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Kilimanjaro climbing- Rongai route 7 days Itinerary

Kilimanjaro climbing- Rongai route 7 days Itinerary is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the popular 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). Rongai is a moderately difficult route and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

Departure & Return Location

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) (Google Map)

Departure Time

8:30AM After breakfast

Itinerary

Day 1Rongai Gate to Simba Camp

Elevation: 6,398 ft to 9,300 ft
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

We drive from Moshi to Marangu Gate for permits before taking a short transfer to the Rongai Gate trailhead. The path winds through corn and potato fields and then climbs gently through the forest which is home to a variety of wildlife, including the black and white colobus monkey.

Day 2Simba Camp to Second Cave to Kikelelwa Camp

Elevation: 9,300 ft to 11,300 ft to 11,811 ft
Distance: 12 km/8miles
Hiking Time: 8-9 hours
Habitat: Heath

We begin this morning with a steady incline up to Second Cave. We continue trekking though moorland, leaving the main trail for a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, before finally arriving at Kikelelwa Cave for the night.

Day 3Kikelelwa Cave to Mawenzi Turn

Elevation: 11,811 ft to 14,160 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

The hike today is short and steep up a grassy slope. Views of the wilderness area are stunning. As we exit the heath zone and emerge into the Alpine Desert zone, the landscape changes dramatically. Our camp is situated beneath the jagged spires of Mawenzi, at Mawenzi Tarn. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing or exploring the area.

Day 4Mawenzi Turn to Mawenzi Ridge to Mawenzi Turn

Elevation (ft): 14,160 ft -14,400 ft
Distance: 2 km/1 mile
Hiking Time: 2 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Mawenzi Turn for camp.

Day 5Marwenzi Turn to Kibo Hut

Elevation (ft): 14,160 ft to 15,430 ft
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.

Day 6Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 19 km
Hiking Time:  9 -10 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 7Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
Distance: 20 km/12 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

Killimanjaro Trekking Price Comparison

BUDGET PRICE
STANDARD PRICE
LUXURY PRICE

Package Name 1 Climber 2-4 Climbers 5-8 Climbers 9+ Climbers
Marangu Route 5 days $1435 $1350 $1305 $1250
Marangu Route 6 days $1545 $1450 $1405 $1350
Machame Route 6 days $1695 $1675 $1550 $1525
Machame Route 7 days $1775 $1675 $1595 $1550
Lemosho Route 6 days $1705 $1625 $1550 $1525
Lemosho Route 7 days $1805 $1705 $1625 $1550
Lemosho Route 8 days $1875 $1775 $1675 $1650
Rongai Route 6 days $1705 $1625 $1550 $1525
Rongai Route 7 days $1805 $1705 $1625 $1550
Northern Circuit Route 9 days $2075 $1975 $1825 $1795
Umbwe Route 6 days $1705 $1605 $1550 $1525
BUDGET PRICE INCLUDE
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Medically qualified guides
  • Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope.
  • Backpackers accommodations (Camping sites) before & after the climb, bed & breakfast basis, double occupancy
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • Pick up and drop off to the Airport (Private transfers)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees.
  • Government tax (18% VAT ON TOUR FEE AND SERVICE)
  • Mountain climbing certificate
  • Team Kilimanjaro rescue fees
  • Fear Wages for the mountain crew as approved by Kilimanjaro national park Authority, and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour operator (KIATO)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs. of your personal gear.
  • 4-season mountain tents, double occupancy.
  • Mess tent, tables, chairs and trekking poles.
  • All meals while on the climb + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • As much treated water you can drink while climbing.
  • Hot water for washing up daily.
BUDGET PRICE NOT INCLUDE
  • Airfares and taxes
  • Tip to your guides, porters and cook.
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks at hotel
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – compulsory depending on how you travel to Tanzania, Meningitis & Hepatitis A optional but recommended)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Laundry (available at the hotel)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear- Some gears available for rent
  • Snacks and personal medicine

