6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro trekking through Rongai route


The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, the Rongai route still experiences low traffic.

Rongai is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the crowded Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation).

The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, and seven days are recommended.

Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo camp. This route descends down the Marangu route.

Rongai is a moderately difficult route and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before Trekking.
Professional English-speaking guide Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
Meals during the climb All national park fees
Drinking water All mentioned transfers
Flights Tips
Optional activities Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
Alcoholic and soft drinks Travel insurance
Visa fees



Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi

We will send a driver to the airport to pick you up and take you to the hotel in Moshi. Orientation will take place at the hotel. Our guides will emphasize all the important details regarding your trek and inspect your hiking gear.


Day 2: Rongai Camp (Full Board)

After an early breakfast in Arusha you will drive to the Rongai (Nalemoru) Gate near the Kenyan border.

We begin our climb on this unspoiled wilderness route. The walk then starts to climb consistently, but gently through 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 (2600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

The first day is only a half-day walk.

Nalemoru Gate to Rongai Camp (2,600 m): 3-4 hours walking.


Day 3: Rongai Second Cave (Full Board)

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave, (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After hot lunch we have free time to rest at the camp or in the afternoon we can explore the surrounding area for acclimatization walk to Third Cave.

Rongai Camp to Second Cave (3,450 m): 3-4 hours walking.


Day 4: Rongai Kikelelwa Cave (Full Board)

Gradual rise through beautiful open moorland towards jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi to Kikelewa Camp (3679m) we reach in late afternoon at Kikelewa Caves for dinner and overnight at the camp.

Second Cave to Kikelewa Caves (3,600 m): 3-4 hours walking.


Day 5: Rongai Mawenzi Turn (Full board)

A Short but steep ascent to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m). Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn. The afternoon is free to help your acclimatization.

Kikelelwa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m): 3-4 hours walking.


Day 6: Mawenzi Turn to Hut (Full board)

Today we cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and KiboHut (4700m), at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall by early afternoon. There is no running water at Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.

Mawenzi Turn to Kibo Hut (4,700m); 5-6 hours walking.


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