Tour Overview

The Rongai route is one of the easiest ways to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and it has a very high success rate.
The path starts on the north side of the mountain, just south of the border with Kenya. It is one of the paths that people take the least. The climbers go down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, which gives them a lot of different views of the mountain.
From Moshi, it takes about 2.5 hours to get to the trailhead. Along the way, you pass through many villages and coffee plantations and stop at Marangu gate to get climbing permits.
The Rongai Route to climb Kilimanjaro can also be reached from Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Allow 2 hours, which includes the time to cross the border. We’ll need copies of your passports before the event.

Day by day itinerary

You will meet our Mangokili Adventures driver at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), and he will take you to your hotel in Moshi town. There, you’ll meet your guide. He or she will tell you about your upcoming hike and check your gear to make sure you have everything you need for the mountain. On this day, you can rent the gear you forgot.Spend the night at the Lindrin lodge or the Park View hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

You will eat breakfast early. Our vehicles will take you to Rongai Gate (1,950 m/6,398 ft) through many villages and coffee plantations. This will take about 2 to 3 hours. After signing in and getting the porters ready, you’ll start hiking on a wide path that goes through maize and potato fields and then into a mountain forest. Then you will start to climb slowly but steadily through a beautiful forest that is home to many different kinds of wildlife. As you get closer to Simba Camp (2,600 m/8,530 ft), the forest starts to thin out. From here, you can see great views of the Kenyan plains.
— Altitude: 2000m/6560ft to 2650m/8700ft
— Distance: 6km/4mi
— Hiking Time: 3–4 hours
— Habitat: Montane Forest

Includes; lunch and dinner.

The hike in the morning is a steady climb up to the Second Cave, which has great views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the rim of the crater.

— Height: 2650m/8700ft to 3450m/11,300ft
— Distance: 6km/4mi
— Walking Time: 3–4 hours
— Habitat: Moorland

Included in the price are breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Follow a smaller path across the moorland towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite is in a protected valley with big Senecios nearby.

— From 3450m/11,300ft to 3600m/11,800ft in height. 
— From 3450m/11,300ft to 3600m/11,800ft in height. 
— Walking Time: 2-3 hours
— Habitat: Semi-desert

Included in the price are breakfast, lunch, and dinner

There are great views at the top of a short, steep climb up grassy slopes. Leave the plants behind just before you get to the next camp, Mawenzi Tarn, which is in a beautiful cirque right below the tall spires of Mawenzi.

As a way to get used to the altitude, you can rest or look around in the afternoon. If you stay on the mountain for an extra day, you will camp here for two nights. For your acclimatization hike, you can go up and around Mawenzi.

— From 3600m/11,800ft to 4330m/14,200ft in altitude. 
— From 3600m/11,800ft to 4330m/14,200ft in altitude. 
— Walking Time: 3-4 hours 
— Walking Time: 3-4 hours 

ncluded: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Start the climb to the summit between midnight and 2 a.m. on steep, heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s Point on the crater rim (elevation 5700m/18,700ft). We are now climbing up to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Everywhere you look, there are amazing views. Take a picture of yourself at the top so you can show it to your friends and family.

From here, we start to go down. We stop at Kibo for lunch and a break before going on to the Horombo camp. At the start of this climb, it is dark, so you will need headlamps or flashlights. Before you start going down, it will be very cold, so you will need all of your warm clothes.

This is by far the hardest part of the hike, with a lot of turns. Slowly going “pole pole” and having a positive outlook will get you there.

— Height: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
— Down to 3700m/12,200ft
— Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down — Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
— Habitat: Alpine Desert

Included in the price are breakfast, lunch, and dinner


After breakfast, we slowly go down through moorland until we reach the Mandara Hut. Keep going down through a path in a lush forest until you reach the National Park gate at Marangu. It can be wet and muddy at lower elevations.

Helpful items include gaiters and trekking poles. Most likely, shorts and t-shirts will be enough to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

You’ll be picked up at Marangu Village by a car that will take you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour). Remember to give your guides and porters tips. It’s time to have a party!

— Height: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
— Distance: 20km/12.5mi
— Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
— Habitat: Forest
Stay at the Lindrin lodge or the Park view hotel. There is no extra cost for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

You have the rest of the day to relax before your flight home after the Kilimanjaro trek. Depending on what time your flight leaves, you could go to Moshi town and buy some souvenirs before heading to the airport. You can add safari, Zanzibar, and other things to your Tanzania trip if you want to see more.

There is breakfast included.

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