Days
Destinations: Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking – Rongai Route – 6 Days
Major Attractions: Vegetation zones, Wildlife, Mt Kilimanjaro
Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi/ Marangu, which is a beautiful place located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Our Mountain Guide will gather for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check.
Overnight and Dinner at Arusha, Moshi / Marangu:
Day 1: Nale Muru Gate – Simba Camp: | Rainforest
Elevation: 1996m/6552ft to 2625m/8645ft
Altitude gained: 638meters (20,66ft)
After an early breakfast in Moshi / Marangu, you will drive to the Rongai -Nalemoru) Gate near the Kenya border. We begin our climb on this unspoiled wilderness route. The walk then starts to climb consistently, but gently through an attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. [3-4 hours walking]
Day 2: Simba Camp – Kikelewa Camp: | Moorland Zone
Elevation: 2,626m/8,615ft to 3675m/12057ft
Altitude gained: 1057meter
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m.) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our “Upper Kikelelwa” campsite is on a small plateau above a sheltered valley with giant scenarios past Kikelelwa Caves [7-8 hours walking]
Day 3: Kikelewa Camp – Mawenzi Turn: | Semi Desert
Elevation: 3675m/12057ft to 4302m/14114ft
Altitude gained: 627m
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all-around views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at “Mawenzi” (4,300 m.), spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. [3-4 hours walking]
Day 4: Mawenzi Turn – Kibo Hut: | Alpine Desert
Elevation: 4302m/14,114ft to 4714m/15,466ft
Altitude gained: 412m
Cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent on Summit Night. [5-6 hours walking]
Day 5: Kibo Huts – Summit: up – Horombo Huts: down | Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit
Elevation: 4302m/14,114ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 721m
Descent to 3721m/12,208ft
Altitude lost: 2174m
We will start the final and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m.) We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo Hut is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo [11-15 hours of walking].
Day 6: Horombo Huts – Marangu Gate: |Rainforest
Elevation: 3721m/12,208 to 1905m/6250ft
Altitude lost: 1816m
A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We then continue descending through the lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m.). [5-6 hours of walking].
Accommodation at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort or similar :
• Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees
• Hotel before and after the climb,
• Transfer to the starting point and return after your climb
• Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
• All Park gate fees, camping fees.
• Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees
• Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
• Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
• Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters, and cook
• Salaries for the mountain crew.
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
• Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs, tables & sleeping mattress
• Water for washing up daily
• Porter to carry your duffel bag (max weight 15kg / 32 lbs)
• Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt
• Chemical Portable toilet
• Flying Doctor Service
• Flights and airport taxes
• Items of a personal nature
• Compulsory tips for guides, porters, and cook
• Health requirements (Yellow Fever compulsory if traveling to Tanzania recommended)
• Highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
• Personal hiking/trekking gear – we can rent some of the gear from our equipment store in Tanzania
• Snacks, personal medicine.
• Meals & drinks not specified and snacks.
Success is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies, supplement summit oxygen and Pulse Oximeters)
all customers traveling with Kilipeak Adventure are required to have fully comprehensive travel insurance.
The policy needs to be valid from the date that the initial order is placed so as to provide cover for a cancellation prior to departure.
During travel, the insurance needs to provide comprehensive medical, evacuation, and repatriation cover.