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6 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

6-day Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Climb

To reach Mount Kilimanjaro from the northern side, near the Kenyan border, adventurers must embark on the Rongai route. While Rongai is gaining popularity among climbers, it remains less crowded compared to other routes. This makes it an ideal choice for those seeking solitude, remote hiking experiences, or a rainy season ascent.

The Rongai route typically spans at least 6 days, though 7 days is recommended for optimal enjoyment. Despite offering less varied scenery than western routes, Rongai compensates by traversing genuine wilderness areas before intersecting with the Marangu route at Kibo camp for the descent. Following the Marangu route downward, Rongai presents a moderately challenging trek, suitable even for hikers with limited backpacking experience.

Choosing the 6-day Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Climb promises an unforgettable journey amidst Tanzania’s natural beauty. Experience the thrill of summiting Africa’s highest peak while savoring the tranquility of lesser-trodden paths. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime!

6-day Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Climb

You’ll meet our Mangokili Adventures driver at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), and he’ll take you to your hotel in Moshi town. There, you’ll meet your guide, who will tell you about your upcoming hike and check your gear to make sure you have everything you need for the mountain. You can rent the gear you forgot on this day.

Spend the night at Lindrin lodge or Park view hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

This morning, we’ll take a car to the village of Nale Moru, which is where the Rongai route begins. In the first part of the hike, you’ll pass through farms and pine forests. You might see beautiful Colobus monkeys or, if you’re lucky, elephants or buffalos on the way. At 2625m, the Simba Camp will be our first stop. It is on the edge of the moorland zone.

5 miles (8 km) have been traveled.

It takes about 4 to 5 hours.

Included in the price are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

We walk 5.8km from Simba camp up toward Kibo until 3482m, where we have lunch at First Caves. After lunch, we walk until we reach Kikelewa Camp, which is about 3679 meters away. The views start to get better, and you start to feel like you’re on a big mountain. There is a clear stream below the cave, but you might have to walk downhill for a while to find a few pools. At Kikelewa camp, you can eat dinner and stay the night.

Takes about 6 to 7 hours.

About 11.8 km separates the two places.

Included in the price are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This wilderness area has great views from a short, steep climb up grassy slopes. The zone of plants ends just before you get to your next camp, which is at Mawenzi Tarn, which is a beautiful spot under the tall spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon getting used to the area and learning more about it.

5 miles (8 km) have been traveled.

It takes about 4 to 5 hours.

Included in the price are breakfast, lunch, and dinner

After breakfast, we go west and keep going up on the east side of Kibo. We cross the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo, which takes 4 to 5 hours. Resting is done for the rest of the day to get ready for the final climb, which starts around midnight. Sleep at the Kibo hut.

5 miles (8 km) have been traveled.

5 to 6 hours, give or take.

Included in the price are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

You’ll get up around 23:20, have some tea and biscuits, and then shuffle off into the night. This is when things get really hard. The first part of the trail is a rocky path that leads to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), which is also a good place to stop and rest.

The path then goes up in zigzags until it reaches Gillman’s point (5,681m), which is on the edge of the crater. This part is very steep and has a lot of loose rocks, so it takes a lot of physical and mental effort to get through it. This is most likely the hardest part of the whole route. Move slowly and do the Kili shuffle. From Gillmans Point, you will usually find snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), which is the highest point in Africa.


You’re thrilled and happy that you did it.

Depending on the weather on the summit, you may only be able to take pictures for a short time before you have to start the three-hour trek back to Kibo hut. After a short break at Kibo hot, you pick up everything you left behind on the way up and head down to Horombo hut, where you’ll spend the night. This will take about three hours. Compared to the way up, the way down to the Horombo hut will seem very quick. This day’s total walking time is about 14 hours, so get ready for a very hard day. Later in the evening, you have your last dinner on the mountain, where you can buy soft drinks and beer at the camp office. You then get a good night’s sleep, full of memories and emotions.

It takes about 7–8 hours to get to Uhuru Peak and 6–8 hours to get down to Horombo.

Distance: It takes about 12 to 15 hours.

Included in the price are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

After breakfast, you keep going down, passing the Mandara hut on your way to the Marangu gate, which takes about 6 hours. It is strongly suggested that you don’t give tips to your porters until you and all of your gear have safely reached the gate.

At the Marangu gate, you put your name and information in a book. This is also where climbers get their certificates when they reach the top. Climbers who made it to Gillman’s Point (5685m) get green certificates, and climbers who made it to Uhuru Peak (5895m) get gold certificates.

You now drive back to Moshi to take a long-overdue hot shower, eat a good meal, sleep in a comfortable bed, and celebrate!

Time to walk: 6 hours

About 29 km separates the two places.

Spend the night at Lindrin lodge or Park view hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

After the Kilimanjaro trek, you have the rest of the day to relax before your flight home. Depending on what time your flight leaves, you could go to Moshi town and buy some souvenirs before going to the airport. If you want to keep exploring Tanzania, you can add on safari, Zanzibar, and other things.


Breakfast is included.

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  1. Kilimanjaro National Park: Link to the official website or a reliable resource providing information about Kilimanjaro National Park, its history, and regulations. Example: Kilimanjaro National Park

  2. Rongai Route Guide: Link to a detailed guide or blog post specifically about the Rongai route, offering tips, maps, and insights for climbers. Example: Rongai Route Guide

  3. Tanzania Tourism Board: Link to the official website of the Tanzania Tourism Board for comprehensive information on travel to Tanzania and Kilimanjaro climbing. Example: Tanzania Tourism Board

  4. Mount Kilimanjaro Facts: Link to a page providing interesting facts and trivia about Mount Kilimanjaro, enriching the reader’s understanding. Example: Mount Kilimanjaro Facts

  5. Packing List for Kilimanjaro: Link to a resource offering a packing list tailored for Kilimanjaro climbers, aiding in preparation for the journey. Example: Kilimanjaro Packing List

  6. Travel Insurance for Climbing: Link to a reputable travel insurance provider specializing in adventure sports coverage, emphasizing the importance of insurance for climbers. Example: Adventure Travel Insurance