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Tanzania Kilimanjaro Hike 09 Days Rongai Route

  • 9 Days
  • Max Guests : 20
  • Wifi Available
  • Jun - Dec

Tour Details

The Rongai Route is the only trail that starts from the Northern, or Kenyan side of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Starting from the north-eastern side of the mountain near the Kenyan border, the Rongai Route raises above the Amboseli plains and approach the summit of Kilimanjaro west of the Mawenzi peak.

It is an unfrequented route and is also the easiest camping approach to Uhuru Peak. The descent normally uses the Marangu Route. There are two variations to this route. You can choose to attempt the summit via Mawenzi Tarn Hut or via School Hut which is also referred to as the Outward-Bound Hut. The former is longer and more popular. Prior acclimatization is recommended in order to attempt the latter successfully.

Because of its remote location the route offers trekkers a relatively unspoilt wilderness experience where it is possible to see large wildlife like antelope, elephant and buffalo.

The North-East side of the mountain gets significantly less moisture than the southern slopes which means that trekkers are less likely to encounter rain. Trekkers are also more likely to get clear, unclouded views of the mountain

The Rongai Route is flatter than the other Kilimanjaro routes but because of its profile it does not offer trekkers good options to climb high and sleep low.

It can be hiked on a six, seven or even eight-day route. The seven- or eight-day Rongai Routes are highly recommended as trekkers have extra days to acclimatise.

Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and follows the same path taken by Marangu trekkers which passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak.

Due to its remote setting the Rongai Route receives the least traffic of all the routes on Kilimanjaro.

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Price Includes:

  • meet and greets at airport
  • All land transfers
  • 3 meals per day while trekking - Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian
  • Two nights at moshi or Arusha breakfast included
  • All park entrance fees and government levies
  • English speaking mountain Guide and assistant guides
  • Porters- a maximum of 3 per client
  • Oxygen, Ox meters, First Aid Kit with Diamox and other related medicines, Rescue fees
  • Government tax
  • Flying doctor insurance
  • New Wildlife Management Area Fees
  • New Tourist Development Levy
  • VAT in all service

Price Excludes:

  • International air tickets
  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival (100 US$ for Americans & Irish Passport Holders)
  • Personal Expenses (e.g., laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Gratuities for safari guide.
  • Drinks and beverages in lodges
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
  • Walking Poles
  • Sleeping Bags (recommended not to share) - rental fee 20 US$.
  • Tips (see below Currency)
  • Travel Insurance


Day 1 - Arrive in Tanzania and transfer to Moshi

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.
Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 - Moshi (1400m) - Nalemoru Gate (1990m) to Simba Camp (2625m)

Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: Approximately 4 – 5 hours
Habitat: Mountain Rain Forest
After heavy breakfast from your lodge, your guide will brief you on the day.
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 enroute.
Our first camp will be the Simba Camp located at the edge of the moorland zone at 2625m. 

Dinner is prepared by our cook.

Day 3 - Simba Camp (2625m) to 2nd Cave Camp (3480m)

Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Pine Forest
Distance: Approximately 5 km
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.

 rest; an evening meal and overnight.

Day 4 - 2nd Cave Camp (3480m) to Kikelewa Camp (3630m)

Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Moorland/Pine Forest
Distance: Approximately 5 km
Leaving the pine forest behind we carry on with a steady ascent walking though moorland. There are superb views of the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim of Kibo, the highest of the three volcanoes which form the mountain.

We will leave the main trail and strike out across moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, the second of Kilimanjaro’s volcanoes.
We will set up camp today in the sheltered valley near Kikelewa caves at 3630m

Day 5 - Kikelewa Camp (3630m) to Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m)

Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: Approximately 8 km
Habitat: Alpine desert
This morning we have a short but steep ascent up grassy slopes which is rewarded by a superb view of the Kenyan plains to the north. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching our next camp at Mawenzi Tarn Hut directly below the towering cliffs of Mawenzi. This afternoon you have chance to rest or explore the surrounding area to aid acclimatization.

Day 6 - Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Distance: Approximately 8 km
Habitat: 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!

Day 7 - Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Hiking time: 12-15 hours
Distance: Approximately 22 km
Today is “The Big Day” – the summit stage.
You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous.
Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly.

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, the highest point in Africa.
Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it!

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.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 8 - Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)

Distance: 21km
Non – game viewing time: 8 hrs
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).

Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates.

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
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 9 - Kwaheri 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 souvenirs before heading to the airport.                                                                                                                                                  

* We also welcome you spare an hour of your day to visit the orphan’s home, as part of our community support after climb Kilimanjaro

* Safari and Zanzibar add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania                                                                                         

Meals: Breakfast Included


Group minimum 02, maximum 8.

EUR2000 Per person sharing
Rates reduce as the group number grows

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The temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro range from hot to bitter cold. Climbing Kilimanjaro is unique for many reasons, and one of these is that from origin to summit, climbers find themselves weaving through several distinct climate zones. It is said that the journey from the gate to the peak is like traveling from the equator to Antarctica in a matter of days!

We generally advise that the best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the warmest and driest times of year, from December to mid-March and mid-June to the end of October

From July until the end of October, conditions are generally colder, but much drier than the previous months. Whilst there is a chance of getting rained on throughout the year, particularly as you trek through the rainforest and moorlands, typically precipitation is low and infrequent.

If you remain dry, you’ll be more comfortable and the trek will be a more enjoyable experience overall. Another advantage of climbing during these months is that you’ll have clear and sunny skies, and spectacular views.

At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between -7 to -29 degrees Celsius. Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates its own weather. It is extremely variable and impossible to predict. Therefore, regardless of when you climb, you should always be prepared for wet days and cold nights.


