6 Days 5 Nights
Tour Type
Adventure Tour
Group Size
10 People
Tour Guide
2 People
Kilimanjaro Routes, Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

The Rongai Route is one of the easiest routes and the success rate is very high.

The route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border and is one of the least traveled routes. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many viewpoints.

The drive to the trailhead takes about 3 hours from Moshi through many villages and coffee plantations, including a stop to register climbing permits at Marangu.

The Rongai Route can also be accessed from Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Allow 2 hours including the border crossing. We will need copies of passports ahead of time.



  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • National Park gate fees
  • Transport from Moshi to trailhead and return to Moshi
  • Camping fees
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Salaries for all crew members
  • Rescue fees (as required by the national park)
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Oximeters
  • Emergency Oxygen (2L canister)



  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Tips for guides, porters, and cooks (budget $350-500/person)
  • Sleeping bags and personal gear
  • $40 for a single tent
  • Low season discount in April/May


Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, Transfer to Moshi. A driver will meet you at Kilimanjaro Airport after you go through immigration and customs. Look for someone with a signboard written your name. There will be a trek orientation with your Kilimanjaro guide today and an opportunity to get any rental items that you may need and also pack for the trek. You can leave extra luggage that is not needed on the trek at the hotel. If you have time, we recommend an extra rest day before your trek. Meals included: n/a Mid-Range Accommodations:  at Arusha or Moshi
Drive to the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (about 2 hours including a stop to get permits at Marangu). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering the pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through an attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. -- Elevation: 2000m/6560ft to 2650m/8700ft -- Distance: 6km/4mi -- Habitat: Montane Forest Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Simba Camp
The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. -- Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3450m/11,300ft -- Distance: 6km/4mi -- Habitat: Moorland Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Second Cave Camp
Today we continue our hike from the Second Cave to the Third Cave. -- Elevation: 3450m/11,300ft to 3880m/12,700ft -- Distance: 9km/5mi -- Walking Time: 2-3 hours -- Habitat: Semi-desert Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Third Cave Camp
Hike to Kibo Hut at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent and a very early day! -- Elevation: 3880m/12,700ft to 4750m/15,600ft -- Distance: 5km/3mi -- Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Kibo Hut Camp
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman's Point located on the crater rim (elev 5700m/18,700ft). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment. The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly "pole pole" and an optimistic attitude will get you there! -- Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft -- Down to 3700m/12,200ft -- Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down -- Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down -- Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Horombo Hut Camp