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Climbing Kilimanjaro


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The Rongai Route is one of the many routes to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It is known for its remote and less crowded nature, providing a more tranqui climb compared to some of the other popular routes.

The Rongai Route starts on the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro and approaches the mountain from the east. It offers a unique perspective of the mountain and passes through diverse landscapes including open grassy moorlands, alpine desert, and stunning views of Mawenzi Peak.

The route typically takes about 6-7 days to complete, allowing for proper acclimatization and increasing your chances of successfully reaching the summit. The starting point for the Rongai Route is on the edge of the village of Nale Moru, located around 69 kilometers from Moshi.

Throughout the trek, climbers will be accompanied by experienced guides, porters, and a cook who will provide meals and support along the way. The route is considered to be moderately difficult, with steep sections and challenging terrain.

Route Map

Day by Day Itinerary

– After breakfast, drive to the Rongai Gate (1,950m) to begin your hike.
– Hike through the rainforest to Simba Camp (2,600m).
– Approximate hiking time: 3-4 hours.

– Continue hiking through moorland and heather zones.
– Reach Kikelewa Camp (3,630m) for overnight stay.
– Approximate hiking time: 6-7 hours.

– Ascend a steep slope to reach Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m) at the base of Mawenzi Peak.
– Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
– Approximate hiking time: 4-6 hours.

– Acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn Camp.
– Optional hike to explore the surrounding area or rest and relax.

– Ascend gradually through alpine desert to reach Kibo Hut (4,703m), the base camp for the summit attempt.
– Rest and prepare for the summit push.
– Approximate hiking time: 4-5 hours.

– Start the summit attempt around midnight.
– Hike through Gilman’s Point (5,681m) and continue to Uhuru Peak (5,895m), the highest point in Africa.
– Descend to Horombo Hut (3,720m) for overnight stay.
– Approximate hiking time: 10-12 hours to summit, 4-6 hours to Horombo Hut.

– Descend through the moorland and rainforest to Marangu Gate (1,860m).
– Meet your driver and transfer back to your hotel in Moshi for a warm shower and celebration.
– Approximate hiking time: 5-6 hours.

Trekking Prices

Machame Route
1 Pax (Single)
2 Pax (Sharing)
3 pax (Sharing)
Single Suppl
7 Days Trek (9-day tour)
$ 2,420
$ 2,135
$60 Lodge / $ 105 Tent

Included in this Trek

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain
  • sleeping tents:
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees Airport transfers Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • 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
  • Oximeter
  • Medical Kit
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Portable toilet

Items not included

  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

Trekking Benefits


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