6 Days Rongai Route – Climb Kilimanjaro

6 Days
    • Arusha / Moshi
    • Camping
    • Professional guides and porters
    • Tour may be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Between January and March the temperatures are mild, the weather in the morning and afternoon is nice and the visibility of the mountain is particularly good
    • Let's view Tanzania


    The Rongai Route is one of the simpler routes that gradually approaches the summit and starts in the north of Kilimanjaro near the Kenyan border. Before that, the way to register is at Marangu Gate. This route is used only for ascent, the Marangu route for descent which offers an additional variety. Even if the landscape on this route is not as impressive as on others, you hike through pristine rainforests and you have the possibility to enjoy African wildlife here. There are only a few hikers on this route, only from the Kibo Camp does the route mix with the Marangu Route. The paths are easy to walk and very dry, because the north side of Kilimanjaro generally has less rainfall, which makes the route a good alternative even in the rainy season.

    Due to the fact that the Rongai route is a moderate route, it is especially recommended for those with less experience in hiking. Nevertheless, this route should not be underestimated and requires sure-footedness and fitness. The tour can be done in 6 or 7 days, whereby the 7 day route offers a maximum time for acclimatization.

    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.

      Best Time To Travel

      • Between January and March the temperatures are mild, the weather in the morning and afternoon is nice and the visibility of the mountain is particularly good
      • In June and July the sky is clear and the nights are cold
      • August, September and October are the warmest months to climb Kilimanjaro
      • Rainy season: Late March to mid-May and November and December. There is snow in the higher elevations


      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.

      Is Rongai Route the easiest route up Kilimanjaro?

      The Rongai route is considered to be the easiest route up Mount Kilimanjaro. The trek is both gradual and steady. However, the Rongai Route does not have a great climb high sleep low profile which makes it arguably more difficult than the Machame or Lemosho routes.

      The 7 day trek option is highly recommended as it allows for better acclimatization. No technical climbing is required however level of fitness is required.

        What is the distance of the Rongai Route and how many days does it take?

        The exact trekking distance for the Rongai Route is 79km or 49 miles. The shortest number of days required for Rongai Route is 6 days, but by the time you have added on arrival and departure days it is 9 or 10. However, as it’s considered the easiest route on the mountain it is actually best done over 7 days to increase your changes of success.

          How Hard is it to Climb Kilimanjaro on the Rongai Route?

          The Rongai route is considered a moderate route. The elevation gain is gradual and not strenuous. However, because it is one of Kilimanjaro’s shorter routes, some climbers may succumb to altitude sickness due to its less than ideal route profile.

            When is the best time to Trek Rongai Route Route Route?

            July-September are the best months to climb Kilimanjaro as the weather is most stable during this period and encountering rain is less likely. That said, since it is close to the equator it is possible to climb the mountain at any time of the year.

            April and May is the rainy season so this period is best avoided. Because Rongai Route is on the northern side of Kilimanjaro is in a rain shadow, the month of May and November are a good time to do the trek as well.

              How Much Does it Cost to Climb Kilimanjaro on the Rongai Route?

              The cost to climb the Rongai route depends on the number of days. Our current pricing for a group climb on the 7 day Rongai route is $2,500 per person.


                • Transport from and to your hotel/residence or Airport/seaport
                • First night in Moshi
                • Private English-speaking Professional mountain guides
                • Guides, Porters, cook salaries
                • All park fees
                • Rescue fees
                • All meals while on the mountain incl. filtered Water, tea & coffee
                • Government taxes, VAT and All relating service charges
                • First Aid Kit & summit Oxygen
                • Hot Water for washing
                • Sleeping tent
                • Mess tent
                • Table and chairs
                • Sleeping form mattress
                • Emergency evacuation by Flying doctor


                • International/national flights and visa fees
                • Tips for guides and support staff
                • Sleeping bag, mat and personal items for the hike (please have a look at our packing list). Almost all equipment is available to rent from our team in Tanzania if required.
                • Bath towels
                • Private portable toilet and privacy tent
                • Personal expenses (airport taxes, Internet, soft
                • and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry etc.)
                • Government-imposed increase in taxes and/or park entrance fees
                • Anything else not mentioned in the inclusions

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                  6 Days Rongai Route – Climb Kilimanjaro
                  10% Off
                  From $2000 $1800
                  / Adult
                  • Arusha / Moshi
                  • Camping
                  • Professional guides and porters
                  • Tour may be operated by a multi-lingual guide
                  • Between January and March the temperatures are mild, the weather in the morning and afternoon is nice and the visibility of the mountain is particularly good
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