Rongai Route 6-Day

The Rongai Route is thought to be one of the easiest Kilimanjaro routes.  It typically has very little foot traffic compared to the other routes. The minimum duration for this trip is 6 days and that itinerary is described below.  Elite Kilimanjaro, as always, highly recommends adding an additional day for acclimatization, making the Rongai Route a 7-day trek to increase your chance of success.

Rongai Route 6-Day Description

The Rongai Route is much easier than the Machame Route and more scenic than the Marangu Route.  Consider that and Rongai Route’s very high success rate and this might be the route for you.  It is also the only route that begins from the North side Mount Kilimanjaro.  This will require a 4-5 hour drive to the park entrance, which perhaps contributes to this Rongai being one of the least traveled routes.  Unlike the huts of the Marangu Route, you will sleep in tents, which will be transported by your porters.  Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside (weather permitting).  The Rongai Route meets up with the Marangu Route where you will make your summit bid.  Following your summit climb, you descend on Kilimanjaro’s southwest side using the Marangu Route, giving you the chance to capture multiple view-points of the mountain.

Rongai Route 6-Day Rates

1 Climber 2 Climbers 3-5 Climbers 6-10 Climbers 11+
$2,135 $2,025 $1,800 $1,730 Request Quote

Extra days on the mountain: $240/person/day
Low Season Discount:  $50

Rongai Route 6-Day Duration

6 days on the mountain (4.5 days ascent, 1.5 days descent)

Distance Covered and Elevation

23 mi/36 km ascent, 22.5 mi/36km
Ascend from Nale Muru (6,400 ft /1,950 m) to Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft /5895 m) and return to Marangu Gate (6,000 ft/1,830 m)
12,940 ft/3,945 m total gain

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Rongai Route 6-Day Itinerary

Tanzania Arrival

You will be greeted by our friendly transfer staff who will take you from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to your hotel in Moshi (3,000 ft/915m).

Day 1:  Nale Muru Gate (6,400 ft/1,950 m) to Simba Camp (9,020 ft/2,750 m) 8km, 3-4 hours

Following breakfast you will have a briefing from your guide.  At 9 am, our staff will drive you from your hotel in Moshi to the wooded village of Nale Muru.  The drive past villages and many coffee plantations will take 4-5 hours.  When you arrive, your guides and porters will prepare your equipment and supplies while you complete registration with the Kilimanjaro Park Office.  You will begin your trek through fields of maize and potatoes before you enter the pine forest.  Your ascent begins in the forest that is occupied by various wildlife.  The trees of the forest become sparser as you reach the Simba Camp which is near the First Cave.  Your camp sits at the edge of the moorland zone with spectacular views of the plains of Kenya.  When you arrive, you will find your camp and tent is already set up by the porters who ran ahead.  They will bring you boiled drinking water and washing water in preparation for dinner.

Day 2: Simba Camp (9,020 ft/2,750 m) to Second Cave Camp (11,320 ft/3,450 m) 12km, 5-6 hours

After breakfast, pack up for the day’s trek, which will consist of moorland terrain.  Today’s trek is pretty consistent in respect to grade and ascent.  On the way to the next camp, you will catch some terrific views of Kibo and get your first glimpse of the ice fields on the Eastern crater rim.  The small shrubs of the moorland became thinner as you approve the Second Cave.

Day 3:  Second Cave Camp (11,320 ft/3,450 m) to Third Cave Camp (12,700 ft/3,870m) 7km, 3-4 hours

After breakfast and packing, you continue your stead ascent, entering into the semi-desert terrain.  This relatively short hiking day brings you closer to the Easter ice fields, continually drawing your attention to their beauty.  Pay attention to your body and keep your guide informed of any signs of altitude sickness.

Day 4:  Third Cave Camp (12,700 ft/3,870m) to Kibo Huts (15,400 ft/4,695m) 10 km, 4-5 hours

Upon leaving the Third Cave, you leave the semi-desert and begin your trek into the Alpine Desert, which will be the terrain for the rest of your ascent.  You will begin your hike early in the morning to ensure you reach the next camp in time to rest before your summit bid.  Today’s hike will take you just below the Kibo crater wall where you will camp in the Kibo Huts.  At this point, you will join up with the Marangu Route which you will use to hike to the summit.  You will prepare your clothing and equipment (replace batteries for headlamp and camera) before you go to bed by 7 PM and try to catch a few hours of shuteye before your summit attempt!

Day 5:  SUMMIT DAY!  Kibo Huts (15,400 ft/4,695m) to Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft/5,895 m) to Horombo Huts (12,100 ft/3,690 m) 6 km up and 16 km down, 6-8 hours up, 4-5 hours down

Wake for breakfast at midnight and prepare for your summit ascent.  Depart at 1 AM with the goal of reaching the peak near the same time as sunrise.  Your trek will be full of switchbacks, winding you up the steep scree before reaching Gilman’s Point on the rim of the crater (18,640 ft/5,861 m) between 5 and 7 AM.  Here, you are greeted by the snow-filled crater and its icecaps.  Hiking along the crater rim, you will reach Uhuru Peak around 9 AM.  Congratulations, you are now standing on the Roof of Africa!  You will have time to take pictures with the world-famous Uhuru Peak sign, but it is important to begin your descent soon in order to allow yourself enough time to rest at the Kibo Huts.  Upon reaching back to Kibo, have lunch, grab some much needed rest, pack up, and return to the Horombo Huts.  Enjoy some dinner and some well-deserved sleep.

Day 6:  Horombo Huts (12,100 ft/3,690 m) to Marangu Gate (6,000 ft/1830 m) 20 km, 11-13 hours

Wake up for breakfast as usual, pack, and descend back through the moorland to the Mandara Huts for lunch.  Continue your descent through the rainforest, reaching the park gate around 2 or 3 PM.  A 45-minute drive and you will be back to your hotel in Moshi.  It’s time to celebrate!

Final Day in Moshi

If you will be leaving us today, our transfer staff will drive you back to the airport.  If you have purchased a Safari package through Elite Kilimanjaro, we will help you seamlessly transition from your trek into your next Tanzania adventure.

Additional Acclimatization:  You can add an additional day for acclimatization by taking a longer route east to Mawenzi Tarn on Day 2 and meeting back up with the trail at the Kibo Huts on Day 5.  Elite Kilimanjaro recommends this option as it greatly increases your chances of success.  Click here to view the Rongai Route 7-Day Itinerary.