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6 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro (Rongai Route)

As the only route that approaches Mt Kilimanjaro from the north, the Rongai route has a more gradual slope than the other routes up the mountain. The route approaches Mt Kilimanjaro from the north, beginning with a short drive from the Marangu gate to the Rongai gate. From there, a hike up to Sima camp, a walk through the bush, plantations and rainforest. The Rongai route traverses through moorland over several ridges to Kikeleva caves, then screes to Mawenzi Tarn Camp. An easy angled scree slope then leads across to the Kibo hut. Head to the summit on a steep scree up to Gillman’s point, then continue around the rim to Uhuru peak, the highest point in Africa. The descent is made through the Marangu route.

This once in a lifetime experience rewards daring few explorers with an unforgettable adventure as they venture the path to the highest point of Africa. Here’s what to expect on this tour:


  • Transport to and from mountain gates
  • All parks entry fees
  • All camping fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Guide and porters fees
  • Guide and porters’ salaries
  • All accommodations on the mountain are based on three meals a day
  • Cook and all kitchen utensils


  • International and local flights
  • Accommodation before climbing and the last day after the climb, book with us
  • Airport transfers books with us
  • Tips, drinks and all items of personal nature
  • Hard and soft drinks and tips
  • Sleeping bags but you can provide for hire on request
  • All Mountain Gears (You can arrange to hire these)

Tour Highlights

6 Days / 5 Nights

  • 1
    Simba Camp
  • 2
    Kikelewa Camp
  • 3
    Mawenzi Tarn Camp
  • 4
    Kibo Hut
  • 5
    Horombo Hut


Day 1
Arusha - Simba Camp
Depart from Moshi/Arusha town to the Marangu park gate for registration. From Marangu park gate we travel to Naro Moru, northeast Kilimanjaro, a further 68km and approximately 2 ½ hours on bad roads to the Rongai start point (1996m). Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering the pine forest and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through a beautiful countryside. The first night’s camp is at Simba Camp (2 626m). The camp facilities include a public toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut.
  • Distance: Approximately 6.7 km
  • Climbing time: 4 hours
  • Habitation: Montane Forest
Simba Camp
Day 2
Simba Camp - Kikelewa Camp
We'll hike from Simba camp up towards Kibo till 3 482m for lunch at First Caves, a distance of 5.8km. After lunch, we continued trekking until reaching Kikelewa Camp at about 3679 meters. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water can be found in an obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill to find a pool or two. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Kikelewa camp.
  • Distance: Approximately 11.8 km
  • Climbing time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitation: Moorlands
Kikelewa Camp
Day 3
Kikelewa Camp - Mawenzi Tarn Camp
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.
  • Distance: Approximately 3.7 km
  • Climbing time: 3 hours
  • Habitation: Moorlands
Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Day 4
Mawenzi Tarn Camp – Kibo Hut
After breakfast, we head west and continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo Hut.
  • Distance: Approximately 9 km
  • Climbing time: 5 hours
  • Habitation: Alpine Desert
Kibo Hut
Day 5
Summit Attempt: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut
You will rise around 23h20, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot.
The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gilman's Point you will normally encounter. snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa.
  • Distance: Approximately 5.4km ascend and 15 km descend
  • Climbing time: 7-8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 6-8 hours to descend to Horombo
  • Habitation: Stone Scree / Ice-cap Summit
Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it!
Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest at Kibo hot, you gather all the gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening, enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.
Horombo Hut
Day 6
Horombo Hut - Marangu Gate- Moshi/Arusha
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. Click here for more info on tips.
At the Marangu gate, sign your name and details in a register. Here is also where successful climbers receive their certificates. Green certificates for those who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) and Gold certificates for those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m). Don't forget to tip your guides, cook and porters.
We'll now drive back to Moshi/Arusha for your celebrations!!
  • Distance: Approximately 19.7 km
  • Climbing time: 6 hours
  • Habitation: Moorlands & Montane Forest
No Accommodation (End of tour)