The best 7 days Kilimanjaro climbing Rongai route Overview

This Rongai Route is the best and simplest route begins on the northern side of Kilimanjaro, 45 km from Moshi town or 69 km from Arusha town.The Rongai route is one of the simplest routes on Kilimanjaro, and it has grown in popularity in recent years. This route is located on the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro, with a variety of spectacular landscapes and different plant and animal species.

Less crowded because of its remote location, the route offers trekkers a unique wilderness experience, where it is possible to see large wildlife like Antelope, Elephant and Buffalo. As there is typically less moisture on this side of the mountain, you are less likely to encounter rain and have more unclouded views of the peak. While it is flatter, it does not give the climb high, sleep low option, and is therefore recommended to select more days for acclimatization.

The Rongai route is one of the easier routes up Kilimanjaro. Rongai is the only route to approach Kilimanjaro from the north and the descent is via the Marangu Route. Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and follows the same path taken by the Marangu route which passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. There are several Variations; The one described is a longer route, taking in Mawenzi Tarn. Duration: 5 or 6 days

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7 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Rongai Route

Departure / Return Location 

Kilimanjaro International Airport

Departure Time 

Please arrive at least 2 hours before flight.


  • Park fees
  • Camp fees
  •  Rescue fees
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  •  Portable toilet
  • Accommodation in Arusha or Moshi
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  •  Emergency oxygen
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Medical Kit and Oximeter

Not Included

  • Both National and International flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  •  Laundry Services

The best seven days Kilimanjaro climbing Rongai route cost 2023

The best and lowest special price for kilimanjaro climbing Rongai route for 7 days ranging from $1800 to $2500 per climber per trip depending on type of accommodation before and after climbing, service during climbing and number of climber in a group.

The best 7 days kilimanjaro climbing tour itinerary

A full detailed 7 days Kilimanjaro climbing Rongai route itinerary: Day 1: Moshi to Rongai gate to Simba Camp; Day 2: Moshi to Rongai gate to Simba Camp; Day 3: Kikelewa camp to Mawenzi turn hut; Day 4: Acclimatization; Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn hut to Kibo Huts camp; Day 6: ummit Day! Kibo Huts camp to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts camp; Day 7: Horombo Huts camp to Marangu Gate to Moshi

Day 01:Moshi to Rongai gate to Simba Camp

Elevation: 1387/915 m to 1950 m to 2750 m, Distance: 9 km, Hiking Time: 4 hours, Habitat: Montana Forest You will have an early breakfast, then be transferred by our vehicles through many villages and coffee and tea plantations for a 2–3-hour drive to Rongai Gate (1,950 m/6,398 ft). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will start hiking on a wide path winding through fields of maize and potatoes and then enter the Montana forest. You will then start to climb gently but consistently through an attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin as you arrive at Simba Camp (2,600 m/8,530 ft), with fantastic views over the Kenyan plains.

Day 02:Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp

Elevation: 2750 m to 3600 m; Distance: 17 km; Hiking Time: 7 hours, Habitat: Moorland After an early breakfast, you will have a steady ascent to the second camp, where you will stop for lunch. At this point, you leave the main trail and take a smaller path across the moorland toward Mawenzi’s side peak and Kikelewa Camp in a sheltered valley. At the Kikelewa Camp, you will settle in for your dinner and overnight rest. 

Day 03:Kikelewa camp to Mawenzi turn hut

Elevation: 3600m to 4330m, Distance: 7km, Hiking Time: 4 hours, Habitat: Semi-Desert After breakfast, you will face a short, steep climb up grassy slopes, rewarded by superb all-round views and immersed in the vast surrounding wilderness. Soon after, you leave the vegetation behind and arrive at the Mawenzi Tarn Camp, which is situated in a spectacular cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi Peak. After this hike, you will arrive at the Mawenzi Turn Hut Camp, where you will also see the amazing undried lake with no inlet or outlet and where you will have lunch, rest, dinner, and overnight. 

Day 04:Acclimatization

This is your extra day on the mountain, and you will spend two nights at Mawenzi Tarn. You will hike up towards Mawenzi for a splendid acclimatization hike. Then, after returning back to the camp for lunch, dinner, and overnight, 

Day 05:Mawenzi Tarn hut to Kibo Huts camp

Elevation: 4330 m to 4695 m, Distance: 8 km, Hiking Time: 5 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert After an early breakfast, you will traverse the lunar desert of the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi peaks to the Kibo Huts at the base of Kibo’s crater wall. You should spend the remainder of the day resting and preparing for your summit climb. 

Day 06:Summit Day! Kibo Huts camp to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts camp

Elevation: 4695 m to 5895 m to 3690 m; distance: 4 km up, 14 km down; hiking time: 10–15 hours; habitat: Alpine Desert Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave for the peak at 12:00 a.m., switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m (18,640 ft) between 4 and 6 a.m. At this point, you will have views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then, after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows, you will reach Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak. Here, you will spend some time taking photos, but it will depend on how you feel. After your summit activities are done, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment, and continue on down, re-crossing the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and spend the night at Horombo camp. 

Day 07:Horombo Huts camp to Marangu Gate to Moshi

Elevation: 3690 m to 1830 m to 1387 m, Distance: 18 km, Descending Time: 5-7 hours After a long and enjoyable sleep, you will be awakened for breakfast, pack up, and start descending through the moorland to Mandara Huts. You will have lunch here before continuing on your triumphant retreat through lush forest to the Marangu Park gate. Here you will sign out, then a vehicle will take you back to the hotel, where it is definitely time for certificate presentation and celebration! 

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