Six Day Rongai Route

Six Day Rongai Route

Duration: 6 Days
Cost: $1,690
Start Dates: Anytime! Low Season is April 1 – June 15 and November. Contact us for low season discounts.
Distance: 70km/43 miles
Group Size: 1-5. Contact us for larger group discounts.
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Tour Description

The Rongai Route is the only route that approaches the mountain from the North. Beginning from just south of the Kenyan border, this route is considered by many to be more scenic than the popular Marangu Route with much less crowds. This route passes through very remote areas and as such you will be sleeping in tents for the duration of the climb.

The Rongai connects with the Marangu route near the Kibo huts until the summit and descends back down the Marangu route giving you many different views of the mountain.

This is the shorter version of the trek, but there is also a 7 day version giving you one extra day to acclimatize on the mountain.

This is the perfect route for you if you prefer a much quieter journey up the mountain with minimal crowds and if you want a more gradual ascent up the mountain. The Rongai is not as steep as the other routes and as such it is considered one of the easiest routes to the summit.

What’s Included:

  • National Park Gate fees
  • Transportation from Moshi to Nale Muru and back from the Marangu Gate
  • Camping fees and tents
  • Guides and porters
  • Guide and porter salaries
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while camping
  • Tents, sleeping pads
  • 2 nights accommodation at Springlands Hotel
  • Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro airport

What’s Not Included:

  • Personal equipment on the mountain (contact us for rental equipment)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Lunch and dinners while in Moshi
  • Any personal expenses such as Visa, airport taxes, beverages, food etc.
  • Travel insurance

Tour Itinerary

Moshi to Nale Muru (1,950m) to Simba Camp (2,750m)
You will be picked up from the hotel in Moshi and take a 4-5 hour drive to the tiny village of Nale Muru. The hike will begin through a maize and potato fields before entering the forest. From there, you will gradually ascend up to Simba Camp just before the “first cave.” The camp sits just below the moorlands and offers magnificent views of the Kenyan plains.
Simba Camp (2,750m) to Second Cave (3,450m)
Today will be another gradual ascent up to the second cave. Walking through the moorlands you will get an opportunity to enjoy views of the eastern ice fields of the crater rim.
Second Cave (3,450m) to Third Cave (3,870m)
Today will be a short day with a continuing steady climb up to the Third Cave. Traveling through the semi alpine desert, the eastern ice fields will continue to entice you further up the mountain. If you like, this is where you have the option to spend an extra day on the mountain.
Third Cave (3,870m) to Kibo Huts (4,695m) Today you will venture into the full alpine desert to connect with the Marangu route. After arriving at the Kibo huts in the early afternoon, be sure to take rest and sleep early as tomorrow will be the long journey to the summit.
Kibo Huts (4,695m) to the summit of Uhuru Peak (5,895m) back down to Horombo Huts (3,690m)
This will be your longest day yet, but rest assured, you will look back on this day knowing that you accomplished something amazing! Your day will begin at midnight. After a quick breakfast, you strap on your headlamp and head in to the night. You will leave camp by 1am for the 4-7 hour journey up steep scree and possible snow until you reach Gillman’s Point at 5,861 m/18,640 ft. From Gillman’s Point, the route becomes relatively flat all the way to the summit of Uhuru Peak at 5,895m. After a short stop here to take in the sunrise and capture the moment on film, you will begin the long journey back down to the Horombo huts to rest and celebrate your momentous accomplishment.
Horombo Huts (3,690m) to Marangu gate (1,830m) back to Moshi Today you will walk back down through the forest to the main gate where you will arrive some time in the early afternoon. Don’t forget to tip your porters here, because from here you will be leaving them to head back to the hotel in Moshi to celebrate your journey to the roof of Africa!

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