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Rongai Route

The Rongai route on Mount Kilimanjaro is a seven day camping route; it has the attraction of being a lower traffic and easier route compared to the southern slopes for climbing Kilimanjaro. It attracts about 10% of visitors to the mountain. The route is really a complete traverse, the only one to experience the arid northern side and the lush southern side. It’s also known as the Loitokok Route.

Starting from the Kenyan side of the mountain in the north its advantages are a more gradual and easier route in terms of terrain, plus there are excellent clear views of the mountain all through the approach. There is also more opportunity to see wildlife such as buffalo, elephant and antelope.

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Day 1



Arriving to Tanzania

You will be met by one of our drivers at Kilimanjaro airport for an hour drive to Moshi where you will spend a night before starting the hike the following day.

Day 2

Moshi 800M - Rongai Camp 2800M


3hr drive, 4hrs walking

We depart early in the morning and drive around Kilimanjaro to the North side where the Rongai Gate is. It takes about 3hrs but offers some great views. After registering at the gate and sorting gear for the porters we then walk through the forest for 4hrs to reach Camp 1 at 2800m. This is a great day for seeing wildlife. 

Day 3

Rongai Camp 2800 - Kikelelwa Camp 3600M


6hrs walking

Today we move out on to the moorland of Kilimanjaro and have a longish day at 6hrs up to Camp 2 which is near Kikelewa Cave at 3600m. 

Day 4

Mawenzi Tarn Camp 4330M


5hrs walking

Today we are on open ground which at times can be steep as we make our way up to camp at the Mawenzi Tarn (4330m).

Day 5

Acclimitization day


Acclimitization day

Today is a rest and acclimatisation day at the tarn. You can relax at camp or go on some walks in area. This part of the mountain is beautiful and the views are stunning.

Day 6

Mawenzi tarn - Kibo Hut 4730M


4hrs walking

4hrs open ground walking today with amazing views via the Saddle to reach camp near Kibo Hut at 4730m

Day 7

Kibo Hut to UHURU PEAK to Horombo Hut


SUMMIT DAY12hrs walking

Night-time ascent on rock and scree, occasional snow, to the crater rim and the summit. Cold temperatures with windchill. We summit via Gilmans Point (5680m), which is 5 hrs up scree and a further 2 hrs to summit (5985m) and descend to Horombo Hut at 3800m (total 12 hrs).

Day 8

Mandara hut to Marangu gate


Exit the mountain

We then descend to Marangu Gate, along an easy path back into and through the forest for 4 hours. We then transfer by road back to the hotel where a hot shower awaits!