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The Rongai Route is the only route on the north-eastern part of the mountain. This is gaining in popularity because it is the second easiest after Marangu and it has amazing wilderness conditions. The Rongai Route is recommended for climbers who want to avoid the huge numbers of climbers on other routes, the Rongai is one of the least traveled routes up the mountain. A less steep, less crowded, and drier route due to its north-facing, can be achieved in 6 days. The Rongai Route is only used to climb up the mountain and the final stage joins up with the Marangu Route. This route has lots of caves, which are partly used as overnight accommodations.


  • Rongai Route

What you will do

Day 1
ARUSHA – RONGAI GATE TO SIMBA CAMP Picked up from your Arusha or Moshi hotel after breakfast and make your way to the Marangu Gate for the formalities of climber registration. You’ll be transferred overland to the Rongai Gate, which is located roughly 2.5 hours drive away. Begin your hike from the village of Nale Moru, hiking through gently swaying fields of corn before entering a shady pine forest. Today’s hiking is a gentle ascent through some breathtaking country before you settle down for the evening at Simba Camp.
Day 2
SIMBA CAMP TO 2nd CAVE CAMP Today is a more relaxed day, as you’ll acclimatize to life on the mountain with a pleasant day’s hike towards 2nd cave camp. You’ll arrive in the time for a hot lunch and have the afternoon to get some rest.
Day 3
2nd CAVE CAMP TO KIKELEWA CAMP It is another short day of hiking today, as it takes 3 – 4 hours for you to reach your goal at Kikelewa Camp. You’ll really start to appreciate just how high you are up here, as the stars unfold overhead and the Tanzanian landscape unfurls below.
Day 4
KIKELEWA CAVE TO MAWENZI TARN CAMP Today’s hike is short but steep, taking you from 3,600m to kikelewa to 4,330 at Mawenzi Tarn Camp. Your landscape today is one of scrubby alpine moorland dotted with plants you’ll have seen nowhere else in Tanzania. Mawenzi Tarn boasts a spectacular view and ominous towers of stone, making for a unique camping experience.
Day 5
MAWENZI TARN CAMP – KIBO HUT You’ll hike for 4 – 5 hours today Kibo Hut in the Kibo Saddle between the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Today’s hiking takes you through the true alpine desert – a place of stark beauty. You’ll overnight at Kibo Hut ahead of your summit attempt.
Day 6
KIBO HUT – UHURU PEAK TO HOROMBO HUT You’re starting your day early today – just after midnight, in fact! Your climbing team will wake you with a cup of tea and a light snack for energy as you get dressed and prepare your daypack for the adventure ahead. You’ll be hiking in utter darkness for the next 5- 7 hours, so take it slow and you’ll arrive at Stella Point a few hours before dawn. From here, there are another two hours of intense hiking before you reach your ultimate goal; Uhuru Peak. Standing at 5,985m, you’ll be able to experience spectacular sunrise and take in the panoramic view. You’ve done it! You’ll then descent back to Horombo Hut via Kibo Hut. At anywhere between 12 and 16 hours of hiking, this is sure to be one of the longest, most grueling days of your life!
Day 7
HOROMBO HUT – MARANGU GATE TO MOSHI It’s a day of celebration today, as you’ll enjoy one last breakfast on the mountain before the descent to the Marangu Gate. It’s an almost 20km walk today, but the steady downhill makes it a lot easier than the ascent. Upon arrival at the gate, you’ll get to celebrate with your porters and guides, provide them with their hard work and collect your certificate of completion.


  • Park fees, camping fees and rescue fees.
  • 18% VAT on tour fees and service.
  • Transportation to and from the mountain gate.
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters.
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain.
  • Filtered water throughout the trek.
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators. (KIATO)
  • Transfer
  • Camping Tent and Mattress.
  • Park fees
  • Professional English-speaking safari guide and cook
  • Flights.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Visa and passport fees.
  • Increases in the park fees wherever applicable.
  • Tips to mountain crew.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Laundry services.
  • A doctor for the group
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • A portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra. (70 per toilet + toilet tent)


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