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Information Background

The Rongai route begins on the northern side of the mountain and is the least travelled route. It is a long drive to the starting point, but you are rewarded by fantastic views and the likelihood that you will be the only climbers around. If you take this route up the mountain you are obliged to descend via the Marangu Route that is the most popular and well-used route.

Rongai is less crowded route and located on leeward side receiving little precipitation, also Rongai has higher success rate, and it is one of the easiest route on the mountain. Accommodation is in camps.

Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport and we'll transfer you to Springlands Hotel/ Alternative Hotel in Moshi where you will overnight in preparation for your climb the next day.

Day 2: After breakfast from Springlands Hotel, you will meet your guides and porters and prepare your equipment before departing to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950m) on a small path that wind through crop fields before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains, the walk takes 3 – 4 hours. Overnight 1st Cave or Simba Campsite. 

Day 3: The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves (3,600m).  Dinner and overnight at 2nd Caves Campsite.  6 – 7 hours walking.


Day 4:Today is an acclimatisation day. Morning at leisure, striking out around noon, leaving the main trail and walking across the moorland on a smaller path toward the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Then onto the campsite at 3rd Caves OR Mawenzi Tarn Hut for dinner and overnight. Walking distance about 6 kms today – 4 – 5 hours walking.


Day 5: A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m.), 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 acclimatisation.  Overnight at Mawenzi Turn Hut Campsite. [3-4 hours walking]

Day 6: Cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night at Kibo Huts. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Camp, and midnight start the ascent to Summit. 

[4-5 hours walking]

Day 7: We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 01h00. We walk very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s point (5,685m). We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru peak (5,896m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700m) is surprisingly fast and after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo ((3,720m). Walking time 11 – 15 hours. Dinner and overnight at Horombo Campsite.


Day 8: Steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m), the first stopping place on the Marangu route.  Then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park Gate at Marangu (1,830m). Walking time 6 – 7 hours.  You will then be transferred to Springlands Hotel to overnight on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 9: departure.



  • 7 days Kili climb Rongai route: Pricing starts from 1800€ per person group rate
  • Return transfer to/from the starting point of the hike: 120€ per car/group.
  • 2 ways airport transfer: 40€ per person


Prices are inclusive of:

  • 2 Nights’ accommodation at Springlands Hotel – Bed & Breakfast Basis
  • All park fees
  • National Park approved guides and porters
  • 18% VAT
  • Accommodation on the mountain (Three-man mountain tents used for two people only on all routes except for Marangu Route as accommodation is in huts.) Stools, a mess tent and hot water for washing are provided on the mountain.
  • Meals on the mountain
  • Transport from Moshi at Springlands hotel to the Starting point of the mountain and return to Moshi at Springlands hotel

Prices do not include:

  • Tips to driver, porters and guide
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Items of personal nature
  • Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro Airport (20€/person one-way)
  • Transfer from Arusha per private car hire 100€ one way
  • Climbing gear – sleeping bags, shoes etc.
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