7-Day Rongai Route

7-Day Rongai Route


Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu, and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

Day by Day Itinerary for

7-Day Rongai Route


Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, after clearing with immigration, meet outside with your
driver and transfer to the hotel located in Moshi town overnight.


Breakfast and check out, your driver will pick you up from the hotel at 10 am and transfer you to the starting point Nalemoru gate via the Marangu gate to begin your trek. You will start climbing the mountain from the Nalemoru gate to Simba camp (2600mts) which is a 3 to 4-hour walk through the pine forest and moorland zone. You will enjoy a hot dinner and overnight stay at SIMBA CAMPSITE.


Early in the morning, we leave for Kikelelwa camp (3675mts) via 2nd Cave camp (3450mts) which is a 6 to 7 hours walk through moorland with superb views of Mawenzi.
Hot dinner and overnight at KIKELELWA CAMPSITE


After breakfast, you leave Kikelelwa camp for Mawenzi Tarn Campsite (4330mts) which is a 3 to 4 hours walk with superb views of Kibo through heath and alpine desert vegetation. Dinner and overnight at MAWENZI TARN CAMPSITE.


After breakfast, you will walk to the Mawenzi Ridge (4390mts) for acclimatization with motivating views of Kibo and mawenzi. After some rest, we will return to Mawenzi Tarn Campsite for hot lunch. You will have a hot dinner and overnight stay at MAWENZI TARN CAMPSITE.


You will leave for another 5 to 6 hours walk to Kibo hut (4700mts) by climbing gradually across the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. Tonight, you will have dinner and an overnight stay at KIBO CAMPSITE.


This is the day you have been waiting for!
With an early start around 1:00a.m, you will leave Kibo hut for Gilman’s Point (5681mts). This will be a 5 hour's walk on the crater’s rim. You will arrive at a sunrise view over Kilimanjaro.
Just another one and half hour walk to Uhuru Peak – The highest point in Africa at (5869mts).
After a short rest and photographs, you will descend to Horombo hut via Kibo Hut over a 4 to 7-hour walk. You will have your dinner and overnight stay at HOROMBO CAMPSITE.


On your final day on the mountain, you’ll have an early breakfast and then descend 5 to 6 hours to the park gate. A driver will transfer you to your base hotel in Moshi for dinner and an overnight stay. Dinner and overnight stay in MOSHI.

DAY 9:

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport,



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