Rongai / Route – 6 days/5 nights
The Rongai Route is the only one that approaches the summit from the north and starts near the border of Tanzania and Kenya. For those looking for a more remote route, Rongai is an excellent choice, as traffic is low and it offers a different perspective of the mountain as you conquer it from the north. Climbs usually take six to seven days; however, we always advise choosing the longer route for the best chance of acclimatization and reaching the summit.
Why trek with us
We are certified for ethical climbs through the Kili Porters Association (KPAP) which ensures the fair and ethical treatment of mountain crews.
Our guides are professionally trained, and our porters are simply amazing.
Private or group treks
We organize all kinds of Kilimanjaro treks, be private or solo climb.
From our quality tent, delicious food on the mountain to one to one friendly care by our support team, you are in good company.
EXCELLENT SUMMIT SUCCESS
We’re proud of our success rate of 99%. Most of our clients reach the summit. We achieve this without compromising the health of our clients.
Elevation Gain: 800 metres/ 2,500 feet Hiking time:Approximately 5 hours
After breakfast, you’ll get picked up from your hostel/hotel and driven to the starting point at Marangu Gate (which is approximately one hour from Moshi). After registration, we will then take a short transfer to Rongai Gate where you will begin ascending the mountain. The path winds through maize and potato fields and then gently climbs through rainforest habitat which is home to a variety of wildlife, including the Black and White Colobus Monkey. The Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro and is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife.
Elevation Gain: 1,000 metres / 3,400 feet
Hiking time: Approximately 6 to 7 hours
You will begin the second day with a steady incline up to Second Cave where you will stop for lunch. From here you will continue on through the moorland zone towards to Mawenzi Peak, giving you a great chance to take in the breath-taking views of the mountain along the way. If the skies are clear, you should be able to get some fantastic shots of KiboPeak. The afternoon is gentler as you continue across the moorland to camp in a sheltered valley at Kikelewa or the third cave.
Elevation Gain: 730 metres / 2,400 feet
Hiking time: Approximately 3 to 4 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
Today’s hike is short but steep along a grassy trail. Continuing to trek at a slow pace through the moorland heath, you will begin to notice a change in the scenery as you enter the alpine desert zone. After a few hours of hiking, you will reach Mawenzi Tarn Hut which sits right beneath the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing or exploring the surroundings before a hearty dinner and overnight rest.
Elevation Gain: 370 metres / 1,200 feet
Hiking time: Approximately 5 to 6 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
After a full breakfast, you will then cross the lunar-like landscape between the Mawenzi and Kibo saddle, visiting the site of a plane crash en route. From here you will start to get fantastic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro’s summit before arriving at Kibo Hut. Upon arriving you will start to prepare for your final ascent – THE SUMMIT – which you will begin around midnight!
Elevation Gain: 1,195 metres / 3,940 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,175 metres / 7,140 feet
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours to Uhuru Peak; 7 to 8 hours to Horombo Huts Habitat: Arctic conditions
This is where the going gets really tough! Just before midnight, you will venture into the night and begin your final ascent to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Head northwest through the heavy stone scree following multiple switchbacks between Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers until you reach Stella Point (5,685m).This section is probably the most challenging part of the route, and will require great physical and mental effort. Continue to move slowly, always listening to your guide.
After a short rest at Stella Point, you will hike along the crater rim for another hour before reaching your ultimate goal – Uhuru Peak! Congratulations! You have now made it to the “Roof of Africa”. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend there, but it is important to start your descent within good time to ensure you get enough rest back at Horombo hut. After your rest, you’ll gather the rest of your belongings and descend to Horombo Hut (3,720m) where you’ll enjoy dinner and a well-earned sleep!
Elevation Loss: 1,890 meters / 6,200 feet
Hiking Time: 5 to 7 hours
After eating breakfast, you will begin the easiest part of your adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro via a scenic path through the forest to Marangu Gate. Successful hikers who made it to Stella Point and Uhuru Peak will be awarded their certificates at the gate. Then it’s time to drive back to your hotel to enjoy a shower, dinner, and celebrations with a Kilimanjaro beer!
Tour price Includes:
- Private professional mountain guide
- Camping facilities (tent, mattresses, mess tent)
- All Park fees
- Rescue fees
- Hut fees
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Drinking water
- Fair and ethical salaries for the team (guide, assistant guide, cook and porters) – in accordance with KPAP guidelines
- Pulse Oximeters Walking Poles
- First aid supplies
- Tips and any items of personal nature.
- Personal hiking gears such as boots, sleeping bag, warm clothes etc.
- Hotel accommodation
- Airport transfers
Why is it so expensive to climb Kilimanjaro?
Kilimanjaro National Park charges three separate daily fees: an entrance, camping, and rescue fee. All these costs amount to over $135 US dollars per person for each day on the trek. The rest of the cost includes incredible food, accommodation, additional fees, and most importantly your hard-working crew.