6/7 Days Rongai route

Mount Kilimanjaro




7 days

Tour Type


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 Souvenir safari's 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.


  • All National Park & Crew Permits and VAT
  • Professional English speaking guide(s)
  • Oxygen tank and oximeter for health and safety purpose.
  • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
  • Flights and Visa fee
  • Travel insuarence
  • Personal gear rentals
  • Tips for the mountain crew
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent)
  • Optional Drinks


Nalemoru gate – Simba Camp

Distance: 8km/5miles,

Hiking Time: 4-6hours

Vegetation zone: Rain Forest.

This morning we will drive from your hotel  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.

Simba Camp – Second Cave Camp – Kikelelwa Cave Camp

Distance: 12km/8miles,

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours,

Vegetation zone: Heath.

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.

Kikelelwa Cave Camp – Mawenzi Turn Hut Camp

Distance: 5km/3miles,

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours,

Vegetation zone: Alpine Desert

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.

Mawenzi Turn Hut Camp

Distance: 2km/1miles,

Hiking Time: 1-2 hours,

Vegetation zone: Alpine Desert

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.

Mawenzi Turn Hut Camp – Kibo Camp

Distance: 8km/5miles,

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours,

Vegetation zone: Alpine Desert.

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!

Kibo Camp – Uhuru Peak – Horombo camp

Distance: 6km/4miles and 16km/10miles,

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours 4-5 hours,

Habitat: Arctic and Heath.

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.

Horombo camp – Marangu Gate

Distance: 20km/12miles,

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours,

Vegetation zone: Rain Forest

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.

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