7 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

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2250$ per person
7 Days
Tour type
Mountain Trek

Climb to the Rooftop of Africa Rongai Route

Is the only route that approach Mount Kilimanjaro from North East, close to Kenyan boarder. It begins with long drive from Moshi to Rongai gate where the hikes start. The route has low traffic compare to others until Uhuru peak (the summit) and later descend via Marangu route. Is more favorable during the rainy season as the fact of its location. It is located on the direction where the mountain receives very low amount of rainfall in a year and has a varies scenery and beautiful nature, therefore become the best route during the wet season. It is through this route that Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed throughout a year. This route can be climbed in six days but at Popote Adventure Africa we recommend 7days with acclimatization at Mawenzi Turn hut camp. This route can be climbed by any individual even those with less backpackers’ experience, those who love mountain cycling experience and people with physical challenges. Our success rate is 98% on this route.
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Tour Start Location
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Tour End Location
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Price includes
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Chemical Flushed Portable toilet and toilet Crew.
  • Cookware and Stove
  • Dinning tent for shared in group.
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Oxygen tank and oximeter for health and safety purpose.
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • Sleeping Mats
Price does not include
  • Both International and local flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Tips to mountain crew


Arrive in Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged hotel in Moshi town. You will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

  • Driving distance: 55 km/miles,
  • Driving Time: 1hour
  • Habitat: Cultivated zone
  • Hotel: Bed and Breakfast

DAY 1: Nalemoru gate – Simba Camp

This morning we will drive to the village of NaleMoru for the starting point of the Rongai route. The first stage of the trek is through farmland and pine forests. You may have chance to see the beautiful Colobus monkeys or if you’re lucky enough, elephants or buffalos en route. Our first camp will be the Simba Camp located at the edge of the moorland zone at 2625m.

  • Distance: 8km/5miles,
  • Hiking Time: 4-6hours,
  • Eleven: 6,398 ft to 9,300 ft
  • Habitat: Rain Forest.

DAY 2: Simba Camp – Second Cave Camp – Kikelelwa Cave Camp

The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave Camp located in the moorland zone with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch we will continue with our hike to Kikelelwa camp.

  • Distance: 12km/8miles,
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours,
  • Eleven: 9,300 ft to 11,811 ft
  • Habitat: Heath.

DAY 3: Kikelelwa Cave Camp – Mawenzi Turn Hut Camp

After the breakfast, we start a short and steep grassy slope hike to Mawenzi Turn hut camp, with stunning view of wilderness area. The landscape will be changing dramatically as exit the Heath zone to Alpine desert zone. You will overnight at mawenzi turn camp situated at jagged spires of Mawenzi.

  • Distance: 5km/3miles,
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours,
  • Eleven: 11,811 ft to 14,160 ft
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

DAY 4: Mawenzi Turn Hut Camp

Today is acclimatization day of which we spent as few hours hike to Mawenzi Ridge and return to original camp for relaxation. Here you there is unique landscape which offers a motivating view of Kibo and mawenzi. After spending few moments of exploring the area we head back to the camp

  • Distance: 2km/1miles,
  • Hiking Time: 1-2 hours,
  • Eleven: 14,160 ft to 14,400 ft
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

DAY 5: Mawenzi Turn Hut Camp – Kibo Camp

We leave our campsite and cross the lunar desert of the ‘saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo After a couple hours trekking, reach this spectacular place, with the summit of Kilimanjaro in the background and our trail to the high camp stretched out before our eyes. Upon reaching our camp the remainder of the day will be spent resting in preparation of the final ascent after a very early night!

  • Distance: 8km/5miles,
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours,
  • Eleven: 14,160 ft to 15,430 ft
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

DAY 6: Kibo Camp – Uhuru Peak – Horombo camp

Today is “The Big Day” - the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 - 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 - 2-hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

  • Distance: 6km/4miles and 16km/10miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours & 4-5 hours
  • Eleven:15,430 ft to 19,341 to 12,250 ft.
  • Habitat: Arctic and Heath

DAY 7: Horombo camp – Marangu Gate

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.

  • Distance: 20km/12miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Eleven:12,205 ft to 6,046
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Depart Tanzania

This day left for your next destination. If you have safari, then might be used to beginning your safari or fly to Zanzibar or fly back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

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    7 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

    2250$ per person
    7 Days
    Mount Kilimanjaro
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