7 Days Rongai Route Trekking

Rongai route ascends Mount Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. The rongai route retains a sense of unspoiled wilderness.


The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north. Rongai route is truly one of the more remote and wild trails on the entire mountain. Despite that however, this route offers trekkers plenty of advantages, making it a very appealing option for those looking for a unique experience on Africa’s tallest peak.

Due to its remote nature, the Rongai Route is among the least visited of all of the trails on Mount Kilimanjaro. Those who choose this path will experience peace and quiet for much of the trek, encountering few other climbers prior to reaching the Kibo Camp, at which point the trail merges with the Marangu Route for the final push to the summit.

Before that happens however, travelers will often have the path completely to themselves for hours or even days at a time, making this a good choice for those looking for solitude in a unique wilderness setting

Tour Plan

Day 1: Rongai Gate to Simba Camp

6,398 ft to 9,300 ft, 5 miles, approx. 4 hours

After breakfast in your hotel you will be given an overall briefing from your guide. At 9am you will be met by the rest of our guides and porters and then we will drive you to the Kilimanjaro National Park. While officially registering for your climb at Marangu Park Gate, our staff will do a final cross-check of equipment and supplies and pack the vehicles. After the registration you will be shuttled a further 70 kilometers on poor roads to the Rongai Start Point at 1.950 meters. The trek begins from Nale Moru village and follows a gradual and winding trail that first crosses maize and potato fields before entering the rainforest which is occupied by various wildlife. After 4-5 hours trekking, you will be welcomed with boiled washing water and some snacks before dinner is served in the mess-tent.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 2: Simba Camp to 2nd Cave Camp

    9,300 ft to 11,300 ft, 4 miles, approx. 3-4 hours

    You will be woken up after your first night on the mountain with a nice cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate at 06:30am in your tent. After breakfast you start your climb on a trail continuing up towards Kibo. For most of the day you will be walking up slopes flanked with heather and erica with a nice view on the twin peaks of Kilimanjaro – Mawenzi and Kibo and your first glimpse of the ice fields on the Eastern crater rim. Once we approach second cave our cook will welcome you in the camp with boiled drinking water and hot washing water. You can put your feet up with some snacks and a hot lunch. After lunch, there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the spirit of the camp and to take pictures.

    Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 3: 2nd Camp to Kikelewa Camp

    11,300 ft to 11,811 ft, 4 miles, approx. 3-4 hours

    From Second Cave the path takes an abrupt south-easterly turn directly towards the jagged peak of Mawenzi. Traversing open moorland you stumble into Kikelewa Camp, situated by a couple of caves by the Kikelewa River with giant groundsels and lobelias flourishing nearby. The views start to open up and from Kikelewa Camp and you will see for yourself how huge Mt. Kilimanjaro is

    Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 4: Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Hut

      11,811 ft to 14,160 ft, 3 miles, 4 hours

      Though this stage to Mawenzi Tarn is relatively short at less than 4-5km and it is usually completed in the morning. The climb is also steep as you gain 660m, the path shedding the moorland vegetation as it climbs steadily. The Mawenzi Tarn Hut is situated in one of the most spectacular settings, in a cirque beneath the jagged teeth of Mawenzi. In the afternoon we offer you another walk up the ridge in the west for better acclimatization. If you are lucky and the sky is clear, you will enjoy fantastic views of Kibo.

      Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Hut to Kibo hut

      14,160 ft to 15,430 ft, 5 miles, 5-6 hours

      This lovely day begins with a slight retracing of your steps before you strike out west-wards, crossing the ridge and dropping down the slope to tiptoe along the beautiful barren Saddle’s northern edge. With views like screensavers to east and west, this day is the most favoured day on the mountain. Our destination for today will be Kibo Campsite, which offers you again a spectacular view on the Kibo.

      We will arrive at the camp very early and you get served hot lunch. In the afternoon our guides will give you a final briefing to prepare you for the summit day. Time to relax, to cross check and prepare your equipment and clothing. Dinner will be served very early to give you ample time to rest and sleep. Good food, lots of water and sleep are the keys for a successful summit. We advise you to be to bed before 7pm to be rested for your wake up hot drink at 11:30pm.

      Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Mountain Huts

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

        Day 6: Kibo Hut to Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hutp

        15,430 ft to 19,341 ft to 12,205 ft, 4 miles ascent, 10 miles descent, 6-8 hours ascent, 4-5 hours descent

        The wake-up tea will be served at 11:30pm with the departure at midnight. After a hot drink and some biscuits we will start the challenge for the summit. Our initial 6 hour climb begins in the dark with only our headlamps and guides to show us the way. Just remember the golden rule ‘pole, pole’, which means slowly, slowly. There are a number of landmarks on the way: William’s Point at 5.131m, Hans Meyer Cave at 5.259m that act as milestones break up the journey and provides you with some measure of your progress.

        At Gilman’s Point (5.681m) you will see what might be the most magnify-cent sunrise in your life so far. After taking some pictures at the sign and enjoying a fantastic view of Mawenzi, we continue our climb on a part of the Marangu Route for 1-2 more hours to reach your ultimate goal – the summit – the highest peak of Africa – Uhuru Peak at 5.985m. Congratulations! You are now standing on ‘the roof of Africa’.Our guides will take pictures of you and post it on Facebook for your family and friends at home.

        After a few minutes spent at the summit, due to the altitude and the cold, it is important to start our descent. After the descent the rest of our team will congratulate you and welcome you with a hot lunch at Kibo Camp. You will have the chance for a break before we start the next descent to Horombo Hut. After this long day, you can enjoy your dinner and your last night on the mountain.

        Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

        Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

          Day 7: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

          12,205 ft to 6,046 ft, 12 miles, 5-7 hours

          Once again you will be woken for your final celebratory break-fast where our team will thank and con-gratulate you in their unique, special way! This is also the opportunity for you to say thank you for their support and encouragement and show your appreciation by giving a tip. We continue our descent by passing Mandara Hut down to Marangu Gate. There you will get the chance to have a celebratory beer while the equipment is loaded in the van and then it is off to a restaurant in Moshi for lunch where you will be presented with your certificate of achievement. After lunch you will dropped off at your hotel, where you can relax under a long, well deserved hot shower.

          Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

          Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

            Tour Price Will Include
            Tour Price will not include
            • Arrival and departure transfers from, to “JRO”
            • Accommodation in the mountain and hotel 2 nights
            • Meals
            • All parks fees, mountain rescue fee, government taxes
            • Services for crew team and salary
            • Tent highest quality tent Eureka or Mountain hard ware
            • Transport to and from mountain
            • Emergency oxygen cylinder
            • Mattress
            • Items of personal nature such as passport, visa, travelers etc.
            • Tips for the crew
            • Medical equipment as hyperbaric chamber
            • Portable toilets: available for renting 110 USD/trip
            • Note Over weight, extra luggage will require an extra porter, at a rate of 11 USD per bag per day
            • Massage we may arrange for 40 USD per person

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            Our classic tariff is an ideal combination of price and quality. We have selected comfortable lodges right in savannah centers for an unforgettable experience. Each lodge offers a cozy room with breathtaking scenery and all the necessities, including Wi-Fi. Chef-inspired meals, prepared with fresh ingredients are sure to please both vegetarians and meat-lovers.

            Our professional tour guides will tell you all about the wild world of Africa and lead you to some of the rarest animals on the continent


            Dates & Prices

            As this suggested itinerary can be personalized to your specific requirements. Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low-season to peak-season travel.

            Please call Enjolet Africa Safari at +255 764 947 126, and send us a booking inquiry to book this tour.

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