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

7 Days

6 Nights

Rongai Route

Experience Price

From $2,550 per person

Rongai Route

7 Days

6 Nights

Experience Price

From $2,550 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 7-day Rongai Route itinerary to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, climbers can have high expectations for an extraordinary adventure. The Rongai Route, known for its serene and less-crowded trails, offers a unique perspective of the mountain as it approaches from the north. As climbers set foot on this remarkable journey, they can anticipate breathtaking views, diverse landscapes, and a challenging but rewarding experience. With each passing day, the path meanders through lush rainforests, moorlands adorned with otherworldly plants, and alpine desert regions, presenting a fascinating array of natural beauty. As the climb progresses, climbers will feel a sense of achievement and fulfilment, culminating in the ultimate goal of reaching the snow-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Moreover, a 7-day Rongai Route itinerary on Mount Kilimanjaro not only promises stunning scenery but also offers ample time for acclimatization. This extended duration allows climbers to adapt to the high altitude gradually, increasing their chances of a successful summit. Along the way, experienced guides and porters will provide invaluable support, sharing their knowledge of the mountain’s history, flora, and fauna. The journey also provides opportunities for cultural interactions with the local communities living in the surrounding areas, enriching the overall experience.

Climbers can relish in the camaraderie developed within the group as they overcome obstacles together, forging lasting memories and friendships. As the final day dawns, anticipation builds, and climbers push their limits to reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. The sense of accomplishment and awe experienced at the summit will undoubtedly make the 8-day Rongai Route itinerary a truly unforgettable adventure for climbers seeking an exhilarating challenge amidst the grandeur of Africa’s highest peak.


  • Scenic landscapes: Stunning views of the surrounding scenery
  • Gradual ascent: Gentle slope on the Rongai Route allows for better acclimatization.
  • Remote and less crowded: its quieter and less congested trails, offer a more peaceful climbing experience.
  • Cultural encounters: Pass through local villages and interact with the Maasai people, gaining insight into their unique traditions and way of life.
  • Wildlife sightings: spot wildlife and a variety of bird species along the trek.
  • Night-time ascent: The summit attempt begins at midnight, providing a magical experience of climbing under a starlit sky and witnessing the sunrise from the summit.
  • Experienced guides and porters: Knowledgeable guides and dedicated porters ensure safety, provide guidance, and assist with equipment throughout the climb.
  • High success rate: has a success rate in reaching the summit, making it a reliable choice for climbers.
  • Varied terrain: Encounter diverse landscapes, including moorlands, alpine deserts, and the famous Kibo crater.
  • Personal achievement: Conquering Mount Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route is a significant accomplishment, both physically and mentally.

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: 8 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 Second Cave Camp (11,300 ft)
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast, we continue our trek through the moorland, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. The trail gradually ascends, and we pass through the Second Cave, a notable geological formation. As we gain altitude, we can admire the panoramic vistas and acclimate to the changing environment. We spend the night at Second Cave Camp.

  • Elevation: Second Cave Camp (11,300 ft) to Kikilewa Camp (12,450 ft)
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s trek takes us through the alpine desert zone. The trail offers breathtaking views of the expansive landscapes and the towering peaks of Kilimanjaro. We continue our ascent, passing through unique rock formations and admiring the rugged beauty of the surroundings. We reach Kikilewa Camp, where we spend the night and enjoy the tranquillity of the high-altitude wilderness.

  • Elevation: Kikilewa Camp (12,450 ft) to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (14,160 ft)
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Leaving Kikilewa Camp, we ascend further into the alpine desert, approaching the magnificent Mawenzi peak. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and rugged landscapes. We reach Mawenzi Tarn Camp, situated near a picturesque alpine tarn. Here, we can rest, acclimate to the altitude, and enjoy the serene beauty of the surroundings.

  • Elevation: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (14,160 ft) to Kibo Camp (15,430 ft)
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s trek takes us across the lunar-like landscape of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. As we continue our ascent, we reach Kibo Camp, our base camp for the final summit push. Take this opportunity to rest, hydrate, and prepare for the challenging day ahead.

  • Elevation: Kibo Camp (15,430 ft) to Uhuru Peak (19,341 ft) to Horombo Hut (12,205 ft)
  • Distance: 22 km (round trip)
  • Hiking Time: 10-14 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic, Moorland

Today is the most demanding yet exhilarating day of the trek. We start the summit attempt in the early hours of the morning, guided by our experienced team. The ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, is challenging but immensely rewarding. Witnessing the sunrise from the summit is a truly awe-inspiring moment. After celebrating our achievement, we begin the descent to Horombo Hut, where we spend the night.

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

After breakfast, we continue our descent through the moorland, gradually transitioning back into the lush rainforest. The descending trail offers different perspectives of the mountain, and you can 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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