6 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking via Rongai Route

Kilimanjaro – Rongai Route

Rongai route is one of the easiest routes and the success rate is very high. The route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border and is one of the least traveled routes. You can see Kilimanjaro from many viewpoints as you descend the Marangu route on the south side of the mountain. You can also see many villages and coffee plantations en route.

Day 1

You will drive to the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru for about 2 hours which include a stop to get permits in Marangu. After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering the pine forest.

You will then start to climb through a consistent track and attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

  • Elevation: 2,000 meters / 6,560 feet to 2,650 meters / 8,700 feet
  • Distance: 6 kilometers / 4 miles
  • Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

Day 2

In the morning, you will hike a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim.

  • Elevation: 2,650 meters / 8,700 feet to 3,450 meters / 11,300 feet
  • Distance: 6 kilometers / 4 miles
  • Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day 3

On this day, you will continue your hike from the Second Cave to the Third Cave.

  • Elevation: 3,450 meters / 11,300 feet to 3,880 meters / 12,700 feet
  • Distance: 9 kilometers / 5 miles
  • Hiking time: 2 – 3 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert

Day 4

You will hike to Kibo Hut Camp at the bottom of the Kibo’s crater wall. The remainder of the day will be spent by resting to prepare for the final ascent in the morning.

  • Elevation: 3,880 meters / 12,700 feet to 4,750 meters / 15,600 feet
  • Distance: 5 kilometers / 3 miles
  • Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 5

Very early in the morning (midnight to 02:00), you will commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s Point located on the crater rim (5700 meters / 18,700 feet). After that, you will ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. You can take pictures at the summit to show your friends and family.

From there, you will descend and stop for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing the journey to the Horombo encampment. It will be by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there.

  • Elevation: 4,700 meters / 15,500 feet to 5,895 meters / 19,340 feet
  • Down to: 3,700 meters / 12,200 feet
  • Distance: 6 kilometers / 4 miles up / 15 kilometers / 9 miles up
  • Hiking time: 6 – 8 hours up
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 6

After having breakfast, you will take a steady descent through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through the lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will be helpful.

Our vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour). Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters.

  • Elevation: 3,700 meters / 12,200 feet to 1,700 meters / 5,500 feet
  • Distance: 20 kilometers / 12.5 miles
  • Hiking time: 4 – 5 hours
  • Habitat: Forest


Your trekking will take place on Mount Kilimanjaro located in Tanzania.


Large portions of fresh, healthy, and nutritious food will be served for you daily. It includes 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners. Clean purified 1.5 liters drinking water will also be provided for you every day.

What’s included

  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • All mountain trekking equipment
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Camping equipment
  • Daily drinking water
  • Daily meals
  • Guides, porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Mount Kilimanjaro guided trekking
  • Pre and post-program accommodation for 2 nights at a hotel
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Rescue fees

What’s not included

  • Optional tours (short safari, Zanzibar beaches, post-climbing activities etc)
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Tanzania visa (50 USD per person)
  • Tipping and any items of personal nature

What to bring
• Clothes.
• A warm sweater as the nights can be chilly at high altitudes.
• Comfortable shoes