7 Days Climb Via Rongai Route.

Information Background

The Rongai route begins on the northern side of the mountain and is the least travelled route. It is a long drive to the starting point but you are rewarded by fantastic views and the likelihood that you will be the only climbers around. If you take this route up the mountain you are obliged to descend via the Marangu Route that is the most popular and well-used route.

Day 1:Kilimanjaro-Hotel

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, pick up and transferred to the Springlands Hotel or similar for overnight bed and breakfast.


Day 2:Rongai-Simba Campsite

After breakfast from Springlands Hotel, you will meet your guides and porters and prepare your equipment before departing to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of NaleMoru (1,950m) on a small path that winds through crop fields before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains, the walk takes 3 – 4 hours. Overnight 1st Cave or Simba Campsite. 


Day 3:Simba Campsite-Caves Campsite

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves (3,600m).  Dinner and overnight at 2nd Caves Campsite.  6 – 7 hours walking.


Day 4:Caves Camp-Mawenzi Hut

Today is an acclimatisation day. Morning at leisure, striking out around noon, leaving the main trail and walking across the moorland on a smaller path toward the jagged peaks of Mawenzi.Then onto the campsite at 3rd Caves OR Mawenzi Tarn Hut for dinner and overnight. Walking distance about 6 kms today – 4 – 5 hours walking.


Day 5:Mawenzi turn Hut

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m.), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatisation.  Overnight at Mawenzi Turn Hut Campsite. [3-4 hours walking]


Day 6:Mawenzi-Kibo campsite

Cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night at Kibo Huts. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Camp, and midnight start the ascent to Summit. 

[4-5 hours walking]


Day 7:Kibo Camp-Horombo Campsite

We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 01h00. We walk very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s point (5,685m). We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru peak (5,896m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700m) is surprisingly fast and after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo ((3,720m). Walking time 11 – 15 hours.Dinner and overnight at Horombo Campsite.


Day 8:Mandara Hut-Hotel

A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m), the first stopping place on the Marangu route. We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park Gate at Marangu (1,830m). Walking time 6 – 7 hours.  You will then be transferred to Springlands Hotel to overnight on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day9: After an early breakfast, Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home/Nairobi.


Rates include

  • Transportation in a custom safari minibus with pop-up roof ideal for game viewing and sightseeing.
  • Services of a professional English/French speaking driver/guide
  • Full board accommodation in the lodge/tented camp as mentioned
  • Bottled water for use during the safari
  • Park entrance fees

Rates exclude

  • International flights
  • Cultural visits
  • Expenses of personal nature such as visas, travel/baggage insurance, laundry, beverages, tips etc.


01 Jan-31st march & Jul-31-Oct               High Season

01 April-31st May                                     Low Season

01 June-30th June & Nov – Dec                 Mid-Season