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Mount KilimanjaroTrekking

The Rongai route presents a unique and less travelled path to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side, bordering Tanzania, and Kenya.

6 Days

5 Nights

Rongai Route

Experience Price

From $2,350 per person

Rongai Route

6 Days

5 Nights

Experience Price

From $2,150 per person


Renowned for its untouched wilderness, this route offers trekkers a distinct experience on Africa’s highest peak while retaining a sense of solitude. Distinguished as the only approach from the north, the Rongai route stands out as one of the most remote and unspoiled trails on the mountain. Despite its seclusion, this route boasts numerous advantages, making it an appealing choice for those seeking a remarkable adventure.

The Rongai Route remains among the least frequented trails on Mount Kilimanjaro due to its secluded nature. Travellers who embark on this path can relish in peace and tranquillity for a significant portion of the journey, encountering only a handful of climbers before reaching Kibo Camp. At this point, the trail converges with the Marangu Route for the final ascent to the summit. It facilitates a gradual and steady climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, allowing hikers to acclimatize at a favourable pace. This not only makes it one of the more manageable routes up the mountain but also significantly increases the chances of a successful summit. The trail presents few major obstacles, and the day before the summit push is relatively short, granting trekkers ample time to rest, recuperate, and prepare for the final climb to Uhuru Peak. Situated on the northern side of the mountain, close to the Kenyan border, the Rongai Route benefits from being the driest route on Kilimanjaro. This makes it an excellent choice for trekking throughout the year, particularly during the rainy season in April and May.

The majority of rainfall typically occurs on the southern side of the mountain, allowing Rongai hikers to remain relatively dry and warm compared to those on more popular trails. Apart from its favourable conditions, the Rongai Route offers the possibility of encountering wildlife, such as Colobus Monkeys, during the initial days of the climb. The campsites are strategically positioned along the route, ensuring that hikers spend a similar amount of time on the trail each day. Additionally, since the trail ascends from the north and descends from the south, travellers gain unique perspectives of Kilimanjaro’s awe-inspiring landscapes. If there is one minor drawback to the Rongai Route, it would be that its scenic beauty may not rival that of some other routes up Mt. Kilimanjaro.

While it is true that the scenery may not possess the same level of diversity and grandeur as certain trails, there is still an abundance of captivating sights to admire along this path. Moreover, with the scarcity of fellow hikers, one can fully immerse themselves in the surroundings. When planning a Kilimanjaro climb, the Rongai Route is offered as a 7-day trek or a private climb lasting 6 or 7 days. The six-day variation does not include an acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn on the fourth day.

Experience Expectation

When embarking on a 6-day Rongai Route itinerary to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, one can anticipate a truly awe-inspiring experience. The Rongai Route, known for its scenic beauty and quieter trails, offers a unique perspective of the mountain. Throughout the journey, climbers can expect to witness diverse landscapes, from lush rainforests to alpine meadows, as they ascend towards the summit. The route provides an excellent opportunity for acclimatization, allowing climbers to adapt to the increasing altitude gradually. With knowledgeable guides and experienced porters supporting the expedition, adventurers can look forward to a well-organized and safe climb, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

The first few days of the Rongai Route itinerary will be spent traversing the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. As climbers make their way through the verdant rainforest, they will encounter a myriad of flora and fauna, including towering trees and playful monkeys. The tranquil atmosphere and serene beauty of this part of the mountain create a sense of calm and wonder. As the journey progresses, the landscape gradually transforms into heath and moorland, characterized by vast open spaces and unique plant life. With each passing day, the anticipation builds as the climbers approach the higher altitudes, where the true test of determination and resilience awaits. The 7-day Rongai Route itinerary promises an unforgettable adventure, combining natural beauty, physical challenge, and the exhilaration of reaching the iconic summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.


  • Scenic landscapes: Beautiful views, and diverse vegetation.
  • Gradual ascent: Better acclimatization, reduces altitude sickness risk.
  • Remote and less crowded: Peaceful climbing experience.
  • Cultural encounters: Interact with Maasai people and learn their traditions.
  • Wildlife sightings: Monkeys, various bird species.
  • Night-time ascent: Starlit climb, breathtaking sunrise.
  • Experienced guides and porters: Safety, guidance, equipment assistance.
  • High success rate: Reliable route for reaching the summit.
  • Varied terrain: Moorlands, alpine deserts, Kibo crater.
  • Personal achievement: Significant physical and mental accomplishment.

Experience Suitability

  • Beginner climbers
  • Those seeking a less crowded route.
  • Nature enthusiasts
  • Adventurous individuals
  • People who prefer a gradual ascent
  • Those looking for a unique experience.
  • Hikers with limited time
  • Families or groups with mixed fitness levels
  • Individuals who want a diverse landscape experience
  • Those interested in observing wildlife on the lower slopes.

Day to Day Experience

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi. Take this day to rest, recover from your journey, and prepare for the upcoming adventure. Our team will provide a briefing and equipment check to ensure you are well-prepared for the trek.

