6 Days Kilimanjaro Trek:
As one of the least frequented of all the official Mt Kilimanjaro routes, the Rongai Route offers a strenuous trek at a gradual and steady incline, through virgin wilderness and awe-inspiring scenery.
As the only route that approaches Mt Kilimanjaro from the North, this is the perfect itinerary for those who prefer to avoid the technical climb up the Great Barranco Wall.
All Year Round
Starting from USD 1,945
per person sharing
Hike Difficulty: Intermediate
Arusha – Rongai Start Point – Simba Camp
Elevation (ft): 6561ft – 8760ft
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4 hours
After breakfast at your hotel in Arusha, you are greeted by your guide and transferred to Marangu Gate in the Kilimanjaro National Park, where you check-in with park staff. After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, we travel in a 4×4 to the Rongai starting point.
The hike begins in Nale Moru village from where we take the small winding paths to the entrance of the pine forest.
After a gentle hike through the rainforest, we set up for our first night at Simba Camp. The camp facilities include a public toilet and a wooden table with benches for eating (but no huts).
Simba Camp – Kikelelwa Camp
Elevation (ft): 8,858 to 12,205
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitation: Forest and Moorland
After breakfast, we begin the steep but not technical ascent through the forest, skirting the base of the Maundi Crater before reaching the high moorland.
Weather permitting, we may be able to get our first sighting of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks – two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.
After about six hours, we arrive at Horombo Hut.
Kikelelwa Camp – Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Elevation (ft):12040 – 14009
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Today, we begin the short but steep climb up the sloping grasslands to reach our next camp at Mawenzi Tarn.
As we leave the vegetation behind, you are rewarded with panoramic views and can spend the afternoon exploring the towering spires of Mawenzi.
Mawenzi Tarn Camp – Kibo Hut
Elevation (ft): 14009 – 15430
Distance: 9 km
Hiking time: 5 hours
Habitation: Alpine Desert
It’s an early start, as we wake up and head West to continue our trek.
Crossing the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo, we reach our next campsite at the base of the Kibo crater wall.
It’s an early night as we make our summit ascent in the early hours of the morning.
Kibo Hut – Summit – Horombo Hut
Elevation (ft): 15,430 to 19,341 to 12,205
Hiking Time: 10-13 hours
We wake up around midnight and begin our trek into the night.
The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hand Meyer Cave where we take a short rest.
The path then zigzags up to Gilman’s Point which is located on the crater rim. Here, the trail is at its most challenging – it is very steep with lots of stone scree.
From Gilman’s Point onwards, we usually encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru Peak – the highest point in Africa and the final stop on our ascent.
You’ve reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – the world’s highest free-standing mountain – and have the splendours of Africa at your feet.
Weather conditions on the summit determine how long we are able to spend here taking photographs and admiring the incredible vistas before we begin our descent.
After a challenging yet rewarding day, we arrive back to Horombo Hut in the evening to enjoy a well-earned rest and a hot dinner with fellow hikers.
Kibo Hut – Summit – Horombo Hut
Elevation (ft): 12,205 to 6,046
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
A long trek is in store for today as we descend through the rainforest towards Marangu Gate – to experience once again the incredible wildlife and flora and fauna that flourish here.
Once you’ve had a chance to revel in the glory of completing your trek, we proceed to take you back to your hotel in Arusha for a hot shower and a well-earned rest.
- Return transfers from your hotel in Arusha/Moshi to the park gates
- All park entry fees
- All camping and rescue fees
- Guide and porters’ fees
- All accommodation on the mountain, including three meals a day
- All cooking and kitchen utensils
- International and domestic flights
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation in Arusha before and after the climb
- Any items of a personal nature such as: telephone calls, drinks, tips for drivers and guides etc
- Sleeping bags and mountain gear – although we can arrange for you to hire these on request