Rongai Route 6 Days

6 days
Kilimanjaro Rongai

Rongai route ascents Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.

Rongai route’s premier advantage is that it is one of the quietest routes on the mountain. A disadvantage is the long travel time to the starting point of the route. The route also becomes busier when it connects with the Marangu route just before reaching Kibo hut.
Rongai route descends along the Marangu route as well, however you still sleep in tents, and do not use huts of the Marangu route.

Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Depart from Moshi or Arusha for Rongai Gate.

  • Pick-up on the arrival date destination Kilimanjaro Airport to the hotel in Moshi Keys Lodge check in for BB only valid for the night before and after the climb
  • Park entrance fees, camping fees, rescue fees support crew fees
  • Salaries for support crew, cook and guides
  • Dining tent, chairs and table
  • Three meals a day while on the mountain
  • Transfer from the hotel to the starting gate before your climb and after the climb transfer back to Keys Lodge in Moshi.
  • Emergency oxygen cylinder
  • Sleeping tent in sharing maximum 2 people in one tent with enough space

  • Tipping for support crew, cook and guides
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare for international and local destination if any
  • Climbing gear as mentioned on our list on the website

Things You Need to Know Before Climbing Kilimanjaro

Interested in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? Wondering what it is like to be on Africa’s highest peak? Here are important things you need to know before booking your Kilimanjaro Trekking.

  • Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb. It’s a hike.
  • Africa may be warm, but the mountain is cold.
  • A support team handles all the heavy lifting.
  • You will eat well on the mountain.
  • You don’t poop on the ground, but in a toilet.
  • There is no wifi and no electricity, and that’s a good thing.
  • Expect to be on the mountain for at least seven days.
  • Summit night is tough, but you can do it.
  • It’s going to cost some money.
  • Getting to Mount Kilimanjaro is fairly easy.
  • Acute Mountain Sickness is dangerous.
Day 1 Rongai Gate - First Cave Camp

After an early breakfast in your Hotel in Moshi or Arusha drive about 3 hours from Moshi and Arusha 4hours to the Rongai Gate near Kenya border. After registration at the entrance gate your hiking will begin through forests where you may see or hear wildlife. You lunch will be save on the way up before reaching destination of the day. The rongai route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the Rongai Gate (1,800m/5,900ft) to First Cave Camp (2,600m/8,400ft); Elevation Gain: 760 meters, 2,000 feet; Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours. Dinner overnight Simba Camp (first Cave)

Day 2 First Cave Camp - Kikelewa Camp

First Cave Camp (2,600m/8,400ft) to Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft); Elevation Gain: 1,000 meters, 3,280 feet; hiking time: 4 – 6 hours;
After Breakfast Walk through giant heathers and moor lands to Campsite at Kikelewa campsite - near Kikelewa Cave (5-6h, 3650m) 11862Ft) this is relatively short day during the hike you have a great view of Mwawenzi in the blue sky day dinner overnight.

Day 3 Kikelewa Camp - Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft) to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft); Elevation Gain: 730 meters, 2,390 feet; hiking time: 4 – 6 hours. Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours.
This is leisure day with more acclimatization activities in the morning and late noon day starts with a morning hike followed by a rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. Mawenzi Tarn campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo. Dinner overnight.

Day 4 Mawenzi Tarn Camp - Kibo Camp

Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft) to Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft); Elevation Gain: 420 meters/1380 feet; Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours.
This is a fairly gradual walk as it mainly follows the saddle, and it is also possible to go from Mawenzi Tarn hut to school hut 4750Mt across the lunar landscape of the saddle to the final destination( 15438Ft) and from there to Uhuru peak, Gain the Saddle and walk across this desert of screen to a camp not far from Kibo hut (3-4h, 4730m). Dinner overnight.

Day 5 Kibo Camp - Uhuru Peak - Horombo Hut

School hut or Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft); Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, 3,760 feet; Elevation Loss:
2,175 meters, 7,140 feet; Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1.5 hours to Uhuru, 4 hours to Kibo, 4 hours to Horombo. At midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Hike by the light of your flashlight for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman's Point.
The hike from Gilman's to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. From crater rim it takes about two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, capture picture for memory of your life time at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.
Distance: 5Km Down to Kibo from the summit, 10km down to Horombo hut. Total 15Km.
Time: 3hrs down to Kibo hut down, Horombo Hut 3-4 hrs while you are increase Oxygen dinner overnight Horombo Hut.

Day 6 _ Horombo Hut - Marangu Gate

Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft); Elevation Loss: 1,920 meters, 6,295 feet; hiking time: 6 – 8 hours.
This is by easiest day as it is downhill and the oxygen supply increase as you go down, you will reach Mandara Hut at about lunch time where your hot lunch will be save after lunch at Mandara hut complete your descent to Marangu Gate where the driver will pick you –up at the park gate to the hotel in Moshi or Arusha (B&B).
Distance: 20Km
Time: 5-6hrs.

End of your life time experience


  1. Charlotte
    Reino Unido - 23 Jul 2018 / Reply

    If anyone is thinking to go to Tanzania and climb Kilimanjaro they should not hesitate to book their Kilimanjaro climb with Amazing Usambara Trekking! Ronaldo, the owner, knows everything about the mountain. He gives a reasonable price and doesn't pressure you, he wants you to make the right choice for you. Very professional team that took fantastic care of us on the mountain and enabled us to reach our goal of getting to the very top! We had the best two guides, Lodrick and Danson The best chef, Jeff the chef! The best waiter/ photographer Issac! And last but not least a fantastic team of 7 porters without whom non of it would have been possible. It really did exceed all of our expectations! We now feel like we have a family here in Tanzania!

  2. Simon Wong
    Canada - 15 Mar 2019 / Reply

    Amazing Usambara Trekking went above and beyond on our trek. They were able to accommodate our every need and more! Our guides Ferdinand and Gideon along with the team of porters took care of us and helped push us to make it to the top. Ronaldo helped plan our trip and provided us with all the information we needed making preparations super easy! They exceeded our expectations and we are very happy to have booked with Amazing Usambara Trekking.


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