6 Days Rongai Route -Climb Kilimanjaro

6 Days


    Starting near the Kenyan border, the Rongai Route is the only approach that starts from the north of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is considered one of the easier routes with a gradual climb to the summit.

    A remote alternative to the crowded Marangu

    While Rongai takes a minimum of six days, a seven-day itinerary is recommended as one day should be spent for acclimatization. The scenic diversity is not as great as the western routes, but Rongai is the only route in which you get to experience African wildlife during the early stages of your climb.

    Combines African wildlife with exotic treks

    The Rongai route starts at a fair distance from from Moshi, making this route more expensive, as transportation costs to and from Moshi must also be included. The route takes you past pristine rainforests and African wilderness, and despite feeling drier, it’s actually quite scenic and beautiful. Just don’t make the mistake of comparing the scenery to the western routes.


      After reaching Marangu Gate and completing registration, you have to navigate 70 kms of poor roads to get to the Rongai Start Point (1950 meters). The trek starts at the Nale Moru village and crosses beautiful maize fields before entering a dense rainforest. The wildlife on display is spectacular and the trail up to Simba Camp is quite easy.

      The hike continues through rainforests for a few more hours before you finally see the surrounding vegetation change to grass and shrubs as the rainforest zone gives way to low alpine moorlands. You head east towards Kikelewa Camp (3600 meters) for dinner and stay.

      Day three forces you to take a short, but extremely steep climb up to Mawenzi Tarn. Located at a height of 4300 meters, this hidden oasis offers stunning views of the Mawenzi Peak.

      Having spent most of last afternoon acclimatizing to your surroundings, you’re ready to proceed to the next part of your journey. Day four feels long as you gradually head west through a saddle formed between the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks all the way up to Kibo Hut. The route is rather inhospitable, but it offers magnificent views of Kibo.

      Once you enter the high alpine and glacial zones, you know that you’re close to the summit. Day five begins at the stroke of midnight as you make your way to Hans Meyer Cave (5150 meters). After a short break, you traverse past winding paths and reach Gilman’s Point (5681 meters). In this very moment, you’re standing on Kibo’s crater rim. Another 200-meter ascent is all it takes to get to Uhuru Peak, home to the most stunning sight in all of Africa.

      Having witnessed nature at its magnificent best, you must now descend all the way back to Marangu Gate. Use trekking poles to assist you and don’t forget to collect your green or gold certificates (green for trekkers who stopped at Gilman’s Point, gold for the ones who made it to Uhuru Peak).

      Enjoy an early breakfast before pick up from the hotel transfer to airport for departure.

      Pick up Drop off at Kilimanjaro Airport

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      6 Days Rongai Route -Climb Kilimanjaro
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