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Starting from the Rongai gate, the Rongai route passes through several diverse climate zones, and each produces amazing views and experiences. Because of its remote location, the route offers trekkers with a relatively unspoiled wilderness experience where it is possible to see large wildlife animals like antelopes, elephants, and buffaloes. Heading up to the Kikelewa Caves on day two, the views start to open up, with the Amboseli Plains of Kenya stretching into the distance. The route continues up to the mountain’s second summit at Mawenzi peak, before crossing the Saddle, which is a barren plain that connects the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. After reaching the final summit, the descent happens along the more heavily traveled Marangu route, offering you the chance to see Mount Kilimanjaro from both sides.

The Rongai route can be hiked on a six-, seven, or even eight-day route. The seven or eight-day Rongai Route itineraries are highly recommended as trekkers get extra days to acclimatize. Climbers seeking a more secluded trek up Kilimanjaro should consider the Rongai Route. This route approaches from the rarely-used northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro and descends through the Marangu route on the west, allowing climbers the chance to explore the mountain throughout their expedition.

Rongai offers climbers a remote trek in pristine wilderness, with a higher chance of spotting wildlife. While the trail is not steep, one of the drawbacks of the Rongai Route is that it has a less-than-ideal acclimatization profile. You'll need a good level of fitness for this trip. The distances may not belong, but the altitude makes it much harder than your average uphill hike. The going will be slow as your body slowly adjusts. Staying well-fed on your climb is very vital, especially when conditions are such that you might not want to eat or drink as much as you should. Because so many climbers experience a loss of appetite at altitude, our head chef has developed special menu plans that are appealing, healthy, and filled with all the energy you need to make it to the summit.

Map & Itinerary


Change in Elevation:
- Nalemuru Gate (2,020 m)
- Simba Camp (2,625 m)

  • Hiking distance: 8 km
  • Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours

A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's northern entrance: Nalemuru Gate (2,020 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Simba Camp (2,625 m). Your trek this day will be moderate and take you through coniferous forest up Kilimanjaro's northern slope. Remember not to hurry and always keep a comfortable pace. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put tents and cook dinner for you.

This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:

  • Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine
  • Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently)
  • Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies.

At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.


Simba Camp


Change in Elevation:
- Simba Camp (2,625 m)
- Kikilewa Camp (3,630 m)

  • Hiking distance: 10 km
  • Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours

Early in the morning after breakfast, the group will depart from Simba Camp to start trekking towards your second high altitude camp: Kikilewa Camp (3,630 m) where you can see Kibo Volcano at its finest (barring cloudy weather). This trekking is more physically demanding than the previous one, so once you are in the camp, full rest is recommended.


Kikilewa Camp


Trekking from Kikilewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp:
Change in Elevation:
- Kikilewa Camp (3,630 m)
- Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,310 m)

  • Hiking distance: 6 km
  • Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours

Acclimatization hike:
Change in Elevation:
- Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,310 m)
- Destination point en route to Mawenzi Volcano (4,510 m)

  • Hiking distance: 2 km
  • Hiking time: 1 to 2 hours

Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of trekking to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, which is situated at the foot of Mawenzi Volcano, Kilimanjaro's second summit. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and a two-hour rest, after which there will be an acclimatization hike towards Mawenzi Volcano with a 200-meter gain in altitude, followed by a hike back down to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, where you will have dinner in the evening. Note: he acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.


Mawenzi Tarn Camp


Change in Elevation:
- Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,310 m)
- School Hut Camp (4,715 m)

  • Hiking distance: 9 km
  • Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours

This day will be spent trekking towards School Hut Camp (4,715 m). The landscape will change significantly to give way to a rocky semidesert. The actual trekking is not very difficult; just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to keep up your strength for the trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit. When you reach the camp, we recommend you sleep well, avoid strenuous activity, and drink as much as you can, because that very night you will be ascending Uhuru Peak (5,895 m).


School Hut Camp


Change in Elevation:
- School Hut Camp (4,715 m)
- Uhuru Peak (5,895 m)
- Horombo Camp (3,720 m)

  • Hiking distance: 21 km
  • Hiking time: 12 to 14 hours

Night departure from School Hut Camp (4,715 m) and the start of your trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit: Uhuru peak (5,895 m). The trekking will be moderate from a physical standpoint, but the altitude presents a much more serious problem. For the entire length of the trekking each pair of climbers will be accompanied by their own guide, who will be monitoring your stamina and mental resolve. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Kibo Camp and after a two-hour rest continue your descent to Horombo Camp (3,720 m).

Note: Don't forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.


Horombo Camp


Change in Elevation:
- Horombo Camp (3,720 m)
- Marangu Gate (1,860 m)

  • Hiking distance: 18 km
  • Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours

You will be offered a warm breakfast in the morning, after which we will head for the Kilimanjaro National Park's exit: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, and then you will have the chance to share your opinions on the trip in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates (in our office) and provide you a transfer back to the hotel.


Marangu Gate


Spend an Extra day at Second Cave Camp (3480m) for better acclimatization.


Second Cave Camp

What's Included

  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi.
  • 2 nights of accommodation at Park view inn or Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees
  • Camping fees
  • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit

What's Excluded

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
  • Travel insurance
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charges $ 70 for the entire trek.
  • Flights
  • Laundry (Available at hotel)
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain
  • Guides: $20/day/guide
  • Cook: $15/day
  • Porter: $10/day/porter

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