Bring USD US Dollars and in small notes.
If you opt for the visa on arrival, have a $50 note ready. On departure, $25 for airport tax.

Most meals are included on Kilimanjaro hike but some on Zanzibar are not. Expect $50 per person for tips given to crew.

Before you begin your climb you will meet your guide and porters. Typically guides can speak good English, porters less so.

Porters carry all your gear (excluding your daypack) and all the equipment you need on your climb (tents, cooking equipment, food, water etc.). Each porter carries up to 20kg on their back or head! Yes, 20kg.
Some tour operators limit the weight that porters carry to 15kg.

Porters race ahead of you and your guide to make sure they get to each Kilimanjaro campsite before you and have everything setup for your arrival (tent assembled, food ready etc.).

Guides are responsible for managing the porter team and ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable hike. Most are fully trained in mountain first aid, and have many Kilimanjaro summits under their belt.

What is the ratio of support staff to trekkers?
The average ratio of support staff is 3 porters for every climber, 2 guides for every 4 climbers, cook and assistant guides vary depending on numbers.

Here are some typical ration numbers:

  • 1 climber: 1 guide / 2-3 porters / 1 cook

  • 2-3 climbers: 1 guide / 5-6 porters / 1 cook / 1 assistant guide

  • 4-5 climbers: 2 guides / 8-9 porters / 2 cooks / 1 assistant guide

  • 5-6 climbers: 2 guides / 11-12 porters / 2 cooks / 2 assistant guides

  • 7-8 climbers: 3 guides / 14-15 porters / 2-3 cooks / 2-3 assistant guides

  • 9-10 climbers: 3-4 guides / 17-18 porters / 2-3 cook / 2-3 assistant guides

How much should I tip on a climb?
We’ve provided a guideline and worked example for calculating how much you should set aside for tips. Please use this as a guideline only.

We suggest 10-12% of your climb cost (approximately $300-500) per climber.

Tipping amounts are as follows.

  • Per main guide – US$20-25 per day

  • Per assistant guide – US$15-20 per day

  • Per cook – US$15 per day

  • Per porter – US$10 per day

​Tips are usually paid at the end of your Kilimanjaro hike after you have reached your final checkpoint and signed out with the authorities.

It is customary to pay tips individually in separate envelopes unless advised otherwise (some tour companies suggest you pay your lead guide who then re-distributes the money). 


Travellers should be up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended. These vaccinations include for example measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccine.

Country specific diphtheria recommendations are not provided here. Diphtheria tetanus and polio are combined in a single vaccine in some countries. Therefore, when a tetanus booster is recommended for travellers, diphtheria vaccine is also given. Should there be an outbreak of diphtheria in a country, diphtheria vaccination guidance will be provided.

Those who may be at increased risk of an infectious disease due to their work, lifestyle choice, or certain underlying health problems should be up to date with additional recommended vaccines.

The vaccines which are recommended for most travellers visiting this country:
Hepatitis A

The vaccines which are recommended for some travellers visiting this country:
Hepatitis B
Tuberculosis (TB)
Meningococcal Disease
Yellow Fever
Certificate requirements

Please read the information below carefully, as certificate requirements may be relevant to certain travellers only. For travellers’ further details, if required, should be sought from their healthcare professional. ​

  • There is a low potential for exposure to yellow fever throughout Tanzania.
  • Under International Health Regulations, a certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required from travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission, and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
  • According to World Health Organization (WHO), from 11 July 2016 (for all countries), the yellow fever certificate will be valid for the duration of the life of the person vaccinated. As a consequence, a valid certificate, presented by arriving travellers, cannot be rejected on the grounds that more than ten years have passed since the date vaccination became effective as stated on the certificate; and that boosters or revaccination cannot be required.


Travellers should follow an ABCD guide to preventing malaria:
Awareness of the risk – Risk depends on the specific location, season of travel, length of stay, activities and type of accommodation.
Bite prevention – Travellers should take mosquito bite avoidance measures.
Chemoprophylaxis – Travellers should take antimalarials (malaria prevention tablets) if appropriate for the area (see below). No antimalarials are 100% effective but taking them in combination with mosquito bite avoidance measures will give substantial protection against malaria.
Diagnosis – Travellers who develop a fever of 38°C [100°F] or higher more than one week after being in a malaria risk area, or who develop any symptoms suggestive of malaria within a year of return should seek immediate medical care. Emergency standby treatment may be considered for those going to remote areas with limited access to medical attention.

  • There is a high risk of malaria in all areas of Tanzania below 1,800m (including Zanzibar): atovaquone/proguanil OR doxycycline OR mefloquine recommended.
  • There is no risk of malaria above 1,800m: bite avoidance recommended

Altitude illness in Tanzania
There is a point of elevation in this country higher than 2,500 metres. An example place of interest: Mt Kilimanjaro 5,895m.

Travellers should spend a few days at an altitude below 3,000m. Where possible travellers should avoid travel from altitudes less than 1,200m to altitudes greater than 3,500m in a single day. Ascent above 3,000m should be gradual. Travellers should avoid increasing sleeping elevation by more than 500m per day and ensure a rest day (at the same altitude) every three or four days. Acetazolamide can be used to assist with acclimatization, but should not replace gradual ascent. Travellers who develop symptoms of AMS (headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and sleep disturbance) should avoid further ascent. In the absence of improvement or with progression of symptoms the first response should be to descend.

Trip Highlights:

Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, lies just three degrees south of the equator and is permanently snow-capped.

lt offers one of the best opportunities in the world to climb a peak at high altitude without the need for technical climbing ability.

The trek takes you through well-defined altitudinal vegetation zones, from semi-arid scrub to dense cloud forest.

The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

One day (day 5) for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Full Moon view Summit on day 7!

Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment!

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