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:  6 Days

Category: Trekking

Destination:  Kilimanjaro via Umbwe 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 south via Umbwe gate. The trail passes through Southern Circuit and finally leads to the summit. Descent is done via the mweka route.

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

Day 1: Umbwe Gate (1600M) To Umbwe Cave (2850M).

Transfer from Moshi to arrive at machame gate for registration formalities Start climbing through rain forest “pole pole” while enjoying the nature of the forest and different animals such as blue and Columbus monkeys The path crosses a ridge between two rivers which finally leads to umbwe cave Have some hot water for wash at the campsite and hot tea with popcorns Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.

  • Distance:11 Kilometers.
  • Time:6 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Rain forest.

Day 2: Umbwe Cave (2850M) To Baranco Hut (3900M).

Hike from the rainforest into moorland zone with sparse vegetation The path displays such spectacular view of Kibo peak Proceed into the baranco valley which finally leads to baranco hut Drink enough water and have some hot  water for wash Dinner and sleep at the campsite.

  • Distance:5 Kilometers.
  • Time:4 Hours walking.
  • Moorland.

Day 3: Baranco Hut (3900M) To Karanga Hut (3995M).

Start a steep climb up till to the top of baranco wall 4200M.Enjoy and have a short brake for the water and pictures continue with the trail to reach karanga hut for hot lunch Rest and have refreshments while waiting for dinner.

  • Distance:6 Kilometers.
  • Time:4 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Alpine dessert.

Day 4: Karanga Hut (3995M) To Barafu Hut (4673M).

Trek out the karanga campsite to reach mweka junction 4500M.Proceed with the hike to join mweka trail which finally leads to barafu hut Take as much rest and water upon arrival to prepare your body for the summit It’s recommended to sleep early by 07:00pm after dinner for summit preparations.

  • Distance: 4 Kilometers.
  • Time: 3 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Alpine desert.

Day 5: Ascend To The Summit at Uhuru Peak (5895Mamsl).

Wake up around 11:00pm for adding more warm clothes and head lamp Leave the camp and start summiting by midnight into the glacial zone The path leads to Stella point 5756M for the short brake Have time for pictures and a little rest while 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 5896Mamsl After summit proceed descending from Uhuru to barafu hut for 3 hours walking and have some rest at the campsite for more 2 hours before brunch Wake up repack all stuffs from the sleeping tent, done brunch and start to descend to mweka “pole pole” for more 4 hours walking.

  • Distance:5 Kilometers.
  • Time:6/7 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Alpine/Glacial zone.

Day 6: Mweka Hut (3100M) To Mweka Gate (1640M).

After a hot breakfast, continue hiking through the beautiful rain forest to arrive at mweka gate Get awarded with certificates whereby golden certificates are given to hikers who reached Uhuru peak and green certificates for Stella point hikers Retreat back to mweka 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: 10 Kilometers.
  • Time: 3 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:

  • Flights.
  • 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