Similar to the Machame Route, the Rongai Route is scenic. The difference is that it is easier than Machame and it has a high summit rate. If you love the road less traveled, then this route is for you. You will spend 6 or 7 days hiking and trekking the most secluded route on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Length: 7 Days

Category: Trekking

Destination:  Kilimanjaro via Rongai Route

Major Attractions: Kilimanjaro mountain, Africa’s highest mountain

Tour Guides Language: English

Starting Point: Moshi

Ending Point: Moshi

Route Accessibility: It approaches the mountain from the northern side close to the border of Kenya. Because of its position, it has few crowds of people compared to other routes.

Additional Info: We provides guides, porters and cooks for the guidance and assistance while on the mountain.

Day 1: Rongai Gate (2364M) To Simba Campsite (2670M).

Drive to Rongai gate from Moshi for registration process. Start climbing through the rain forest “pole pole”. The trail finally leads to simba campsite to arrive in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.

  • Distance: 7 Kilometers.
  • Time: 3 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Moorland.


Day 2: Simba Campsite (2670M) To Kikelewa Campsite (3600M).

Hike from simba campsite “pole pole” while noticing changes in vegetation’s. The  trail leads to second cave to have a lunch break. Proceed with the climb to arrive at kikelewa campsite in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.

  • Distance: 16 Kilometers.
  • Time: 8 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Moorland.


Day 3: Kikelewa Campsite (3600M) To Mawenzi Tarn Hut(4335M).

Hike onto the Alpine zone the steep climb towards the mawenzi tarn hut. Arrive in the afternoon time for lunch. Have the rest of the day off resting and gain some energy for the next day. Set the campsite for an overnight stay.

  • Distance: 5 Kilometers.
  • Time: 3 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Alpine desert.


Day 4: Acclimatization Day At Mawenzi Ridge.

The day is meant for acclimatization which allows your body getting used to high altitude and low oxygen levels. Take a walk exploring the landscapes for one hour and long rest for the day. Return back to the campsite in time for hot lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.


Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn (4335M) To Kibo Hut (4720M).

Climb gradually through the saddle area between beautiful peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Proceed with the trail while displaying beautiful views of Kibo and mawenzi peak. Arrive at kibo hut at afternoon for the hot lunch. Take as much rest and drink water upon arrival to prepare your body for the summit. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite. It’s recommended to sleep early around 7:00pm for the summit.

  • Distance: 10 Kilometers.
  • Time: 5 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Alpine desesrt.

Day 6: Ascend To Uhuru Peak (5895M).

Wake up around 23:00 for adding more warm clothes and head lamp. Leave the campsite and start summiting by midnight into the glacial zone. The path leads to Gilman’s point 5681M and then to Stella point 5756M.Have time for pictures and hot tea or drinking water at Stella point. For climbers who have experienced AMS are advised to start descending, however for those interested can take a round trip along the crater rim to reach uhuru peak 5895M.Proceed by descending to kibo hut again for 3 hours walking and 2 hours for the short rest at the campsite. After a short rest wake up and repack all stuffs in the sleeping tent, have branch and start to descend to horombo hut for overnight and dinner.

  • Distance: 6 Kilometers.
  • Time: 6/7 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Alpine/Glacial zone.

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3720M) To Marangu Gate (1800M).

After the hot breakfast, continue hiking through the beautiful rain forest to arrive at Marangu gate. Get awarded with certificates whereby golden certificates are given to hikers who reached at Uhuru peak and green certificates for Stella point hikers. Retreat back to Marangu village for a drive to Moshi town for resting or airport for a flight back at home “Normally tipping can be done to the last campsite or at the certain gate”.

  • Distance: 19 Kilometers.
  • Time: 5 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Rain forest.


  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation.
  • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees,18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • 4 Season mountain tents.
  • Sleeping mats and oxygen tank.
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate.
  • Professional mountain guides, cook and porters.
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain.
  • Filtered water throughout the trek.
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association for the Tour Operators (KIATO).

Not Included:

  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Laundry Services.
  • A doctor for the group.
  • Tipping for the mountain crew.

Tipping on the mountain is recommended for group sharing as following:

  • Guide $20/guide/day
  • Cook $15/day
  • Porters $10/porter/day