Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route 6 Days Itinerary

6 Days Rongai route: Enjoy the breathtaking views and wildlife of Kilimanjaro! 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.

Include for 6 Days Rongai Route

  • Transportation to and from Kilimanjaro airport to the hotel
  • Transportation to and from your selected route
  • English speaking guides
  • All Tanzanian National Park Fees
  • Government Climbing Taxes
  • All Meals while on Kilimanjaro
  • Staff Salaries
  • Enough porters to carry your luggage
  • Safety equipment, emergency oxygen, and pulse oximeter
  • Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park and your guide

Exclude 

  • Tips for guides, porters and cook
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Lunches, dinners, and drinks at your hotel before and after the climb.
  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day guides, Porter 15per person per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

What to Bring for 6 Days Rongai Route

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

Duration: 6 Day Rongai Route
Difficulty: moderately difficult route
Scenery: offers scenic view traversing through beautiful lush rain forest and unspoiled wilderness.
Traffic:  Least traffic of all the routes on Kilimanjaro

Success Rate: 65% success rate for the 6 day trek.

Distance:  The total distance is 72 kilometres with the longest day being summit day at 21 kms.

Number of Climber Per Year: 

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Additional information

activity8 Activities
durations6 Days

Day 1: Arrive In Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town; you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 2: Nalemoru Gate (1990m) To Simba Camp (2625m)

This morning we will drive to the village of Nale Moru 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.

  • Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
  • time taken: 4 – 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3: Simba Camp (2626m) – Kikelewa Camp (3679m)

We hike from Simba camp up towards Kibo till 3 482m for lunch at First Caves, a distance of 5.8km. After lunch we continue trekking until reaching Kikelewa Camp at about 3679 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water can be found in a obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find a pool or two. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Kikelewa camp.

Approx. time taken: 6 – 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 11.8 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4: Kikelewa Cave (3679m) – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4303m)

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.

  • Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
  • time taken: 4 – 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4303m) – Kibo Hut (4730m)

After breakfast we head west and continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo hut.

  • Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
  • time taken: 5 – 6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6 – Kibo Hut (4730m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3705m)

You will rise around 23h20, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot.
The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillmans Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa.

Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it

Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest at Kibo hot, you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.

  • time taken: 7 to 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 6 to 8 hours to descend to Horombo
  • Distance: Approxim 12 – 15 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3705m) – Marangu Gate (1860m)

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely.
At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates.
You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner descent bed and celebrations!!

  • Hiking time: 6 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 29 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 8: Depart Tanzania

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some gift shops before heading to the airport.
*Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania
Meals: Breakfast Included

Rongai Route 6 Day Itinerary & Prices for 2021/2022/2023

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