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7 Days Rongai Route

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Tour Details

The sole path to Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border, is the Rongai route. Despite its growing popularity among climbers, this route currently sees relatively few climbers. Rongai has a gentler incline than the other mountain trails. It is the favored way for those looking for a less-crowded option to the popular Marangu route, as well as those seeking a more secluded trip and climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation). Rongai is a somewhat tough route that is highly recommended, especially for those new to backpacking.

Departure & Return Location

Kilimanjaro International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
  • Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals according to the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Travel or Medical Insurance is required and you should ask for Recommendation


  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

Kilimanjaro is attested to in numerous stories by the peoples who live in East Africa. The Chagga, who traditionally lived on the southern and eastern slopes of the mountain, tell how a man named Tone once provoked a god, Ruwa, to bring famine upon the land. The people became angry at Tone, forcing him to flee. Nobody wanted to protect him but a solitary dweller who had stones that turned miraculously into cattle. The dweller bid that Tone never open the stable of the cattle. When Tone did not heed the warning and the cattle escaped, Tone followed them, but the fleeing cattle threw up hills to run on, including Mawenzi and Kibo. Tone finally collapsed on Kibo, ending the pursuit.

Another Chagga legend tells of ivory-filled graves of elephants on the mountain, and of a cow named Rayli that produces miraculous fat from her tail glands. If a man tries to steal such a gland but is too slow in his moves, Rayli will blast a powerful snort and blow the thief down onto the plain.


Day 1Meet at Kilimanjaro airport

Meet at Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to hotel. preparation for Kilimanjaro (briefing with your guide) a night of complete passion.

Day 2Day 2: hotel- Rongai 2100m - 2650m simba camp

After breakfast at 7 am, transfer to Marangu Gate (120 km) to reach an altitude of 1800m. After the formalities, (approximately 2 ½ hours) at the start of the course. Rongai Meet your guide and porters before starting your trek from NaleMoru village.

The small path through the winding cornfields before entering the pine forest, then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The first night’s camp is simba, about 2,650 meters away. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no cabins. the walking time 3 hours one night at the tent camp in complete passion.

Day 3Simba camp - Third Cave Camp

A forest followed by a typical high savannah African grass heathland. Panorama of savannah and Tsavo cut on top of Mawenzi. Camp at 3900m near a large cave. Beautiful view of Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at the camp, in complete passion.

5 to 6 hours of walking

Day 4acclimatization day

acclimatization day

Night in a tent in complete passion.

Day 5Third Cave - Kibo Hut

Small step to reach the Kibo hut (4720m). Very beautiful view of Mawenzi and the desert landscape of the saddle, an enormous elevation covered with scoriae and Pozzolese plateaus. Dinner and overnight in a tent, in complete passion.

Day 6Uhuru Kibo Peak (5895m) - Horombo

Night at Gillman’s Point (5685m) Crater day at Uhuru Peak and the pursuit (5895m) Beautiful walk without technical difficulty at the foot of the glistening glaciers of the roof of Africa. By descent to Kibo Hut Marangu road and crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kilimanjaro at Horombo Hut (3720m). Installation camp. Long and memorable stage. Dinner and overnight at the camp, in complete passion.

11 to 14 hours of walking

Day 7Horombo Hut - Marangu Gate - Arusha

Get off at the Porte de Marangu through the moors. The giant terraces, lobelia and other typical plants quickly give way to the tropical forest where colobus monkeys live, beautiful primates that we try to observe during our breaks. Arrival at the door, and transfer to the airport or the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in complete passion.

6-7 h on foot.

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was perfect adventures for me and my family

August 3, 2021