5 Days Rongai Route

5 Days Rongai Route

Routes Overview

The Rongai course is the solitary course that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, near the Kenyan line.

However acquiring prominence among climbers, this course encounters low groups.

Rongai has a more slow slant than the mountain's different courses and hence is suggested for those with less hiking experience.

It is the favored course for those searching for an option to the well-known Marangu course, for the individuals who might want a more distant climb, and for the individuals who are moving during the stormy season.

Rongai compensates for this by going through evident wild regions almost the whole way.

Extras surcharge

Pre climb or post-climb accommodation

Extra single tents for camping routes not already included

Pre climb briefing in Arusha / out of Moshi and Arusha / out of Moshi gate transfers

Additional emergency oxygen cylinders (or any emergency cylinders for Mt Meru STTK15,15+1)

Comfort upgrades such as a portable toilet (excluding STTK16, K16+1), bed, larger tent, upgraded menu, celebration items, etc.

Airport or private / non-group gate transfers and out of Moshi transfers

Domestic flights

Day trips

Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation membership

Extra guides or porters

Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, duffel bags, etc.

Additional day for acclimatization (for STTKX)

Tour Itineraries


Direct arrival to Moshi. Pre-climb briefing on trek (time to be confirmed).

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approx. trekking time: None
  • Approx. trekking distance: None
  • Start altitude: None
  • End altitude: None
  • Highest Altitude reached: None
  • Altitude gain: None Meals included: None

Day 1 - Rongai Gate to Simba Camp

Depart from Moshi to Rongai gate, complete your registration. Start your trek through the forest zone that shelters a variety of wildlife. Forest begins to thin out and Simba camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views.

  • Driving distance: 3-4hours
  • Trekking time: 4-5hours
  • Trekking distance: 8km
  • Start altitude: 2020m
  • End altitude: 2625m
  • Highest Altitude: 2625m
  • Altitude gain: 605m
  • Meals included: Lunch, dinner

Day 2 - Simba Camp to Third Cave Camp

Steady trek through grassy moorland and heather to Second Cave Camp (3935m) for picnic lunch, later proceed to the campsite.

  • Trekking time: 5-7hours
  • Trekking distance: 9km
  • Start altitude: 2625m
  • End altitude: 3935m
  • Highest Altitude: 3935m
  • Altitude gain: 1310m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3 - Third Cave Camp to Kibo Camp

Today you cross the alpine zone and journey across 'the saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to your final camp before the summit attempt.

  • Trekking time: 3-5hours
  • Trekking distance: 8km
  • Start altitude: 3935m
  • End altitude: 4703m
  • Highest Altitude: 4703m
  • Altitude gain: 768m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - Kibo Camp to Horombo Camp

Around midnight start for the summit to Gilman’s Point (5681m) and then proceed to Stella point, take a short rest and continue to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Spend few minutes at the peak and later descend to Kibo camp for a short rest and later descend to Horombo Camp to wind up your day.

  • Trekking time: 14-18 hours
  • Trekking distance: 19km
  • Start altitude: 4703m
  • End altitude: 3700m
  • Highest Altitude: 5895m
  • Altitude gain: 1192m
  • Altitude loss: 2195m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5 - Horombo Camp to Marangu Gate to Moshi

Continue your descent through the heather and moorland, and then to the rain forest zone to Marangu Gate (1860m). Upon arrival at the gate complete park formalities, and tipping ceremony with your support team. Our driver will then transfer you to Moshi.

  • Trekking time: 5-6hours
  • Trekking distance: 12km
  • Start altitude: 3700m
  • End altitude: 1860m
  • Altitude loss:1860m
  • Driving time: 1hour
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Trip Included

  • All taxes and VAT applicable
  • All National Park conservation, park entry, camping or hut and rescue fees as applicable
  • Trained, certified, and experienced English-speaking mountain guide
  • 1 x luggage porter carrying luggage of 15kg per person for Kilimanjaro / 12kg per person for Meru
  • Specialist tent crew to service and set up campsites
  • Trained and experienced personal mountain cook and waiter
  • All meals on the mountain and eating utensils, cutlery, bowls, cups, etc.
  • Pre-climb briefing and equipment check with the guide/tour consultant in Moshi
  • 1 x transfer from a Moshi based lodge to park gates per group
  • 1 x transfer from park gates to a Moshi based lodge per group
  • Crew transportation for remote gates (Londrossi / Rongai)
  • Luggage storage while on trek
  • Boiled drinking water on trek (from 1st hut/camp onwards)
  • 1 Emergency oxygen cylinder per group (excluding STTK15 and K15+1, Mt. Meru) and first aid kit
  • Twice daily health checks with guides and a high-grade medical oximeter
  • Hand washing station, sanitizers, and small personal washbasin at campsites
  • Shared public toilet facilities at huts or public campsites
  • 1 x approx. 100Ltr rubberized hold all bag/packsack
  • Basic sleeping mattress per person (provided by the park for hut routes
  • Shared use of Mountain huts (sharing) or Four season tents (sharing for even-numbered groups + 1 single tent for odd numbers), chairs, tables, dining tent for camping routes
  • Private portable toilet (inc. toilet, toilet tent, porter to carry / clean, toilet rolls)

Trip Excluded

  • Tips / gratuities
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol, etc.
  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Water on the first day of the trek
  • Metal & hard plastic water bottles, water bladders, etc. (note: soft plastics are not permitted on the mountain)

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