Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route | A Picturesque View

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5 nights 6 days trek

Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

With several variations available, Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai route can be done in 6, 7 or as quick as 5 days. It is the easiest route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro plus it has an excellent success rate. Three main advantages of using this route apart from it being beginner-friendly is (1) it is relatively quieter compared to the more tourist-prone routes like Machame and Marangu, (2) it is the only route that starts in the northern area which is significantly drier so you don’t have to worry much about rain, and (3) since the route starts in the north and descends in the south via Marangu route, climbers get to see both sides of the mountain.

We’re committed to helping create moments of discovery as you embark on a trip with us. Our talented guides are not only well equipped to show you around but are more than capable of explaining the experience as you go through it. They are there to help you fully immerse yourself in the moment. Feel free to approach the guide to talk about the trip during your breaks. They would be more than happy to help you make the most out of special moment you’ve discovered. So what are you waiting for? Come and create special moments of discovery with Napanda Tours and Safaris!


  • All accommodations and meals as per personalized itinerary
  • Airport/hotel transfers, park fees & applicable regional flights
  • Private use of a specially outfitted 4WD vehicle and binoculars
  • Expert guide and driver (all are fluent in English)
  • Unlimited bottled water, soft drinks and bush snacks
  • Laundry, beer, wine and spirits are included at select lodges and camps
  • Comprehensive support from our operational office in Arusha, Tanzania


  • International Airfare to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Laundry, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits not specified above
  • Travel Insurance, gratuities, souvenirs, and Items of a personal nature

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Arrival in Moshi

You will be brought to your hotel in Moshi for meet and greet. You will spend the night there to relax and get ready for your trek the following days.


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First Cave Campsite (8,700′)

From Moshi or Marangu, you will drive down for 2-3 hours to the village of Nalemoru near Loitokitok. It is a picturesque drive through the rural Chagga villages in the foothills so you can ready your cameras for this stunner. Depending on your timing you may have your packed lunch at Nalemoru while you wait for all your gear to be distributed amongst the porters and for everyone to get ready. The first day on the Rongai route leads intially through cypress plantations, then through fairly open country with only two patches of montane forest. Even those forests are nothing like the rainforest on the western and southern slopes. The scenery of the first day may not be that memorable, but the wildlife can be. You soon reach the First Cave Campsite where your porters should have already set up your tents and Napanda staff already prepared hot drinks and popcorn for you.


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Kikelewa Caves (11,810′)

Following the same path, you will go through moorland covered in heather on an increasingly steep trail to the lunch spot known as the Second Cave Camp (11,320 ft). After lunch the groups on five day treks will split away to head for the Third Cave Campsite at 3875 m/12715 ft, from where they will walk to Kibo Huts (4700 m/15420 ft) the next day. The much nicer six day route, the one that allows for excellent acclimatization, swings south east towards Mawenzi. The path, which is not so steep any more, ambles through the heathland with the occasional rocky section and a few little ups and downs to keep things interesting. You will have great views towards Mawenzi, Kibo with its eastern icefields, and, weather permitting, back down the mountain over the Amboseli Plains into the distance.


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Mawenzi Tarn (14,210′)

Today you wake up to great views of Kibo in the early morning sun. Your day starts as yesterday finished, on an easy path up a gentle slope. But soon the scenery changes and the trail becomes steeper and steeper. Albeit steep, the hike will be short and you will have your lunch as soon as you reach the camp. The Mawenzi Tarn Campsite is one of the most spectacular campsites on the mountain, right underneath the jagged peak of Mawenzi, in a protected hollow, next to a tiny lake.


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Kibo Huts (15,420′)

Breakfast at the Camp before continuing with the trek heading back towards Kibo, first climbing over a small ridge, and then wandering on a comfortable path along the northern side of “The Saddle”. The saddle is the barren plain of alpine desert between the two main peaks of Kilimanjaro: Mawenzi and Kibo. The only living things left are some hardy grasses and the occasional everlasting flower. The landscape can be quite dramatic, open and windswept, with big clouds rolling across it, big boulders to rest amongst. Many people really enjoy this part. But it all depends how well acclimatized you are. The best thing about this route is that it will be only around lunch time when you get to Kibo Huts. You’ll have plenty of time to eat, rest and acclimatize some. Just before you get to the Kibo Huts you will be joining the wide beaten path of the Marangue Route. You will have an early dinner and then end the night early for your summit day tomorrow.


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Summit Day (19,340′)

We will go through Gilman’s Point at 18,700′ which is roughly about 3.1 miles ascent. From there, we will climb to Uhuru Peak and stay there for about an hour or so. Take as many photos as you can and savor your success. We will then start our descent to Horombo Huts at 12,200′ where we will spend the night before trekking down to Marangu Gate the following day.


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Marangu Gate

After breakfast at the camp, we will start our hike back to the park gate which is a 4,500-feet descent. This hike will take about 4 to 5 hours. When we reach the gate, we will check out and receive Kilimanjaro climbing certificate at the office. Hot Lunch will be served at the gate. This will be followed by farewell/goodbye to your mountain crew. After lunch, you will drive through very beautiful landscapes to Moshi or Arusha. Dinner will then be at your hotel in Moshi or Arusha where you will spend your night. This marks the end of your tour.

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