8 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing
Rongai Route

08 Days
Climbing Route: RONGAI (8 DAYS)
  • Route Overview

    The 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. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many view points.

    The drive to the trail head takes about 3 hours from Moshi through many villages and coffee plantations, including a stop to register climbing permits at Marangu.

    The Rongai Route can also be accessed from Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Allow 2 hours including border crossing. We will need copies of passports ahead of time.

  • Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport - Moshi

    Pick up from Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to Moshi. You will have early evening pre-climbing briefing on the trek. Dinner and overnight at Panama Garden Resort Moshi (HB).

  • Day 2: Moshi - Rongai Gate (Nale Moru) - Simba Camp

    After breakfast transfer to Kilimajaro National park gate start the first section of the climb through the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru. 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 pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. Meals and overnight at Simba Camp. {B/L/D}

  • Day 3: Simba Camp - Second Cave

    The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Meals and overnight at Second Cave Camp. {B/L/D}

  • Day 4: Second Cave - Third Cave

    Today we continue our hike from the Second Cave to the Third Cave. Meals and overnight at Second Cave Camp. {B/L/D}

  • Day 5: Third Cave - Kibo Hut

    Hike to Kibo Hut at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent and a very early day! Meals and overnight at Kibo Hut Camp. {B/L/D}

  • Day 6: Kibo Hut – Summit - Horombo Hut

    Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s Point located on the crater rim (elevation 5700m/18,700ft). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment. The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there! Meals and overnight at Horombo Hut Camp. {B/L/D}

  • Day 7: Horombo Hut - Moshi

    After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Have lunch there then continue continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. A transferring vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate and drive you back to your hotel in Moshi. Meals and overnight at Panama Garden Resort Moshi. {B/L/D}

  • Day 8: Departure

    After breakfast you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport. {B/B

  • Tour inclusions

    • Arrival and departure airport transfers
    • 2 night’s hotel in Moshi one before and one after trekking
    • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
    • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
    • Kilimanjaro entry fees
    • All meals while on the Mountain
    • Camping fees
    • Rescue fees
    • Certified, experienced, English speaking guides
    • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
    • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
    • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
    • Clean, purified drinking water
    • Crisis management and safety procedures
    • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
    • Sleeping Mattress
    • Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor Society of Africa
    Tour Excludes
    • Tips for guides and support staff
    • Sleeping bag and personal items
    • Personal expenses ( Visas, airport taxes etc)
    • Extra activities and optional Tours not listed above (short safari after your climb etc)
    • Extra nights
    • Meals not listed above

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