6 Days Rongai Route
Tour cost
$1658 per Person
6 Days Rongai Route

The Rongai Route is more scenic than the Marangu Route and easier than other camping routes in climbing Kilimanjaro and the success rate on the Rongai Route is very high. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Rongai Route you sleep in tents, the porter will have your tent pitched and waiting for you at the end of each day’s trek. There are shared camps with Marangu Route at Kibo Huts and Horombo Huts, but the huts are not used for those using Rongai Route.

general information
safari type : Trekking / Climbing
You will visit: Rongai Gate, Simba Camp, Second Cave Camp, Third Cave Camp, Kibo Huts, Uhuru Peak, Horombo Hut
Getting Around: Walking
Start/End: Arusha
Minimum Age: 18+
Day By Day Itinerary
detailed view
Arrival Day:
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Arusha

After your long flight, you’ll be pleased to spend your first night in comfort at your hotel, the Planet Lodge in Arusha. You will be picked up by a Gifted Adventures driver, who will be waiting to meet and welcome you and take you to your hotel in Arusha to relax after your flight. Your adventure has begun!

Accommodation: Arusha Coffee Lodge
Meals: Dinner
Drinking Mineral Water only

Rongai Gate to Simba Camp

You will have an early breakfast. Transfer by our vehicles through many villages and coffee and plantations for 2–3-hour drive to Rongai Gate. After signing in and preparing the porters, you will start hiking on a wide path winding through fields of maize and potatoes, and then enter into montane forest. The forest begins to thin as you arrive at Simba Camp with fantastic views over the Kenyan plains.

Elevation (m)1950m to 2750m
Distance:9 km
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Habitat:Montane Forest

Simba Camp to Second Cave Camp

After an early morning breakfast, you will have a steady ascent to the second cave where you will stop for lunch. Then after lunch you will have a little rest before acclimatization session whereby you will be walking higher then descend back to the same camp for dinner and overnight.

Elevation:2,750 m to 3,200 m
Distance:7 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

day 3
Second Cave Camp to Third Cave Camp

Today after your early breakfast you will start your walk to Third Cave Camp where you will have your hot lunch then short rest followed with acclimatization session then after you will be brought back to the same camp for dinner and overnight.

Elevation:3200m to 3900m
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Habitat:Semi Desert

Third Cave Camp to Kibo Huts Camp

This is your extra day on the mountain, and you will spend two nights at Mawenzi Tarn. You will hike up towards Mawenzi for a splendid acclimatization hike. Then after returning back to the camp for lunch, dinner, and overnight.

Elevation:3900 M to 4695 M
Hiking Time: 5 hours
Habitat:Alpine Desert

day 5
kibo Huts to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts Camp

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. Leave to the peak at 12; 00AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim 4 and 6 AM. Then after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo Crater Rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend some minutes taking photos and treasuring the moment. After your summit activities done, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment, and continue on down, re-crossing the saddle to the Horombo Huts Camp.

Elevation:4,695 m to 5,895 m to 3,690 m
Distance:4 km up / 14 km down
Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
Habitat:Alpine Desert

day 6
Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

After a long and enjoyable sleep, you will be awaked for breakfast and pack up, start descend through the moorland to Mandara Huts. Here you will have lunch then preceed with your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to Marangu park gate.

Elevation:3,690 m to 1,830 m
Distance:18 km
Hiking Time:5-7 hours
Habitat:Alpine Desert

Departure Day
Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Today is the day that you say goodbye to our team. Congratulations, you just hiked the highest freestanding mountain on planet Earth and the tallest mountain in Africa. You will remember these memories for the rest of your life. Upon waking up today, your guide will be with you until you need leave for Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Meals:Arusha Coffee Lodge
Drinking Mineral Water only

price included / exclude
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Arusha (before & after climb)
  • Transport to and from Arusha to the trail head
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, rescue fees and Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Expert guide, assistant guides, cook and porters
  • Bottled oxygen, for emergency rescue only
  • Private toilet
  • Four season, 3-person mountain tents, double occupancy
  • Sleeping pad, foam, 1.5 inches thick
  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • All meals
  • Services for crew team and salary
  • Tent highest quality tent Eureka or Mountain hard Ware
  • Champagne, cognacs, fine wines & premium brand spirits.
  • Items of personal nature such as passport, visa, travelers etc.
  • Tips for the crew
  • Medical equipment as hyperbolic chamber
  • Portable toilets: available for renting 110 USD/trip
  • Note Over weight, extra luggage will require an extra porter, at a rate of 11 USD per bag per day
  • Massage we may arrange for 40 USD per person
  • And all not mentioned in the itinerary above.

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