Tanzania / Mountain Climbing

9 Days Rongai Route


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.

Mountain Climbing
8 Nights
Moshi - Moshi
Joining Group Safari

Full Safari Itinerary

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.

Meal: Half Board

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hike Second Cave to Kikelewa Camp

Head out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios nearby. Meals and overnight at Kikelewa Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hike Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb views. Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn, spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization.

If you are spending an extra day on the mountain, you will camp for two nights here. You can hike up and around Mawenzi for your acclimatization hike. Meals and overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hike Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut

Cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent very early. Meals and overnight at Kibo Hut Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Need To Know

What's included & excluded in the price?


  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • 2 nights hotel in Moshi one before and one after trekking
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • 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:


  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.