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7 Days Rongai Route
7 Days Rongai Route
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7 Days Rongai Route


Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences. Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu, and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

Day 1: Pickup to Airport

You will be picked up from airport. From there you will go to the hotel in Moshi for an orientation on your trek. Your guides will be there to provide you with details on your trek and will also check your trekking gears.

Dinner and overnight at PANAMA GARDEN RESORT or similar hotel in Moshi

Panama Garden Resort - Moshi

Day 2: Rongai Gate (1,800m/5,900ft) to First Cave Camp (2,600m/8,400ft)

After an early breakfast in Moshi, drive to the Rongai Gate near the Kenya border. After registering at the gate, begin your climb to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. During the first day, hike through forests where you may see and hear wildlife. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first campsite. Rongai ascends via the less forested northern side of the mountain.

Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the gate. The Rongai trail is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

First Cave Camp

Day 3: First Cave Camp (2,600m/8,400ft) to Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft)

During day two hike through Kilimanjaro's moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times. During this day, view Mawenzi Peak ahead.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Kikelewa Camp

Day 4: Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft) to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft)

This day is an acclimatization day, allowing you to hike in the beginning of the day and rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Day four is an acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn. We advise hiking a bit higher this day before returning to Mawenzi Tarn in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft) to Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft)

Cross the lunar landscape of the saddle on this day to arrive at the final campsite. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone, giving you views of your final destination.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Kibo Camp

Day 7: Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft)

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your flashlight. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman's Point.

The hike from Gilman's to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Horombo Hut

Day 8: Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft)

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Moshi/Arusha. You will be able to buy t-shirts and sodas at the gate.

Dinner and overnight at PANAMA GARDEN RESORT or similar hotel in Moshi

Panama Garden Resort


  • img Private transport from the hotel to the Park s gate (starting point for the climb), and transport back to the hotel after the climb
  • img All National Park entry fees
  • img All Hut fees
  • img 2 night's hotel the night before and the night after the climb, with breakfast included
  • img Supplementary Portable Oxygen and Complete First Aid Kit (used in case of emergency only)
  • img Hot drinks on the mountain and Hot water for washing will be provide everyday on the mountain
  • img Pickup and drop off to Airport


  • img International and domestic flights
  • img Items of a personal nature
  • img Tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US$300 to US$ 350 per hiker - depending on number of days / how many hikers in the group and route chosen)
  • img Personal Hiking/Trekking gears (Some Gears are available for Rent)
  • img Snacks, personal medicine
  • img Meals, drinks and snacks not specified in hotel
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7 Days Rongai Route

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