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7 Days Hiking Mountain Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

 Dar el Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
 12th Feb - 01st Jul


7 Days Hiking Mountain Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

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The 7 Days Hiking Mountain Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route ascends Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoiled wilderness and offers a different perspective of Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north. The topography of the route does not allow for the application of the climb high and sleep low principle and hikers generally suffer more from altitude sickness on the Rongai route compared to other routes (an additional acclimatization day is highly recommended on this route). The Rongai route uses the scree summiting path from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and descends via the Marangu route.

 7 Days Hiking Mountain Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Arrive in Marangu

Day 2: Rongai Camp (Full board):

Day 3: Rongai Third Caves (Full board):

Day 4: Rongai School Hut (Full board):

Day 5: Summit and down Horrombo Hut (Full board):

Day 6: Horrombo down Marangu gate (Full board):

Day 7: Departure day:


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Tour Overview


Nov 18- Mar 17



Pickup Location

pickup avaiable from airport, train and also cruise



Car PickUp


Tour Guide



  • Ground Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals and bottled water
  • All Government Taxes
  • All Tourist attractions and activities charges charges
  • English-speaking driver/guide


  • International Flights
  • Visa Fees
  • Airport Taxes
  • Items of personal nature like Laundry
  • Bar bills
  • Tipping and any extra expenses not included above.


Day 1
  • 08:00 AM

    Airport pick-up- Drop off at Hotel.
    We stay at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort, which is a beautiful hotel located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and is a perfect place to prepare you for adventure. We will gather in the evening at 5:30 pm for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Day 2
  • 08:00 A.M

    Day 2: Rongai Camp (Full board):
    The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 m.) on a small path that wind through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest.

    The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey.
    These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and Rongai One Camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. [3-4 hours walking].

Day 3
  • 08:00 A.M

    Day 3: Rongai Third Caves (Full board):
    The morning walk is a steady ascend up to the ‘Third Cave’ (3,450 m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we continue up to Third Cave (3,900 m) [5-6 hours walking]

Day 4
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 4: Rongai School Hut (Full board):
    The steady ascend continues, soon reaching the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo.
    We should reach School Hut Campsite (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall by midday. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! [4-5 hours walking].

Day 5
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 5: Summit and down Horrombo Hut (Full board):
    We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 A.M. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m.)

    We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area.

    The descent to School (4,700 m.) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3,720 m.). [11-15 hours walking]

Day 6
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 6: Horrombo down Marangu gate (Full board):
    A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m.). [5-6 hours walking].

Day 7
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 7: Departure day:
    After saying bye to our team in operation then you need a Private departure transfer which is included from Marangu to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight, unless you have an option to have Safari or any other option we will discuss.

  • Michael ford

    20th Oct, 2020

    We recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and I have to say this was the best experience of my life. We took the Rongai route, which in my opinion was very tough due to its steepness and 7-day approach to base camp. I can recommend it!! Thank you Ultimate wild Safaris