Package Name 1 Climber 2-4 Climbers 5-8 Climbers 9+ Climbers
Marangu Route 5 days $ 1585 USD $ 1500 USD $ 1455 USD $ 1400 USD
Marangu Route 6 days $ 1695 USD $ $1600 USD $ 1555 USD $ 1500 USD
Machame Route 6 days $ 1845 USD $ 1745 USD $ 1700 USD $ 1675 USD
Machame Route 7 days $ 1925 USD $ 1825 USD $ 1745 USD $ 1700 USD
Lemosho Route 6 days $ 1855 USD $ 1775 USD $ 1700 USD $ 1675 USD
Lemosho Route 7 days $ 1955 USD $ 1855 USD $ 1755 USD $ 1700 USD
Lemosho Route 8 days $ 2025 USD $ 1925 USD $ 1825 USD $ 1800 USD
Rongai Route 6 days $ 1855 USD $ 1775 USD $ 1700 USD $ 1675 USD
Rongai Route 7 days $ 1955 USD $ 1855 USD $ 1775 USD $ 1700 USD
Northern Circuit Route 9 days $ 2225 USD $ 2125 USD $ 1975 USD $ 1945 USD
Umbwe Route 6 days $ 1855 USD $ 1755 USD $ 1700 USD $ 1675 USD
STANDARD PRICE INCLUDE
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Medically qualified guides
  • Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope.
  • Midrange accommodations before & after the climb, bed & breakfast basis, double occupancy(Key’s Hotel, Panama Lodge, Lindini Lodge)
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • Pick up and drop off to the Airport (Private transfers)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees.
  • Government tax (18% VAT ON TOUR FEE AND SERVICE)
  • Mobile toilet
  • Mountain climbing certificate
  • Team Kilimanjaro rescue fees
  • Fear Wages for the mountain crew as approved by Kilimanjaro national park Authority, and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour operator (KIATO)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs. of your personal gear.
  • 4-season mountain tents, double occupancy.
  • Mess tent, tables, chairs, double layer sleeping bag 3 inches thick and trekking poles.
  • All meals while on the climb + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • As much treated water you can drink while climbing.
  • Hot water for washing up daily.
STANDARD PRICE NOT INCLUDE
    • Airfares and taxes
    • Tip to your guides, porters and cook.
    • Lunch, dinner and drinks at hotel
    • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – compulsory depending on how you travel to Tanzania, Meningitis & Hepatitis A optional but recommended)
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Laundry (available at the hotel)
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Personal hiking/trekking gear- Some gears available for rent
    • Snacks and personal medicine

Package Name 1 Climber 2-4 Climbers 5-8Climbers 9+ Climbers
Marangu Route 5 days $1735 $1650 $1605 $1550
Marangu Route 6 days $1845 $1750 $1705 $1650
Machame Route 6 days $1995 $1895 $1850 $1825
Machame Route 7 days $2075 $2005 $1895 $1850
Lemosho Route 6 days $2005 $1925 $1850 $1825
Lemosho Route 7 days $2105 $2005 $1905 $1850
Lemosho Route 8 days $2175 $2075 $1975 $1950
Rongai Route 6 days $2005 $1925 $1850 $1825
Rongai Route 7 days $2105 $2005 $1925 $1850
Northern Circuit Route 9 days $2375 $2275 $2125 $2095
Umbwe Route 6 days $1855 $1905 $1850 $1825
LUXURY PRICE INCLUDE
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Medically qualified guides
  • Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope.
  • 4 STARS accommodations before & after the climb, FB. (WERUWERU RIVER LODGE, KIBO PALACE, KILI WONDERS HOTEL)
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • Pick up and drop off to the Airport (Private transfers)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees.
  • Government tax (18% VAT ON TOUR FEE AND SERVICE)
  • Mobile toilet
  • Mountain climbing certificate
  • Team Kilimanjaro rescue fees
  • Fear Wages for the mountain crew as approved by Kilimanjaro national park Authority, and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour operator (KIATO)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs. of your personal gear.
  • 4-season mountain tents, double occupancy.
  • Mess tent, tables, chairs, sleeping bag & pad 3 inches thick, Mattress and trekking poles.
  • All meals while on the climb + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • As much treated water you can drink while climbing.
  • Hot water for washing up daily.
LUXURY PRICE NOT INCLUDE
    • Airfares and taxes
    • Tip to your guides, porters and cook.
    • Drinks at hotel
    • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – compulsory depending on how you travel to Tanzania, Meningitis & Hepatitis A optional but recommended)
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Laundry (available at the hotel)
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Personal hiking/trekking gear- Some gears available for rent
    • Snacks and personal medicine

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