  • Elevation: Nalemuru Gate (6,398 ft) to Simba Camp (8,530 ft)
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

After breakfast, we drive to the Rongai route’s starting point at Nalemuru Gate. Here, we complete the necessary registration formalities and meet our experienced mountain crew. The trek begins through the lush rainforest, where we may encounter various wildlife and enjoy the sounds of nature. We ascend gradually to reach Simba Camp, our first overnight campsite.

  • Elevation: Simba Camp (8,530 ft) to Kikilewa Camp (11,811 ft)
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

After a hearty breakfast, we resume our trek, leaving the rainforest behind and entering the moorland zone. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and the majestic Kibo Peak. As we ascend, the vegetation becomes sparser, and we can witness the unique beauty of the alpine desert. We reach Kikilewa Camp, where we spend the night, enjoying the tranquillity and panoramic vistas.

  • Elevation: Kikilewa Camp (11,811 ft) to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (14,160 ft)
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s trek takes us closer to the magnificent Mawenzi Peak, one of Mount Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones. The trail offers spectacular views of the surrounding glaciers and rugged landscapes. We continue our ascent to reach Mawenzi Tarn Camp, situated near a picturesque alpine tarn. Here, we can relax, acclimate to the altitude, and enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery.

  • Elevation: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (14,160 ft) to School Hut Camp (15,748 ft)
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Leaving Mawenzi Tarn Camp, we traverse the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. The trail gradually ascends, and the landscape becomes more rugged and barren. We arrive at School Hut Camp, our last campsite before the summit push. Rest, hydrate, and prepare yourself for the challenging but rewarding final ascent.

  • Elevation: School Hut Camp (15,748 ft) to Uhuru Peak (19,341 ft) to Horombo Camp (12,205 ft)
  • Distance: 6 km ascent, 15 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 6-8 hours to descend to Horombo Camp
  • Habitat: Arctic, Moorland

Today is the most demanding yet exhilarating day of the trek. We begin our ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Starting in the early hours of the morning, we hike through the steep and challenging terrain, guided by our experienced team. Witnessing the sunrise from the summit is a truly awe-inspiring moment. After celebrating our achievement, we descend to Horombo Camp for a well-deserved rest.

  • Elevation: Horombo Camp (12,205 ft) to Marangu Gate (6,046 ft)
  • Distance: 20 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland, Rainforest

After a final breakfast on the mountain, we continue our descent through the moorland, gradually transitioning back into the lush rainforest. The descending trail offers different perspectives of the mountain and the opportunity to reflect on your incredible journey. We arrive at Marangu Gate, where you will receive your summit certificates. Our team will transfer you back to Moshi for a well-deserved celebration and rest.

After breakfast, our team will provide a transfer from your hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. Take with you cherished memories, a sense of accomplishment, and the knowledge that you have conquered the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro.

Please note that the Rongai Route offers a unique and less crowded experience compared to other routes. The itinerary may be subject to change due to weather conditions, group pace, and the overall well-being of the trekkers. Our experienced guides will make any necessary adjustments to ensure your safety and enhance your trekking experience.

Experience Accommodation

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Upon your arrival in Arusha, you will be accommodated at either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha. Both hotels offer comfortable and convenient lodging options, providing you with a relaxing environment to rest and prepare for your Kilimanjaro trek.

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During the trek on the Rongai Route, you will experience camping in the pristine wilderness of Mount Kilimanjaro. Our experienced team will set up high-quality camping equipment at designated campsites along the route. The campsites are carefully chosen to offer picturesque surroundings and a serene atmosphere. You will be provided with spacious tents, comfortable sleeping mats, and dining facilities.

Our crew will ensure that your camping experience is comfortable, safe, and enjoyable. The campsites on the Rongai Route are equipped with toilet facilities, and our team will provide hot water for washing. Additionally, our skilled cooks will prepare delicious meals to fuel your journey, offering a variety of local and international dishes. We also accommodate dietary preferences and restrictions, ensuring that you are well-nourished throughout the trek.

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Upon completing your Kilimanjaro trek, you will be transferred back to either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha, where you can relax and celebrate your accomplishment. Both hotels offer comfortable rooms, modern amenities, and excellent services. Enjoy a hot shower, unwind by the hotel’s facilities, and take the time to reflect on your incredible journey. Indulge in delicious meals and relish the memories of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Please note that the specific accommodation arrangements may vary depending on availability and other factors. Our team will make every effort to ensure your comfort and provide suitable accommodation options throughout your Kilimanjaro climbing tour.

