Kilimanjaro Climb, Rongai Route - 6 days

Monkey Adventures
  • 6 days
  • Easy
  • 4.9
  • Hilly

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border.


The route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many view points.The drive to the trail head takes about 3 hours from Moshi through many villages and coffee plantations, including a stop to register climbing permits at Marangu.The Rongai Route can also be accessed from Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Allow 2 hours including border crossing. We will need copies of passports ahead of time.


Group Trek:

Basic Package

Price for joining a Group USD 1391 per person

Standard Package:**

  • Solo Trekker: USD 1563 per person
  • Group of 2: USD 1492 per person
  • Group of 3: USD 1483 per person
  • Group of 4: USD 1472 per person
  • Group of 5: USD 1487 per person
  • Group of 6: USD 1483 per person
  • Group of 7: USD 1477 per person
  • Group of 8: USD 1472 per person
  • Group of 9: USD 1480 per person
  • Group of 10: USD 1476 per person

Private Trek

Basic Package:

  • Solo Trekker - USD 1626 per person
  • Group of 2 - USD 1473 per person
  • Group of 3 - USD 1415 per person
  • Group of 4 - USD 1408 per person
  • Group of 5 - USD 1400 per person
  • Group of 6 - USD 1395 per person
  • Group of 7 - USD 1398 per person
  • Group of 8 - USD 1395 per person
  • Group of 9 - USD 1384 per person
  • Group of 10 and above USD 1384 per person

**Standard Package includes Trek Charges+To/fro transport from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi+Hotel Accommodation for 2 nights at Lindrin Lodge (1 night each pre and post trek)


  • Day 1: Hotel to Simba Camp

    Drive to the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (about 2 hours including a stop to get permits at Marangu). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

    • Elevation: 2000m/6560ft to 2650m/8700ft
    • Distance: 6km/4mi
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Montane Forest
    • Meals: Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 2 :Simba Camp to Second Cave

    The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.

    • Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3450m/11,300ft
    • Distance: 6km/4mi
    • Walking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Moorland
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 3: Second Cave to Third Cave

    Today we continue our hike from the Second Cave to the Third Cave.

    • Elevation: 3450m/11,300ft to 3880m/12,700ft
    • Distance: 9km/5mi
    • Walking Time: 2-3 hours
    • Habitat: Semi-desert Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 4:Third Cave to Kibo Hut

    Hike to Kibo Hut at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent and a very early day!

    • Elevation: 3880m/12,700ft to 4750m/15,600ft
    • Distance: 5km/3mi
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 5:Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut

    Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s Point located on the crater rim (elev 5700m/18,700ft). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment. The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

    • Elevation: 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
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 6: Horombo Hut to trail head to Moshi hotel

    After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). Monkey Adventures vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).

    • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
    • Distance: 20km/12.5mi
    • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    • Habitat: Forest
    • Meals: Breakfast


  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • Oxygen Cylinders
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents (Twin sharing basis)
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)
  • Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)
  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)


  • Tanzania Visa - USD 100 per person for US citizens and USD 50 for the non US citizens
  • Hotel in Arusha or Moshi (available as an optional addon)
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages


Transport as per the itinerary.


Reporting at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania


  • Below one week no refund.
  • Cancellation of one week and above, refund 100%.
  • Transfer to the next trip any time allowed.


Hotel Options:

  • Lindrin Lodge (Single Room) - USD 46 per night
  • Lindrin Lodge (Double Room) - USD 61 per night
  • Lindrin Lodge (Triple Room) - USD 98 per night
  • Keys Hotel (Single Room) - USD 69 per night
  • Keys Hotel (Double Room) - USD 94 per night
  • Keys Hotel (Triple Room) - USD 122 per night
  • Parkview Inn (Single Room) - USD 81 per night
  • Parkview Inn (Double Room) - USD 91 per night
  • Parkview Inn (Triple Room) - USD 170 per night
  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Single Room) - USD 140 per night
  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Double Room) - USD 160 per night


  • Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) to Moshi (one way): USD 40 per vehicle
  • Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) (one way): USD 40 per vehicle
  • Arusha to Moshi (one way): USD 80 per vehicle
  • Moshi to Arusha (one way): USD 80 per vehicle


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