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Mt Kilimanjaro Rongai Climb

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Standing tall above the African continent, the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro has long held the hearts and minds of avid trekkers and adventurers alike. The only route to approach Kili from the north, the challenging Rongai Trek offers a quieter, steadier and more gradual climb up to the Roof of Africa. Experience the unspoiled nature of Rongai Route's rugged, wild beauty on this 7-day high-altitude trekking tour!  This fully-serviced trek includes walk-in tents, portable toilets, shower and safety measures, ensuring your comfort as you focus on reaching the summit.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Tanzania
Day 2 : Moshi Free Day
Day 3 : Begin Rongai Trek | Simba Camp
Day 4 : Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp
Day 5 : Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Day 6 : Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Kibo Camp
Day 7 : Summit to Horombo Camp
Day 8 : Horombo Camp to Marangu Gate | End of Trek
Day 9 : Departure

Highlights

  • Hike through rugged wilderness toward the Roof of Africa
  • Watch the spectacular sunrise from Mawenzi Tarn
  • Spend 6 days hiking through Mt Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Avoid the crowds on one of Kilimanjaro's quietest routes

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Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Ultimate

Trip Snapshots

Tanznania Landscape Making it to the top Mount Kilimanjaro by starlight Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro Mount Kilimanjaro
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Day 1 Arrive Tanzania

Arrive in Tanzania at Kilimanjaro International Airport on the flight of your choice today. Meet your driver after customs and baggage claim, transferring to our Moshi hotel for a trek briefing and restful first night in Tanzania. 

Day 2 Moshi Free Day

Today is a free day in Moshi to rest and prepare for your trek. Additional excursions can also be arranged, please inquire: 
  • Arusha National Park - Introduction to game viewing with options for canoe ride on Small Momela Lake or a walking safari.
  • Coffee Cooperative and Village Tour - Visit the village of Uru on the slopes of Kilimanjaro which produces some of the world's finest coffee. Get an understanding of village life for people living on Africa's highest mountain.
  • Mountain Biking - Day trips are available to stretch your legs and explore the backcountry.
In the evening, join a pre-climb briefing with your mountain guide. We retire early for a good night's rest - Kilimanjaro awaits us! 

Day 3 Begin Rongai Trek | Simba Camp

Rise early this morning for a hearty breakfast, departing soon thereafter for the Rongai Gate located near Nale Moru village (6,397ft). From here we begin our trek, walking through farmland and pine forest to the edge of moorland zone, where we will find expansive views across the Kenyan plains. Arrive at Simba Camp (8,530ft) in time for dinner. Camp will be set up prior to your arrival, leaving plenty of time to relax and enjoy our first night on Kilimanjaro. 

Hiking time: 4 hours
Distance: Approximately 4 miles
Camp altitude: 8,530 feet 
 

Day 4 Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp

Today we set out early for a long trek through the moorland zone, steadily gaining elevation as we make our way toward the jagged Mawanzi Peak. Along the way we will witness superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields along the crater rim. After a full day of trekking we drop into the Kikelewa Caves valley (11,811ft) for dinner and overnight. Settle into your comfortable tent for a much-deserved rest. 

Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Distance: Approximately 7.3 miles
Camp altitude: 11,811 feet

Day 5 Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Leave Kikelewa Caves behind as we set out for Mawenzi Tarn Camp (14,173ft). Our trekking time today is relatively short, albeit steep with significant elevation gain through grassy slopes. Arrive at camp in time to acclimatize and explore the base and rocky slopes of Mawenzi. Mawenzi Tarn Camp is situated directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi, making this a spectacular site for camp and dinner. 

Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 2.2 miles
Camp altitude: 14,173ft
 

Day 6 Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Kibo Camp

This morning we rise to the spectacular sunrise at Mawenzi Tarn, just as the light cascades through the jagged spires of Mawenzi Peak. We then make our way across the lunar-like landscape of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks, arriving at Kibo Camp (15,584ft) in time for dinner and much-needed rest - our final ascent begins shortly after midnight tonight! 

Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 5.6 miles
Camp altitude: 15,584 feet

Day 7 Summit to Horombo Camp

Our final push to the summit begins just after midnight! Under the starlit sky, make your way up the zigzag path of loose volcanic scree toward the summit, stopping frequently to catch our breath as we continue to gain elevation. The next five or so hours to Gillman's Point (18,651ft) are the steepest and most demanding section of the climb, but upon reaching the peak around sunrise we are rewarded with stunning views of the Eastern Ice Fields. Just another 45 minutes and we reach the highest point of Uhuru Peak (19,340ft) - the Roof of Africa awaits you! Take some time at the summit for photos and simply relishing in the moment before descending 7 hours to Horombo Camp (12,204ft). Find much-deserved sleep upon arrival at camp.  

Hiking time: 5-6 hrs up, 7 hours down (overall walking time may vary from 10 - 16 hours)
Distance: 3.1 miles ascent + 9.3 miles descent
Summit altitude: 19,340 feet
Camp altitude: 12,204 feet

Day 8 Horombo Camp to Marangu Gate | End of Trek

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Awake with the sun for our final day of descent down Kilimanjaro. Today's descent is quite gentle and steady, and soon we find ourselves at the Marangu Gate (5,905 ft). After collecting your certificate, meet your transfer back to our lodging for the evening. As you look in the review mirror, remember the triumphs and tribulations of your time on Africa's highest mountain.  Upon arrival at your hotel, enjoy dinner on your own before settling in for a peaceful night sleep. 

Day 9 Departure

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, meet your Kilimanjaro Airport transfer and arrive at the airport on time for your flight. Return home, or extend your trip to the white sands of Zanzibar! 
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Included

  • 5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Gear Rental: Camping Gear (walk-in tent, camp bed with pillow, portable toilet (1 per 5 climbers), dining chairs with backs, & camp shower (1 per 5 climbers))
  • All National Park Entry, Camp, and Rescue Fees
  • Safety Equipment - Oxygen (1 per 5 climbers), Hyperbaric (Gamov) Pressure Bag (1 per 10 climbers), and oximeters
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Departure Transfer
  • Optional Excursions
  • Required Travel Insurance
  • Optional Gratuity
  • Personal Hiking Equipment - Please bring daypack, clothing, and sleeping bag
  • Visa
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
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