Rates per Person

  • 1 Person

  • 2- 4 people

  • 5- 7 people

  • 8- 10 people

Experience Inclusion & Exclusion

  • All camping and hut fees
  • All Entry fees.
  • All camping gears.
  • High-Quality 4-inch Sleeping Mattress & Pillow
  • Duffle Bags or Sleeping Bags (- 10°C)
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Oximeter machine
  • Mobile Communications (for emergency only)
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • Experienced and friendly trek staff (cooks and porters) and their salaries.
  • Meals (3 times per day)
  • Boiled/Purified drinking water.
  • Cook and kitchen utensils.
  • 18% VAT
  • English-speaking guide (certified as a Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Medicine Adult and Child CPR)
  • Special Language Guide (for $20 per guide, per day)
  • First Aid & Injury prevention kits
  • Daily briefing
  • 25% discount on gear rental (the discount applies for online shopping only)
  • Personal Summit Certificate stamped and signed by the National Park and your Guide.
  • International and local flights from back home
  • Tips (Gratuity) to guide and porters.
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses (e.g., laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • RT PCR Test (can be arranged)
  • Hotels for before and after trek night (available as an add-on)
  • Airport Transfer (50$ one way per car)
  • Personal mountain gear (We offer high-quality Gear Rental, see below for more info)


Safari Transportation

We understand the importance of comfortable and reliable transportation during your Kilimanjaro climbing tour. To ensure a seamless experience, we provide transportation services for various stages of your journey.

Airport Pickup:

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our professional driver will be waiting to greet you. We offer transportation options depending on the size of your group. For smaller groups or individual travellers, we provide a Toyota Alphard, a spacious and comfortable vehicle ideal for airport transfers. For larger groups, we have a Safari Land Cruiser, which offers ample space for both passengers and luggage. Our experienced driver will safely transport you from the airport to your hotel in Arusha, whether it’s the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha.

Trek Day:

On the day of your trek, we will arrange transportation from your hotel in Arusha to the starting point of your chosen route. We utilize a private Coaster shuttle bus, which provides a comfortable and convenient mode of transport. The shuttle bus is spacious, allowing you to relax and prepare for the exciting adventure ahead. Our experienced driver will ensure a smooth journey as you head towards the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, ready to embark on your trekking expedition.

After Trek:

Upon completing your Kilimanjaro trek, we will arrange transportation from the mountain back to your hotel in Arusha. Our private Coaster shuttle bus will be waiting to pick you up and transfer you safely and comfortably. You can relax and reflect on your incredible achievement as our driver navigates the scenic routes back to your accommodation at either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha.

Airport Dropoff:

When it’s time to bid farewell to Tanzania, we will arrange transportation from your hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. For airport drop-off, we offer both the Toyota Alphard and Safari Land Cruiser, depending on the number of clients and their respective transportation needs. Our reliable driver will ensure that you reach the airport in a timely manner, allowing you to catch your flight with ease.

At Alkebulan Travels, we prioritize your comfort and safety throughout your Kilimanjaro climbing tour. Our well-maintained vehicles and experienced drivers will provide a smooth and enjoyable transportation experience, allowing you to focus on immersing yourself in the beauty of Tanzania’s landscapes and the thrill of conquering Mount Kilimanjaro.

Important to Know

The Rongai Route is a scenic and less crowded route for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Here are some important things to know about the Rongai Route:

  1. Duration: The Rongai Route typically takes around 6 to 7 days to complete. It is slightly longer than the Marangu Route but offers a more gradual and less challenging ascent profile, increasing the chances of successful acclimatization.
  2. Northern Approach: The Rongai Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the northern side, starting near the Kenya-Tanzania border. This remote and less-travelled route provides a unique perspective of the mountain and offers a sense of wilderness.
  3. Scenery: The Rongai Route offers diverse and breathtaking scenery throughout the trek. It passes through lush rainforests, alpine meadows, and moorlands, providing stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. As you ascend higher, you will witness the dramatic glaciers and snow-covered peaks of Kilimanjaro.
  4. Wildlife: The Rongai Route is known for its opportunities to spot wildlife along the way. The route passes through Kilimanjaro’s wilderness areas, and there are chances to see various animals such as monkeys, antelopes, and unique bird species. It adds an element of wildlife viewing to your trekking experience.
  5. Less Crowded: Compared to some other popular routes, the Rongai Route is less crowded and offers a sense of tranquillity and solitude. It is a great option for those seeking a quieter and more remote climb, away from the busier trails.
  6. Summit Day: The summit attempt on the Rongai Route typically starts in the early hours of the morning from Kibo Hut. You will face a challenging ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Kilimanjaro. The final push to the summit is physically demanding but rewarding, offering spectacular views and a sense of accomplishment.
  7. Guide and Support Team: Climbing the Rongai Route requires the assistance of experienced guides and a support team. They will provide guidance, and support, and ensure your safety throughout the trek. It is essential to choose a reputable tour operator that provides trained and knowledgeable staff.
  8. Training and Preparation: Although the Rongai Route is considered less difficult than some other routes, it is still important to undergo physical training and preparation. Engage in regular cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking to improve your fitness level and endurance. Proper packing of gear and clothing suitable for varying weather conditions is also crucial.

Remember, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route offers a unique and less crowded experience. It is important to choose a reputable tour operator, listen to your body, and follow the guidance of your guides. With determination, proper preparation, and a positive mindset, you can embark on a remarkable journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route.

Travel Insurance

All our Tours are covered by AMREF Flying Doctors Travel insurance

At Alkebulan Travels, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our clients during their Tanzania safari and Kilimanjaro climb tours. That’s why we have partnered with AMREF Flying Doctors to provide comprehensive tourist insurance coverage for all our trips within Tanzania.


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