Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing- Rongai Route
Daily Tour 8 day Availability: 2018-01-01
Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Kilimanjaro National Park

This route is fast gaining in popularity and is considered to be one of the easiest routes up the mountain. It is the only route starting from the north side of the mountain at Rongai a small village close to the Kenya border. The climbing conditions are drier on the northern side of the mountain and there are spectacular sweeping views over the broad flat Maasai lands. Overnights are spend camping in tents. The summit is reach via the east side of Kibo and the descent is via the Marangu route

Kilimanjaro International Airport (Google Map)

Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.

  • All Airport Transfers
  • Park Fees
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Accommodations
  • All Meals
  • Professional guide
  • Mineral water/ water/ coffee on the vehicle

  • International flight costs
  • Personal Expences


Day 1 – Moshi

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and non-private hotel shuttle bus transfer to Springlands Hotel for overnight.


Day 2 – First Kavu Camp

Breakfast at Springlands Hotel . Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Rongai. The climb begins at the village of Nale Moru 1950m through cultivated land before entering the pine forest. Watch out for the Kilimanjaro Colobus monkeys in the tree tops with their white fringed ‘capes’ and tail. Taking 3 – 4 hours the first camp is on the edge of the moorland zone where the forest begins to thin out at First Cave at 8500ft/2600m. Overnight First Cave Camp (Kikelewa).

Day 3 – Second Kavu Camp

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave at 11300ft/3450m with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Pushing on to reach Third Cave taking 3 to 4 hours at 12800ft/3800m for overnight camp. Overnight Third Cave Camp (Kikelewa).

Day 4 – Mawenzi Tarn Camp

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before we reach our next camp at Mawenzi Tarn 4735m, taking 3 to 4 hours spectacularly situated beneath towering spires of Mawenzi peak. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area. Overnight Mawenzi Tarn Camp.

Day 5 – Kibo Camp

Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut at 15000ft/4700m. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent which begins around midnight. Overnight Kibo Camp.

Day 6 – Horombo Camp

An early start for the summit on steep heavy scree to arrive at Gilman’s Point at 18640/5681m in time to see the sun rise. Those who want to reach the highest point in Africa can take approximately three hour excursion to Uhuru Peak 19340ft/5896m passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo is surprisingly fast and after some refreshment, continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo at 12000ft/3700m taking 11 to 15 hours. Overnight Horombo Hut.

Day 7 – Moshi

A steady descent down through the moorland to Mandara Hut and then downward through the lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830m) taking 5 to 7 hours to be met and transferred to Springlands Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 1 – Depart

Breakfast at Springlands Hotel. Departure as per plan.

3 Reviews

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    5:46 pm - June 22, 2018 / Reply

    Our experience with africa travel bureau completely exceeded any expectations we had going into the trip. We really did not know what to expect, but we were blown away by the care and attention each member of the mountain staff and every company employee we came across throughout the trip, and leading up to it. Shawn our booking manager answered millions of emails from me, some multiple times a day, with straight forward and good information. He was incredibly helpful with planning leading up to the trip and truly put us at ease.

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    4:47 pm - August 26, 2018 / Reply

    It’s a long climb to the summit (we spread it out over 5 days in order to help us adjust to the altitude, following the quieter Rongai route) but also a fairly easy one from a technical perspective. You basically just walk to the summit and need only a good pair of boots, warm clothes and some stamina. The final push is usually done under the cover of darkness (setting off from the summit camp around midnight) but in exchange for the long day, you reach the summit around dawn. Spectacular views of the sun rising over the African plains (not to mention the volcanic caldera and what’s left of Furtwangler glacier) if you make it!

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    4:48 pm - August 26, 2018 / Reply

    Breathtaking experience. I am happy that I had an opportunity to trek this amazing natural phenomenon. Worth visiting at least once in life time


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